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Reviews / Re: Rate the Last Film You Saw
« Last post by jynnan tonnix on Yesterday at 08:58:12 PM »
Just got done watching "Django Unchained"  on Netflix with husband & son. I really didn't know anything about it, but was afraid, when I saw it was directed by Quentin Tarantino, that I was going to regret it.

To be honest, I haven't watched any of QT's other films, but when the descriptions inevitably include the words "over the top violence", I pretty much know it's not going to appeal to me.

This actually started pretty well, though, and kept my attention for a good couple of hours of running time, though by then I was pretty much ready for it to be over...but I was pleasantly surprised that we had found a film which everyone could enjoy. It was stylistically pretty quirky, but not unpleasantly so.

And then the blood bath started. Why and how in the name of Zarniwoop is that sort of thing entertaining?? I sat through that first big gunfight and couldn't handle any more. But it didn't sound as though the carnage let up much for the remaining 1/2 hour (or something like that) of the running time. By then I couldn't even care less how it ended. What had been a reasonably good movie in my mind immediately dropped 90% in my estimation because that level of gore and violence was all so, so, SO unnecessary. What in the world does it add?

Am I missing a gene or something? Is this really fun to watch? I'd really like to understand.

I did watch a nice little movie the other day called "The Road Within", which was much more my speed. I'd give that one a 7.5 or so. It was a little too predictable in the end, but overall an enjoyable story with engaging characters. And only a couple of fairly minor fistfights.   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2962876/?ref_=nv_sr_1

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Religion & Society / Re: Why do Evangelical Preachers need Private Jets?
« Last post by eh! on Yesterday at 08:47:11 PM »
I think the gov should pay for the jets so they can save more people.
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Chatter / ECT - therapy...works
« Last post by eh! on Yesterday at 08:44:54 PM »
The therapy is extreme no doubt and is trendy to diss as barbaric pseudoscience.

Watched a few interviews on YouTube about hopelessly depressed people that believe they were saved by the therapy, thoughts?
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Science / Re: Murder among orangutans
« Last post by nogodsforme on Yesterday at 08:38:11 PM »
Yeah, we wish we humans were special and all that. But science keeps showing how we are just one more animal species with some good points and some bad points. And that is why some religions cannot abide science.

One day we will reactivate the DNA of some other humanoid primates. They will be a lot like us, even closer than chimps, the closest living primates to humans. And the special creation folks heads will start exploding like that last scene in Kingsman. :P
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Testimonials / Re: What was the tipping point in your deconversion?
« Last post by nogodsforme on Yesterday at 08:29:03 PM »
^^^Yes, it does seem that if Jesus was god and wanted people to know that, he would not be coy about it! None of this vague, "I am sent by my father" stuff that could mean just about anything you want. Sent by his bio dad Joseph? Sent by Zeus? Satan? Marlon Brando? The pope? Big Daddy V?[1]

Not to mention, Jesus the all-powerful, all-knowing and all-caring god-being would be able to communicate far, far more clearly than any normal mortal human ever. He would also make sure his message--the most important information ever in the history of the world, right?-- got to everyone on the planet immediately and would never be corrupted or mistaken. Everyone from the people of the Pacific Islands to the Alaskan Inuit to the Mbuti pygmies to the Aztec of Mexico to the Norse Vikings would get the message, all at the same time and in their own languages. No need to wait centuries or millennia for humans to show up with whatever mistranslated version of Jesus' message they happened to bring with them.[2] What possible downside could there be in that?

Suffice to say, Jesus would probably not rely on fallible people accurately remembering what he said, and then telling other people, who then would tell other people, and so on, in the world's longest game of telephone line, until some time later somebody would think of writing it down. Relying on humans writing stuff down is the kind of thing that ordinary human beings do. That is exactly what Confucius, Muhammed and Joseph Smith did. Why would the one real god do the exact same things as every regular old human philosopher-- and the same as every fake prophet? And most other religions got their stuff written down while the person who came up with the ideas was still alive, ie much closer to the source than the words attributed to Jesus.

By waiting so long, what finally got written down would be the last version of the message, which would be nothing like the original words Jesus said. Even the most simple example of information transmission gets garbled as time passes. Why didn't Jesus write the message himself, in permanent letters of blazing fiery gold on the side of a huge mountain or other landmark on every continent, in every language that would ever be used by humans? Should be child's play for someone who created the entire universe with his voice.

I know what believers will say.

The very idea of Jesus doing something like that is ridiculous, you arrogant atheist. If he did that, you would still not believe, because you want to sin. And if he had done that, there would be decent evidence and thus no need for faith, which is, of course not at all blind although it depends on believing things without decent evidence. If Jesus had done that, everyone would have an equal chance to understand his message accurately, and you cannot have that. Finally, Jesus could not know what languages would be spoken in the future, or how to make the letters permanent, or what message would be the most important one to pass down through all time.

Because to do all that, he would have had to have been, like, a god or something. :angel:
 1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viscera_%28wrestler%29
 2. Or does it not matter that the Catholics conquered the Americas and got their version established in many countries before the Protestants even had their own bible?
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Science / Zika Virus
« Last post by shnozzola on Yesterday at 08:09:45 PM »
Good science about the push for understanding Zika virus 

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Religion & Society / Re: Why do Evangelical Preachers need Private Jets?
« Last post by LoriPinkAngel on Yesterday at 07:24:23 PM »
Would Jesus fly in a private jet?
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Chatter / Re: How does crowd sourcing work?
« Last post by jetson on Yesterday at 06:45:41 PM »
I can save you lots of money. Start with me and you'll change your mind. Jetson came to Montana, met me, and rushed back to Texas so fast he caused nine tornados. And a forest fire.

And I'm better looking than eh!

My wife didn't want to live in a log cabin.  ;D
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Religion & Society / Why do Evangelical Preachers need Private Jets?
« Last post by Graybeard on Yesterday at 05:20:00 PM »
These two characters explain why... It is all so reasonable: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2016/01/televangelists-need-private-jets-because-demons-fly-commercial/


There are demons on commercial airline flights, and besides, God want Preachers to have jets... In fact he wants them all to have bigger and better jets.
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General Religious Discussion / Re: How did Mary manage to be born without sin?
« Last post by Andy S. on Yesterday at 05:17:17 PM »
Can someone explain this verse to me?  Mary says, "My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior" (Luke 1:47).

Isn't this saying that Mary is a "sinner"?  If someone needs a savior in Christianity doesn't that mean this Savior will save someone from the consequence of their sins?  If Mary was sinless then she wouldn't need a "Savior".....right?
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