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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

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

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

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 13, 2015 at 6:24pm

Joan, in all fairness to Luis Gutierrez, the Illinois 4th Congressional District was remapped by court order in 1990 to include Hispanic communities.  Gutierrez was the winner amongst four candidates in the congressional election in 1992.  He didn't create the boundaries, but the boundaries have certainly helped keep him in office for the past twenty-two years.  

Although Mr. Gutierrez can be a bit obnoxious and a public spectacle at times, I overwhelmingly support most of his views.  If you glance at his Wikipedia page, you'll notice that he has a long history of supporting all kinds of human rights and equality issues.

According to this Wikipedia page, the 4th Congressional District is "one of the most Democratic in the nation."

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2015 at 2:34pm

Ian, great cartoon!

Comment by Ian Mason on June 13, 2015 at 12:51pm

I was interested in the instruments because they're named in Shakespeare and I've seen them in glass cases at The Globe. Good to hear them played.

Sting picked up an interest in Dowland from a Bosnian (I think) refugee he worked with on another project. Dowland was also a court musician at the court of Christian IV of Denmark but didn't like the working conditions. The musicians had to play in a cramped, damp cellar from which the music was fed through hidden tunnels to the throne room. The king wanted to show off to visitors by creating the impression that his music came out of thin air.

How lovely to have a new project, Joan. I wish you all the best with it. Mind the dogs, though.

Comment by Plinius on June 13, 2015 at 11:50am

But the Dowland songs are exquisite! I never knew that Sting could sing them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2015 at 11:30am

Here is the link. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2015 at 11:27am

Now I need a sprightly song. These two were so somber, not my mood this fine morning. 

I give up, I can't find a happy theorbo, so I will look for something else. 

This is brighter music, I can do my reading to this. Also, it is from the Netherlands.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2015 at 10:51am

I add two pieces by Sting, one because the instrument is the theorbo, and the other is a lute. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2015 at 10:47am

Ian, thanks for the badass videos. 

In the first one, I am intrigued by the paintings of the paintings, with 

The Crumhorn Consort video in the top row of paintings, only it is video. Clever!


In the Gallicum sine nomine - Riq & Shawm reminds me of the many strange sounds I heard from waking 'til going to sleep in Turkey. 

The six trombones had an interesting introduction. Kind of like violins getting tuned up, except trombones don't get tuned up, do they?

The trombone doing a warm up sounded like doing a warm up. it seems this instrument has a softer sound than the usual trombone. My poor musical ear did not catch the distinction. 

An interesting instrument, a Baroque stringed instrument from the lute family, the theorbo, "has a mellow, tuneful and rounded tone that works well in solo recital, vocal accompaniment and ensemble playing."

"Evidence of early dulcimers has been found in Assyrian cultures dating back to 4500 BC". Fascinating to learn that such ancients had a musical ear. 

Performed at the Amherst Early Music Festival 2012 by sackbut students, Adam Woolf conductor.

Comment by Plinius on June 13, 2015 at 10:16am

Good music, Ian, thanks!

And I love the descriptions of the places where you live! Tell me more!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2015 at 9:43am

Carl, that is the most outrageous example of gerrymandering I have ever seen. Gutierrez did a masterful job of forming his support. 

In his case, trying to get power from people who own million dollar mansions takes something grotesque to accomplish. 

I agree with you on all points on term limits. The pros and consd balance out and so it depends on who is being limited and who is wanted. Overall, I leave it to the vote, not the mandate. 

gerrymandering

 

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