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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller 2 hours ago. 0 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 2 hours ago. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 1, 2017 at 5:37am

Ian, thanks for posting that interesting video.  I've not heard that song before.  The Haymarket Riot which occurred in Chicago in 1886 and is commemorated on May 1 is one of the major defining events of the labor movement.  At that time they were fighting for an eight hour work day.

There seems to prevail the opinion in some quarters that this meeting has been called for the purpose of inaugurating a riot, hence these warlike preparations on the part of so-called 'law and order.' However, let me tell you at the beginning that this meeting has not been called for any such purpose. The object of this meeting is to explain the general situation of the eight-hour movement and to throw light upon various incidents in connection with it. -- August Spies

Comment by Ian Mason on May 1, 2017 at 1:49am

Just read your blog, Chris. I'm glad that things have gone so well and that you're enjoying the new situation.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 1, 2017 at 1:43am
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2017 at 1:12am

Plinius, I admire your journey. The Netherlands, famed for tolerance, might offer comfort in the face of stress. Even with that history, I hope you have good professional to walk this path with you. It seems you have powerfully wise friends supporting you. I wish you well. 

Comment by Plinius on May 1, 2017 at 12:57am

We're all right, Joan. Reading a lot about transgenderism, slowly connecting with different groups and organizations who can help find out the why and how and what to do next. It's about time to contact a genderclinic, and that means lots of talks, examinations and so on. It's a slow process that could take years and every step has to be examined and decided on. You know where you start but only general things about the rest - just like life.

In the meantime we go on happily. 99 percent of reactions on Luca were very positive and 1 percent crawled back into the woodwork. We're lucky to live in an apartment block where many people are higher educated, atheist and/or gay, perhaps there are some reasons that we have no problems with tolerance. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2017 at 5:41pm
First, production moved offshore to low-wage markets;
second, banking moved overseas to avoid paying US taxes;
third, robots use increased as the producer of products in the US and in international sites;
fourth, labor unions weakened as an excess of unemployed workers occurred.
Therefore, we have an increase in production, a decrease in the need for workers, and an excess of people looking for work.
Individuals cannot solve these problems, only nations with policies and practices that recognize the changes taking place on this planet.
The problems show up clearly.
The options to solve these problems do not become evident.
What say you?
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2017 at 4:55pm

Plinius, I don't want to intrude, and I don't want you to share more than with which you feel comfortable.  

I am curious about the challenge you and your partner face and how you resolve them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2017 at 4:52pm

Chris, the trend toward private-for-profit-prisons provides the wrong incentives for management of prisons and for communities. We should be trying to get alternatives to prison, the shortest terms possible, and offer excellent education in the trades for those who want to learn a trade. We need to be strong advocates for prison reform.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2017 at 1:02pm

Chris, it has been years since I read "The Crucible" and it evoked a particular emotion in me. My paternal grandmother descended from accusers and judges at the Salem witch trials. I returned to the place of the trials, visited the spot where a warlock was crushed to death, houses, and rooms of accusers. It was the 300th anniversary of the trials and witches wandered everywhere. It was a strange experience. 

My paternal grandmother and my father had puritan beliefs. My uncle was a Superior Court Judge. My cousins and I often discussed the nature of our upbringing and the learnings we had to overcome in order to be healthy. 

Comment by Chris on April 30, 2017 at 3:59am

The play "The Crucibal," written by Author Miller is a great play.



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