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Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller 2 hours ago. 0 Replies

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

Tags: talk, psychotropic, therapy, psychology, Elliott Ingersol

maggie and milly and molly and may (Edward Estlin Cummings & Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 20. 2 Replies

It's amazing what you discover when you go looking for something you had no idea you'd find.  On an impulse, I pulled up Eric Whitacre's website to see if he had created any new pieces.  It would seem that he has: a song cycle called The City and…Continue

Tags: e e cummings, Eric Whitacre

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 18. 1 Reply

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

Passive and Active voices

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 16. 1 Reply

Have you noticed that much of the discussion in families and with friends, in the print media, on TV, and now on the internet is in the Passive Voice? Many people whine, complain, gripe, accuse, blame, call names, ridicule, grumble, bitch, rebuke,…Continue

Tags: and, behaviors, communication., attitudes, learned

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 14. 2 Replies

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested"In 2009, a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney noticed…Continue

Tags: women, Enough, SAID, black, victims

Something Beautiful – Nathan Phelps & Seth Andrews

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 10. 7 Replies

And it is beautiful, too, indeed, I think some of Seth Andrews' best work.  Interesting point: rather than Seth's dulcet baritone doing the narration, this piece presses Nathan Phelps' deep bass intonation into service, bringing a different flavor…Continue

Tags: Nathan Phelps, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, beautiful, something

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Comment by Lillie on June 8, 2012 at 8:36pm

Paula, it is a sad state of affairs when you can't get elected to public office unless you are a christian.  Billy Graham's son even said President Obama isn't enough of a christian when Romney is not a christian at all.  How do they reconcile this?

Comment by Tammy S on June 8, 2012 at 6:39pm

I hope that's true Tony, but have we had our 'dark ages' yet in this country seriously? I think the slavery issue was probably akin to the dark ages, as was the genocide of the Native Americans, definitely the dark ages for millions therein, so I can be a little optimistic when considering those points in our history as having completed the cycle and say, maybe, just maybe this is the death throes of religious fundamentalism for this country...

Comment by Tony Carroll on June 8, 2012 at 6:32pm

Guys, do you think this is the last gasp we are seeing of fundamentalism rearing its head? I mean in most polls, the approval of humanistic values/equality/civil rights is winning, therefore causing this vitrolic backlash? What ya' think?

Comment by Tammy S on June 8, 2012 at 6:26pm

Yeah time and again Write4U I have thought, 'how is that protected speech' when hate speech arises against him based on his name or the color of his skin or the damn birther issue. As far as the obstructionism, no other President has faced as many filibusters as this President has, I have never seen things so obviously, I'm just going to say it, bought and paid for, out right rigged and yet here the American people sit not fighting back, voting against their own self-interests, and prattling on about Jebus in every sound bite. It has become quite obvious to me that a large portion of our country has been programmed, it's like watching a charismatic work a crowd at a tent revival and I for one am worried.

Comment by Steph S. on June 8, 2012 at 6:16pm

I hope everyone has a great Friday!

Comment by Steph S. on June 8, 2012 at 6:15pm

I love the LOL you posted Ian!

Comment by Tammy S on June 8, 2012 at 6:12pm

*hands Paula earplugs and Valerian* - that is exactly the party that should be the 'anti-stupid' but... it too has been co-opted, which is why I'm listed UNA/Independent...

Comment by Tammy S on June 8, 2012 at 6:11pm

I tell ya sk8eycat and Joe, I am expecting full blown civil war to bust out any day, there's so much disrespect for a standing president and I honestly believe that's because of his name and his skin color. I mean correct me if I'm wrong but my husband and I were discussing this very thing this morning before we saw the Obama effigy in the news, that we could not remember news anchors and reporters calling any other sitting President Mr. So and So but all the time you hear these assholes completely disrespect President Obama by calling him 'Mr. Obama'! We seriously can't recall any other President being so disrespected in the media and honestly as much as I hated President Bush, he was always Mr. President and I can't remember anyone calling him Mr. Bush...

Comment by Paula W on June 8, 2012 at 5:53pm
I'm at the Democratic state convention, but it feels like I'm in church. They have a gospel choir playing. =/
Comment by Joe Meyer on June 8, 2012 at 5:25pm

We are living in The Crazy Years. (Anyone who has read Robert A. Heinlein's "Future History" stories knows what that means.  A theocratic dictatorship by the next 10 - 20 years.  With any luck, I'll be dead by then.)

Has anyone considered a split in the thinking of the country almost as important as the Civil War was? I sometimes wonder if progressive will win out, or have to  co exist with the Theocratic beliefs.


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