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Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller 15 hours ago. 0 Replies

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

Tags: talk, psychotropic, therapy, psychology, Elliott Ingersol

maggie and milly and molly and may (Edward Estlin Cummings & Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 20. 2 Replies

It's amazing what you discover when you go looking for something you had no idea you'd find.  On an impulse, I pulled up Eric Whitacre's website to see if he had created any new pieces.  It would seem that he has: a song cycle called The City and…Continue

Tags: e e cummings, Eric Whitacre

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 18. 1 Reply

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

Passive and Active voices

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 16. 1 Reply

Have you noticed that much of the discussion in families and with friends, in the print media, on TV, and now on the internet is in the Passive Voice? Many people whine, complain, gripe, accuse, blame, call names, ridicule, grumble, bitch, rebuke,…Continue

Tags: and, behaviors, communication., attitudes, learned

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 14. 2 Replies

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested"In 2009, a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney noticed…Continue

Tags: women, Enough, SAID, black, victims

Something Beautiful – Nathan Phelps & Seth Andrews

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 10. 7 Replies

And it is beautiful, too, indeed, I think some of Seth Andrews' best work.  Interesting point: rather than Seth's dulcet baritone doing the narration, this piece presses Nathan Phelps' deep bass intonation into service, bringing a different flavor…Continue

Tags: Nathan Phelps, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, beautiful, something

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Comment by sk8eycat on December 14, 2014 at 8:54pm

Is the Smithsonian taxpayer-supported gov't property?  If it is, the USAF is out of line.  Again.

USAF band & choir 
"Let Earth receive her KING?"  Oh, really?  There's another yideo of the group playing the "Greensleeves" melody, but the choir is singing, "What Child is This?"  (Same tune)"What future human sacrifice is this," is more like it.
Sk8ey cat is haired up and hissing.
Comment by sk8eycat on December 14, 2014 at 8:08pm

Chris:  I'm laughing that you stepped on that "pushy" woman's feet; were you wearing high heels?  (LOL!)  I would have done the same, but I don't wear heels anymore...I just look at photos of them and imagine bones going *crunch!*

Mindy and Patricia: Isn't it absurd that the buybull's imaginary boss made it possible to pass hereditary conditions on to our offspring, and then punishes us for not begging him.her/it to "cure" them? My dad's alcoholism and diabetes were two of the MANY reasons I decided not to have children at all.

I am reading my Robert Ingersoll collection again, especially the parts where he wrote/talked about Jeebus' absurd "miracles."  Imagine a "holy" man curing another man's blindness with spit.  How hygienic!

I really want to ask a minister about JC casting devils into a herd of swine (that then went berserk and drowned themselves), since the OT forbids eating or touching any pig products, where did that Middle Eastern "herd" come from?  Why was someone raising them if he couldn't sell them to anyone?

HOORAY for ham, bacon, and stuffed pork chops!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 7:11pm

How to Shit Around the World: The Art of Staying Clean and Healthy ...

Ian, I wish I had this guide when I was traveling. It was in Hungary, I think, that we had to buy toilet paper and each piece was 4" x 4" and felt like the paper we used for learning how to write in 1st grade. We also had to tip the restroom assistant for standing in the door and selling us toilet paper. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 7:06pm

Ian, your gentle comment of using hands in working instead of in prayer says what needs to be said and understood. 

If I remember correctly, she lived in Odder, near you. With your daughter in Copenhagen, will you travel by ferry to see her, or take the Great Belt?

I enjoyed a beautiful ferry ride from Hamburg to Copenhagen and on eastward. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 6:44pm

Mindy, we need to find you some good posters that tell about non-believers and their children. We could knock your neighbor's socks off. 

I just found a treasure trove that you may enjoy. I am going to send one of these a day until I run out of posters. 

Churches and Children

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 2:37pm

Patricia, I am very glad to learn you don't shop at WalMart. My son-in-law has a sticker on his truck, MalWart. Let me think, doesn't mal = "bad" in Latin and wart = "virus' in English? 

Bad virus 

I am unable to copy the picture from there to here. So, here is the site. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 2:21pm

Chris, I love your toe-stepping-on experience! Sounds like the person needed some training on how to behave.  

Because we don't exchange gifts or cards, we have none of the stress associated with the mid-winter holidays. No shopping, no addressing of cards en mass, no crowds. We can sit at home, feet up on an ottoman and drink coffee, tea, or hot cocoa with a stick of cinnamon.  

Our potlucks at mid-winter taste so good, everyone, men and women, seem to be excellent cooks. Not all the family and friends are non-believers; we restrain from discussing religion and politics for other times.  If someone does bring up a conflicted topic, we always hear from the other side, not in an aggressive manner, but as a statement to balance opinions. The north Washington state area, populated by fundamentalist religious and political parties, have the fuel to create a big fuss. We like each other, so we leave the disputes to a Friday night over a pizza and beer. 

Comment by Ian Mason on December 14, 2014 at 2:18pm

Helping your children or anyone: two hands working can do more than 1,000 clasped in prayer.

The seasonal broohaha is over for me. Was in England in Nov. and handed out presents and cards. Held "Xmas" yesterday with my daughter as she's moving to Copenhagen on Friday. We had the usual big nosh-up and exchanged presents. She says that I'm one of the most travelled people she knows so she gave me 1) a scratch-map. You scrape the foil off each country you visit and are left with a map of the world and 2) a book called "How to Shit (all over the world) which, despite the silly title, is written by a doctor from the Institute of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine and a good guide to dos and don'ts when travelling. The lists of various diseases and parasites are quite a horror story though.

Has everyone had a pleasant weekend?

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 2:09pm

Mindy, I did receive this information from you,

"This is what an old friend put on Facebook.  This is why I don't have many close friends in real life anymore.  I was just astounded. Ugh."

However, I am very curious about what your old friend put on Facebook. 

Comment by Plinius on December 14, 2014 at 8:59am

what a stupid tekst, Mindy, I can imagine you avoiding those people! I'm lucky that most religious people here are not so rabid.

Went to Rotterdam just now for a new diary - but I almost had to fight. The shopping frenzy is at boiling point,the shops are loaded with people who all look unhappy and nervous or agressive. One woman tried to push me from my place in a queue, so I stepped on het feet to stop her. She ran away cursing, I thought her very funny!


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