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Finally, legislative protection for men's heath too.

New Texas bill takes aim at men's masturbation habits

Houston's Jessica Farrar files "men's health" legislation

[Houston Chronicle]



HOUSTON — Texas State Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, filed a bill…

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Added by Bertold Brautigan on March 15, 2017 at 11:36am — 12 Comments

Bittersweet Incongruity

 Greeting, all. The following is a short vignette about life as an atheist in Muslim countries. Enjoy!

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 A few months ago, I decided, against my better judgement, to date a girl whose mentality was my polar opposite. I was a secular, westernized, freedom-loving hedonist, and she a pious Lebanese Muslim who, like many of her peers, was being torn at the seams by the clash between the forces of modernity and her religion. 

 

 To a certain extent,…

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Added by Fateh Sakkal on March 14, 2017 at 9:45pm — 13 Comments

gop's healthcare

Added by Thomas Bear on March 10, 2017 at 10:55pm — 1 Comment

Hiding From the Truth

I am getting terribly frustrated lately with a certain experience, and the more I think on it, the more I believe it to be a common one among Americans and maybe the world in general. The experience I refer to is in trying to express myself to a religious person and having that person cut off the conversation because my facts or opinions make them uncomfortable.…

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Added by Milo Coots on March 10, 2017 at 10:18am — 2 Comments

The case for the existence of hell.

Let me start off by saying this simply an idea I have from time to time, I consider it a fun existential mental game. It's likely reasons like this most of my friends think I'm macabre and dark lol. This is not reflective of reality nor is it the sum total of my position or outlook on life or the world. I consider myself a reasonably happy person and not particularly depressed so any who get that vibe please understand that its totally ok to embrace the darker emotions (sadness, loss,…

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Added by BenGee on March 7, 2017 at 7:00pm — 11 Comments

A water bottle that fills itself! It's SCIENCE! duh

Ok so click bate title I know, and no there's not a water bottle that fills itself. Why? Well that inconvenient thing called math, and observable, measurable science.

And here in lies the problem. So many people fund idiotic ideas like this because they think you "don't need math" to deny cosmology, physics, science, instead you need to just sit there and think, and if it makes sense to you then you must be right! Totally laughable. Yet many fall for it. Millions of dollars…

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Added by BenGee on March 5, 2017 at 3:02pm — 3 Comments

Dreaming of a Godless future

One reason I don't believe in God is intellectual. I am not at all convinced by the arguments given for God's existence by the Theistic philosophers, neither the cosmological argument & the design argument nor the 32 other specious arguments favouring God’s existence, which to a person not science-savvy might be plausible.

A second reason I don't believe in God is emotional. I am comfortable with not having answers to everything. By temperament, I have a high tolerance for…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on March 4, 2017 at 7:10pm — 1 Comment

Shackles

Sadly, most people are Sheeple. Even some of those who claim to be freethinkers are being manipulated without their awareness thereof. 

Blindly following programmed lives, conditioned from birth, just as their parents were, for generations, to be worker-consumers. 

Nothing more, nothing less, just producing & consuming. 

Conditioned to be distracted by NFL, the latest episode of FRIEND's, & Lady Gaga, to see, much less care…

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Added by Thomas Bear on March 4, 2017 at 6:51pm — 20 Comments

The World Is Not Safe

I was teased as a kid.  Some days were better than others and some others weren’t so great, but the fact is that from the time I entered first grade through high school graduation, there was something in me which drew the jibes, catcalls and slanders from my fellow students.  Somehow I was different, though exactly how I had no idea back then.  This whole business was made worse by the fact that for a great deal of that time, I was hyper-sensitive to that kind of abuse and could not…

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Added by Loren Miller on March 1, 2017 at 7:00am — 28 Comments

Atheists, AA and the Human Rights Code in Canada

https://www.thefix.com/no-god-no-problem-atheism-aa

AA has been called "a religion in denial." AA goes out of our way to explain, "We are spiritual, not religious."

First, for many secular AA's the word "spiritual" is never used in describing addiction or recovery. Personally, I don't find the word especially useful because it can mean anything to anyone so it's hard be concrete or…

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Added by Joe C on February 28, 2017 at 4:29am — 6 Comments

Family Life Five Generations

This comment reappeared on Facebook and I share it with you. 

Joan Denoo

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Added by Joan Denoo on February 26, 2017 at 11:15am — 8 Comments

Why Are Atheists So Toxic?

