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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 17 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

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Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 19. 8 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

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There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

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Comment by alexa penzner on October 7, 2011 at 1:02am
hi steph - as usual we're on the same wavelength - i went to the march here on wall st. it was absolutely incredible - thousands upon thousands of people. the cops were great - when i and others greeted them, they nodded or smiled back and one said his dad had been on a very long strike way back. i joined the "Indigenous People Coalition". it was way cool with the drum beating and we were 'smudged' with sage.  everyone was in such good spirits and talking to each other.  i saw a couple of 'suits' and said, "Hey! suits!" they smiled and give me a thumbs up. there were all kinds of people there from all walks of life, creeds, religions - it was so fantastic. i haven't been to a demonstration like it since the 60's stuff.  (btw, there was one guy there i couldn't believe. he was tall, tanned with a shock of blond hair and a white suit. he was a tent minister out of a movie. i talked to him and thanked him for coming.)  at the end we all congregated at the occupation site and had some refreshments for free.  and Michael Moore was there. i couldn't hear a word he said, but saw his orange cap and heard people cheering. what a day!!! :]  we are the 99%. "the workers, united, will never be defeated!"  "Need not Greed!"
Comment by Julie Carter on October 6, 2011 at 10:49pm
Well, I doubt cosmetics are really our biggest concern, LOL. But I do think about these people living in these horrid tiny rooms.
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on October 6, 2011 at 10:41pm
One of the many reasons to be concerned if they take our place as superpower...  They also don't appear to care about the environment much  either.
Comment by Julie Carter on October 6, 2011 at 10:37pm
I work in Regulatory Affairs (and Quality) for a cosmetics manufacturer, and the only thing I don't like about China is the fact that they make it super, super hard to get American products into their country. They made new advertising and claims rules a few years ago, and they didn't approve ONE new product (from the US, Europe, anywhere) for something like two years. So they make it really hard to sell your products over there, but they send all kinds of contaminated crap over here, in toothpaste, food, pet food, etc. Just irks me. Probably true in other industries, but I don't really know.
Comment by sk8eycat on October 6, 2011 at 10:32pm


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Comment by sk8eycat on October 6, 2011 at 10:30pm

@ Atheist Voyager: THANK you!

This brings back such amazing memories, as I was working part-time at KCET when "Cosmos" (original title, "Man and the Cosmos") was in production.  I walked on the "Starhip of the Mind" set....stared with wonder at some of the large paintings  by astronomical artists Adolf Schaller and Rick Sternbach, and some of the props, including the large planets, were stored in the warehouse we used for Auction (the department I worked for).  I met Carl Saga briefly a few times...just walking across the lot.  (He was TALL!)  

I was so excited when the shows finally aired, and Sagan uttered the (then) slightly shocking words for all America to hear that, "Evolution is a fact."
One of the major thrills of my life.  I can't believe it was 30 years ago.
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on October 6, 2011 at 9:57pm
I have no real problem with the Chinese.  Hey, my computer is a cheap Chinese knock off.  I had a few problems with the keyboard being wired for Chinese, but once I changed the operating system, that little problem went away.  The Chinese are smart, enterprising and they want our place on top.  If we're not careful, they may just get it.
Comment by Alice on October 6, 2011 at 9:36pm
I just spend a couple of days in Beijing - and I was really impressed - I really like the place and the people...
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on October 6, 2011 at 9:14pm
It may be a smart short term strategy to send computer and other manufacturing jobs to China and other Third World countries, but hello!  No patent or copyright laws.  Nothing made there is protected.  India just came out with $45 computer and the $500 car.  Anything made in China is going to be knocked of  ten ways from Sunday, but hey, it saves a lot of money in the short term.  Until the Chinese start making the same thing for several hundred dollars less and under cut American .  Is anyone else concerned how fast China are moving up in the technology world?  I have a feeling they're the real geniuses.
Comment by Steph S. on October 6, 2011 at 8:56pm

Here's a picture at the Wall Street Protest

Brighton Wallace takes part in an "Occupy Austin" protest at Austin City Hall, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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