“Would people be deliberately ignoring the speech-to-text feature on their phones, perhaps because it might be cumbersome to activate, or are they simply unaware of its existence? Up until you brought it to my attention, I was completely oblivious of its existence! Could it be possible that some people are "glued" to their keypads just for the thrill of living dangerously, or might there be an unforeseen underlying problem to the problem, that renders it that certain persons will inevitably ignore giving their undivided attention to their driving? I know for a fact that a good number of drivers habitually respond to text messages while stopped at a red light, but will continue keying onto their phones to complete the message even after the light turns green and they have to reset their cars into motion. Quite a dangerous precedent, I must say!”
Alec UK on Apr 17, 2013 at 03:08:30
“It's just habit and lack of awareness I think. It's the same as hands-free/bluetooth - everyone knows it exists, few use it”
“Wow! I guess everyone needs to upgrade to a Smartphone if they want to be safe on the roads out there. The question then becomes "why would someone drive a Corvette and not want to upgrade to a Smartphone"? Some people are just ignorant, I guess; they just will never learn, and so the carnage will continue!”
Alec UK on Apr 16, 2013 at 08:10:09
“There are very few phones on the market now to which the "smartphone" tag is not applicable. I'd suggest that the majority of cellphones in use today - certainly in the UK, though the US may be different - fall into the smartphone category, and therefore most people already have access to a speech-to-text facility, but I've never met anyone who has used it”
“It's about time someone invented a "Voice into Text" application! Not guaranteed to stop the carnage entirely, but it would certainly reduce the numbers of persons who might inadvertently text themselves to "Kingdom come" if they chose not to use the app!
"Texting, texting...one..two..three..texting?!" Is there anyone out there with the genius to cash in on what has become an urgent necessity?”
Alec UK on Apr 15, 2013 at 07:47:23
“Such an app is built into almost every smartphone sold and has been for years”
“Yes! Never ride on a luxury cruiser destined for the depths of the ocean, unless that is where you're heading to!”
Wendy1844 on Apr 13, 2012 at 02:40:09
“And in 'Abdu'l-Bahá's case, I'm pretty sure that's where he would have ended up. He would never have hung out in first class when there were people suffering below decks. He would have tried to help them and ended up going down with them. I'm glad he chose another ship. His journey to the United States added an important episode to Bahá'í history that will have valuable implications for believers for centuries to come.”
“Charity does indeed begin at home, but alas, "home" is the world. The whole world is hurting one way or another, and for one to be insensitive to the plight of others simply because they belong to countries other than their own, is the epitome of the kind of selfishness that eats at the very fabric of our humanity.
As humans, we ought to be champion citizens of planet Earth first, then level-headed nationalists second. The world is but one country; photographs from the International Space Center confirm it. There are no borders: just land and sea! The time for a reality check for all Earth's citizens, is long overdue. Wake up people!”
“This article presupposes that there is always only one addicted spouse in a marriage. How does one go about addressing the issue when both spouses are druggies? Why would anyone want to be married to an addiction? For the love of drugs, I guess! Are such marriages beyond repair, or is there hope yet for such kind of marriages in which drugs are considered to be the norm rather than the exception?”
“The possibility of there being extra-terrestrial life forms in the vast galaxies out in the our universe, most certainly cannot be 0%. That they are at levels of intelligence greater or lesser than that of homo sapiens, is something that only time will reveal. That some extra-terrestrial life forms may have mastered space travel, we can only speculate about, until direct contact is one day made.
But what exactly is a UFO? Is it simply a craft capable of flight through space, or is it a time travel machine in addition to its extraordinary flight capabilities, based upon eyewitness reports? In all probability, 99% of all the UFO's encountered, may actually be "Intra-Terrestrial," rather than Extra-Terrestrial, meaning that they could be arriving from a point in time either in the past or the future, where time travel has actually been "invented," but from right "here" on this planet. Impossible? Maybe, maybe not! We may not know yet, but time almost always does bring to light the answers to today's mysteries.
The truth may not necessarily be out there, but right within here..”
“The "chaos" that you mention, is what the creation of this universe proceeded from. It is what it is fashioned out of, and moreover, in which it is still in a state of "becoming," and constantly moving towards perfecting itself. It is, however, an existence of time in which all things have a moment of "expiry."
It is a cyclical existence in which all things have birth, growth, decay, and an eventual "death." However, science has revealed that matter is never really destroyed, but merely transforms into other forms of energy or matter. The "destruction" that you are concerned about is therefore a transformation, or rebirth into different configurations, or worlds.
