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The End of the World ... Again?!?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Pat on Thursday. 5 Replies

Uh, guys and gals?  Hate to tell you, but the world ended the other day.  And the hell of it is, I MISSED IT!  Yeah, too busy with other stuff, mowing the lawn, enjoying the company of my wife, and taking care of puddy-cats, and I just MISSED it!One…Continue

Tags: AronRa, prophecy, end of the world

Sam Harris The Case Against Christianity

Started by dudaboli yev. Last reply by Donald R Barbera on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Sam Harris The Case Against Christianity Sam Harris offers his case against the Christian god conceptSamuel Benjamin "Sam" Harris is an American author, neuroscientist, philosopher, the co-founder and chief executive of Project Reason, a non-profit…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan Sep 2. 13 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by sk8eycat on September 1, 2012 at 8:10am

Snopes says it's an urban legend from 2009: 

But it goes back farther than that...may have originated at a buybull college around 1994. (No surprise there...they ALL confuse socialism with communism.)


Comment by Ian Mason on September 1, 2012 at 12:56am

Very well put, Ruth.

Comment by Derek Bly on September 1, 2012 at 12:46am

The original story also confuses communism with socialism. There is a big difference, though many people aren't aware of that. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 1, 2012 at 12:39am

No, Particia, that doesn't sound like genius to me. I've read this story before and have since come to wonder if it's not an urban legend or right wing propaganda. I see it as a humorous vehicle for Ayan Rand like ideology.

How could someone manage to reach the level of professor in a college without having ever failed a student? Professor is a tenured position suggesting many years of teaching.

It's possible that an entire class might have not one student who is actually there to learn, as opposed to merely getting a grade. Such an individual would still study, because he/she enjoyed learning.

The #1 point of the story is to justify not taxing the wealthy. Points #2 and #3  frame government services as giving to the lazy by taking away from the hard working. #4 frames the use of tax money as "failure to multiply wealth" which is clearly not true, inasmuch as provision of safety, infrastructure, public education, water in dry states, etc. is a foundation for wealth. When public employees are paid, they put the money right back into their community's banks and businesses. #5 is a  straw man argument. The government doesn't take all of anybody's income, that's warlords and criminals. No country has half of its citizens dependent on unearned disability or welfare income. While oversimplifying to the point of ridicule, the joke/propaganda piece presents a patina of reasoning. I see it as quite twisted. It promotes divisiveness and a manipulative view of human beings, lacking empathy.

So yes, I can think of reasons to not share it.

Comment by Steph S. on August 31, 2012 at 7:47pm
Hey Melinda have a great Labor Day with your family!
Everyone have a restful Labor Day weekend!
Comment by Ian Mason on August 31, 2012 at 12:31pm

Indeed. Those moments graced with a sense of wonder and joy are an important part of what makes life worth living.

Comment by Steph S. on August 30, 2012 at 12:18pm

I love the lovely picture and Einstein quote Tony!

Have a great day everyone!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 30, 2012 at 11:19am

Wow!!!!  I just got done watching the elephant video.  Thanks for sharing, Patricia.  That is one of the most fascinating videos I've ever seen.  It ranks right up there with the wonders and awe of the 'Cosmos' series.  I would SO frame that artwork and proudly display it in my living room.  That was beautiful to watch.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 30, 2012 at 7:34am

What I like best about lilacs is the wonderful scent.  Hoping I can get a place where I'll have room to grow them.

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 30, 2012 at 6:09am

Heading off the work, just wanted to leave you with this thought from Einstein.


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