Rich Engle

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  1. --Brant when does the Viagra kick in? When Johnny Gets His Gun, of course! Thanks, George! That might be the funniest thing I've ever heard. At least top three material. rde
  2. Yeah, that is really just the same old same old. Tedious, man.
  3. F**k 'em. If they had white church buses and machine guns, we'd all be going to summer school. rde Today's special phrase is "Piss off."
  4. Well, that is some fine news. I am a huge fan. At any given moment, I have a copy of the "Black Coffee" CD sitting around one of my systems. Also, you can create some really good streaming channels. But, if you do it with Pandora, it will suggest things "like" Peggy Lee, were you to create a channel. However, I recommend . If you go there you can pull up the tonnage and listen to her mad crazy. Obviously there is stuff on You Tube, but for the serious, this is a good way to go. You'll get 30 or 40 off-rip, including "A Doodlin' Song (!)" Nice one, Adam. Very well done! rde
  5. Judge for yourself. http://www.capitalis...corruption.html Don't miss my replies in the comment section. An interesting point is that I've been moderated for pointing out that my posts (and Jonathan's) have been deleted. So not only do they censor, they censor discussion of the practice. Keeping up appearances? Who do they think they're fooling? dingus-dong'ems rde Thinks He Got the Genus and Species Correct!
  6. You can't escape The Fear.
  7. You think this is just transactional analysis? Not quite. Oh, they are evangelists, that is the style. And Mike is a master practitioner of NLP. I don't think you listened to all of it. And remember--that was very broad, for all kinds of people including those that haven't accepted evolution and other science. He is talking about evidential science and what it brings to us about how we behave. Lots of good things direct from known people about evolutionary psychology and brain science. Lots of nuggets. For instance, you might want to listen to Helen Fisher, one of the anthropologists he refers to. Here's a good blurb on Ted-dot-com about her: Helen Fisher So, sorry, Bobby--not quite that simple.
  8. It's true, no doubt--Fundamentalism is a very big problem. The frustrating part is that it is an educational issue, and outside of that there is very little you can do except sometimes, with the boneheaded things the Xstian Fundies do from time to time, is counter protest them. You have to go wherever they are and take it to them. r
  9. I invite you give it a listen. They put it together pretty well, and they had about 12,000 registrants off-the-rip. I'd just listen to it but if you of the pre-researching type you can look up Michael Dowd and Connie Dowd or go to , for one. Few things are more transformative than evoking gratitude--effortlessly and on a regular basis--thanks to what we regard as "the difference that makes the difference." The difference begins when we remind ourselves that... If our ancestors didn't have the very same instincts and urges that we sometimes find challenging, none of us would be alive! Bingo! What we used to condemn (in ourselves and others), now we can begin to appreciate. That's the first step for shifting unwanted thoughts and behaviors in the approach that we have adopted for ourselves, and now urge in others. When this deep-time appreciation becomes habitual... You'll gain freedom from the burden of guilt, shame, and self-condemnation from choices you've made in the past--and you'll naturally lean toward life-affirming, purpose-driven choices in the future... without depriving yourself of happiness.You'll actually start smiling at your crazy inner urges and thoughts--and find fresh hope for overcoming bad habits and behaviors.You'll feel your heart expanding in gratitude, generosity, and compassion for yourself and others--and your inner state will not only match but strengthen the ways in which you already are serving your community and the world.You'll no longer feel empty or flat from the service you provide others. It will be as if the Universe has put its stamp of approval on your life, and you will know the thrill of living in right relationship to reality and in alignment with your highest values. They are good people, and scientific. It's an hour. I have heard them in person and I can tell you will will likely learn something, just alone from their travels and the scientists and other people they work with. rde
  10. We're all so cute when we try to be funny . . .
  11. Great thread. Great writing by all. Rome is burning. Well, at least it is starting to smell a little funk. Keep it up, boys and girls. rde
  12. I guess I don't have to worry about practicing all those songs for Sunday. rde
  13. These guys put on some of the best live shows I have ever seen. Notice the tasty accordion performance.
  15. Just make sure when you buy a whole chicken, or a turkey, that it comes with the guts in that little bag. Then, lightly sautee', whilst looking deeply into them for signs. rde And be careful getting rid of the neck--even the strongest dispose-all can't handle that action; trust me, last Thangsviging proved that when it reanimated itself.
  16. Oh, wow, that is really cool! But don't tell too many people you are, or at least hang out with UU's. After all, I am the Resident Religionist<tm>. Is there a website for that? rde There Can Only Be One
  17. I can tell you that's a screwup right there. The idea of "God" is psychological-political genius. It is powerful epistemology feeding on a metaphysical fantasy. The "God" out there is actually the "God" inside but moral equivalency comes from that idea mitigating the need for complex and always controversial philosophies. That is why Rand went too far with man-as-God or man as a god or godlike man or even man as a heroic being. Politically that can only devolve into fascism or other forms of secular tyranny. This doesn't mean religious sects don't fight it out. Simply, man is man with a plethora of various attributes and various sometimes fluctuating emphasis on those and one must start there to find true individualism. The only way for secular commonality is the championship of individual rights and leave religion in the church along with cultural philosophy which Objectivism consists mostly of as represented by Miss Rand. --Brant That is not "God." There are, by the way a billion other ways of saying it, I'm UU so I am sure of that. All that is, The Dao, The Mother, oh, the list goes on and on. It is a way of looking at what is sacred and beautiful in the Universe. Science is nothing without the love and reverence that informs it. Without that, it is just fucking data. Real insightful writing though, Brant. You're getting even better in your old age. Best, rde
  18. The question in this thread is very hard to address, in that it is loaded, assumptive. rde
  19. What on earth are you talking about? Not that I always know what you're talking about, but in this case it seems to be in a code worthy of the Zodiac killer. I'm just saying. But reports are always sketchy. I also heard that he has been hired on to write the next Trailer Park Boys movie. rde It's hard to follow the Great Ones.
  20. I can tell you that's a screwup right there.
  21. Yup, and the elapsed time clock is still running.
  22. Take a look at as well as the work of many others who are integrating science and religion. Atheism is highly misunderstood, it always has been, even by atheists. A lot of them are agnostics. Atheism does not preclude having a deep feeling about how sacred and beautiful the universe is--a nested, emergent universe. Reason, reverence, and tolerance work quite well together. Look at what the scientists are saying. There's plenty of room for everyone. r Resident, uh . . ."religionist." <---puke