Originally from Reno, NV. Have been nomadic over the years: - SF - Seattle - Marin - Chicago - Minneapolis - Madison .. and back to Sparks.
Married to and madly in love with Jennifer (hyperkarma). Five cats, two Chihuahua-Terrier mix (sisters), a 13 lb yorkie boy, and a growing shih tzu boy.
We miss our Ozzy, Tim, and Tigger. =[
My dad's maternal uncle was, allegedly, General Omar Bradley http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omar_Bradley Grandfather was supposed to have been General Bradley's personal pilot for a time. Still researching this for veracity.
I used to do all kinds of crap, but now I just make Endif:
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The other would be Thirdwave Collective, which I used to manage/admin along with our beloved Webmin, Jason Prost of MindFluxFuneral: http://www.thirdwavecollective.com Site is gone. Let the domain lapse. Why bother?
I operate a mobile small business serving homeowners. No brick or mortar necessary, just a truck, an iPhone and my mad skillz, yo.
I was raised a Jehovah's Witness, so needless to say became Agnostic at 12, and have been Atheist since 20. I've studied/read up on/debated/experienced a good sized stack of religions and worldviews (Sufi, Christian/Satanist, Hindu, Muslim, Animist, Pagan, Psychedelic, Scientology, Liberal/Conservative, fetishism, etc). As such, I fail to see how anyone can claim to have all the answers when their ideology is so clearly riddled with external control mechanisms and blatant contraditions. What's so bad about facing naked reality? I think this sums it up nicely: 1. You can't prove a negative, thus, theism is unfalsifiable and therefore inherently untrue 2. You can be an atheist and never have heard of *insert religion here* 3. The onus is always on the person making the positive claim, e.g. the one who believes in one or more gods. Making no claim, I must present no proof.
Whatever. Think what you like, it's a free world, just don't be surprised when I mock you when you shoot your mouth off. And woe unto you if you try to legislate, guilt, or otherwise force your illogical dogma on others, especially where it leads to their detriment; you don't get to play that game. Any. More.
Which brings me to another little hobby. Everyone knows (allegedly-I've never seen evidence for this) that you shouldn't bother 'mincing words with fools'. However, mincing fools with words.. now that's fun. Keeps one sharp, too.
Some quotes I find worthwhile:
"The fuel of the future is going to come from apples, weeds, sawdust – almost anything. There is fuel in every bit of vegetable matter..." ~ Henry Ford, 1925
"Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of today." ~ President Theodore Roosevelt
Thomas Jefferson - (Jefferson's Wall of Separation Letter, Jan. 1 1802): "I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state."
"War is God's way of teaching Americans geography. " - Ambrose Bierce
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." ~ Arthur C. Clarke
James Madison - "A Memorial and Remonstrance", 1785: "What influence, in fact, have ecclesiastical establishments had on society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on the ruins of the civil authority; on many instances they have been seen upholding the thrones of political tyranny; in no instance have they been the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wish to subvert the public liberty may have found an established clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government, instituted to secure and perpetuate it, needs them not."
"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." ~ Samuel Adams
""And when the drums of war have reached a fevor pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind is closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and do it gladly so. "How do I know? I know for this is what I have done. And I am Caesar." ~ Julius Caesar
John Adams - (A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, 1787–88): "I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved -- the Cross. Consider what calamaties that engine of grief has produced!"
" You can say "God given rights" all you want, or any such other bullshit, but no god gave us our rights, no committee handed them over, and no benevolent ruler pitched them our way. People fought for them, they took them and held them like a patch of bloody ground." ~ Ogremarco
“Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to ignore, totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all the centures since the Bible was written. And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all; who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our schools and libraries and homes. I personally resent it bitterly.”
If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. ~ James Madison