James Smith João Pessoa, Brazil
João Pessoa, Brazil
Semi-retired martial artist, writer, and fitness fanatic in Brazil
Core memory did NOT retain its information when the power was off. As an IBM Customer Engineer, I serviced many of them and I speak from certain knowledge that it did not retain it's data when power was off.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on The history of PC hardware, in pictures
@madtowntom After over 6 months, you're still hiding. That's exactly as I expected. You internet commands are inevitable cowards that disappear when you're called out to back up your tough talk with your skin.
Maybe you are not ready yet? Maybe you're taking some of those"phony" martial arts lessons first? Accept my offer and I'll give you free lessons.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on The Perfect Way to Block a Punch
@madtowntom Then you have never met a genuine martial artist or have never really been a a fight yourself.
Tell you what, I'll pay your way from whatever sewer you live in to where I am and then you can show me how tough you are. ANy time you are ready.
1 year, 4 months ago on The Perfect Way to Block a Punch
The instructor is a jerk. If one had done that cheap trick with me, when I got up, I would have kicked his balls between his ears. I spar with my students, but I never deliberately hurt one to make myself feel superior to them.
@Smoky Mountain Cabin @Narc Zito Was that a pun? :)
1 year, 5 months ago on Penn Jillette Rapes All the Women He Wants To
@Kevin in SC Do you spend much time admitting that you believe in a non-existent deity? Maybe confession is good for you. You get your delusions out in the open so people know you can't be trusted to be rational about anything.
That's exactly how I have always felt. Are they saying they are such terrible people that they must have the fear of hell to act lie decent human beings? Maybe they do. That would be only atheists are truly moral. If you need system of rewards and punishments to prevent you from being an uncontrollable monster, your problems go far deper than believing in an absurd religion.
@keith pinster When anyone stands against learning or even rational thinking, they show they have something to fear from it. The Great Obstructionist Party, being controlled by the religious reich has more to fear than most.
1 year, 5 months ago on The Dreadful Dangers of Learning to Think: A Cautionary Tale – By Jane Douglas
I especially like the "Now With Added Fallacy" part. How could they possibly squeeze in any more?
What will they think of next?
1 year, 5 months ago on Spookydooks and Kittykins – Episode 8
@tominater Well done. Living in South America, I get news from the USA, CNN, Fox, ABC, and others. IN addition, I get O Globo, BBC, Deutche Welle, and many others. The difference between these and the US news is often striking. Well, except for BBC which is lock step with the USA on all issues.
Yes, people here in Brazil often smile and shake their heads at the insanity of Americans.
1 year, 6 months ago on Dear America, We Need To Start Seeing Other People
@AtlanticCanuck @James Thank you for the kind words. I only say what I feel and what I am confident is true.
How well this is put and how well it echoes my own feelings and situation. I have lived out of the USA for almost ten years now and I doubt if I will ever go back. The unchecked excesses of the religious reich and the neo-cons (same thing?) have ensured that the USA is no longer a free country.
Look at the enormous waste of time and resources of the TSA (Terminally Stupid Administration). Not one thing they are doing or could do would deter a genuine terrorist for a minute. All they are really accomplishing is to accustom Americans to the idea that they are no longer a free country.
I have a famous quotation that shows how this works:
"Naturally, the common people don't want war, but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine policy. It is always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it is a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.
This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country."
Hermann Goering Hitler's Reich-Marshall at the Nuremberg trials after WW II
This technique works equally well to remove freedoms from a country.
@logosmann MArk Twin no not whereof he spoke? YOu mean the same as you?
1 year, 6 months ago on The Dreadful Dangers of Learning to Think: A Cautionary Tale – By Jane Douglas
That is my story. Her's how I became atheists at an early age.
Blame it on my parents. They always told me to "think for yourself”. I doubt they ever considered what would happen if I really did that.
Now, I suspect what they meant was, "Think what we tell you but do it in your own words." Too late. When I was 13, I began to question everything and soon the total absurdity of religion became apparent.
Because I have been “encouraged” (forced) to read the bible several times, it was easy for me to see the contradictions in the book, what christians professed to believe, and how they really lived.
When I refused to go with them to their church, they said they would "Make me go."
