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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by Ian Mason on October 15, 2017 at 1:36pm

Bubble and burst. Marx was right about some things and that's one of them. From what I've been reading, a lot of ordinary people are trying out the Bit-Coin boom but who knows how long that will last.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 15, 2017 at 1:31pm

Yes, laissez fair capitalism benefits the owners of capital, not the owners of labor. When the owners of capital go on a free market spree, they create bubbles. Remember the 1920s Golden Age? The used labor to create vast fortunes while paying sub-living wages to the workers. The rich were careless with their wealth; they assumed huge debts to for the frills of life while the laboring class lost homes, property, and finally lost access to food. A spread between rich and poor grew until the bubble burst in 1929. 

We are now in the stage of laissez-faire capitalism of the 1920s. When this bubble bursts, mortgages become due, loans become due, debt holders demand payment. 

In the meantime, the laboring class learns how to manage on virtually no/low wages, they economise, sell the unnecessary things that keep them obliged, simplify standards of living and survive. Many learned how to grow food on city lots; they developed community food banks and gardens. 

When the Crash came, laboring people knew how to be self-sustaining; the many wealthies didn't know or understand survival life skills. 

So, wage-working people, hone your life skills, understand what happens and why. The silliness of the 1920s will reveal itself and we will recognize it and know what to do and why. 

 

ECONOMICS
abstention by governments from interfering in the workings of the free market.
"laissez-faire capitalism"

synonyms:

free enterprisefree tradenonintervention, free-market capitalism, market forces
"an agenda that embraces the concept of laissez-faire"
Comment by Idaho Spud on October 15, 2017 at 12:46pm

I've not noticed that.

Comment by Thomas Murray on October 15, 2017 at 12:17pm

...Anybody else having issues with Atheist Nexus web? For the past month the downloading of Atheist Nexus on my computer is screwy. There is no problem with other websites but now anytime I try to down load Atheist Nexus I get half pages or in a partly plain format.

Comment by Plinius on October 14, 2017 at 12:27am

Bad news, Ian! Another country where free market ideas hurt common people. Here early retirement has been cut, so we'll have to manage four more years until we're 67. Possibly on a minimal allowance since Luca's 'career' ended in a complete burn-out. So we're happily getting rid of anything that burdens our budget and hope for the best...

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 13, 2017 at 10:57pm

Bertold, is that related to proposals I'd heard about of a few states looking to replace highway taxes added to gasoline -- which penalize dirtier, less-efficient cars -- with taxing drivers or car owners directly, or even having a tracking device in your car to track your actual mileage if you don't want to pay the maximum tax?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 13, 2017 at 4:07pm

Ian, that tax on cars thing sounds like such typical bullshit. Here they want to put an extra tax on electrics and hybrids to "create parity" with people using gas engines. Life under a kakistocracy! 

Comment by Ian Mason on October 13, 2017 at 3:27pm

Chris (NL) Denmark is just about the same. If care and welfare can be cut, it is. If tax rates for the rich can be cut, they are. Those of us on unemployment or social security now have to work part-time or be penalized. We can't get the part-time work but the government doesn't care about that. I've got just over a year until I can take early retirement and get out of the damn system. Meanwhile, purchase tax on cars is being reduced on a sliding scale: the more expensive the car, the greater the reduction. Bugger all for small, efficient run-abouts.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 13, 2017 at 2:47pm

Joan, I post videos using dimensions 360 x 203.  Works perfectly.  :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2017 at 2:16pm

I used 560 x 315 for the width and height and it is still too big. 

 

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