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China pledges US$122 billion for China to UK Silk Road Rail Route

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“The ancient silk routes thrived in times of peace but lost vigor in times of war, and we should foster a new type of international relations featuring win-win cooperation, and we should forge…Continue

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WHAT WE MUST DO, Bertrand Russell Why I Am Not a Christian

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WHAT WE MUST DO"We want to stand upon our own feet and look fair and square at the world—its good facts, its bad facts, its beauties, and its ugliness; see the world as it is, and be not afraid of…Continue

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Authoritarian Leadership Style

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Authoritarian Leadership"Authoritarian, or dictator leadership. An authoritarian leader…Continue

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Donald Trump Has Lost All Touch with Reality Less Than Six Months in Office

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Does it feel to you, as it does to me, that we are in WW III and so far, Russia wins, USA loses? The little, spoiled, obnoxious boy with orange hair who looks like an adult, throws his political…Continue

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I am an 80-year-old curmudgeon; I like the 1500s spelling best and definition:
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I changed from faith to science. I am a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, a survivor of breast cancer thanks to the fine diagnostic work and treatment at Cancer Care Northwest, which included surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Dreadful stuff, but a wake up to living each and every minute. Life is to remember the past, live in the present and remember a preferred future. One can be good without god! My family demonstrates it

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Winter Solstice offers a time to look back on the past year to acknowledge my challenges and the things I chose to do to solve those problems. This recent past year was a very hard one for me with th…

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Winter Solstice offers a time to look back on the past year to acknowledge my challenges and the things I chose to do to solve those problems. This recent past year was a very hard one for me with the death of my oldest son, Cary, a victim of cancer at the young age of 53 years and one month. This loss turned out to be harder on me than I imagined. Thankfully, Craig and Laura and their families walked these dark days with me. 

After wallowing in that pain I turn my attention to the…


Part 4 Booms and busts punctuate the history of capitalism; it is a systemic problem.

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Part 4 Booms and busts punctuate the history of capitalism; it is a systemic problem.

Remember General Motors, producer of automobiles? Over the last thirty years, General Motors created a subsidiary called GMAC, General Motors Acceptance Corporation. It is a bank. It lends money. It began by lending money to people to buy cars because their wages couldn’t pay for them. Then GMAC discovered they could make more money off the interest of the loan than they could make…


Part 3 We reached the limits of the kinds of capitalism this society can endure.

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Part 3  We reached the limits of the kinds of capitalism this society can endure.  

Turning, now, to the big business community, the last thirty years have been spectacular. Everything about the working class, with the introduction of computers, U.S. workers became more and more productive. We had a thirty-year period of rising labor productivity. Each year the worker produces more, and the wages stayed the same. 

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At 8:41am on August 10, 2017, Chris said…

Hi Joan,

Here's a link to an article from the newspaper "The Oregonian" about meth.

Here's a link to an article from the newspaper "The Oregonian" about meth.

Frontline has a good documentary about the meth epidemic

My understanding is that pharmacutical labs in India send the base material to Mexican drug labs by the 50 gallon barrel. 

Is meth still a problem , or has it been kept under controll?

At 8:36am on May 7, 2017, Lemual Poot said…

Now that I'm seventy I feel I should be more outspoken about atheism.  Years ago, I stupidly got into a religious discussion with one of my kid's teacher.  When I pointed out the many atrocities, including genocide, that has been performed in the name of Christianity, she told me she wasn't "that kind of Christian."  "What kind is that?" I asked.  She replied, "the kind that forces others to believe as I do."  Once again I had to display my utter stupidity by making a joke of her response.  I told her that I thought that being a Christian who doesn't push their religion is like being a Hells Angel who doesn't drink, fight, or ride a motorcycle.  After I experienced the helplessness of being told by a police officer to, "sit down and shut" up in my own home, while a representative from social services conducted a welfare check, I shelved the idea of so sharing my beliefs.     

Those who worship the heavenly rapist may be in charge but that don't make them right!  They can peddle salvation door-to-door, disturbing whoever they wish to, but if we try to point out the illogic of it all we're told, "No talking religion!"    

Don't they claim that he got a girl pregnant without her permission?  Without her even knowing about it!  If that isn't rape I don't know what could be.  Why was she delivering the kid away from home and in a barn?  Because she was drummed out of her hometown for being a pregnant tramp that's why.  Forced into a loveless marriage for survival, she hung in there, she raised that child of rape.  Then, after everything that poor girl went through, he has him tortured to death right in front of her.  What in the hell could that girl ever have done to deserve that?

Makes me kinda understand why Catholics make such a big deal out of how cool Mary was.

At 6:27am on May 6, 2017, Chris said…

Hi Joan,

It seems that drug addiction should be treated as a medical problem rather than a legal problem. I hear that about 80% of state prisoners are incarcerated for drug use.

I understand that Meth and Opiate addiction plagues rural America.

Sometimes my computer, internet connection, Ning and A/N  doesn't work well.

This topic would be a good discussion.

