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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2015 at 11:48pm

#1 song for 1936 was Bing Crosby, "Pennies from heaven"

I forget how to get the Imbed Code to bring the film here. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2015 at 10:53pm

Ian, it seems uncertainty is the only constant during this period in human history. If that is an accurate statement, then the remedy for working folk is to learn how to thrive in uncertainty.

I do hope your situation becomes stable, and you receive the benefits that you worked to gain. 

It is a crime that workers and those who hire workers agree to terms that include retirement benefits; when the time comes to collect the benefits, sometimes the rules change. The worker fulfills his or her part of the bargain throughout their working years, and those who hire workers don't and are not required to perform their part of the bargain. 

If enough workers fall into this trap, and if workers organize to retain their legitimate claims to retirement, then the benefits may be restored.

If those who hire workers have clout with changing laws, law enforcers, attorneys and judges, then the workers lose. 

The workers also lose because during their working years the cost of living is at one level but upon retirement the cost of living is higher because of inflation. Workers who retire often have to lower their standard of living.  

Capitalism stinks when it does not prepare workers for this reality. People in socialist countries face threats of lower standards of living because of threatened loss of security benefits. 

The proof of what I state becomes verified by the growing gap between rich and poor around the world, in every political system. 

If work has value it should pay wages that maintain a modest to medium income. If the work does not support a medium income, then the system works to create an imbalance. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2015 at 9:55pm

Ian, I don't have Facebook, but I looked up the #1 song for the day I was born.  It was "Rag Doll" by the Four Seasons.

The week before and the week after I was born the songs were, respectively, "I Get Around" by the Beach Boys and "A Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles. 

I think it would be fun if everyone here looked up the #1 song for the day they were born and posted it here.

Ian, here's yours.  It was introduced in the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock film "The Man Who Knew Too Much."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2015 at 9:41pm

There's one good thing I hope comes as a result of the pope's visit.  The pope has been on a mission lately against income inequality and uncontrolled capitalism. 

Right now between Donald Trump's racist Hispanic comments and the Republican Party's dismissive policies on immigration reform, hopefully the pope will energizes the Hispanic community and get them even more politically involved.  This would mostly benefit a Democratic or progressive presidential candidate.  Right now, Hispanics are countering Donald Trump's remarks by registering voters. 

While the pope is in the US, fourteen of his scheduled eighteen speaking engagements will be delivered in Spanish. 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 22, 2015 at 8:42pm
Comment by Ian Mason on September 22, 2015 at 8:28pm

Carl, I did one of these Facebook things about 'what was the big hit on the day you were born.' Funnily enough, "Que Sera Sera"

Comment by Ian Mason on September 22, 2015 at 8:25pm

Personally, I think the present pontiff is just a liberal-seeming PR man for the same old right-wing Vatican establishment. It says something about the US that he's regarded as a 'goddam leftie'. Interestingly, when the KKK was at its peak in the 20s, they marched in Washington, protesting against Catholic immigration. Even FDR said that "this is a protestant country. Catholics and Jews have to understand that they're here on sufferance."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2015 at 6:59pm

RICO - Wikipedia

It's interesting.  RICO laws have been used in a very wide variety of cases and situations.  According to Wikipedia, RICO has been used, unsuccessfully in the past, against the Catholic Church. 

I see it has also been used successfully against the Latin Kings gang in Florida.  It's also been used against gang members here in Chicago in recent years.  There has also been talk of classifying gangs as domestic terrorists, thereby providing (in theory) stiffer prison sentences.  But I digress on a whole other topic....

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2015 at 6:24pm
Loren, "Passed in 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal law designed to combat organized crime in the United States. It allows prosecution and civil penalties for racketeering activity performed as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise."

Now, that is an interesting thought, and one that could hold water ... except for the cops, judges, attorneys, politicians, and active members of RCC who would stand in the way.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2015 at 3:57pm

Ian, sorry you are facing such uncertainty with your future plans.  I hope all works out well for you.  You do, however, seem to have a good attitude about the situation.  Que será, será. 


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