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Thoughts On God, Part Two
----Part One----I no longer believe in an authority God.   But that does not mean I am an atheist, that I don’t believe in God, period. I just can’t accept that if there is a creator God, that such a God is an authority God. &...
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I Voted for Joe Biden. I Gave Money to His Campaign. I Signed Many Petitions for Him. And I’m Here to Tell You: Joe Biden is a Huge, Destructive, Hypocritical Disappointment
I prayed that he’d abandon his centrist, incrementalist ways once he was fully clued in to just how desperate and dangerous everything has become, how fucking obviously desperate and dangerous it all has become. Instead he has doubled, tripled, and...
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More on People Versus Persons
In every encounter I have with another person, I work hard to treat that person as a person, even if I know that they are little more than a herd animal who isn’t going to treat me the same way back.   That means using their first na...
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A Rare Day Off
I ended up taking yesterday off. Our rig’s batteries—all three of them—were emitting hydrogen sulfide, a very dangerous, volatile gas. The cab was often drenched in it; and if you were within fifteen feet of the rig, you’d smell it plainly.&n...
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Thoughts On God, Part One
I’ve been going through a crisis of faith since early last year.   I was raised in a very conservative Catholic home, one that was also deeply and crushingly dysfunctional. (A compelling argument could be made that “very conservati...
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Thoughts on Blogging
It is so, so good to get my domain, ThePiertoForever.com, back in business.   In many ways, the fiasco with Google was a good thing. Their behavior was disruptive, dishonest, and chaotic, but after eight weeks of not blogging at Blogge...
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The Great Sludge (More on People Versus Persons)
Most people sleepwalk through their days—even if their days are extraordinary, like these are.   Changing people is impossible. People change themselves. And the bottom line on that is this: it doesn’t happen all that often. &...
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People Versus Persons
I’m very much like the great George Carlin. He couldn’t stand groups, and neither can I.   My thoughts boil down to this, and are based on nearly sixty years of painful experience: there are people, and there are persons. &nbs...
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You Have to Get a License to Drive a Car; the Same Should Be True if You Want to be a Parent
Work on the rig this past weekend. The AC unit needs some TLC; and Kye and I smell sulfur from the approximate area of the batteries. Tomorrow a tech is coming out—not cheap—to give things a look-see.   I’m still trying to settle...
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We Need Bill Hicks Now More Than Ever
Bill Hicks was a comedy genius. He had no fear telling it like it is, and for that struggled often in his trade. He saw what I have seen these many decades, and he brought it out in often hilarious if not confrontational and controversial ways. He di...
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Don't Get Me Wrong ...
I am a grateful person. It doesn’t show often here, in this blog, because I’m spending so much time railing against the destroyers and despoilers of this world; but I am. Very much so.   I still pray a lot, every day, many times a ...
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A Bunch of Junior High School Kids Destroying the Planet
I remember junior high school as a particularly awful period in my life. There are many reasons, most of which I won’t go into here.   One of them, however, was the absolutely horrid teachers I had, ones that had no business being in...
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We Are Faced With a Binary Choice: Change, or Die
Basing the recompense of virtuous deeds on another’s approbation is to accept too uncertain and confused a foundation—especially since in a corrupt and ignorant period like our own to be in good esteem with the masses is an insult: whom would you...
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Emma Watson & Being Single
Emma Watson continues to be an inspiration. The term she uses to define her singlehood—“self-partnering”—has opened up a huge discussion about relationships, marriage, and living as a single.   Consider that Watson is one of th...
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Hell is Other People
Jean-Paul Sartre once said that hell is other people. Beyond the many efforts by philosophers to explain away what appears to be a bit of misanthropy, he’s absolutely right.   Their explanations—right or wrong—don’t really mean...
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