The divine plan in all of this is best understood and revealed by the Fashioner of the creation, through his chosen messengers.
My religion, which is the Bahai Faith, teaches of the "oneness" of God. It also teaches of the "oneness" of religion, and of the oneness of humanity. It teaches that there is only one absolute God who abides within "His" own Kingdom which transcends all other created kingdoms. That, "He" reveals "Himself" through "His" prophets and messengers, who all abide within the same Realm, and who all teach the "same" progressive religion. The Bahai Faith is the latest of the major world religions, and Bahais believe that God's divine plan, in this day and age, has been revealed through Baha'u'llah, the prophet founder of the Bahai Faith. For more information: www.bahai.org .
dschiff on Sep 12, 2011 at 11:33:32
“As long as you're clear that every living thing and this entire planet, as well as the sun, will be entirely destroyed in the near future, cosmologically speaking.
Part of the plan involves destroying all of humanity and having 99.9% of the species on our planet extinguished (as has already happened).
So regardless of what his human messengers say and what humans follow, we are all subject to the same fate. And yes, when our sun explodes, it may seed new solar systems with new elements. And perhaps new life will arise there.
But the universe does not exist for humans.
I checked out the page and I'm a big fan of some of the creeds, such as complete equality for men and women. I see one problem with this already, though. The god is referred to as a male. Surely this is incorrect, and human binary gender descriptions and sexual organs don't apply to a god.
I submit you should call your god him/her or it, and not him, because any feminist will tell you (and I am one) that using "He/Himself/His" is sexist.”
“It seems to me that what you want is scientific proof of the existence of an "essence" that is not physical in nature. Scientific proofs are "relative." They "change" with improved perception. The earth was once believed to be flat, and that the sun went around it. Science has really changed since that time, hasn't it?
The human condition is a finite one, yet it attempts to comprehend the infinite. Our sciences at this time in history, and the evolution of our senses, are not "yet" developed to the point at which we can actually perceive, grasp, encompass, and measure aspects of our universe that have infinite parameters. We still have quite a ways to go, yet.
You know that I exist because I am communicating with you. Does God communicate with us? Yes, but one has to be discerning, and spiritually "in touch" with the Deity. Either you see, or you don't.
Let's face it: we are all unique in our identities; we each have unique features despite the fact that we have all proceeded from the same stock. That, in and of itself, should be something to behold and wonder. A product of chance? I don't think so; I am here because I was destined to be here. I am who I am because I was "designed" to be me. I am not perfect, but I am always working towards smoothing off the rough edges everyday. How about you, Steve? Are you here by "accident"?”
dschiff on Sep 11, 2011 at 21:52:53
“And let me turn the accident question around on you.
We know that 99% of species that have ever lived are extinct. We are, in fact, killing many of them right now.
Most of our planet is uninhabitable, with crushing pressure, extreme temperatures, other extreme climates. We live on a climactic knife edge.
The rest of our solar system is uninhabitable. Cold enough to turn us to ice, or hot enough to incinerate us instantly. We would die instantly in 99.99999999% of the volume of our solar system.
In addition, our sun will heat up in the next 900 million years or so, rendering the Earth to hot for life to survive. Afterwards, at about the 2 billion year mark, our galaxy will collide with the Andromeda galaxy. Eventually, our sun will expand, consuming the earth entirely, before exploding and decimating the entire solar system.
Every second, a star the size of our sun explodes. Every second.
So here's the question for you. What sort of divine plan is this, that calls for all this destruction and chaos? Is it really all about one species that has been around for only a few hundred thousand years, on one tiny rock on a doomed corner of one of 400,000,000,000 galaxies, each containing between 100,000,000,000 and 300,000,000,000 stars?”
“First, you need to qualify why there is a 'god' and not 'gods'. I see no argument made to favor one over the other.
Sure, science gets better. but it doesn't change in the manner you suggest. We're not going to go out and suddenly find out that the earth is a rectangle, or a square, or a torus. It's a sphere (or an obloid).
Many people have experiences of their god or gods. Aztecs experienced quetzlcoatl. Greeks experienced Hera and Zeus. Muslims experience Mohammed and Allah. But you expect your experience (which I imagine comes from being born and raised in a Christian family and a Christian culture), to constitute greater proof than analogous experiences from every other religious type tradition.”