I asked them, “How are you going to make me? How will forcing me to attend church change my mind?” Already, their attitude was starting to harden me against everything else they would tell me.
Their next idea was to have their minister talk to me. I told them it was a waste of everyone's time. They persisted and had him come to the house to “Talk some sense into me.” (as if they ever works for anyone) After about 15 minutes of him quoting the bible to me and me pointing out that he was either wrong in his quotes or showing him how it said something else in another place, he became very angry and told me I was going to hell. I suspect it was because I knew the bible better than he did and was, at age 13, able to prove how ridiculous his arguments were.
I told him, “If there is a Hell I'll see you there. Save me a nice place, OK?" He said I was an impertinent, disrespectful child. By then, I was angry myself and for the first time, I told a christian that he was a hypocrite, a liar, and a fool. My parents insisted that I apologize. I refused and left the room to a lot of yelling and threats.
For the next four years, I heard about this at least once a week. So the night I graduated high school, I left my parent's home and didn't see them again for well over a year. By then, with the credits I had accumulated in high school and summer school, I had completed a couple of years of college. Fortunately, I was able to pay for this myself. I was entering the army and wanted to try to make peace with them, but had to listen to the same old recriminations and arguments again.
The next time I saw them was two years later when I was getting married. After several years of an on-again, off-again relationship they finally agreed to just not discuss it any more. I'd like to say that worked, but subtle hints slowly became outright condemnation. Then I took a job transfer from Ohio to Arizona, so family meetings were rare enough to become occasions for something other than contention.
I do have to say that I appreciate the other things they did for me, like encouraging my education and equipping me with the work ethic and attitudes I needed to survive and thrive at that early age. In those areas, they were excellent parents and I am grateful for those things.
What did I learn? Even your family can turn against you if you refuse to share in their illusions. There are times, if you are to become your own person, you must stand firm in what you know to be true.
@blamer Exactly! That's why theists always want to set the rules and change them whenever it suits their agenda.
Not all seminary-learned skills are outdated. Scamming is still a very popu;ar endeavor.
Any totalitarian group, government, religion, or social contract must first control the rules for sex. When someone accept that you can tell them when, with whom, and how you may have sex, controlling the rest is easy.
EVen more ironic is Ms Gillard claims to be atheist. Perhaps, like any politician, she is simply pandering to the religious reich? Few politicians have any real standards except, "get elected." Everything they think do and say must pass that one filter. Nothing else matters, not truth, what's good for their constituency, not even human decency matters; only, get (re)elected.
I have often asked, how does gay marriage, or even being gay harm anyone? I have never received an answer more coherent than, "It's an abomination!"
1 year, 7 months ago on I’m No Longer a Catholic. Why Are You? by Soraya Chemaly
@blamer AGreed, but I wonder how many believe it? The media seems to be trusted only by those who are already "true believers".
@blamer Exactly how is the RCC going to influence the conscience of non-churchgoers? By providing a bad example and helping people to determine they do not want to be like them?
What's the new here? That the Catholic church is a controlling group of irrelevant imbeciles? That people are ignoring them or leaving them in droves? That religion is a sham?
Like most totalitarian organizations, religion first must control your sex life. When get you to accept that they can determine when, how, and with whom you can have sex, controlling the rest is easy.
@reasonbeingblog The way I see it, abuse is abuse. Mental or physical, or both. The source can be a spouse, religion, a workplace, or nearly anything.
While I am convinced that evolution is real, sometimes it seems it should work faster.
1 year, 11 months ago on Religions Tell Us To Hate Women
@reasonbeingblog Good reply. I think the Stockholm Syndrome comes down to, "Better the devil you know, than the devil you don't." I think that's what keeps women with abusive men.
Some years ago I did some work with a women's shelter and was able to sit in on some group therapy sessions. I frequently heard two things, "I must have done something to set him off" and "What will I do now?"
Perhaps that's happening in the religious circles, too. "What will people think?" and "What will I do now?" Women seem to be more dependent upon social interactions and relationships than men and for many, the church has been presented as exactly that. For certain, the problem is likely far more complex than we know.
I agree, we are not burning women as witches any more, at least in the USA> IN other parts of the world, they are still being murdered for the same reason.