Who are you, what brought you here, where are you coming from, when were you made aware of AU, why did you decide to join...
That would make you a muted philosopher.
Wow...I will ask a couple guys I know have been involved for years...this will be interesting...I have received no death threats so far....
No...name does not ring a bell...
Hi all. Unusually, I'm introducing myself ;) and I hope in the right place - first try cut in on an exchange between Chris & Jim - sorry guys! I'll get used to the forum dynamics...
I came here (as some of you noticed) following a Google search for something - it was in fact the "66 years later" email some poor fool sent me, knowing I deplore bulk mailing of unchecked spam. The one which likens the A-bomb on Hiroshima to the disaster of a welfare state.
Yes, I do live in Adelaide, City of Churches. The other name is Adelaide, Murder Capital of the World, usuually given by people who haven't looked at other cities but have heard about a few high profile killings over the last forty years. The "Bodies in the Barrels", at Snowtown, for example, which is only 90 or 100 miles from Adelaide.
I have in fact been into many of our churches. I was sort of sent to Church of England as a kid, mostly out of deference to a really lovely old couple next door. As a teenager I defected to one of the protestant lot because my mate told me that girls went there. They told me I should be re-baptized because CofE was not valid to god, and during discussions, the minister suggested I needed to change some of my views first. Bye-bye, church.
I married for asecond time whilst also studying various liberal socialist hippy things at university, like psychology and sociology. She was a born-again god-botherer. I thought it diplomating to join her at church on Sundays, but I missed the point. I was watching the body cues of the minister as he tipped off the congregation that it was time for the spirit to spontaneously descend. I didn't get descended upon. Perhaps the spirit didn't go down, so to speak, because I had refused to stand for the arm-waving part.
I have to say, that church wasn't lacking in humour. One lad stood up and confessed he had gone to a rock concert, but knew it was satanic because the lyrics were repetitive. To clelebrate this testimony, the congregation sang something like "Praise the lord, hallelujah, praise the lord, hallelujah..." about twenty times. Wonder how they'd have handled it if the lad declared he was gay?
Oh, by the way, wife 2 is my second ex.
I considered myself tolerant. I kicked that habit when it was not reciprocated by the religious. For example, I have never gone from door to door telling them that they are in some way going to pay if they don't adopt my world view, but they regularly do it to me. Lately I have included bad language among the more rational statements in some of my doorstep rebuttals. I must be a grumpy old man.
Here in the city of churches a local journalist has a Sunday page of editorialising, and often it's good reading. About one week in four I absolutely disagree with him. Recently he, as a christian, lamented how atheists have become more aggressive and intrusive lately. Let me here a Hallelujah! (I prefer K.D. Lang's version). After merely several centuries of turning the other cheek (and still having a couple to spare) we are due our turn.
I note that our recent census showed that the decline in religion in this country is continuing. That seems to mean "christianity" since self-identification as Muslim has grown.
Okay, then, that's me on religion. As to the rest, I'm retired, a trio of kids and numerous descendants since I delegated the breeding program. Half my friends think I'm a lefty liberal and half think I'm a rabid fascist. Interested in aviation, history, movies, reading, and telling the religious it's time their sacred texts became mere curios in some museum.
John...have you seen one of them Funnel Web Spiders? They actually track humans! Australia has some pretty fearsome critters! Welcome to the site by the way...I am a grumpy old man too...and proud of it!
Jim I don't know about John but I use to live in the area where those Fennel web spiders frequented. Don't know about tracking you but in certain times of the year and weather conditions you had to check you shoes before you put them on as there may be a fennel web in them.
When I was growing up in the bush I cannot recall ever seeing one of the buggers but saw plenty of red belly black snakes and brown snakes. Though when I was cleaning up a demolition site in '75 in preparation for the building of a new cottage and bent to pick up a rusty old water pipe and my thumb ended up thousandths of and inch from a funnel web. The blokes I was working with said I went as white as a sheet. My hand did move very quickly that day. It was curled up and torpid due to the cold weather.
I was in Tasmania for 6 weeks. They do not have Funnel Webs there I don't think but I saw several Redback spiders (mostly under rocks I was turning over looking for fossils). And I did see one Black Tiger snake on a walkabout. Where I live there are an assortment of rattle snakes but I have never seen one. I heard one off in the brush once that made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.
This will give you a better idea about the Australian Funnel web spider straight from the Australian Museum.
Great article...but Australia can keep them!!
The good thing about living in the great white north is that nature is relatively safe. Even the few snakes we have are not venomous. You just have to withstand the cold and be able to survive the dark days of winter.
Hi John. Welcome.
Yeah, that email here...
Poison for the unsuspecting mind.
Welcome, John, I like your sense of humor! I laughed out loud with the story about the repetitive lyrics! Like you, I consider myself tolerant but it definitively irritates me that us atheists never seem to be reciprocated in our tolerance. We have had a few interesting discussions about religion and special privileges in our sites; like religious beliefs can never be discussed because you can offend religious people! What a bunch of nonsense.