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F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia (NY Times)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 5 Replies

WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against…Continue

Tags: Russia, Putin, investigation, FBI, James Comey

Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Thursday. 10 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

Tags: abuse, animal, puppy mills, Henry, The Thinking Atheist

exposing abuse | Jehovah’s Witnesses on trial | part 1 (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Jan 4. 31 Replies

There really is no other way to say it: prepare to be revolted, disgusted, and made sick to your stomach.  Our good friend, TheraminTrees has had a considerable look at a recent commission executed by the government of Australia, digging into…Continue

Tags: Jehovah's Witnesses, child abuse, TheraminTrees

The Stanford Prison Experiment,

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 22, 2018. 3 Replies

the Zimbardo experiment: The experiment was conducted from August 14 to 20,1971 by a team of researchers led by…Continue

Tags: change, Experiment, Prison, Stanford, Zimbardo

Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of Our Universe (Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Dec 9, 2018. 10 Replies

We've all heard about the Deep Field observations of the Hubble Space Telescope, how, almost on a whim, the device was aimed at what was thought to be an empty, unoccupied section of sky and a long time exposure was taken.  What they discovered was…Continue

Tags: NASA, Hubble Space Telescope, Deep Field, Eric Whitacre

Canada Not a Loud Nation

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Dec 2, 2018. 11 Replies

Canada is a proud nation but not a loud nation.British newspaper salutes Canada . . . this is a good read. It is funny how it took someone in England to put it into words......Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers , 'The Sunday…Continue

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Comment by Loren Miller on January 11, 2019 at 8:47pm

I should have mentioned this long before now, but I am thrilled to state that The Cleveland Orchestra has been featured on PBS this evening in a program commemorating its hundredth anniversary. If you get a chance, please watch.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 11, 2019 at 6:24am
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 11, 2019 at 5:55am

Coalition building offers a powerful counteraction to the status quo and can influence election outcomes. Martin Luther King, Jr.  used that strategy. He believed in nonviolent action, he inspired people to connect with others, and motivated them to take action. Some say he was so effective at building coalitions the economic, political, and social systems required his assassination.

The same was said of Malcolm X, a master coalition builder who had the "potential of uniting and leading a mass organization of Black Americans in their struggle for freedom and economic equality."

"In his last year, Malcolm X came to the conclusion that it was impossible for African Americans to be integrated into this system because racism was profitable and an integral part of capitalism."

Both men had the power as orators and the ability to make complex ideas simple and clear. These two men came to the conclusion that black people could not be free in the political, economic, and social system under which black people live. "the United States Government had the same motive to kill both Malco....

Both leaders brought in people from many varied groups by inspiring them to vote the same ticket. Different religious and political groups with diverse opinions could be convinced to work together for a common cause. They influenced elections.

Building a coalition of atheists and freethinkers is like herding cats. We don't realize the common problems held by nonbelievers. We do not make public our intention to live without a god and we do not realize the economic and social cost we pay for being freethinkers.   

Atheists and Freethinkers can learn from Dr. King who coined the term, “coalition of conscience.” Communities develop through communication . The strength of a community depends upon how it interacts. 

* Share experiences

* Find mutual interests

* Solve problems

* Resolve conflict 

* Think in the Future Tense, plant a tree where you want shade  

* Use nonviolent action

* Connect with others

* Take action

Comment by Plinius on January 10, 2019 at 10:13am

That's really frightening, Loren - but there's hope! I escaped from the fundies too. So the best thing we can give children is the knowledge that they can choose for themselves.

For years now we have had an influx of rather conservative people from Islam countries, Ukraine, Poland and that means that people show their same sex attraction a bit less. But I think many of the new Dutch enjoy the freedom, there are foreign gays and transgenders and there's apostasy among them. Often hidden of course, it's no joke to lose your family... And most of the women look and behave as Dutch as I do.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 10, 2019 at 10:11am

The rats run back to their holes, Chris. Well done.

Why am I not suprised, Bertold?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 10, 2019 at 9:33am

No shit.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 10, 2019 at 9:27am

Bertold, your story on brain damage and religious fundamentalism becomes even more frightening when you consider that such neural abnormalities are very likely genetic in their origins and therefore inherited and passed on from generation to generation.  Thus, dependence on religion and rejection of progress becomes "naturally" endemic to such a population!

They won't learn or grow because THEY CAN'T.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 10, 2019 at 9:25am

Loren - somehow, I don't think telling them "no" is going to stop them or slow them down.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 10, 2019 at 9:16am

Chris - it's great news that this bullshit isn't flying in Holland. As the old song goes, Let your freak flag fly!

The first time I was in the Netherlands was 1976, and I was amazed then at how accepted same sex attraction was compared to in the US.

Comment by Plinius on January 10, 2019 at 7:51am

You're right, it IS disgusting. Wave your rainbow flag!

 

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