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    Who's the Author, Anyway?

    So, the idea of "turning the other cheek" would be "unwise" by your definition? What about loving your neighbour? Take it you were never a fan of literature classes in school, lol. Also assume that you're not very interested in Zen koans. You're a very literalist atheist, it seems.
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    Room For All

    My cat is very cuddly, BUT you have to be able to lift her, and given that she's over 20 lbs and almost as wide as she is high and long (she's a ragdoll, a large cat, and also overweight), that's a challenge. She's very friendly, though, and has a couple of monster paws, claws always in, always...
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    Room For All

    Hugs and best wishes, Northwind with this last active part of your treatment. And I'll let others provide cuddly puppies. Mine is not cuddly, and not calming. As likely to jump you or bite you as give you a civil greeting. It's not all my fault; when I got her at 18 months, she was "broken"...
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    Who's the Author, Anyway?

    I'll remember that when the dozens of WonderMuslims jump all over me, lol...
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    Who's the Author, Anyway?

    Do you have a good working definition of "wisdom"? Also, I think you'd be hard pressed to decide about the "wisdom" of a parable, for instance. I attend a weekly ecumenical bible study. We'll ALWAYS come up with at least one more interpretation of a passage than there are participants; we're...
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    Who's the Author, Anyway?

    Agreed, but there's only one author, so there's a consistency that's rarely seen in a sacred text. Even the Koran, ostensibly written by one person, occurred over 23 years, long enough for subtle development of theology, etc.
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    Who's the Author, Anyway?

    So, to you, the Baghivad Gita, the Koran, the Torah, are exactly equivalent, spiritually, aesthetically, etc., to the Harry Potter series?
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    Forum Game: Make a five word sentence with the last word of the previous one

    Us and them: dangerous game.
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    TRUMP - Some people think......... How do you feel?

    I consider that revjohn has "taken one for the team" in terms of precious minutes of life; I did make a minor effort, but the credits, the volume, defeated me very quickly. Thank you for the analysis, which should really have been provided by the person that posted the video, which is, I...
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    Forum Game: Make a five word sentence with the last word of the previous one

    AI is still fantasy material.
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    Game -- Song Tag

    Bad moon on the rise
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    Lust of the flesh, porn, erotica........

    Also, can we come up with definitions of "porn" versus "erotica"? But it's always going to involve some subjective decisions about consent and enjoyment. And s**t, Kimmio, if you'd told me in my early 20s, when I lived in Toronto, single and fancy-free, that I was "not consenting", "degraded"...
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    Has Christmas Changed Since The Children Have Left Home?

    I never went overboard with my kids: PJs, underwear/socks, a book, a Santa gift, and the stuff in their stocking was consumable/educational/active (puzzles, puzzle books, jacks, little "kits"). These days it's usually a couple of sentimental little things (mailed to SSI, whenever I have an...
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    Lust of the flesh, porn, erotica........

    I loved the book The Joy of Sex. It was very respectful, very loving, very tasteful. I have quite a bit of nude art in my home. I think naked bodies are attractive. I mainly have female nudes, most of them in my bedroom, the male hangs out in my den, at the request of my friend. I am straight...
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    Lust of the flesh, porn, erotica........

    Oh, FFS. Sex for money has always been available. "Public health crisis of the digital age"? What is different today than yesterday for voluntary sex workers?
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