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tom sarbeck's Discussions

Has Anyone Ever Asked Xians If Their Heaven's Residents Have Sex?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jan 28. 12 Replies

Last week I missed an opportunity to ask two extreme xians that question.One of them was nearing his hundredth birthday and was physically frail. I would ignore him but he told me I was certain to…Continue

Tags: Sex., Heaven

Do Atheists, Nontheists, Freethinkers, et cetera, Make New Year Resolutions?

Started this discussion. Last reply by tom sarbeck Dec 30, 2015. 10 Replies

This one doesn't.I don't divide myself into an Inside who tells an Outside "Don't do that", and an Outside who  does "that" and needs someone to blame.New Year resolutions are for religious folk.…Continue

Tags: no-guilt, guilt, resolutions, new-year

Recovering from Authoritarianism, be it Cultural or Religious

Started Dec 27, 2015 0 Replies

Cultural authoritarianism - based on nationality.German, for instance. In 1960, social science was new in academia and writers were still trying to explain the Hitlerian variety of authoritarianism.…Continue

Tags: violence., verbal, physical, language, authoritarianism

May the people ever distrust one another, said the Roman statesman Tacitus, for as our need for power...

Started this discussion. Last reply by tom sarbeck Dec 19, 2015. 9 Replies

 ...hurries us on, fortune can give us no greater gift than their mutual distrust.Who among our wannabe leaders are stirring our mutual distrust? How are they doing it? Continue

Tags: leaders, distrust, trust

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tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Did Hillary Lie About Her Iraq War Vote? in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Values result from something, and people respond emotionally and intellectually to their experiences. What are Hillary's experiences, her emotional and intellectual responses? What part do they have in shaping her values?  Ditto for Bill,…"
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tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Did Hillary Lie About Her Iraq War Vote? in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Joan, you bet that Hillary, behind the scenes, used subtle power on Billy Boy when he acted like a sophomore. I bet that: 1) Hillary knew that male politicians have more testosterone-fueled aggression than most men. Ditto for women in politics…"
2 hours ago
tom sarbeck replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion An old speech of Senator Fulbright
"Thanks, Allen and Joan. I copied it to a Word document with a larger font size so I can read it offline. I remember Fulbright as a Republican we can respect. "
yesterday
tom sarbeck replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Enslaved - over 10,000 climate refugee children
"This is not news, Ruth. Tragic, yes, but in all of human history it has not been news. "
yesterday
tom sarbeck replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Could Phony Smile become POTUS?
"Cruz may be a sociopath and able to fake everything but what the involuntary muscles do. Sociopaths are numerous among CEOs, lawyers and salespeople. If politicians are not good at selling their ideas, they lose elections. "
yesterday
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Did Hillary Lie About Her Iraq War Vote? in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Hillary has long been a foreign policy hawk. Is it an emotional thing or does she own stock or bonds in the war industries? Despite that AND despite Bill Clinton's signing the repeal of Glass-Stegall, I won't vote Republican. "
yesterday
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Why Do They (Still) Follow Donald Trump? Fear and Authority
"Donald, you write nonsense."
Monday
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Why Do They (Still) Follow Donald Trump? Fear and Authority
"Donald, are you saying that using taxpayers' money to bail out capitalists is not socialism? "
Sunday
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Why Do They (Still) Follow Donald Trump? Fear and Authority
"Michael, if money alone decided elections, Michael Huffington would have beaten Dianne Feinstein in their contest for the US Senate. She was known only in San Francisco and he was a millionaire known throughout California. He spent far more than she…"
Sunday
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Why Do They (Still) Follow Donald Trump? Fear and Authority
"Donald, what have you done with your brain? It has failed to check: 1) your elected representatives' voting records, or 2) the identities of those who are funding their elections. If you don't know who are renting your representatives, how…"
Sunday
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Why Do They (Still) Follow Donald Trump? Fear and Authority
"Donald, why mention Africa? Our government isn't advertising it widely but the various "Commands" around the world will soon have company in Africa. Yeah, boots on the ground there too. When America's diplomats fail,…"
Sunday
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Why Do They (Still) Follow Donald Trump? Fear and Authority
"Publishers often choose titles, Donald. It tells of people who are acquiring personal and political power. "
Sunday
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Why Do They (Still) Follow Donald Trump? Fear and Authority
"When it's e-published I will email you a copy. It'll be my gift to a woman who tells it like it is and wants it changed. "
Sunday
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Why Do They (Still) Follow Donald Trump? Fear and Authority
"Thatcher's question merits consideration, Donald. A question not asked and not considered here is "How many more times will our government use taxpayers' money to bail capitalists out of the recessions and depressions they cause? The…"
Sunday
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Why Do They (Still) Follow Donald Trump? Fear and Authority
"Joan, when our schools teach everything and our families teach nothing, we will be another Sparta. The ancient Sparta taught war. At least one historian says they and Athens beat Persia, and when Athens became uppity they lost to Sparta. Hm-mm... We…"
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tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Why Do They (Still) Follow Donald Trump? Fear and Authority
"Joan, YOU OMITTED A VERY IMPORTANT preposition. (emphasis added, and I would add more if the software allowed it). Your bad; do feel scolded. LOL : ) The descriptive phrase "rule by the best" is academic shorthand for expressions such as…"
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About Me:
Born Dec 1930. Atheist 6yrs; Catholic 20yrs; Agnostic 52yrs; Atheist 6yrs; Materialist.
Cincinnati until 1947, St. Pete FL until 1950, US Navy until 1952, St. Pete until 1954, Gainesville (UofF) until 1961, Tallahassee (FlaStUniv) until 1962, into computers where I became a migratory worker (St. Pete, Daytona Beach, Houston, Austin, Phoenix). Retired to San Francisco then Yountville.

