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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 13, 2016 at 12:02am

Another memorable scene:

"A man watches as a wave hits the beach on February 8, 2016, in Newhaven, East Sussex. Storm Imogen is the ninth named storm to hit the UK this season. This year's storms are being named in an effort by the Met Office and Met Eireann to increase public awareness and safety. They were named by public ballot and there are no names for the letters Q, U, X, Y, and Z.”

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2016 at 11:46pm

I've been watching the northern hemisphere wind patterns this winter. The British Isles and northern Europe have had some very tough winds. Occasionally I share a copy of wind patterns with you. Today, I ran across this photo: 

“Bruno, a bearded collie cross, walks in the wind in Newquay on February 8, 2016, in Cornwall, England. Parts of the UK were being battered by Storm Imogen, the ninth-named storm to hit the UK this season.“

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2016 at 12:46pm

Bertold, I think there are two things Bernie need to learn. 

1. Foreign affairs: The Game Theory of Terrorism 

Countering violent extremism is different in approach from the one that analysts and policymakers took with al Qaeda. Where they once hunted down operatives and leaders in the top echelons of terrorist organizations, they now also look for so-called influencers and study how, precisely, they incite individuals to violence. Consequently, U.S. counterterrorism has moved from a purely operations-centered strategy—for example, assassinating al Qaeda leaders or what the media calls “cutting off the snake’s head”—to analyzing what the Department of Homeland Security describes as “the dynamics of radicalization to violence” or the reasons why some individuals associated with violent extremism commit violence and others do not. This new perspective has roped in government bodies, activists, and data scientists who not only analyze terrorist social networks and messaging patterns, but also transmit counter-extremist narratives. 
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2. Economics: William Black Time to Jail the Bankers and Take Back Control over M...

"When the 2008 financial crisis hit, Iceland had a very different response than the United States. Iceland let the big banks fail, nationalized them and prosecuted the bankers, sending 26 of the bank executives to jail for fraud and market manipulation. In the US, no high level bankers were prosecuted and the big banks were bailed out through Quantitative Easing which bought bad debt burdening the big banks. The weak response in the US means that fraud and corruption by big finance continue and we are facing an unstable market which many people predict will crash again within the year. We speak with Bill Black of the newly formed Bank Whistleblowers United about the plan they have outlined to instill the rule of law on Wall Street and end fraud with the hope of mitigating the effects of the next financial crisis. And we speak with Randall Wray, an expert in financial instability and macroeconomics, about alternatives to the current financial system that would bring greater stability."

Time to Jail the Bankers and Take Back Control over Money

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2016 at 12:22pm

Carl! Thank you for these sites. I will watch them later and celebrate the progress toward sectarianism and freedom from religion. 

I think his Jewishness will be used against him when he gains more delegates

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 12, 2016 at 11:39am

Hey, folks.  One of the podcasts I listen to regularly is In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg on the BBC.  Back in 2009 he did a four-part series on the life of Charles Darwin.  I recently listened to it again and thought I would share it with you.  It's very informative and worth a listen.

Darwin:  On the Origins of Charles Darwin  Part 1 of 4

Darwin:  The Voyage of the Beagle  Part 2 of 4

Darwin:  On the Origin of Species  Part 3 of 4

Darwin:  Life After Origins  Part 4 of 4

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 12, 2016 at 11:14am

HAPPY DARWIN DAY!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 12, 2016 at 11:07am

Randy, I don't think the Jewishness attacks on Bernie will start unless he actually becomes the Democratic nominee.  But rest assured, unfortunately, they will begin at that point.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 12, 2016 at 7:26am

I keep waiting for attacks on Bernie's Jewishness, albeit an unpracticed "faith". I reckon the Republicans are holding that ace up their sleeve. I thought Bernie did quite well in last night's debate. Same old talking points, but effective.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 11, 2016 at 6:37pm

Here's Catholic Vote's (unsurprising) take on Bernie Sanders:

[Bolding is mine.)

Bernie Sanders: If Sanders can cut into Hillary’s support with black voters, he may very well unravel her campaign. Sanders’ candidacy is growing in intensity and must be taken seriously. The likelihood of a long and protracted Democratic primary appears inevitable. Of greatest concern are the ideas driving his campaign (race/class/sex warfare, attacks on business, massive taxation and redistribution pledges along with promises for total government takeover of healthcare and college education and more). There are already voices arguing that Catholic social teaching and socialism are compatible. Whether Sanders succeeds or not, the ‘political revolution’ is real and will not go away. Catholic voters may be especially vulnerable to certain aspects of this appeal. We think this revolution must be vigorously opposed. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 11, 2016 at 1:04pm

I'm packing the books from my bedroom bookshelf. These are the books I refer to most when trying to make a decision on an issue. 

 

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