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The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 22 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Jul 20. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by sk8eycat on September 1, 2012 at 7:14pm

Patricia: Eye R Beethoven

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

Snopes says it's an urban legend from 2009:

http://www.snopes.com/college/exam/socialism.asp 

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.

 

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