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At 3:29pm on January 4, 2016, Kelly said…
Thanks Tom, for taking the time to inform me of these politics.
Your unique experiences are valuable and irreplaceable.
At 2:10am on May 16, 2015, Gerald Payne said…

That's true. I've looked on the internet but it's all a bit general. I'll take a stroll into town on Monday and check it up in the library.

At 3:54pm on May 15, 2015, Gerald Payne said…

HI Tom I've been thinking about that theory of yours regarding childhood happiness and political leanings. There could be more to it than I initially thought. In a couple of weeks I'll be visiting the library i'll see what I can dig up.

At 4:28pm on May 3, 2015, Gerald Payne said…

That electric Universe will blow a fuse Tom.

At 10:00am on March 2, 2015, Mojo said…
Tom thanks for extending the invite. I've been an athiest since the 70's and have become more so since.

I see religion as the handmaiden of fascism and oligarchs.

I find it absurd and pathetic that so many still embrace the superstition and denial of real humanity that religion demands.

You and I will be long gone before the world will be free of the bonds of theocracy, but every movement has to start somewhere.
At 10:22pm on February 28, 2015, Donald L. Engel said…

Thanks, Tom.  It isn't that well written, but I think I get my point across.

At 1:52pm on February 20, 2015, Donald L. Engel said…

Thanks for the invite, Tom.  Hope to have some good discussions with you.  Since we are close to the same age, there probably won't be too many disagreements though..

At 9:56pm on February 4, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

Thanks for clarifying. The reason I used the collective 'we' instead of the singular 'I' was because I was aiming for something inside the comfort zone of the reader. Hoping to rattle cages enough that maybe I get some folks to reconsider their stance on self-ownership. Sorry about misunderstanding your comment.

At 12:54pm on February 2, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

The place where you left the comment is at this link:
http://www.atheistnexus.org/profiles/blogs/personal-responsibility#comments

If you could let me know who I plagiarize I'd appreciate it. I didn't mean to.

At 11:55am on January 21, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

You wrote as a comment on my blog titled 'personal responsibility':

"Consider the words you borrowed from someone you didn't acknowledge:

As long as we are living the only power over us is that which we allow."

Tom, The idea is hardly new but from whom did I plagiarize?? I take it seriously, and I looked online to double check and found no quote that I failed to attribute.

 
 
 

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