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God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 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

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

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 9, 2016 at 1:38pm

There's not much I can add to what has already been expressed here. A Trump presidency is frightening and worrisome on so many levels. I feel numb and despondent at what the future holds.

So much is at stake: civil rights, gay rights, minority rights, equal rights, Social Security, Medicare, education, the environment, foreign policy and world relations, climate change, generations of damage to the Supreme Court, the economy, the Environmental Protection Agency, healthcare. The list goes on.

If something were to happen to Trump, and Mike Pence were to become president, the precarious future of many of the above-listed issues still stand. With Republicans controlling Congress, the Judicial, and Executive branches, the dismantling of any form of civilized society we now have will come swiftly and with devastating results whether it is Trump or Pence at the helm.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 9, 2016 at 10:30am

I agree with Chris. There's been a wave of nationalism that started with the break-up of the 'Stalin' block that's been growing ever since. In Denmark the nationalist 'People's Party' is the country's second largest. It's been caught with its hand in the EU till recently but I'm sure it will bounce back as it pounds the xenophobic drum louder.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2016 at 10:02am

Life goes on. 

Comment by Daniel W on November 9, 2016 at 9:35am

Three decades ago, I left Red State USA because I was unwanted, unwelcome, disparaged, reviled, and an outsider in almost every way.  I didnt even realize there were places where I would fit in, at least a little, better.  There was no internet then, and all I had was library books to guide me.  The move made living possible.  Not without many challenges, and some heartbreak and fear at times, but possible.  When I lived in college town Oregon, it felt for a long time like I had come home.  Now, much later, I feel a similar way about my semi-rural country life in Southwest Washington State.

It appears that one can never fully leave the Red State life. Now, we will have a Red State congress, senate, president, and probably soon, Supreme Court.  What Red State people dont get, is their world is worse not because of intrusions of black people, hispanics, gays, Muslims, and Asians, but because of their own thick headed backward thinking, us/them mentality, brutish behavior, xenophobia, drive away many who would make their world a more vibrant, creative, successful place.  Which leads to an even greater red/blue dichotomy.

So now, the USA once again becomes RedStateLandia.  It is never far from that.  This election culminates the Whitelash that started with election of a black man to the presidency.  It is also a forced acknowledgement that the vast white rural and working class red stats "homelands" have been left behind in an economic system where others work for far less, and where they themselves buy most goods and essentials that were manufactured by people who are paid poverty level wages, in slave labor conditions.  They cant compete with that.  

All I can hope for now, is that the reserves of diversity continue to have the social and intellectual ferment and vibrant experimentation to act as a reserve of change for those who follow.  Part of that will need to include a more humble approach to social change, with less of the academic and liberal pundit elitism and more focus on all people - including the red state populations and their losses and struggles. 

As for myself, I need to disengage from most political discussion.  Im tired of it all.

Randy, you are right.  That pendulum will swing back.  Lets hope it's not inspired by Edgar Allen Poe.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 9, 2016 at 9:21am

Well, here's my two cents' worth, for whoever is interested.

Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2016 at 9:14am

Ignorant - I don't know, but I do know that the rise of the trumpmovement is not a single thing. Everywhere I see people getting scared of people who don't exactly look the same as themselves, scared of people with knives or junkies, scared of refugees and and scared of people who think differently. Trump in the USA, Wilders in the Netherlands, le Pen in France, Orbán in Hungary and others in almost every country play the same game - scare people and promise them the security of borders, walls, guns and whatever. They're like preachers, feeding on people's insecurities. And people listen to that crap!  

How long have we believed that we could have a good influence and the world could get better? Since the 60s perhaps, but these years we see that it was only a sunny patch...

Comment by Randall Smith on November 9, 2016 at 6:59am

Needless to say, I am stunned, shocked, and scared. Republicans are in total control of our destiny. It's not the end of the world, however. The pendulum will eventually swing back.

What I can't understand is how Trump could win. What does it say about the general population, especially white America? Are we really that ignorant?

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2016 at 4:16am

Loren, I will be watching for it. Word simply escape me. 

Comment by Loren Miller on November 9, 2016 at 3:37am

"Dread" puts it mildly, Joan.  I'm honestly hesitant to give full expression to what I'm feeling here, for the simple reason that it would be inadequate.

I definitely feel a blog coming on, though...

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2016 at 2:12am

I have a heavy lump of burning coals in my gut.  We are in for a rough ride. I remember how happy I was when Obama won; he either yielded to big money or agreed with them all along. 

I feel dread this time.

 

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