Steve the Humanist on Sep 11, 2011 at 05:05:16
“Your entire post. More religious gobbledygook and double-talk. One has to have a god proven to them in order to move from doubt to belief. I can "experience God" on LSD just as sure as the most devout believer can. But that's hardly proof, is it? I can make myself believe anything. But facts are facts. And there are none when it comes to gods -- only experiences and beliefs.”
“In this day and age, and especially with all the great technologies available for the benefit of all humankind, it is sad to see the deliberate and blatant attempts by the Iranian government to try and suppress the progress of a section of its populace by denying them their rights to education, which is a fundamental requisite for each and every human-being living on the planet, and trying to be fully in sync with modern standards of living.
I look forward to the day when we may have virtual universities with instructors providing live tutorials to students, within the comfort of their homes, through the use of interactive media with central bases in politically free countries. It may be the best way forward to cater to the needs of people living under the yoke of oppressive governments. My prayer and hope is that such governments may not go to the extent of banning the use of computers and the internet, in their ridiculous efforts to try to stop the hands of time.
Thank you, Anthony, for giving us insight into this grave injustice being perpetrated by the Iranian government against its own people.”
“We all have to die of something at some point or other, in our lives. For all we may know, the ones that died may be the luckier ones; they could in all probability be now enjoying an existence that is devoid of all the pain and suffering of this one..”
dschiff on Sep 13, 2011 at 00:07:35
“I don't think you would maintain that position very long if you lived in the slums of Haiti, and saw malnourished children dying.”
“Atheists "believe" there is no God; they aren't absolutely sure. Some adherents of religious faith have certitude that there is a God; they know for a certainty that He/She exists because they have experienced His/Her power, and His/Her love for them. Their knowledge of Him/Her is nonetheless still characterized as mere "belief" to non-believers, because they(the believers with certitude)have no way of proving of His/Her existence to atheists, just inasmuch as it is impossible for one endowed with vision to describe color to one who was born blind. One has to experience God in order to move from the baser stages of doubt..”
Andres64 on Sep 10, 2011 at 22:52:15
“So personal experience is all it takes? So Hindus must be right. And people who claim to have been probed by aliens must be right. And people who've seen Elvis in Kalamazoo must be right. And...”
AntithiChrist on Sep 10, 2011 at 22:21:42
“Yes, I think I see where you're going with that. Here let me help clarify that for those blinded by disbelief:
God always is, nor has He been and is not, but as He never will not be; so He never was not.
That should clear it up a bit, even though that's not necessarily all that I didn't want to not say, no?”
John Shuck on Sep 10, 2011 at 12:16:38
“If you were playing Twister while writing this paragraph, you'd be in a sheepshank right this very minute.”
“If they break into your country and into your home, then they get to be deported; if they simply break into your country, mow your lawn, and do all the dirty jobs that you won't do yourself, then they get to stay because they have become an asset to your country. By going to college, they become even better equipped to serve lazy-butt and/or handicapped, or otherwise challenged citizens.”
Aug 17, 2011 at 23:56:53
“What about the time that we spend in front of computer screens? Does that account for anything at all, or is that perfectly harmless activity? Let's face it people: we have to die of something at one time, or another! Apparently, there is no cure for death; at least, not yet! Perhaps we ought to be thankful for that!”
“And just what kind of babies are gay people going to make? Straight, gay, what?”
RBLRDR on Jun 25, 2011 at 01:13:36
“Not complicated at all. Fathers Day was pretty typical. He took me to eat and to the movies. Of course he picked the movie (Super 8) but atleast he had enough money to to treat me this year ☺... We have a better relationship than I ever had with my Dad.”
RBLRDR on Jun 24, 2011 at 23:23:02
“Well I'm a Gay male and my son is 21yo and Straight. Does that help?”
“It's a bigger problem in Africa; it happens too often, and sometimes the going price is for less than $100. It's the decadence of society. It is certainly very disheartening to see people sink this low. In Africa, offenders are known to have gotten away with simply having to pay a small fine, and a warning not to be repeat offenders. May God have mercy on the children of Africa; the laws rarely works in their favor!”
“Perspectives will differ from child to child. My neighbor's ten year old son remarked about this in a humorously shocking fashion: "What? My 'penis' in a goat?"
We've all had a really good laugh about it..still chuckling ten minutes later! Hope they have a good sense of humor too in Florida, otherwise that kid might be seen as deserving of some harsh discipline.”
TimRivers on Apr 21, 2011 at 23:17:34
“In Florida, it is still legal to stick your penis in a goat...”