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A post treating confirmation bias

I just now became aware that this post addresses this concept:

Rationalism cannot save us.

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Exceptional horoscopes 11/07/17

It’s been some time since I’ve been in a position to pay any attention to horoscopes.

By accident, Sunday 11/05/17 I came across my horoscope for Friday 11/03/17:

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Get priorities in order. A philosophical shift might be required to implement a positive change. You can now understand that improving the quality of your life is as important a goal as increasing your income and status.

This was right on, as will be evidenced by the forthcoming post, “Sales pitch.” (The link won’t work until the post appears, and right now I don’t know when that will be.)  An affirmation: when my horoscope is accurate, it normally means that, at the moment, I’m on the right track in life.

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Update: My financial well-being

Social Security kicked in the last Wednesday in September.  I get just shy of $1,000/month.  Means:

– I can stop asking people for money. (YAY!)

– I can put money in the offering plate at church. (YAY!)

– I have become completely self-supporting.

– I can even be generous to others, within reason.

It does NOT necessarily mean it’s time for me to leave the shelter.

The rule of thumb being that one month’s rent should not exceed one week’s income, I can not afford a room in a rooming house for about $300/month.  On the one hand, I’m not eager for any more of the drama that often comes with sharing a kitchen and bath.  On the other hand, I can project (pray) harmony into my future housing situation.

Or I might seek senior housing, that might have a sliding scale.

My dream has been a studio with private kitchen and bath — and cat — in a nice neighborhood.  I anticipate that the place I want, in the place I want, will cost $600/month.  To afford that, I must find a job that will pay $18K/year.

This is do-able.

For the past six months ago, job search prospects were hamstrung by the fact that the only computer readily available to me was a dinosaur terminal with a dinosaur browser.  The browser typically crashes about once every ten minutes.  Every day, as to more and more sites, it became “unsupported.”  On this browser, I cannot access USAToday, LinkedIn, HuffPost comments, or GoFundMe; I cannot create or edit blog posts.  It is utterly unusable for job search purposes.

Once my new income arrived, I bought an economical tablet that should enable me to go anywhere I choose online, and do job applications.  However, it has a miniature keyboard, so that at this writing I am learning to type with two fingers.  I’m accustomed to typing as fast as I think, so I will probably need to learn to think as slowly as I type.  But once I’m accustomed to this tool, many doors will open wide.

For the moment, I will leave my GoFundMe intact, in case anyone may still choose to donate.  I am grateful for every support.

Yes, I do have a hidden agenda …

… as to my choices of music for the show.

(Visit the Playlist!)

First, I want to establish an atmosphere conducive to folks’ listening to and learning from each other. As I remark at the conclusion of Free Speech Handbook, “Awe in the face of the unknown may be the healthiest of all human postures.”

Second, I want to make available to my listeners music and concepts that are under-represented in the market-driven playlists of commercial music stations.

I can’t apologize too much for leaving out music that I just don’t like. In many styles of blues, for example, performers impersonate someone who is drunk or high. I don’t want to be around such people, see or hear them. So much for those styles of blues. Now, on the other hand, I like practically everything the Rolling Stones have done, and most of that is, in fact, blues.

But just because I like a song won’t get it on the show.
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Jesus and a businessman walk into a bar….

Ends and Beginnings

Jesus Business

“With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.” – Steven Weinberg

I have a former business partner who I unfortunately still have to have dealings with that considers himself a “Christian” with a capital C. He attends a men’s bible study every week, which is really just an excuse to eat breakfast with other old white guys. He figures between the bible study, attending church when he is not drinking beer on his boat and his prays every night asking for God to wash his sins away that he is in good standing with the Man upstairs. Never mind that Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm he will try to screw you six ways till Sunday, every night his slate is wiped clean, “washed in the lambs blood” as they say…

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Tight vs. loose: Additional tags

If you have arrived at this post, it was most likely by searching on one of the below tags. All pertain to the immediately preceding post,

Tight vs. loose: Politics and mysticism

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Donations puzzle

I just learned that folks have been making donations via GoFundMe that, for some reason, GoFundMe never told me about.

GoFundMe no longer supports the browser I normally use, so I’ll have to go to a different browser to ask them.

In the meantime, if you’re one of those people, please contact me so I can thank you properly.  Some folks have my e-mail; others know me on FaceBook; if you’re not one of those, please use the Contact form on My Resume.

Thank you!

 

Prayer is work, too.

Saint Benedict ran a monastery. He ran into the problem that many monks wanted to spend all their time praying and studying, and not do any of the dirty manual labor — housekeeping, tending livestock, working in the fields — needed to keep the place going. So he adopted and enforced the motto, Laborare est orare — “Work is prayer.”

In excess, religious study can become a drain on society’s resources. Many Haredi, or “ultra-orthodox,” men in Israel want to spend all their time in religious study instead of earning any money. (Article.) Meanwhile, a majority of them live on welfare, with eight to fifteen children. This places a burden on the remainder of society that that economy can no longer bear.

What about me?
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Accepting revulsion 1: Wetting the bed

Miscellaneous notes about accepting bad feelings.

[First in a series.]

Vladimir Putin purportedly has a video of Donald Trump directing two whores to pee on a bed that Barack Obama slept in.

Some people think it’s scandalous.

I think it’s hilarious.

Some days ago, I had a mind to post on Facebook that Trump himself is the bed wetter.

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