Many countries around the world block or filter Internet content, denying access to information--often about politics, but also relating to sexuality, culture, or religion--that they deem too sensitive for ordinary citizens. Access Denied documents and analyzes Internet filtering practices in over three dozen countries, offering the first rigorously conducted study of this accelerating trend.
The world is full of good things. Ice-cold lemonade. The laughter of children. College football. Scrambled eggs and crispy bacon. But what happens to these earthly pleasures when Jesus shows up? Do the things of earth grow strangely dim? Or does he shine in all that's fair? In this book, Joe Rigney offers a breath of fresh air to Christians who are burdened by false standards, impossible expectations, and misguided notions of holiness. Steering a middle course between idolatry on the one hand and ingratitude on the other, this much-needed book reminds us that every good gift comes from the Father's hand, that God's blessings should drive us to worship and generosity, and that a passion for God's glory is as wide as the world.
Note: This is Part 1 of Girl Discovers Girls. Part 1 is titled "Dorm Shave Girls." Bisexual Charlotte is proud of her formerly sheltered roommate Brittany - in the space of one night she's come out of her shell and realized how much she enjoys touching and playing with other girls.
When Brittany's long distance boyfriend Jake arrives on campus a day early, Brittany and Charlotte have to rearrange their plans to find hidden places on campus to fool around. Evening the odds, Charlotte recruits her friend Tom to come along, and the four head to campus. When a game of truth or dare starts, Tom wants to see Brittany and Charlotte kiss. Unknown to the guys, the girls are no stranger to this, and are eager to please, with one catch: they want the guys to kiss too.
What follows is a campus orgy to shock and titillate you. EXCERPT: “Truth or Dare?” he asked Charlotte. She frowned, “Dare.” “Charlotte is bisexual, aren’t you?” he looked down at the blonde cradled in his arms. She nodded emphatically; pursuing her lips just a little to make the motion a bit cuter. “I want to see it,” Tom declared, he looked over at Brittany, “I’ll dare you to make out with her right here in front of us.” Charlotte shrugged, tugging herself away from Tom, she didn’t bother to rise to her feet, she crawled across the space that separated her from the gorgeous redhead she’d seduced yesterday, was it that long ago already? Their lips met, Brittany responded passionately, the alcohol causing her to lose any inhibitions she might have had about kissing in front of strangers, about kissing a girl, or even about doing so in front of her boyfriend. Their tongues twined together for a moment before Charlotte pulled away, she tossed her hair over her shoulder as she turned to stare at Tom. One delicate blonde eyebrow arched as he swallowed, crossing his legs to hide his sudden erection. “I’ll bet you won’t get it on,” he declared, turning to Jake, “Do you think they will?” Jake shook his head, “Nope,” his voice sounded somewhat hopeful that he was wrong. He turned; his blue eyes wide as he watched his girlfriend grope at the blonde’s breasts. He swallowed; he’d never realized she was so hot before. Or, he stared as she groped the blonde’s ample breasts again, bisexual. What hadn’t she told him? Jake swallowed, staring as the blonde responded to Tom, “We’ll get it on,” her voice was husky and incredibly sexy, Jake had never wanted to fuck someone else more in his life, “If you get it on.” “What??” Jake heard the words coming out of his mouth. He stared as she turned back to Brittany, kissing her passionately, their tongues curled together; hands caressed the heavy swell of breasts. “If we do, they will,” Tom whispered in his ear, “Come on…” Jake stared again, his eyes wide as the two girls pulled apart again, “Okay,” he heard himself say. His cock throbbed inside of his pants, barely contained by the fabric of the jeans. The prospect of watching them make out was driving him crazy, like a secret fantasy he’d never even dared to dream that was suddenly coming true right before his eyes. “You first,” Charlotte’s oh-so-sexy voice told him; she pursued her lips, blowing them a tiny kiss. WARNING: This 4100+ erotic short story contains men kissing each other, girls kissing each other, and two men and two women having sex for pages and pages.
A beautiful repackaged edition of Francine Rivers's classic novel that breaks through the many taboos surrounding abortion.
In one terrifying moment, Dynah Carey's perfect life is shattered by rape, her future irrevocably altered by an unwanted pregnancy, and her doting family torn apart. Her seemingly rock-solid faith is pushed to the limits as she faces the most momentous choice of her life--to embrace or to end the untimely life within her. This new edition includes discussion questions for individual or group use.
The authors of "The Conscious Exploration of Dreaming" make a good job at painting a picture of their own lucid experiments and drawing tentative conclusions that may be of use to other lucid dreamers.
