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Krauss, Silverman, and Feet of Clay

Too many of my heroes have feet of clay!

-- Joan Denoo



It was late February, 2018 when I first learned about issues regarding Lawrence Krauss and his inappropriate behavior toward women.  Then in the first week of March, I got an email from American Atheists, indicating that David Silverman was being suspended from the presidency of that organization, pending an investigation.  One week later, I learned that he has been removed from that position.  In both cases, the…

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Added by Loren Miller on April 16, 2018 at 9:15am — 17 Comments

How not to write a persuasive speech

I am supposed to give a persuasive speech for my oral communications class, and it is going to be about how expanding your experiences can improve your ability to decide on a major for college.It sounded like a good topic, and I think the people in my class could benefit from it,as we are all students, and I am pretty sure some of us haven't decided. 

I know that experience should help someone know what they are interested in. However, I have found, it really clouded up the decision…

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Added by Rhonda Boyer on April 12, 2018 at 10:16pm — 1 Comment

The Theology and Science of Free Will

Christian theologians see free will as the ability of the soul to choose freely between good and evil actions, as defined by God’s law. They argue that the choice of an evil action is a sin against God and justifies Divine punishment in Hell. To add mercy to their terrible image of God, they assert that Christ’s blood provides salvation from Hell for the sinful soul.  

My purpose In this…

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Added by Homer Edward Price on April 11, 2018 at 3:09pm — 11 Comments

Another Passover: Jews indulge in food and fantasy

"I have only a small flickering light to guide me in the darkness of a thick forest.  Up comes a theologian and blows it out."

Denis Diderot

“Imagine the religious principles which have, in fact, prevailed in the world. You will scarcely be persuaded that they are anything but sick men’s dreams.”

David Hume

The Non-Event

Another Passover is upon us. Jews around the world celebrate their founding…

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Added by Alan Perlman on April 1, 2018 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Happy Easter, Bloody Easter

“In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,

You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade…

On the Avenue, Fifth Avenue, photographers will snap us

And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure…”

Irving Berlin

“They tried to nail him down, but he got away.”

Marquee outside church in Massachusetts

Well, it’s that day again, and our Greek Orthodox friends, as well as our Roman…

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Added by Alan Perlman on March 31, 2018 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

THIS!

Added by Cane Kostovski on March 25, 2018 at 10:27pm — 2 Comments

14th Amendment - history's most radical ideas

http://bigthink.com/videos/van-jones-14th-amendment-is-one-of-historys-most-radical-ideas

He's right, we don't talk about it enough. How many of you know what the 14th amendment even says? I didn't know until he told me in his video.

Added by Cane Kostovski on March 21, 2018 at 7:21pm — 5 Comments

Review: Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins by Garry Kasparov

Artificial Intelligence is a phrase that often promotes a strong reaction in a lot of people who hear it. There are the gloom and doom prognosticators who tell us that 'Judgement Day', the day the intelligent machines take over and decide we are more trouble than we are worth and wipe us out is near. There are also the overly optimistic prognosticators which tell us that the day AI will take over and we will enter a golden age of humanity beyond our wildest dreams is near. Kasparov charts a…

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Added by Richard Lawrence on March 19, 2018 at 5:53pm — 1 Comment

The Thin Veneer of Deeply Held Religious Beliefs

"I have met some highly intelligent believers, but history has no record to say that [s]he knew or understood the mind of god. Yet this is precisely the qualification which the godly must claim—so modestly and so humbly—to possess. It is time to withdraw our 'respect' from such fantastic claims, all of them aimed at the exertion of power over other humans in the real and material world.”

― Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the…

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Added by Richard Lawrence on March 14, 2018 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

The Death of a Friend

“A melancholy lesson of advancing years is the realization that you can't make old friends.”― Christopher Hitchens

Monday mornings and I have never managed to come to any sort of rapprochement.  Mondays are not the sort of day one looks forward to for obvious reasons but some are far worse than others.  For me, this last Monday was one of the more terrible ones.  I was greeted with the news that an old friend had finally lost his ten year battle with cancer.  The news from…

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Added by Richard Lawrence on March 12, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The new social media that won't track you: MeWe.com

I have been using it for two days and it needs more people. It's much like FB, but without ads or tracking.

https://mewe.com   secure too!

Added by Cane Kostovski on March 10, 2018 at 12:23am — No Comments

RIP Billy Graham, merchant of delusion

My stomach has been roiling with nausea, my eyes perpetually rolling, at the outpouring of religiosity that accompanied the passing of the most successful fantasy merchant of the last century, perhaps of all time.

His message -- God loves you -- is absurd. George Carlin first described religion's visions of the tortures of hell -- then ended with "...but he LOVES you."  So much for God's love.  

I'm really sorry that major secular organizations didn't speak out -- or speak out…

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Added by Alan Perlman on March 6, 2018 at 5:00pm — 14 Comments

The Laurence Krauss Debacle

A recent Buzzfeed article by  Peter Aldhous Azeen Ghorayshi

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Added by Richard Lawrence on February 24, 2018 at 9:00pm — 19 Comments

Florida Students need America's Support to Stop School Shootings.

These students are on the right track, as Australia, Canada, Britain and Japan all prove that the way to stop Gun Violence is through banning guns.

Australia, Britain and Canada all have the same mental health problems with students and men, but they don't have the school shootings that America has, like 3 in a month, and likely to get more with the shooters getting coverage on media, thus giving them more…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on February 24, 2018 at 6:11pm — 12 Comments

Using Theology's Favourite Form of Logic (Deductive) to Destroy Theology. All Theological Arguments Fail From Having an Invalid Primary Premise, "God".

Every theologian I've ever encountered and even those debating atheists in public like William Lane Craig, Ken Ham, Lee Strobel and Ravi Zacharias, all base their arguments on Deductive Reasoning and the existence of their God.

Though Logically, using their very own Deductive Logic, all their arguments that assert the existence of a God,…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on February 24, 2018 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Dear Senator Portman: Regarding Gun Control...

Don't ask why it's taken so long for me to write. Stipulated that I've been involved in "clicktivist" petitions about gun control and perhaps written my representatives here and there in the wake of past mass shootings. Somehow, this last incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High just GOT to me. That and learning that Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman has an "A" rating with the National Rifle Association pretty well broke my camel's back.



In any case, the following just went out…

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Added by Loren Miller on February 18, 2018 at 12:00pm — 13 Comments

The Berlin Wall - A Melancholy Anniversary

“Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run, but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant.”

― Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

This month marked what should be a joyous anniversary of the Mauerfall - the fall of the Berlin Wall.  For on the fifth of February the Wall had been down as long as it had been up;  precisely…

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Added by Richard Lawrence on February 17, 2018 at 7:33pm — 4 Comments

Ides of March - Git Diggin! - Vernal Equinox

Recharging the Galaxies & Planets magnetic shields

Exhuming, Universal magnetic reversal, Recharging…

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Added by Garry Denke on February 17, 2018 at 8:40am — No Comments

Meditations on "Jonah"

They say Jonah, he was swallowed by a whale,

But I say, there's no truth to that tale.

I know Jonah, he was swallowed by a song.


-- Paul Simon, "Jonah"



I was going to save that quote for an entry in the Quotations group, but it and the music that accompanies it really captured me this morning ... or “swallowed” me, as Paul put it.



I really admire that – being so consumed with a skill, talent, or desire that it utterly occupies your life, as…

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Added by Loren Miller on February 13, 2018 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

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