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The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Feb 19. 14 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 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

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Jan 31. 15 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 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

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Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 19, 2016 at 5:06pm

Thanks for the update, Ian.  We left Germany in the late 70's, and I didn't know what had developed since then.  Say hello to the "Little Mermaid" for us.  I would love to get back over there for a visit.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 19, 2016 at 3:01pm

It's quite true, Donald that things in Europe have declined over the past few decades. The U.S. has become the model to emulate, unfortunately. I failed my British "eleven-plus" exam and ended up in skilled manual work but even so could attend evening classes and go to university at the age of 25. Tuition was free and there was a student grant that was just sufficient to survive on. This was in the 80s. My nephews in Britain are now having to run up debts to get an education as tuition costs a lot of money and there are no grants. Here in Denmark, however my daughter managed 5 years of university without getting into debt as the situation is still reasonable. She had to work part-time to earn a little extra to live on but that's all.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 19, 2016 at 12:57pm

Nice one Loren (although there could be a second anchor still attached to the other side of the boat labeled U S Senate).

Comment by Loren Miller on February 19, 2016 at 11:30am

Rather says it all, don't it?

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 17, 2016 at 11:25pm

Randall, Bernie Sanders has a good thought, but under our present circumstances it won't fly.  He says all the other industrialized nations have free college, and free medical for everyone.

I can only speak based on my two tours of duty in Germany, and what one of my German friends advised me last year. Bernie wants a generally speaking, modest income tax.  The Germans are playing 54% income tax, plus a 25% VAT tax.  (The equivalent of our Sales Tax)  What we pay for a gallon of gas, they pay about the same for a liter.

Their medical program is not just wide open to what you want, but, for lack of the proper term, I will say it is metered out.   For instance, the wife of my German chess opponent had her knee replaced.  A couple of years later, the artificial knee came loose from the bone, and it was painful to her in addition to her constantly loosing her balance.  She couldn't just go to the doctor and ask him to replace the bad knee.  She had to meet a government medical board to get approval for the knee replacement.

As far as college is concerned, every German child, at the age of 11 years takes a test.  How they do on that test determines whether they can go to college or not.  If they pass the test, they are given academic courses.  If they fail the test, they get courses aimed at the trades.  ln other words, it is only free if the child passes a test at 11 years of age.

If they are getting welfare, they have to work for it.  It is quite common to see old people sweeping the streets.

Bernie has a good heart, but that isn't what we need right now.

We need someone with a good heart and workable solutions.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 17, 2016 at 7:53am

When my piano tuner came yesterday, he commented very favorably to my Bernie Sanders sticker on my front door! Good fellow.

Comment by k.h. ky on February 16, 2016 at 10:23am
Sorry Grinning Cat. Thanks goes to you for the article below. My bad.
Comment by Plinius on February 15, 2016 at 11:04am

Nice! Reading aloud, even if I don't know the pronunciation, I find the rhythm, and words from Dutch, especially the northern dialects, and from German.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 15, 2016 at 10:52am

I must go hunting chocolate tomorrow.

A bit of pointless information: originally, in Mezoamerica "chokolatl" (bitter water) was a drink reserved for warriors. Women and peasants weren't allowd to taste.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 15, 2016 at 10:48am

Thank you for the kind words.

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