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concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 3. 2 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27. 20 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

CBS News Treats Uri Geller as Actual ESP Talent?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25. 1 Reply

CBS Sunday Morning is beginning to piss me off.  This morning they presented a story on the US governments foray into…Continue

Tags: espionage, fraud, ESP, Uri Geller, Sunday Morning

Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Aug 10. 7 Replies

Okay, gang ... when is the last time you saw Seth Andrews do an animated video on his YouTube channel?  Seems like donkey's years ago, don't it?  Well, apparently Jeff Sessions and his "religious liberty task force" got Seth's nelly up enough that…Continue

Tags: religious liberty task force, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 2 Replies

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

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Comment by Randall Smith on May 13, 2018 at 7:22am

Ian, your food plate looks very "Italian". A glass of water, not wine??

Rome doesn't sound very appealing to visit. Perhaps I'll scratch it from my bucket list. It was near the bottom anyway.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 12, 2018 at 10:56pm

Home again, replete with history, art and good food.

Joan, the Roman Empire and its Caesars were very violent and oppressive. Even the famous philosopher/emperor Marcus Aurelius saw nothing wrong with slavery and waging war on 'barbarians'. Caracalla was probably one of the worse examples and the edict concerning citizenship was probably because of a need for more men eligible for military service.

Modern Rome seems also to be in decline. Last week a bus exploded and burnt out due to a short circuit, the tenth such incident this year! No-one hurt, thankfully. Also, due to climate change and increased rain, sink-holes appear in some areas at the rate of two per week. The city and its infrastructure is basically run down and no-one seems to be able to reform or remove the sluggish and corrupt bureaucracy.

Finally, me and a pollo alla romana, which is something they can do really well.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 12, 2018 at 10:05am

Interesting photos, Ian.  I like the parks better than the statues.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 11, 2018 at 11:37pm

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2018 at 11:35pm

Ian, thank you for the stimulation to visit these ancient haunts and a person of that era. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2018 at 11:30pm

This is an interesting article about Roman emperor Caracalla, with all the action and bloodthirsty action of a gladiator that he sought to resemble. It is well worth the time and effort to read.  

The article states his first action was in Gaul which I recognize from my high school Latin as the former Latin name for France. 

Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres.

All Gaul is divided into three parts

Meaning Belgians, Celts, & Gauls


“born April 4, 188 CE, Lugdunum [Lyon], Gaul;

died April 8, 217, near Carrhae, Mesopotamia); Age 29. 

Roman emperor, ruling jointly with his father, Septimius Severus, from 198 to 211 and then alone from 211 until his assassination in 217. 

Caracalla was assassinated at the beginning of a 2nd campaign against the Parthians

Mother: Julia

Wife: Fulvia Plautilla; exiled her to an island; killed her. 

Father-in-Law: had him executed.

Brother: Geta; he killed him.

Friends of Geta, he killed them.

Expeditions against German tribes 212/213, he massacred them. 

Alexandria, he massacred. 

1st campaign against Parthians, he massacred


He was known as:

Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus Augustus,(until 196 CE)

Septimius Bassianus, (196–198 CE)


Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Caesar

Principal achievements: 

*colossal baths in Rome,

*his edict of 212, giving Roman citizenship to all free inhabitants of the empire.”

“Caracalla, whose reign contributed to the decay of the empire, has often been regarded as one of the most bloodthirsty tyrants in Roman history.”


Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2018 at 6:27pm

"This grave

contains all that was Mortal

of a

Young English Poet


on his Death Bed,

in the Bitterness of his Heart

at the Malicious Power of his Enemies


these Words to be engraven on his Tomb Stone:

'Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water'"

24 February 1821.

[sic—Keats actually died on February 23.]

“Thy name was writ in water—it shall stand,”

“And tears like mine will keep thy memory green.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Comment by Ian Mason on May 11, 2018 at 3:15pm

The Baths of Caracalla - the size of a village. It took 8,000 slaves to keep the place running!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 11, 2018 at 3:10pm

Last day in Rome, with Shelley and Keats.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 11, 2018 at 11:13am

Thanks for sharing your photos, Ian. Enjoyable to see.


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