The distinction between "in thought" and "in action" is rarely considered philosophically or judicially negligible. Including desired actions, along with what you actually do, is quite a significant distinction. Note that "mens rea," the supposed state of mind motivating a crime, can make a large difference in modern legal systems --- between, e.g., first degree murder or a judgment with far lighter penalties. The 10 Commandments explicitly forbid thought crimes on the same level as work put into action; I'd consider that a significant, non-redundant feature of the system (and one incompatible with important tenets of modern civil law institutions).
Right at the beginning, a statement both of the existence of God ("I am") and of God's status over the reader ("the LORD your God"). You can only weasel out of that as an atheist by outright ignoring an rejecting it --- it's flat out contradictory to atheistic tenets of (a) "God is not," and (b) "God is nothing to me." Note, this part of the text isn't even worded as a "commandment" (allowing possibility of rejection and violation), but is given as an incontrovertible fact of existence. If that's compatible with atheism --- that God is, and is your LORD --- then what is atheism?
I realized the gov does not listen to me (I tried but they just said they don't agree with me). But I also realized who the gov will listen too: businesses whose customer base is telling "I don't trust you so I wont buy your product" So, I voted with my "information" (it's as good as cash these days) and cash as well. I'm sure a whole lot of other folks did too. Some of them even post on this site!
And yet... you've got a Slashdot account and have probably even participated in surveys. Dice.com (and the GCHQ) salutes you. The problem with boycotts is that you can't boycott everyone in an industry easily, and so those who don't get your business attribute the loss of business to a competitor's marketing strategy, not to a conscientious objection to the industry's practices as a whole. And if you DO boycott the entire industry, you just drop out of their list of recognized customers.
Social media's useful in that it provides a new feedback mechanism that industry uses to see what trends they're missing. I think that's what has happened in this case; it goes beyond the leaks, it's that there's an actual trend showing in online media that indicates people are not happy with the current abuses of their privacy, and are boycotting services known to be involved in the abuses.
What I questioned is the direction from which we're approaching it.
Cool, ain't it? A self perpetuating flow-type heater producing a lot of hot air.
Yes, trucks have always been around
And what exactly do we know about planet formation? If anything, we have a hunch how our system formed, but it's neither certain nor do we have any clue whether it's the norm. We already know that our system is in some ways "special", from the rather high amount of trans-HE material to its position in the galactic disc to the mere fact that it's not a multi-star system.
You don't? Hell, how else do you think your pension plan could work out?
Steering towards it? Why, we're suddenly getting creative again?
Just make sure it ain't a smoker, they not only smell awful.
People are afraid of change because they learned that they will first of all be charged, long before they might possibly be changed.
So what, less than 22% of the people know about it and/or care.
Who, the ones inventing stuff or the ones knowing what to steal?
No, but I did.
Hey, I need a laugh now and then.
I also created maniacs, lunatics and idiots. And the combination thereof, politicians. For pretty much the same reason.
Well, what reasons are there to invent Gods?
The main reason I could come up with is explaining what cannot be explained and thus control what cannot be controlled.
If you don't know how something works, you might try to find out, but if you can't find out, it scares you. Mostly for the reason that you have no way to control it. You can't say "if I do this, $bad_thing will not happen and/or $good_thing will". There is no "if I don't touch the hot stove I won't get burned" with whether lightning hits your hut or whether the weather finally gets better so your crops will grow enough to feed you the next Winter. And of course our fear of dying. Not only do we not want to die, but we want to have that nice, fuzzy feeling that there's something better coming for us afterwards. Or at least that there is something and that we're important enough that we don't simply cease to exist.
But the main thing is trying to control what can't be controlled. Because with a God, you can. You can pray. You pray and then God will make the lightning not hit your hut and your crops will grow well. You will not die in that next war and the plague will not kill your family. There is no "worldly" way to do that. And humans are scared of things that are beyond their control. They need something to comfort them. And even if their loved ones die, at least they need to be comforted that they're in some "better place" now.
That's where gods come in.