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One guy's experience going through a 7 day silent retreat. It cracked me up


Here is an except:

I was, it turned out, wrong. By Day 1, I realized I had made a terrible mistake. After my initial curiosity wore through, I began (in the parlance) to "notice" something: I was miserable. Sitting silently on a cushion for hours at a time turns out to be intensely boring. Worse, it was also physically painful. You could sit cross-legged, kneel, or even sit on a chair, but it didn't really matter, because after a while, the same nauseating pain would creep into my right shoulder and scream into my ears. I was bored, aching, and because of the whole silent thing, lacked anyone to complain to. Wright be damned, I'd come to the wrong place.

My fellow meditators (referred to as "yogis" actually made things worse. They hardly resembled beacons of love and joy. Instead, they walked around slowly, dragging their feet, faces blank. I began to feel that I was surrounded by zombies; I half-expected to see arms drop off. Sitting at dinner, surrounded by drooping humans, hunched over their plates, I imagined that I was at a banquet for the chronically depressed. I began to feel a physical, sinking dread at being around so much obvious misery. To think I could have been lying on a beach; instead I was trapped in a morgue.

In short, I quickly figured out that it had been a mistake to come here, and I still had about 140 hours of unrelenting boredom ahead of me. Think about it: A week of pure vacation is a valuable thing to waste sitting on a cushion. I kept imagining the myriad other ways I could have spent it. Back to Japan? To Alaska, into the wild? Scuba diving? Rock climbing? Anything and anywhere but here.

So Chris Hayes is coming up with a segment on the Repubicans that are trying to

"Undermine the Trump/Russian" investigation

Why aren't these people being charged with obstruction of justice? That is what they are doing so why do they get to keep doing it just because they are Republican politicians?

If Devin Nunes had caused the same amount of obstruction in a different criminal investigation, say about a drug cartel where he lead the investigators away from the actual drug dealers, he would be charged with a crime

It seems as if they think they can do whatever they want and won't have to pay any price for hiding criminal behavior AND it seems as if that is the truth!

The real size of Trump's Phoenix rally recorded by someone who was there

This guy is great.

OMG I laughed so hard I almost pee'd myself, which is kind of ironic if you read it

This is the worst Tinder date in history

You think your last Tinder date was bad? Liam Smyth can beat you, hands down. No, really - you'll struggle to compete.

It was so bad, he needed a Gofundme page afterwards...

Smyth says on the page he took his date to chicken eatery Nando’s, then the pair went back to his student house for a documentary and some wine.

It was at this point that it started to go very wrong indeed.

Go read the rest now here:


Does Trump have a role in N. Korea's military threats?

I just can't imagine this happening if Obama was president. I know they did some things but Obama didn't stir the nest like Trump does. I know Obama would never say threaten them with 'Fire and fury the like they have never known" He was a peace maker

What do others think?

I am losing my shit. I need to stay off Twitter and FB before I go nuts and punch


Sometimes I don't know just how angry I am getting until someone says something incredibly stupid and I go off on them. And God knows Trumpettes say plenty of stupid things.

If one more person says Democrats just want a handout from the government for themselves my head is going to explode. And that we are the real racists when they bring up how Lincon was a Republican.

What the Hell do I do? What do you do? How do you keep sane in this insane world we are in?

I know I have to stop going to those sites. Maybe if I label them toxic waste or something. I don't know.

Thinking of Joel Olstean I watched Dr. Phil today and he gave a plug for the Red Cross

and said that he and his wife were donating $25,000

He is worth 400 million

$25,000 is .0000625 of 400 million

So I took my income, (and yeah you can figure it out from this calculation but I don't care) and multiplied by .000625

I got $2.40

2 dollars and fucking 40 cents is what this guy gave comparatively.

The filthy rich have a mental disease

Holy shit! I looked up the "prosperity gospel" because of Joel Olstean and look what I found in the


First, one article that refuted the prosperity gospel named some bible verses that these prosperity preachers use to justify what they say but truly none of them really say what the prosperity preachers claim they say.

And the one verse I followed talks about how the rich should give to the poor so that all may be made equal

Here is one verse these prosperity preachers try to use.

2 Corinthians 8: 9 - 9 "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich."

BUT they mention that the rest of the paragraph dispells this verse even says that God wants equality among people and their money. Of course none of them mention this. And I am including all the Republicans who say they are Christian but are filthy wealthy

I've highlighted the verses that talk about equality. The rest talks A LOT about giving.

The Collection for the Lord’s People
8 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. 5 And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. 6 So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. 7 But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you[a]—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

8 I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

10 And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. 11 Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. 12 For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.

13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. 14 At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, 15 as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.”

Here is the article that I used: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/5-errors-of-the-prosperity-gospel

My plays his piano in his flooded house


Jim Bakker, Christian thief convicted of mail & wire fraud and conspiracy just said that if Trump is

impeached it would start a civil war because the Christians would rise up against it.


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