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White House Petition: Change National Motto Back to "E Pluribus, Unum"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky Jan 22. 8 Replies

There is a petition being sponsored by whitehouse.gov to remove "in god we trust" as the national motto and replace it with the original: "E Pluribus, Unum" or "Out of Many, One."  As of this writing, there are around 11,000 signatures on it, with…Continue

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There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 24, 2015. 3 Replies

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

coming out (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Atheist in FundyLand Dec 23, 2015. 6 Replies

Whether as atheist, agnostic, gay / Lesbian or whatever, the process of coming out has been a repeated topic of discussion here on Atheist Nexus and for good reason: it is at once a necessary yet potentially supremely painful process, depending on…Continue

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If God Exists (DarkMatter2525)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 23, 2015. 4 Replies

"Practice makes perfect."  That's the concept, isn't it?  Work diligently at something, especially something you enjoy and are adept at, and your skills sharpen, your judgment improves, and the product of your efforts demonstrate that improvement. …Continue

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Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 1, 2015. 1 Reply

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 22, 2015 at 4:08pm

Randy, every time I visit the BMV I look around at the people there and think to myself, "Wow.  These people are actually licensed to drive."  It's pretty scary.   

Comment by Randall Smith on July 22, 2015 at 7:04am

It's a morning "on the town". Off to see my father, Aldi, and the dreaded BMV to register my new truck. Ugh.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2015 at 3:03am

Randy, I feel excited, too, that we begin to think of the health of the soil rather than how much chemical fertilizer we will have to use in order to get a crop. Even the Palouse farmers begin to recognize the problems. 

We live during a very interesting period of human history, something unlike we have experienced before. So many peaks coming together at the same time. 

Comment by Randall Smith on July 17, 2015 at 10:08am

Cute, Carl. He wishes.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 16, 2015 at 10:10pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 16, 2015 at 2:55pm

Joan, your life stories never cease to amaze me. Thanks.

Randall, I share your concern about soil loss. It's good to hear some farmers are adopting no-till.

I wrote a 7 page paper (rough draft) outlining a Partnership/complex systems/sociological/group process approach to overcome climate change denial. So far none of the people with whom I shared it by email have responded. Basically it endorses consciousness raising groups with a "no blame" approach. Can't share it here since it's not published, not hosted on a website. If you want to take a look, email me at yahoo as ruthanthonygardner and mention "Opportunity" in the subject line.

I wanted to get Chris Hedges to read it, but haven't been able to get an email address for him. I also thought to discuss it with someone who wrote an article about the connection between hierarchy and climate chang..., but the damned thing doesn't  have the author's name, only his photo. As an unknown, unpublished individual seeking attention for an unsolicited paper, it's an uphill battle.

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 16, 2015 at 2:16pm

I remember learning about the Dust Bowl in elementary school and how bad it was for farming.  However, I had no idea how horrible the whole crisis was until I watched Ken Burns' documentary The Dust Bowl, recently.  The shear force of sand-whipped winds that caused blistering on your skin.  And the prejudiced ways Okies and other migrants were treated while trying to cross the state border into California.  

Comment by Randall Smith on July 16, 2015 at 7:32am

To look at farmland and the soil in winter, when the ground is bare, it's scary. One sees a lot of subsoil spots or areas, especially on knobs where the topsoil has been washed away over the years. Where once topsoil was 18" thick, it's now only a third of that--at best. Fence rows are usually a foot higher than the adjacent fields because they've been protected--never plowed or left bare.  Farmers around my parts are slowly figuring out it's best not to till. Hence, "no-till" farming is gaining adherants. Perhaps there's hope.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2015 at 3:36am

Felaine, in 1941, construction recruiters went to the farming areas and to the cities of great migrations after the Dust Bowl to recruit builders of a massive railroad and highway system across the southern tier of the USA. The construction companies wanted poor farm men who knew how to work, had skills and were teachable, to create this gigantic project for moving men and material from coast to coast. We found out later that the preparation was for the Asian part of WW II. Dad got a job and we moved with him in a 12 foot long trailer to follow him as he moved across the Southern tier. My uncles were also part of that building project, but not at the same camps as Dad. Dad often talked about the many construction skills he learned from the Arkie and Okies with whom he worked.

Conditions were awful, as my mother described them years later. I had fun with all the Mexican and Blacks and Arkies and Okies. We sang songs, played games, shared meals, and generally had a dirty, poor, hot time of it. The Southern Tier was a motley crew if ever there was one.   

Comment by Plinius on July 16, 2015 at 2:04am

I know a little bit of that story from history books, The Grapes of Wrath, pictures by Dorothea Lange, but the reality must have been much harder.

 

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