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The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Sunday. 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

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

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

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 Plinius on April 22, 2013 at 1:15am

@ Joan, I know you're not a communist, but you don't want to be a capitalist either. From the day the Iron Curtain fell, the capitalists thought they had a free hand to do whatever they thought of, and it worked out badly. The Curtain had kept them in check. Not that I envied the people who lived behind it - or the people who suffer capitalist rule. I'd still go for a mix of both opposites.

I see you, Ian! *waving*

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 21, 2013 at 11:55pm

Re The Family: Rachel Maddow did stories on them during the recent presidential campaign, in part for LGBT reasons. Their connected with the American fundies who are working in Kenya to get homosexuals executed. It's an ugly organization for several reasons, including those you identified.

Dems who voted for Bush 43's war in Iraq lost my support. I want Elizabeth Warren to run for president. But then, a Dem administration lied us into a war in Viet Nam and a Repub administration lied us into a war in Iraq. Is Jill Stein doing anything now to build the Greens into a competitive party, or was her run last year a personal thing?

Hillary and her prayer partners? With so many xian voters, candidates have to pander. Pay more attention to their votes on church and state issues. I do that and I contribute to several ch&st separation organizations. I've read most of the US Suprme Court rulings on ch&st; Scalia would happily impose his Catholicism on America.

Comment by Steph S. on April 21, 2013 at 11:33pm

Comment by Steph S. on April 21, 2013 at 11:32pm

Awwww, thanks so very much Melinda. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. I am getting caught up on all the posts here. Enjoy reading everything.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 21, 2013 at 8:00pm

@Tom Sarbeck: I think some of the early undergodding capitalists were the founders of what is now known as The Family Fellowship (aka The fellowship).  It started out as an anti-union organization. They are a secretive, almost underground organization that works under many other names, including Young Life (for high school and college students). I don't know if they have any direct connections with the dominionists at Oral Roberts University (where Michelle Bachmann went to law school), but it wouldn't surprise me if they do.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fellowship_(Christian_organization)

They provide "prayer partners" and "prayer circles" for members of congress, and sponsor the "National Prayer Breakfast" (that would make me lose my apetite, if I had to attend)....and they are wealthy.  VERY. 

Hillary Clinton said her "prayer partners" helped her cope during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and Bill Clinton's impeachment trial. That's one reason I will never vote for her.

I have Jeff Sharlett's book The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power  ...  I've read it several times, and it scares the *bleep!* out of me.  It also depresses me.  IMO it's a very powerful cabal.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 21, 2013 at 7:32pm

Not quite a month ago, I got myself a new ride, which I'm enjoying a lot.  The woman in the following video, though, seems to be getting a bit of a runaround with her attempt to purchase a used "Honda Prius."  Have a look at what would happen If God Were A Car:

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 21, 2013 at 6:47pm

"Live as if the crumbling order has already collapsed. Plant dreaming seeds of possibility, as you till the soil with the compost of this decaying paradigm. Cease your participation in it. Resist. Dream. Create. Organize. Live your life as a question addressed to the soul of the world and live your way into the answer."
~ Phil Rockstroh

Phil makes sense; With the Earth facing challenges of humans' making, I can think of nothing instead of this or better than this.
Plant, till, cease participation, resist, dream, create, organize, live in the question into the answer!

~ Phil Rockstroh

Image: Parade, by Mordecai Moreh

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 21, 2013 at 5:46pm

Of course people became disillusioned with capitalism, it failed and very badly with both the boom and bust and we continue to have booms and busts, but they are getting closer together and more serious. Eventually, the world will lose faith in capitalism. The way it is designed creates great wealth, the distribution changes over time, with protection for workers coming and going depending on where we are on the boom/bust scale in which we are on. 

Spokane was a Wobbly town ... so was Seattle, Tacoma and Everett. Any of you old enough to remember? "Workers of the World Unite." It gained power by strikes, boycotts, organizing, picketing, and it was sometimes deadly, on both sides. Pinkertons killed strikers, strikers bombed railroads and mines and businesses. Not a very pretty sight.

Everett, WA massacre:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everett_massacre

 

Centralia, WA Massacre

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia_Massacre_(Washington)

 

Spokane, WA in 1909, Wobblies organized and won a free-speech fight.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spokane,_Washington

When you wrote, "The longer story (to be documented soon in a book by a history prof)", I am very interested in any new information. If you find an author, title, or any write up, please let me know. 

I am sorry, I said I wouldn't write more politial news on this link, but I seem to not be able to resist the temptation. 

By the way, if anyone is watching, I am not, have never been, and will never be a communist. I have been to too many communist countries to know that is not a system that supports a curious mind. 

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 21, 2013 at 5:19pm

Re the mention of the 1940s musical Oklahoma:

1. Some wonderful music and singing. In a young folks performance (~1946) my older sister was cast to sing Shirley MacClain's number I'm Just a Girl Who Can't Say No. She and my authoritarian Catholic dad fought a verbal battle the neighbors probably heard but she sang it. The performance was so well liked that they were invited to play it many times in Cincinnati neighborhoods. (That sister was the first in the family to quit Catholicism. She married in a Protestant chuch and my dad refused to go. Before he died he knew all of his five kids had quit. It was kind of like our revenge.)

2. I watched O two years ago and liked all but the barroom morality play number where woman dancers warn young men against sexual sin. It's so American Victorian Xian, etc.

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 21, 2013 at 4:39pm

How did UG get added to the Pledge (which my pals, all of them veterans, know I don't and won't recite)?

The short, partly true story is that in 1954 some submissives (Nietzsche slave morality types) wanted to advertise their slave morality so no one would think they are commie atheists.

The longer story (to be documented soon in a book by a history prof) is that early in the 1930s Depression some business types feared that Americans would lose their faith in capitalism. They hired conservative preachers to plant connections in their followers' minds between capitalism and xianity. The campaign continued through the Depression, WW2 and into the early years of the Cold War. In 1954 Congress added UG to the Pledge.

I have the details on the book title and its author in a SF Chronicle story but to post it I'll have to find it in the stacks of paper on my desk.

 

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