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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by kathy: ky on July 18, 2016 at 2:29pm
I was reminded of that from Ian's prior post.
And the rich get richer !!
Comment by kathy: ky on July 18, 2016 at 2:26pm
You can't win in the USA. My b-i-l worked all his life. When he was laid off, at age 66, he found out he wasn't eligible for unemployment because he was drawing a small pension from a prior job. Even though he was taxed for unemployment insurance on every check he ever earned.
How screwed up is that??
Comment by Plinius on July 18, 2016 at 7:23am

You're right, Joan, there are so many aspects of a basic income for all - if we'd introduce it I guess the haves will have so many means to keep the not-haves poor that no one will be the better for it. To all your other points: YES!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2016 at 3:38am

Chris, I don't support a primary income because no one is owed a living; I do think everyone is owed a job with living wages. I also believe there should be a cap on wealth, although it would give migraine headaches to those who administer it. It is too easy to hide money, thus maintaining the broad gap between wealthy and poor. 

There should be universal: 

* income level for families with children and a disincentive to have more children, family planning services and abortions legal;

* education with required competencies to pass each level of education with a basic education of reading, writing and arithmetic; 

* health care for all members of the society; 

* retirement for each individual, not for a couple, that is, enough to keep each one living above the poverty level. 

With these basic needs of children and elderly, as well as education and health care secured for all individuals to their highest level of ability or interest, and with higher wages for wage-workers, there would be an incentive for people to work and there would be no need for the highly corruptible welfare system. 

My understanding is that Sweden and the Scandinavian countries have jobs with living wages for all citizens and are taxed to accomplish the cost with a progressive tax rate.

Ten Reasons to Support Basic Income

I can find reasons to not support a basic income. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 18, 2016 at 1:32am

Chris, I really don't know about the 'citizen wage' idea. The same proposal has been aired in Denmark but vanished again.

Joan, I agree with what you say. A 'sub.proletariat' is now a reality and it's often looked down on in the media and by those in work.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2016 at 7:10pm

Ian, I hear your frustration and share it. With fewer paid jobs and more workers, it creates the ability to generate a poverty class. If the wealthy cared about the poor, they would either invest in the projects to employ workers or the government would make work projects, such as road and highway repair and construction, improve schools and hospitals to the point of everyone who is willing and able to work has a paying job. And if the wealthy and the government had any sense of responsibility, the wages would be enough to draw all workers into the middle Class.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 17, 2016 at 5:44pm

Thanks for all the birthday greetings!  Yes, yesterday was indeed my birthday.  It was just another normal day, but I did go out to dinner with my best friend last night to one of our favorite pizza places. We always have lots of laughs together.  Went home and was In bed by 11pm.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 17, 2016 at 10:09am

Speaking of UN-Birthdays:

Comment by Plinius on July 17, 2016 at 8:52am

An unbirthday celebration is also ok!

Comment by Randall Smith on July 17, 2016 at 6:53am

If indeed, it IS your birthday, Carl, thumbs up!!

 

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