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The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 16 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

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

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 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.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 9, 2016 at 1:32am

Well, in case anyone had a shred of doubt, it's now officially no exaggeration to say that we're living in a post-factual world. There could be parallel universes where tRump rises to the occasion and acts like a normal albeit incredibly sleazy POTUS, but we should be so lucky.

Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2016 at 12:57am

Such news! And we can do nothing but wait what happens.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 9, 2016 at 12:45am

Agreed, Ian. This looks like the tipping point where US politics pushes Climate Destabilization and every other kind of destabilization into high gear. I really expect tRump will start a nuclear war within a year. It never crossed my mind that I'd live to see the US controlled by Nazis and gamergate trolls. More than half our citizens appear to have lost touch with reality.

Immediate impact - stock market crash. I'll wake up with less retirement income. But then we all probably won't live as long as we'd imagined.

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Tomorrow I wear black to mourn. Actually I'm feeling Johnny Cash on the outside. One day means nothing when the entire world veers sharply toward surreal wasteland scenarios.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 8, 2016 at 11:27pm

Condolences to U.S. friends first but this will affect us all. Europe now sits between two demagogues, Putin and Trump. The future does not look bright.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2016 at 5:01pm

Carl, that is a beautiful sight and perfect for a walk. 

 

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