Especially their suggestion theory of dreaming may be judged as the most progressive and promising theory of dream creation. This suggestion theory of dreaming proposes that dreams bear no psychological insight whatsoever and goes so far to state that dreams are of no use at all: They are just by-products of other sleep processes that may be responsible for the storage of experiences in long-term memory or a like. The authors explain this proposal with the fact that after making sure dreams couldn't be acted out by creating sleep paralysis, there was no evolutionary gain in further limiting this activity. If there is no purpose in dreaming, why do we still do it? The explanation given in the book is that our dreams are the result of a mind not confronted with sensatory perception anymore: The mind simply creates imagery to fill this hole and to make this imagery fitting it draws on several so-called suggestion factos such as random activation of neurons in the brain, knowledge about the last percepted situation, momentary real-world perceptions breaking through the barrier of sleep and much more. The revolutionary thing about the suggestion theory of dreaming is that it accounts for all the experiences of all dreamers and that it also is able to explain why nearly every other dream theory has numerous experienced dreamers stating it to be true: If you believe in a dream theory, according to the suggestion theory of dreaming, this belief is enough to make it come true, because the belief is one of the several suggestion factors. Having shown that there theory of dreaming is a promising candidate for solving the mystery of dream creation, the authors set out to explain the conclusions they drew from it: They deal with the fact that most advice on why and when (not) to control dreams is based on superstitions and false notions of the dream state and state that there is no damage done in doing whatever you like in a dream. Probably the best thing about this book is the insights that are waiting around every corner in this book, ranging from dream control to what to expect from your memory in dreams. The next part of the book deals with common dreams and explains how they are not the result of certain neurosis or psychological illnesses, but rather are to be expected if one believes in the suggestion theory: They are the result of suggestion factors such as going to bed naked - if you go to bed naked and find yourself naked in a dream, the reason should be obviously far more simple than having an obsession with nakedness or something alike. For people really interested in the theories of dream creation, the chapter entitled "The Functions of Sleep and Dreaming" is a real treasure trove, dealing in depth with ideas such as the activation-synthesis argument and giving an overview on the possible psychological and physiological reasons of sleep. If you have a more practical interest in the topic, this chapter could make you a bit tired. The reason I am subtracting a star from the rating of this book, follows in the form of the chapter with the most promising title, namely the "Uses of Lucidity": Having read only Stephen LaBerge's opinion on the topic, I expected the authors to explain that now, with their suggestion theory of dreaming, they have more or less scientifically proven that anything is possible in a lucid dream - as long as you remember it's just a dream and still are able to believe in the possibility of achieving your goal. But instead they focused on how lucid dreaming really is not a good goal to have as it's not "cost-effective" and benefits will not transfer to your waking life. I agree with the authors' opinions on most of the matters discussed in the chapter (how can anyone believe in mutual dreaming?), but the very way they are talking about them makes me sad: Having fun in dreams happens sometimes, but might do more damage and will certainly don't do any good, and most lucid dreams are dull anyway. That's just not a way to talk about lucid dreams, because according to their own theory of dream creation the very fact of people reading about dull lucid dreams will make them dull. This chapter is so much of a desillusion, which I'd normally welcome, but it is kind of a forced desillusion, because it will most certainly have influence on the lucid dreams of the readers - if it has, that influence won't be positive. In a nutshell, Janice E. Brooks and Jay A.
Vogelsong did what no author before them was able to do to such an extent: They have lucid dreaming a scientific basis and created a theory of dreaming that seems to encompass all the different phenomena connected with lucid dreaming and nonlucid dreaming. Most unfortunately, in their endeavour to propose a scientific sound theory of dreaming, they overdid it: The suggestion theory of dreaming may be right, but the conclusions the authors draw from it are certainly biased. So as a finaly comment on the book, I'd like to quote J. K.
Rowling: "Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?"
Five years ago, Evan Day lost his lover in the Afghan sand, and in the fallout, he lost his military career and his family. With help from friends, he reinvented himself as porn star Trevor Hardball, but his scars are hidden, not healed. When Riley Yeats falls into Evan’s lap in a bar, he awakens a part of Evan he’d thought was dead and gone. Evan’s fascinated by the blond and twinky Riley, even though he’s the opposite of Evan’s usual type. Then Evan’s family reappears his life, and Evan soon learns Riley has his own family-inflicted wounds—ones that make it hard for him to be there for Evan. A disastrous confrontation between Evan and his parents leaves Evan’s mother injured and Evan overcome by anger and fear. Losing his tenuous hold on his emotional control, Evan makes one bad decision after another, but maybe his final fall will be the wake-up call Evan needs to set things right—with his parents, and with Riley.
Can God's nonexistence be established by good, clear, objective evidence? It all depends on what is meant by "God." This book expands the frontiers of philosophy by exploring this nest of issues in more detail than ever before, while presenting a strong case for atheism. The two major arguments in support of nonexistence, the more established Argument from Evil and the recent Argument from Nonbelief, are explored individually and in parallel development while defending both against the strongest objections. Included are examinations of the free-will problem, the possibility of an afterlife, arguments by theists, and positive atheism. Drange also discusses specific concepts of the duty e.g. of evangelical and liberal Christianity, and orthodox Judaism to demonstrate how theological and atheological arguments depend upon the conception of God one accepts.