I see this question asked by religious folk frequently. I do disagree with some of the harsher anti-religious sentiments, at least as far as tone is concerned, but I understand exactly where those attitudes come from. Christians (speaking from the USA) have a harder time seeing the hold their religion has on our society and the actual harm it can do. When they are faced with the topic of crimes and abuses committed by other Christians, I commonly hear that the perpetrators were not "true…

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Added by Teagraves on February 24, 2017 at 8:16pm — 10 Comments

Me + weed

I was a bad student. I didn't really learn how to read until I was 8 and was defensive that I was stupid. I was hyper, had crazy add and didn't act right It continued pretty much until high school I was drinking and did not give a fuck.



When I first cupple of times tried weed I didn't get high. I didn't know how to smoke it. One day I was smoking in a group and one of the guys noticed I was a noob and taught me the propper way. He was very nice about it. When I got high my brain felt… Continue

Added by Gwen on February 23, 2017 at 6:25am — 12 Comments

The counter intuitive nature of the universe

First I would like to note that I'm still working on Part 2 of what is science, since a strong understanding of what is evidence, and how one weighs various forms of evidence, and separates evidence from falsehoods is so important I am taking my time with it to ensure I get the best quality and highest accuracy that I can (while hopefully still making it fun and enjoyable for you all). Thank you John Elder for suggesting I read Carl Sagan while I work on…

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Added by BenGee on February 23, 2017 at 5:15am — 3 Comments

An amazing overview of my favorite show of all time.

Cowboy Bebop,

A Japanese animation with 24 episodes and 1 movie, that I first saw as a kid. It quickly became immortalized within my heart upon viewing the final frame of the final episode. In the moment of the "protagonists" death a message is left for the viewer.  Against a black screen in white letters, instead of "to be continued..." It says simply, "You're gonna carry that weight.

I've tried to explain how important this show is to me in the past with friends, and…

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Added by BenGee on February 19, 2017 at 10:25pm — 4 Comments

Is gravity weaker than magnetism (or electromagnetism)

So, fun little experiment. Take an electromagnet and a piece of metal (or even just a regular magnet and some metal), place them close together and watch the metal "stick" to the magnet. You can have some fun making the metal move, and even suspend the metal in air. 

HOLY SHIT YOU JUST DEFEATED GRAVITY!!!! woooo! this must mean that magnetic forces are billions upon billions upon billions times more powerful than gravity right? Eh, not really.

(Also claims that…

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Added by BenGee on February 19, 2017 at 4:30am — 19 Comments

I've been waylaid with a pressing question that needs answers.

I was watching a video and again confronted with something that has bothered me for years. So I wrote the maker of the video in the hopes they might have an answer. I'll leave the letter here as well, maybe someone can finally answer my question.

Hello, I recently watched your video "Countering the Moral Argument part" 1 and 2 and was reminded of a question that has been bothering me for many years. I sincerely hope you see this message, can respond, and hopefully…

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Added by BenGee on February 18, 2017 at 9:21pm — 6 Comments

Trans

I´ve always thought of partner and myself as an ordinary hetero couple, even if my attention often wandered to women. Perhaps we still are the ordinary couple, but things can suddenly change in unexpected ways, even for people of over sixty.

On Januari 1 of this year we were still drinking wine with a couple of neighbours when our neighbour put off her wig in the overheated room - she is still in transition. Rien, who is usually not very spontaneous put on her wig, and suddenly all…

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Added by Plinius on February 16, 2017 at 12:30pm — 9 Comments

Purpose

I mentioned in one of my comments exactly where I think I may be heading with my little corner of the blogosphere.

I've been thinking of continuing to make material, refine my work through the encouragement and feedback from all of you, and then releasing my work to a wider audience. You may wonder why I choose some of the topics that I do, considering much of it should be well known within this community, well this is why. I'm thinking about the future and working on things I…

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Added by BenGee on February 16, 2017 at 3:35am — 9 Comments

Thoughts on the book, "A beginners guide to our Electric Universe" By Tom Findlay (Part 1) Revised (cleaner)

After consulting with John Elder I decided to post this on my blog, it’s a more polished version of my debunk of EU. I intend to debunk the entire book, however I plan on only releasing these in chunks and well-spaced out as I do not want my personal blog to be centered around this one book of falsehoods. This is a practical application of almost every other topic I've written about in my blog, so it is relevant. However there are many more valuable and important topics I do not wish to put…

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Added by BenGee on February 16, 2017 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

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