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Hacking Happens: Describe Life When We Have Few If Any Secrets

Started Oct 16, 2016 0 Replies

During the 1960s, we in the computer industry knew hackers would try to get access to information stored on computers. We knew confidentiality, or secrecy,  would require each pair of computers to…Continue

Tags: manipulation, blackmail, shame, control, hacking

Real Life: What We Don't Say About Politics, Religion or Sexuality Because...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Nov 5, 2016. 8 Replies

...what we want to say may frighten those whose approval we seek. What we don't talk about will be used to rule over us.I first heard those words while I was neck-deep in serious politics and…Continue

Tags: silence, sexuality, religon, politics

"When You Turn an Election into a Three-Ring Circus, There's Always a Chance That ...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Oct 25, 2016. 24 Replies

... the Dancing Bear Will Win."So says Nancy Isenberg in her NYT Best Selling White Trash, The 400-Year History of Class in America.And we do know which "bear" has the dancing candidate.My family's…Continue

Tags: circus., immigration, class_warfare

Idealists say . . . ; Cynics say . . . ; Realists say . . . .

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Sep 27, 2016. 14 Replies

A friend lives in a state-run retirement community. A few hours ago he told me of a situation in which a state employee can grant or deny the requests of the community's residents.He's upset that an…Continue

Tags: realism, cynicism, idealism

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Tom Sarbeck added a discussion to the group Growing Our Power (to Produce Results)
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STEP SEVEN, in which my 'baby brother' made all of these steps possible.

I was 21 and didn't know the depths to which a seven-year-old brother would go.I came home from the Navy with a jar of coins from the countries I'd been to and right away started in the nearby two-year college. One night I was studying for an exam and my brother found the jar. He came to me and asked about the coins. "Stop! I need to study." He stopped only when I foolishly told him, "If you won't bother me for a year you can have them!" He left and I forgot.A year later he insisted that I keep…See More
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Tom Sarbeck commented on Tom Sarbeck's group Growing Our Power (to Produce Results)
"A family's first children, especially the oldest, have to teach two adults how to be parents. My 18-month older sister did most of the work; my 14-month younger brother and I did some of it. Twelve and fifteen years later two more, a girl and…"
Friday
Tom Sarbeck commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Chris, equality means women should be subservient to men about half of the time, not never subservient."
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Tom Sarbeck commented on Stephen's blog post Pakistan asks Facebook to help fight blasphemy
""...Ansath, 30, a Muslim realtor, surrendered before the judicial magistrate court -V on Friday evening in connection with the murder." I hope Pakistani courts provide the means to follow this and similar stories. The West had a…"
Thursday
Tom Sarbeck commented on Adriana's group Science!
"It's reasonable to conclude that religiosity implies some hostility to any pursuit that places a high value on evidence."
Wednesday
Tom Sarbeck commented on Adriana's group Science!
"Stephen, your post stirred my curiosity about religiosity and education generally. A search revealed 1) that religiously-affilated colleges are concerned enough to research the subject, and 2) the following on religiosity and success in college The…"
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Tuesday
Chris commented on Tom Sarbeck's group Growing Our Power (to Produce Results)
"My Uncle worked worked throughout the world at American Universities as a linguist. He was stationed, or worked in Japan post war. He met and married a Japanese woman - Machi. He and she were both wornderfull people.  I understand that many of…"
Tuesday
Chris replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion STEP FIVE in the group Growing Our Power (to Produce Results)
"I posted about a guy I met who was in the Navy. He had tatoos of Jesus and other xtian tatoo items on his arms. He was home schooled and didn't know others thought differently until he was in the Navy and met other sailors and explored the…"
Tuesday
Tom Sarbeck commented on Tom Sarbeck's group Growing Our Power (to Produce Results)
"Chris, do you recall that song from the musical South Pacific, 'You Have to be Taught to Hate'? Steps 1 and 2 here are about speaking to oppose such as the xian id movement and saying "No" to them. Later steps will help more."
Tuesday
Chris commented on Tom Sarbeck's group Growing Our Power (to Produce Results)
"The Christian Identity Movement is another group I find scary. How many Catholics subscribe to the Army of God, or Christian Identity Movement?"
Tuesday
Chris commented on Tom Sarbeck's group Growing Our Power (to Produce Results)
"It would be interesting to read stories about people who left religion and found indepenence and became adult independent thinkers. I heard something about "The Army of God" Summer school. There was a documentary about it. The following…"
Tuesday
Tom Sarbeck commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"I told an uncloistered Catholic nun I had left the Church because I didn't agree with the dogma. She right away replied that dogma prevents confusion in believers' minds. Her order was somewhat liberal; it let her work as the office…"
Mar 20
Tom Sarbeck added a discussion to the group Growing Our Power (to Produce Results)
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STEP FOUR

Says a five year old one day, "I want to zip up my own coat!" or "I want to tie my own shoes!"Surprised, a parent might say, "I never explained how to do that."Children watch, learn, and one day want to do what they've never done. Their parents might suddenly feel unnecessary. I hope they are pleased that their children are taking responsibility.What you have not anticipated or talked about how to handle does occasionally happen. Growing your power will require you to walk out onto what may…See More
Mar 20
Tom Sarbeck commented on Tom Sarbeck's group Growing Our Power (to Produce Results)
"The age of reason? When I was in RC schools (1937-1949) the nuns said it was seven years. At 13, via the sacrament they call Confirmation, they inducted us into "The Army of God". That was its real name."
Mar 19
Tom Sarbeck commented on Tom Sarbeck's group Growing Our Power (to Produce Results)
"@Chris. "Do you want contributors who left religion and authoritarian parents?" Yes. It was authoritarian religion (Catholicism) and authoritarian parents using emotional and/or physical violence that blocked my early efforts to grow my…"
Mar 19

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Retired from mainframe computer mfg.
What brought you to Atheist Universe?
A chat with a friend who visits here. There was little activity then but by searching the discussions I found there had been much activity in the past.
Re the above "Tradition at Birth" question. At birth mine was none. Partway through first grade my dad put me into a Catholic school, and saying my tradition want to hell understates it by ten raised to the millionth power. They indoctrinated me so well that quitting required some trauma.

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At 9:13am on December 13, 2016, Stephen said…

Yes Tom that really would be a smashing day when your country rids itself of the Electoral College. But all the best mate anyway. 

At 3:09am on December 13, 2016, Stephen said…

Happy Birthday Tom. Have a smashing day. All the best my friend.

At 4:43pm on May 24, 2016, Bertold Brautigan said…

Must have been in church.

At 11:21pm on December 13, 2015, Stephen said…

De Nada my friend I hope you had a great day

At 7:04pm on December 13, 2015, Stephen said…

Happy Birthday Tom my friend have a smashing day from us all at AU

At 12:57pm on June 8, 2015, Wasiq Hussain said…

Thanks Tom sir :) .. 

At 1:45am on June 7, 2015, Wasiq Hussain said…

Yes i did say that and its true. Because it focuses on the study of nature. again and again we are told in my religion to look around and discover, travel,gain knowledge,have good physical strength.. in my religion No one says that you have to worship God.You just have to believe that he exists.. I cant give more details because of the rules of this page. But its your choice what you want to do in life no one can make you believe or make you follow what is uncomfortable to you.

At 7:57pm on April 30, 2015, Chris said…
At 6:14am on January 27, 2015, Chris said…

I just received and began reading a book entitled "Fields of Blood; Religion and the History of Violence." by Karen Armstrong.

I think you might find it interesting reading.

At 7:51pm on December 13, 2014, Davy said…

Happy Birthday Tom. Have a great day, enjoy it!

 
 
 

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