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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

Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Jan 5. 7 Replies

Ian, for some reason, my comment would not "send" on Hang with Friends; perhaps it will here!Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing. It goes in my file. I especially like the thought of surprising myself. Laura made a special trip to my Spokane home to…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jan 1. 0 Replies

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

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 31, 2016. 27 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 14, 2016. 27 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 7, 2016. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Daniel W on December 7, 2016 at 6:15pm

Joan, try this!

To search on something that you think was posted some time ago in nexus, but not sure what or by whom, you can go to google, and use the following.  To search on King Leopold's ghost, you can type "atheistnexus:Leopold".  That will get you there better than any way I know.   

Im sure its not accessible to Congolese Denoos, but if there is a connection through your paternal line, a blood test on Ancestry.com would probably show it.  I was shocked to find that my blood test there identified relatives via my paternal line, my mother's mother's paternal line, and my mother's paternal line, all separate connections.  There are living descendents of the great great great grandparents who I had no idea existed, and I have connected with one. The lineage is well documented, so Im sure the DNA test is correct.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2016 at 6:00pm

Thanks Kathy.

Comment by k.h. ky on December 7, 2016 at 5:06pm
Spud, the first one isn't right but the rest are fine.
And you are correct. Pet's are expensive. The larger the animal the more expensive.
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 7, 2016 at 3:03pm

Chris, attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions, and values do change over time but the history of the black face must be remembered. In Belgium, King Leopold, and his subjects, as well and the RCC supported slavery. I am not aware of the Belgian colonial history of Spain, but I keenly aware of the Belgian colonialism of the Congo. When we forget history, we accept the attitudes that created values that supported and encouraged black slavery. I don't remember if you were part of our group when we read the Congo history and how King Leopold benefited by the enslavement of black people. 

Read or watch  Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/Joseph_Conrad/Heart_of_Darkness/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XpS8OYy7Ms

When I visited family members in Belgium, our host bragged about the ways they gained control over the Congolese people. There were several Denoo's who participated in the slaughter and enslavement. I heard about this history from a relative and read about it when I returned home. Only one of the obscenities was to cut off the hands of wives and children of men who did not return with enough rubber substance spread on their bodies and used to transport the resource for the Belgian colonialists. 

Daniel, I am not able to find your powerful review of the book. Are you able to find and share the review with us?   

I will send this page of photos:

Belgian Congo, women and children with hands cut off. 

If mothers and fathers continue to carry on the tradition of black faced participant in the Yule season, they should know the history, face the shame of the actions condoned by the people of Belgium, and express outrage, instead of giving excuses of this being a custom, tradition, or value of present celebrations. 

I have many contacts with Congolese black people with the last name Denoo. We seek to find the link, but so far, have failed. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2016 at 12:37pm

Thanks G Cat.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2016 at 12:34pm

Thanks Ian.  Hope the interview goes well.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 7, 2016 at 12:33pm

Kathy and Daniel, Ruth and I are still around. Life happens... :)

Spud, I see all your symbols except for the apple logo (both on a Windows 7 desktop computer and on an Android phone).

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 7, 2016 at 12:29pm

Good luck, Ian.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 7, 2016 at 12:27pm

Pardon my breaking the conversation thread, but this song's been going through my head all day ... and I just had to get it OUT:



And now the sun's comin' up...

Comment by Plinius on December 7, 2016 at 12:27pm

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you, Ian!

 

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