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    Methodist General Conference

    It's not so easy taking politics out of this. Religion is the political structure formed to regulate people in their spiritual quests. In ancient times religion was the government. Today, the power of religion still spills over into governments and exerts it's influence on leaders. There is no...
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    Ghost/ Spirits

    Me too! As I see it, outside of awareness itself we really don't "know" anything. What we call "knowledge" is nothing more than a collection of beliefs that varies with the individual. What society sees as "the truth" is just the result of some democratic process. Our scientific observations...
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    My boyfriend just confided in me about his love for diapers

    I believe you're right, Catgirl, it's highly unlikely he will ever rid himself of these desires. He's more than just "a little embarrassed". He hasn't accepted this part of himself so he is riding a rollercoaster of emotions going from peaks of ecstasy to depths of utter disgust. This is what...
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    My boyfriend just confided in me about his love for diapers

    The good news is there is a solid scientific explanation for the "why". It's called imprinting, which is the name given for an observable, evolved function in animals (including humans) that is believed to play a major role in mate selection, pair bonding, sexual orientation, and probably gender...
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    Ok after looking I see nothing on this issue, the shutdown.

    With the declining intelligence in America a sensible rewrite is out of the question. Any improvement over what was written some 240 years go is unlikely. The system is flexible enough to allow amending, but amendments take majority agreement and it appears we are no longer smart enough to be...
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    Ghost/ Spirits

    When a rational explanation for something isn't obvious we tend to rationalize. In other words, we make up an explanation that is rational according to our personal beliefs, and we come up with either a scientific or supernatural explanation depending on our personal view of the world. The idea...
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    Why is it so hard

    Anecdotal evidence pretty much shows males being much more likely to develop these kinds of things than females. But, if you are "looking for friends who understand", what makes you think females might be more understanding? The biological and hormonal differences between males and females can...
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    Ok after looking I see nothing on this issue, the shutdown.

    https://taxfoundation.org/summary-latest-federal-income-tax-data-2016-update/ A bar chart part way down under the heading "Half of Taxpayers Pay 97.3 Percent of All Income Taxes" is what I was looking at for the figures I used. Just under that is the heading "High-Income Taxpayers Pay the...
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    Ok after looking I see nothing on this issue, the shutdown.

    I found a 2017 report titled "Summary of the Latest Federal Income Tax Data, 2016 Update" that was based on 2014 tax data. It used "Share of Adjusted Gross Income" which, to me, implies, reported income on tax returns. The data in the report was similar to statistics I'd seen for 2015. It shows...
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    Ok after looking I see nothing on this issue, the shutdown.

    Statements like this can be misleading. It's possible that, dollar for dollar, the top 1% are paying more federal income tax than the bottom 90%, but they can still be paying at a much lower rate than many of the wage earners in the lower 90%. I did find information on the web that supports your...
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    Ok after looking I see nothing on this issue, the shutdown.

    I've never met anyone who had to pay 72% of their income to the government in taxes. You're right, that sounds ridiculous and it must be awful to try to live that way unless the government supplies decent food, housing, transportation, and medical services at no additional charge. I live in...
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    Has Trump totaly lost the plot ?

    Apparently the people actually involved don't feel that way. Impeachment is a political process. Investigators are involved in a legal process. It's important not to blur that line. The president could be convicted of treason beyond a reasonable doubt but it would still be up to politicians to...
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    Has Trump totaly lost the plot ?

    That's a big part of the problem. No matter what your beliefs are you will always find support for them when you 'Google'. Patience! An investigation of this size dealing with hundreds of people around the world who are experienced in hiding information and evidence won't be wrapped up...
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    Has Trump totaly lost the plot ?

    That's a bit premature. The indictments have been rolling in and there is no reason to believe no more are coming. Mueller's team has been very leak resistant, which isn't very entertaining but that is the way it should be. Most of the evidence will not be formally presented until after the...
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    Democracy is a joke.

    I think the biggest part of the problem is that, as a society, we have lost sight of the fact that liberals and conservatives, and right-wingers and left-wingers, don't actually exist. They are just figments of our imaginations we find convenient as substitutes for thinking. When was the last...
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