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Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by kathy: ky Aug 9. 4 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Jonathan Simeone Aug 5. 29 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

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The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 3. 3 Replies

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

Tags: mystery, Bourne, Brian Dalton, Mr. Deity

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory Institute

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Jul 31. 3 Replies

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory InstituteI have followed the Justin Rhodes family for many months and each videa is unique. this one is about their adventures in Colorado, and…Continue

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Comment by Daniel W on November 7, 2016 at 8:13pm

Interesting idea, vote trading.  Let's say, you live in WA state and you feel absolutely certain your candidate, Ms. Clinton will win your state.  You feel concerned, however, that Ms Clinton could lose national election due to a close loss in a swing state, say, Florida.  You think that taking a vote from Stein in Florida, and giving it to Clinton, will help your cause.

Meanwhile, that Green Floridian  knows a vote for Stein could help Trump, which they don't want.  But they do want the Greens to have a national presence.

So you agree you will vote for Stein, and the Green Floridian will vote for Clinton.   That helps Clinton where it matters more, and yet Stein gets the same popular vote that she would have before.

You could even strategize for the biggest impact, looking for someone in a swing state with a small population, so one vote has more effect; or trade vote with someone in the state where you think it's most likely to make a difference.

I think this involves a degree of trust that I don't feel.

Comment by Daniel W on November 7, 2016 at 7:48pm

With the impeding election, I'm all wired.  I feel as nervous as a cat in a rocking chair convention.  Doubt I will sleep much.  Can't beleive the nation put itself and all of its citizens through this mess.  Now we're about to enter the new era.  Whereever that leads.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 7, 2016 at 4:25pm

In time for Election Day tomorrow, Hemant Mehta writes at Friendly  Atheist ("'My Vote Doesn't Count' is a bigger myth than God"):

"Not voting is the very antithesis of atheism just like making god your co-pilot is the very antithesis of atheism. There’s no point in refusing to rely on a deity to govern the course of your life if you leave it to other people (such as Evangelical Christians) to determine the circumstances of your government."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2016 at 2:02pm

Loren, I love Cleveland. I've been there more times than I can count. There's great history and architecture there.

In fact I always noted the many similarities it has with Chicago:  a great location on the Great Lakes, a major river running through it, an airport on the lake downtown (that was until our Mayor Daley infamously destroyed our Meigs Field runway with bulldozers in a secret overnight mission), and several downtown museums and venues.

I always got a smile on my face when I saw the old May Company building, as I was reminded of Jack Benny and Mary Livingston. 

Comment by Daniel W on November 7, 2016 at 1:23pm

Atlantic magazine has a recent article about Portland, OR being the whitest major city in America, and the racist history of the city,  which includes KKK.  I can't link to it due to my ad blocker.

From Salon..."Growing up black in the whitest city in America"

Hipsterification of Portland doesn't seem to have helped in recent years.  Increased population and gentrification are taking a tool on the racial makeup of the town.

I was disappointed years back when the voters of Oregon overturned marriage equality in a ballot measure, while legalizing medical marijuana.  Oregon voters did not legalize marriage equality - it came via court decision overturning California's Measure 8.

Washington Post also chimed in.  about Portland.

I lived in Portland in the early 90s.  It was scruffier then, but I liked it much better.  Now it feels like a trendy traffic hell.

But - as far as elections go, Portland does look sure to go Democrat. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 7, 2016 at 12:54pm

Oregon has a similar dynamic, GC. It has quite a liberal reputation, but that's almost entirely due to two counties, Multnomah (Portland) ajd Lane (Eugene, home of U of O.) 30 miles outside of Portland you can see KKK literature in some of the high schools.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 7, 2016 at 12:07pm

And I won't be confident of Pennsyltucky's vote until it's over... the very blue Philadelphia area is far from a snapshot of the state average!

Comment by Daniel W on November 7, 2016 at 12:01pm

Loren, I would never understimate the gem of the Cuyahoga County.

Ohio better deliver for Clinton.  Otherwise, Well, I just don't know.  I'll have to start calling it "North Kentucky".

Comment by Loren Miller on November 7, 2016 at 10:37am

[sigh] You guys keep underestimating Cleveland, don't you?




We FILLED downtown Cleveland to celebrate the Cavs' victory, and they're the newcomers here.  Anyone who wants to make such assumptions about The Best Location In the Nation has NO IDEA about us.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2016 at 10:02am

Speaking of incredible sights, this also happened in Chicago:

Cubs World Series celebration ranks as 7th largest gathering in human history

http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/215601786-story

Loren, I don't believe this would have happened in Cleveland.

 

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