• Diane replied to the topic Enabling in the forum Advice 5 days, 13 hours ago

    I just wrote a damn novella about my daughters’ half-brother, of whom I am not the mother. He’s a heroin addict. He’s got the whole sorry mess going on – homelessness, infections in injection sites, a baby, girlfriend on methodone, multiple arrests, etc., etc.

    I don’t have an answer, really. I just lost my compassion when it negatively affected…[Read more]

  • Diane replied to the topic Me Three in the forum Politics 6 days, 15 hours ago

    Seeing and reading about all the sexual assault in the news got me going too. Not in a huge way, but it was on my mind more. I usually don’t think much about it but it’s hard to avoid these days.

    For what it’s worth, I agree with Tom. Chemistry can happen with the wrong people. Sometimes the attraction is strong because the other person is e…[Read more]

  • Diane replied to the topic Me Three in the forum Politics 6 days, 23 hours ago

    My response to having been abused and assaulted as a teenager and young adult went through several phases. The main one was denial.  As time passes I gain a clearer understanding of what happened. Strangely, I have some gifts from having been wronged so egregiously. I think the following attitude may have balanced on the edge of sanity and…[Read more]

  • The topic title doesn’t make sense to me, unless by “brave people” you mean people who’d rather die than conform to the religion they grew up into. It reminds me of Bush’s comment about the 911 hijackers being “cowards”. Perhaps they were fools, but not cowards. In any case, that’s my minor nitpick in semantics. I agree with your last paragraph…[Read more]

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic Our anxious past in the forum Science 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    A common problem with describing consciousness arises when people keep looking for an all-inclusive definition for it, especially those people intent on inventing metaphysical descriptions. Science is still working on it, variously. How much of it is empirically describable or predictable? Levels, modules, what have you, are useful for study and…[Read more]

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic Thoughts and Prayers in the forum Advice 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    Jake’s mentioned most of what I had in mind, and I, too, would look into what the FFRF (thx Reg) would have to say. In my personal but (imo) bigger picture, I view ‘thoughts and prayers’, ‘merry christmas’, ‘bless you’ after a sneeze (and so on) less of a personal affront than many atheists, and more as cultural cliches. E.g. I’ve met Japanese who…[Read more]

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic I'm Pregnant in the forum Advice 1 month ago

    imho fwiw it still has less awareness than a salamander. If it even has a soul, then it belongs to God, who’s got everything figured our already, anyway. Don’t let people who claim to know what God wants mess with your well being or mental health. Stay strong.

  • Silly People, 2 * cold = hot/2. And tomorrow = 1/7 week bigger.

  • Diane replied to the topic Isolated Again in the forum Advice 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Belle, I know from my own experience some of what you are going through. The local school district could not handle my son from first grade on, really, despite trying everything they had. He ended up going to a school for behaviorally challenged boys – run by an order of Italian monks, no less! I was not happy about this development, obviously. He…[Read more]

  • Epigenetics
    Important epigenetic basics (in addition to Strega’s):

    Epigenetic study covers the much bigger picture of what mere genes in DNA are capable of. Genes are the raw instructions in the cookbook, while epigenetics is what the cooks do with the raw instructions and materials. And it all starts from egg & sperm, when a single germ cell’s…[Read more]

  • PopeBeanie posted an update 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    @Belle Don’t give up on professional help in you have access to. Short of speculating, all anyone can do via keyboard is ask you for details.

  • PopeBeanie posted an update 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    WWBD? I’m not particularly upset by the latest crazy-man tragedy, I guess because I’m more concerned with human tragedy in a larger context. There are sooo many other tragedies we can actually do something about at institutional levels in our fledgeling civilization(s), and we’ve actually aready been very successful. Just touching base with news…[Read more]

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic Life on a Warm Planet in the forum Science 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    more methane = more warming = more melt = more methane released

    This is also true of undersea “methane clathrate”, around the world. There is a question of how much of it should be mined (before it melts), e.g. off the coast of Japan.

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic The Power of Prayer in the forum Atheism 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    @Belle I’ve mentioned this before, but the biggest reason I identify myself as an atheist is to push back against all the peer pressure foisted onto others to conform to the local belief system. Most terrible of all are the theocracies who put religion into law and prescribe official punishments, so in that respect I feel like a lucky atheist in…[Read more]

  • Diane replied to the topic Suppose It’s All True? in the forum Atheism 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    I was chased by a rogue Fronkey once – it was quite amusing. I wouldn’t have cared much but with that giant sticky tongue and long legs it almost got me.  Or do they have froggy legs and donkey ears? Wait… are Fronkeys frogs and monkeys? If they are I have no idea what was chasing me. It’s a good thing I don’t do drugs any more.

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