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Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by kathy: ky Aug 9. 4 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Jonathan Simeone Aug 5. 29 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

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The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 3. 3 Replies

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

Tags: mystery, Bourne, Brian Dalton, Mr. Deity

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory Institute

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Jul 31. 3 Replies

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory InstituteI have followed the Justin Rhodes family for many months and each videa is unique. this one is about their adventures in Colorado, and…Continue

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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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Comment by Chris on May 6, 2017 at 1:35am

Bertold,

I haven't lived in Portland Oregon but visited and went there many timew while living in NE Oregon. I heard good things about the Mayor, Bud Clark.

Portland Oregon has some great fountains (including drinking fountains) and public art.

Powells book stores are a great resource.

The  Oregon Musium of Science and Industry (OMSI) is also interesting to explore.

Good cities have public transportation, art, and science facilities for citizens.

Portlands metro is better than many cities I've been to. European cities probably have better public transportation than Portland  and most cities in the U.S.

Portland  had free parking for battery powered cars in the early 1990's. 

The TV Program Portlandia doesn't do the city justice- but at least it can  take a joke.  I understand the Mayor of Portland (while Portlandia was being produced) appeared on the show occationally.

One of the thins I like about Portland is that the first floor of buildings downtown are for shops, the second, or more floors are for offices, the third and additional floors are apartments.  That is also a kind of European model.

The city planners in Portland Oregon did a good job making the region comfortable. It's a good model for other American cities.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 5, 2017 at 10:02pm

Chris,

When it comes to plays, I tend to catch them on youtube. 

The figure in the poster you posted is Bud Clark, former mayor of Portland  He ran for mayor against a total dick who was practically a dead ringer for Frank Burns in the MASH tv series. They tried to brand Bud as a "born again pagan," but being Portland it backfired and Bud won. To this day I'm proud to declare myself a born again pagan. 

Comment by Chris on May 5, 2017 at 9:46pm

Bertold,

Stage art preformances are great to watch. Plays have a lot more liberty than TV, or movies.

I unfortunately can't go to plays, or movie theaters bacause clapping hurts my ears.

My mother and aunts were all named after women in Opera  performances.

Comment by Chris on May 5, 2017 at 8:18pm

Portland Oregon, U.S.A.

Expose yourself to art.

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 5, 2017 at 4:41pm

The passing of a truly great actor

Richard Pasco obituary

Classical actor with a prolific repertoire, authoritative stage presence and unforgettable voice
Here's one of the most compelling bits of acting I've seen anywhere:
Comment by Loren Miller on May 5, 2017 at 4:16pm

Joan, I'll use any excuse to consume margaritas and Enchiladas Mole Poblano, for sure!  I may not do it TODAY, though, because every Mexican restaurant on the planet is likely going bonkers BECAUSE of Cinco de Mayo!

And so it goes...

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 5, 2017 at 3:19pm

"According to CNN, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States than in Mexico. In fact, unless you reside in the city of Pueblá, Cinco de Mayo is just another normal day in Mexico. That's because, according to the Library of Congress, Pueblá is the town where the Mexican army was victorious over the French on May 5, 1862 — i.e. Cinco de Mayo. This day, however, has taken on a whole new, completely unrelated meaning to many in the United States."

Should You Celebrate Cinco De Mayo? Consider This Before Joining The Festivities


https://www.romper.com/p/should-you-celebrate-cinco-de-mayo-conside...
Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 5, 2017 at 1:05pm

Chris, yes, Alexander Calder has several pieces of artwork on display in Chicago.  Interesting that you should bring up his name at this time.  Coincidentally, two of his most prominent and iconic pieces have been making news headlines here just recently.  

The Universe, on display in the lobby of the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) since 1974, was dismantled last month and put into storage in preparation for a lobby renovation.  Renovation plans do not include installation.  There is also a legal dispute over who owns the art.

Calder sculpture no longer in Willis Tower 

The other threatened piece is Flamingo.  Also on display since 1974, it has become a cherished icon in Chicago.  It sits in a wide, open plaza bordered on three sides by three Mies van der Rohe designed buildings.  The beautiful bright red color and curves of Flamingo are a stark contrast to the dark, rigid steel and glass buildings by van der Rohe.  The melding of the Calder sculpture and the Mies van der Rohe buildings have created a much loved and beautiful public plaza.  

Right now there is talk of renovating the plaza, and so the future of this sculpture has been questioned.  There are conflicting stories about what is planned for this plaza.  And again, there is a dispute as to who owns the artwork.  The plaza and the Mies van der Rohe buildings are owned by the federal government.  They house federal courts and offices and a post office.  The sculpture was commissioned by the federal government as a public work of art.  Over the years it became an important visual icon of Chicago. 

Preservationists Sound Alarm Over ‘Flamingo’ Sculpture

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 5, 2017 at 8:24am

Comment by Loren Miller on May 5, 2017 at 5:28am

Cinco de Mayo!!! Libertad!!!

 

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