At 4:48am on May 1, 2017, Peter Kornis said…

Hi Joan,

Thank you  for welcoming me to this forum. Untill yesterday I didn't know that it existed. Regarding your comment on my profile. 

 I have grew up in a communist country Romania and I emigrated to Israel when I was in high school. The communist regimes had two advantages:

a) It was atheist. The reason for that is that they wanted communist ideology and personality cult of the leaders to replace religion (see today's North Korea) .

b) Books +education were cheap

Nowadays, with the comunism gone for almost thirty years , I am stunned that people in Romania got religious again and that they are longing for the monarchy days.

 Regarding Israel and the Palestionian conflict, I could politicize a lot. It seems that the Palestinians do not want to compromise. To them it is all or nothing. Meanwhile Israel is an advanced hi tech hub which is growing in population and wealth in spite of its regional challenges. There are also internal challenges like the political power of ultra-orthodox religious parties and the national religious parties. They want to impose their way of life on a majority of atheist and non-observant population who happen to be the engine of progress and development. 

At 1:09am on April 30, 2017, Chris said…

Hi Joan,

I don't use recreational drugs either.

I think Meth is the most damaging drug to individuals and society  there is. California made meth posession a misdemenor.  Of all the illegal drugs Meth is the one that  that needs the most intervention.

I used to live in a farmland area where farmers use anhydrous ammonia for fertalizer.  Meth cooks set up shop on the hunderds of acres of farmland the farmer owns, using the fertalizer to cook the drug.

Something has to be done to prevent meth use and production.

The Oregonian had an indebth piesce about the danger of meth.

Faces of Meth, 10 years later: The Oregonian revisits the people behind the mugs

covers the followup with links to the original article describing the damage meth does.

At 5:20am on April 13, 2017, tom sarbeck said…
Joan, I hope your joining the Power for Her proves helpful.

I hope the steps tell the story clearly, of how children create democracy where they are. Implied, of course, is that their parents and others allow them to do so.
At 3:57pm on March 19, 2017, Banjo said…

Hi Joan.

Yes I am a 10 minute bus ride from the Sydney CBD. Is there a  way for me to change my profile on the site to a user nom de plume rather that Dale Cleary?. I was called Banjo over at TTA. A theist troll began to mess with me and the admin' did not support me but supported the xian. At that point I decided I needed a safe area.

I at into my fourth year fighting a deadly cancer, for which I had 256 chemotherapy treatments and spent over 1 1/2 years in hospital. Than 19 months on an experimental mind damaging drug. I feel quite frail.

Is this a safe haven for a lifelong atheist to be?

many thanks. Dale.

At 12:30pm on March 19, 2017, Pharmer said…

Hi Joan!  :)

thanx for the warm greeting. I don't really know how to proceed from this point as re discussions etc. Too, i think i mentioned(somewhere here) about meeting atheists here specifically in my area. So far the only reply(ies) received have been from folks way far away .  Typing is a real chore for me for a variety of reasons and it would just be nice if i could meet locals and engage in discourse in a more direct and personable fashion. oh sht..wait i just noticed my reply to of Feb i already said alot of stuff endagering to repeat happens next?  wanna bash some theists? just kidding...for am not quite sure how to initiate a conversation in this situation or if that is even required !

  Failing all that i'm home all day doing laundry....if u wana chat or something gimme a buzz k? 

At 11:32pm on March 18, 2017, Andrew said…
Joan, thanks for the note. I've been struggling / researching religion for most of my life. My parents raised me (mostly, but that's another story) in a pretty secular environment, and I eventually came to the view that skepticism was a normal way of thinking and being. I now realize that families who went to church regularly and embraced the dogma were a bit foreign to me. Anyway, long story short, I have gotten older and wiser, and believe that I better see religion in general as a regressive and corrosive impediment to the advancement and progress of humanity. I hope to share my thoughts with other like minded people who are just tired of all the BS.
At 1:04pm on February 27, 2017, Pharmer said…

Hi Joan!  Thanx for the note and warm welcome. This being my first post to any blog , am treading new unfamiliar waters. Consider me more a gardener rather than a Farmer. I incorporated the PH into my handle to delineate more precisely my leaning to medical MJ.<wink>,,,Though I was hoping to connect with folks in my area of Humboldt Co. Calif.  for reasons of making specifically friends/contacts within visiting distance, Too, even though I suspect there are many atheists here we, as most atheists, don't advertise ourselves around here and it does get a bit tedious at times socializing with believers all the time.

  Your hunch is correct though in that we are indeed in earthquake country!  Several dozen a day is not an exaggeration small ones mostly but quite often a 2-4 pointer is quite common..Wanna be pen pals? I always enjoy meeting new people :)   Allow me then to compliment you on your garden photos, more precisely the garden itself !  Beautiful! Thanx for sharing..  :) 

As mentioned , this being my first blog experience, am gonna have to remember to check in with this blog for I am rather surprised at how soon I received a msg.  Which I would add brought a welcome smile to me face. Oh dear what a blabber i am!!  Wel, gotta run now...again so very nice to make your acquaintance Joan !...   All my best to you and the great Nor'west !! tah!

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