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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Saturday. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Friday. 4 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 on Friday. 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

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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.


WHY I WROTE “THE CRUCIBLE”


Comment by Chris on April 30, 2017 at 3:12am

As though gender Identity couldn't become any more complicated Facebook presents

What Each of Facebook’s 51 New Gender Options Means

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For ten years, the social network limited billions of people identifying as either male or female. Now there are dozens of terms to pick from. Here’s how to understand them all.

02.15.14 2:45 AM ET

Imagine you’re a man. You think everything about you looks like a man should look. You have short hair and a little scruff on your face. When you were born, the doctors said, “It’s a boy!” and that’s how your parents raised you. You’ve always shopped for guys’ clothes and no one has ever called you anything other than a boy, guy, dude, or man. Then one day at a restaurant, the waiter asks you, “Can I get you anything to drink, ma’am?”

If feeling like a man, but being called “ma’am”, would be uncomfortable, jarring, or at least surprising, perhaps you can imagine what it might feel like to be perceived as a gender other than your own.

Most of us never question or think much about our gender, but it’s an essential part of our identity. And given the endlessly diverse ways people experience their gender, their bodies, and their masculinity or femininity, it’s a wonder there are so few words to describe it. Except there are actually (at least) dozens of gender terms, and Facebook is now offering its users numerous options to present their gender identity to their Facebook friends in the same way they do in the real world (or a different way – because, hey, and it’s your gender identity and you can do what you want)...."

Comment by Plinius on April 30, 2017 at 1:34am

You have to do what works for you, the gender expectations become a cage before you know it. Now that partner and I are considering changes - see my blog - we're happy that we made our own choices.

I've been struggling with a new provider and many pc-settings that I understand only partly. It will take some days more and I'll be off-line.  

Comment by Ian Mason on April 30, 2017 at 12:09am

Anger can be a part of things, Joan but not always the best tactic. Geldof and Bono work as a double act with Geldof being the angry one and Bono the reasonable one. It  gets results.

I too felt uncomfortable with the world's gender expectations. It felt like family, friends and lovers wanted something I didn't have but were not interested in what I did have. I'm somewhat over that now but, like you get annoyed when I feel that pre-determined roles are being forced on me.

Comment by Chris on April 30, 2017 at 12:03am

I'm glad citizens are finally begining to speak their mind and become political activists.

A poll taking company called me on behalf of a ballot measure to build another 'Jail' in the city to catch overflows from state prisons.

I told the polster I wouldn't vote to build a newer bigger city jail to hold state offenders because so many of them are in prison for drug crimes and may not be violent.

The Article Prisons, Jails, and People Arrested for Drugs reports:

(Number Of People Serving Time For Drug, Violent, Property, and Other Offenses In US Prisons)
Federal Prisons:
"Almost 50% (92,000 prisoners) of sentenced federal prisoners on September 30, 2015 (the most recent date for which federal offense data are available) were serving time for drug offenses (table 10) (appendix table 6). An additional 36% of federal offenders (67,500 prisoners) were imprisoned for public order offenses, including 30,200 (16% of all federal prisoners) for weapons offenses and 14,900 (8%) for adjudicated immigration crimes. While 53% of sentenced state prisoners were serving time for violent offenses, 7% of federal prisoners (13,700 prisoners) were serving sentences for violent crimes.
"Among female federal prisoners, 59% were serving sentences for drug offenses, compared to 49% of males. A larger proportion of white prisoners in federal prison (42%) were serving time for public order offenses on September 30, 2015 than blacks (32%) or Hispanics (37%). More than half of black (51%) and Hispanic (58%) federal prisoners in 2015 were convicted of drug offenses."

State Prisons:
"More than half (53% or 696,900 prisoners) of all state prisoners sentenced to more than 1 year on December 31, 2014 (the most recent year for which state prison offense data are available) were serving sentences for violent offenses on their current term of imprisonment (table 9) (appendix table 5). At yearend 2014, 13% of sentenced prisoners (171,700 prisoners) were serving time in state prison for murder or nonnegligent manslaughter. An additional 162,800 state prisoners (12%) had been sentenced for rape or sexual assault. On December 31, 2015, 249,900 state prisoners (19%) were sentenced to at least 1 year for property offenses. Sixteen percent of state prisoners were serving sentences for drug-related offenses (206,300 prisoners).
"Violent offenders represented more than half (54%) of the sentenced male state prisoners. More than a third (36%) of female prisoners were violent offenders. Eighteen percent (223,700) of male state prisoners and 28% (26,000) of females were sentenced for property offenses. Twenty-five percent of female state prisoners (23,500 females) and 15% of male state prisoners (182,700 males) were sentenced for drug offenses."

- See more at: http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/Prisons_and_Drugs#sthash.7uLCEGU2.dpuf

The U.S. is still fighting a "War" on drugs.

(Number Of People Serving Time For Drug, Violent, Property, and Other Offenses In US Prisons)
Federal Prisons:
"Almost 50% (92,000 prisoners) of sentenced federal prisoners on September 30, 2015 (the most recent date for which federal offense data are available) were serving time for drug offenses (table 10) (appendix table 6)....

State Prisons:
"More than half (53% or 696,900 prisoners) of all state prisoners sentenced to more than 1 year on December 31, 2014...

Portugal seems to be doing okay after decriminalizing drugs.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 29, 2017 at 11:12pm

Despite the rainy, windy, and cold weather today is was great to see a large contingent out for The People's Climate March.

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 28, 2017 at 2:53pm

Love this!!

101-year-old woman wins 100m dash at World Masters Games

http://www.thescore.com/general/news/1289287

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 27, 2017 at 3:32pm

I agree on the video and the Guiness.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 27, 2017 at 3:24pm

Genuinely GREAT video, Carl ... but make mine a Guinness, please!

 

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