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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

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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

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Questions......

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   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

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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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on October 2, 2014 at 5:49am

Mindy, I'm so glad your daughter surprised you.  Sounds like a wonderful day.  Also like the encouraging news about Dale. 

Carl, thanks for the beautiful October forest.  I love forests.

Comment by Plinius on October 2, 2014 at 5:39am

And I really put the lights out!

Comment by Plinius on October 2, 2014 at 1:28am

Have a good trip, Ian! I begin to understand you better now that we've got two adults to take care of. There are good sides but it wears you out.

I'm glad Dale is doing better! I get the feeling he ate something that didn't agree with him - a piece of a toy perhaps? Then you get such a pattern.

Light grey autumn here and still high temperatures. But I feel ready for colder weather.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 1, 2014 at 11:00pm

Comment by Ian Mason on October 1, 2014 at 10:59pm

That looks like a really substantial pro-democracy movement building up in Hong Kong. I think Carl is right that Bejing has a terrible record as regards such things. The West will, of course, only make a token protest if shooting starts.

Glad to hear that Dale is perking up a little, Mindy.

Autumn. "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness". Every season has its beauties.

I'm off to England again tomorrow. A niece getting married and things to decide and sign about my dement Mum. To be honest, I'm getting tired of airports and 'planes. Although I've enjoyed this year's holidays and family visits, I feel that I've reached my limit for the time being.

Be well, everyone.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 9:02pm

I found this about the drone video Dramatic aerial drone footage of Hong Kong protests

"Aerial footage filmed by a drone shows the large number of people joining pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Protest leaders have threatened to step up their campaign if the region's chief executive does not meet them by midnight on Tuesday, after he insisted that Beijing would not retreat on limits to voting reforms."

I was in Hong Kong in the 1980s. The masses of people were everywhere. The tall buildings that we call apartment houses, they called estates. The estates I went to, to interview women, consisted of one room for each apartment. They had community bathrooms and elevators that stopped at every other floor ... If I remember correctly they stopped at every 4th floor, but memory could be fading. 
I had fantastic meals in these one room apartments; how they did it I cannot tell. They had fold down beds on all four walls, and these were fastened up to the wall during the day and a big table was unfolded out to the center of the room. Folding chairs appeared from nooks. In one room, it was not uncommon to have a family of one or two small children, a mother and father, and a grandmother and grandfather. Often there was another child of the grandparents.

I was told it took four adults to raise one child. Everyone worksed men and women of all ages. The elders assumed childcare duties as a normal situation. There were child care facilities paid for by the government and the business. These were called Crèche.

A working mother had a month off after the birth of a baby and then had a year of release time so she could nurse her baby while working. She was not penalised for that lost work.  Most women I talked to did not want more than one child. 

It was in China that I saw the first contraceptive inserts into the arms of young women. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 1, 2014 at 7:55pm

Happy October!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 1, 2014 at 11:53am

The Hong Kong video I posted was removed.  Here it is from another source.  Hopefully this one won't also disappear.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 11:30am

Bodily fluids include: 

During WW II, I and 2 or 3 other families sent us to live with our grandparents while the men were off building airfields in foreign lands and the women worked at Kaiser Aluminum. Grandma Whitehead had lots of work to do to feed and care for us. She emphasized cleanliness and insisted we wash our hands before touching food or coming to dinner. She taught us how to sneeze and cough into our elbows. We had a bunch of old rags that we would use to wipe our noses and then throw the rags into the wood burning stove in the kitchen. She boiled our underwear on the stove. During the summertime, sweat ran out of her hair, down her face, down her back and under her arms. 

My uncles, her sons, made fun of her for being so meticulous, as if she were doing something foolish. 

Well, her training prevented a lot of infections and upsets that we could have had, thus saving her time, effort, work and care. I am that strict with my grandchildren and great-grandchildren and they give me "lip". Oh! I remember so well, those days, long ago, when the winters were harsh and the house was cold and drafty. We had earaches and tonsilitis and measles and mumps and chicken pox and diphtheria, and polio and scarlet fever and flue and colds.

Remedies were such things as mustard plasters, mentholatum, caster oil, enemas, heads under a towel over boiling water, and quarantine. Those were the good old days. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 11:08am

Mindy, I am concerned about Dale, too. A precious friend of yours in trouble. It is just like all good things that come to an end, enjoy the present moment. Dale may enjoy some extra cuddles, or he may not. Whatever, just stay in the moment. What comes will inevitably come. I'm thinking about you and Dale. I know a lot of people can read the pain in your messages. We're here for you. 

 

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