January 2016 Blog Posts (18)

My Interview With Kirk Cameron


 Not long ago I was lucky enough to bump into part time actor and full time Jesus freak, Kirk Cameron, at the Denver International Airport. Mr. Cameron was on his way home to southern California after a brief speaking engagement at a local 7-11. Knowing I would probably never meet Mr. Cameron again I asked if he would grant me a short interview as he waited to board his plane,…


Added by JustinTetro on January 27, 2016 at 3:58am — 4 Comments

Book Review: Bertrand Russell: My Philosophical Development (Five Stars)

This book is not an easy read. In fact, some portions are most difficult especially when Russell speaks of applied mathematics and Euclidian geometry. It may help if the reader has knowledge of those areas, but more than likely it will not. Probably, the most important comparison is the realization that Russell’s life spanned the 19th and 20th centuries,…


Added by Donald R Barbera on January 26, 2016 at 10:05am — 4 Comments

Open Letter to the Pope


Wednesday 7 October 2015


Open Letter to Signor Jorge Maria Bergoglio

a.k.a. “Pope Francis”

The Truth, the Whole Truth about the Tuam…


Added by Tarbouriech on January 22, 2016 at 4:46pm — 2 Comments

Black September (Part three)

The 1970 Palestinian Hijackings of Three Jets to Jordan

On Sept. 6, 1970, terrorists belonging to thePopular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) almost simultaneously hijack three jetliners shortly after they take off from European airports on routes toward the…


Added by Ronald Murphey on January 19, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

"Ought" we to be vegan?

Zeno:  The philosopher David Hume pointed out that one can not logically deduce an "ought" from an "is."  There is nothing that we "ought" to do.  Morality is not an element in the periodic table, nor is it an objective and inalterable property of the universe.  Our morality will depend on our desires and circumstances.  If we wish to live and be happy, there are certain things that we need to do, but there is no "ought."  There is no universal cosmic code…


Added by Wyatt on January 13, 2016 at 7:14pm — 17 Comments

Joan’s Stages of Learned Optimism

Learned Distrust vs. Learned Trust.

Learned Shame vs. Learned Autonomy.

Learned Guilt vs. Learned Initiative.

Learned Inferiority vs. Learned Industry

Learned Identity Confusion vs. Learned Identity

Learned Isolation vs. Learned Intimacy

Learned Self-Absorption vs. Learned Generativity

Learned Despair vs. Learned Optimism

The painful process of growing up requires facing the things you learn from family and community. They may…


Added by Joan Denoo on January 12, 2016 at 4:31pm — 9 Comments

Black September (Part Two)

Black September's Consequences

Besides seeding Lebanon's civil war and disintegration, the Jordanian-Palestinian war of 1970 led to the creation of the Palestinian Bl…


Added by Ronald Murphey on January 11, 2016 at 6:13pm — 4 Comments

Just Gustav, the Music, and Me

Friday afternoon, quiet inside, raining lightly outside. My wife is out interviewing and serving her clients and I’m at home with the cats. It’s as good a time as any to take a seat in front of my stereo system and do some listening. The power amplifiers have been warming for the past hour and should be ready to do proper justice to the signals I mean to feed to them. As for program material, it occurs to me that, while I’ve used parts of Gustav Holst’s The Planets for critical…


Added by Loren Miller on January 11, 2016 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

More on Mr. Martin's full life.

Dear List Members,

    I appreciate all your kind worlds about my life long friend, James "Jim" Martin.  Sadly, I am still in the grieving process, but I shall post a summary account of Mr. Martin's life so others can see what a truly remarkable person he was.  _Z.B_.:  Mr. Martin was friends with the dancer, Rudolf Nureyev, the film star, Marcello Mastroianni, and the poet, Charles Bukowski.  Mr. Martin led one of the most interesting lives of his generation.  J. Gaston.

Added by Jay Gaston on January 9, 2016 at 12:00am — No Comments

Black September (Part one)

"Black September" is a very significant event that happened in the turbulent world. I was studying different parts of it and it's consequence on today's world. The entire story is too broad to cover, but I will give it a try from neutral perspective. As it is large I am dividing in to parts.…


Added by Ronald Murphey on January 8, 2016 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Book Review: Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World

David Silverman is one of the most recognizable faces of atheism. Known for his appearances on FOX News and his in-your-face brand of atheism. Unfortunately, Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World could have been a much better manifesto if not for the small portions filled with assumptions and flawed cause and effect analysis. Nevertheless, it is a useful guide for integrating activism into the atheist movement.

While Silverman advocates…


Added by Donald R Barbera on January 8, 2016 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

Does God control who wins the lottery?

Does God control who wins the lottery?


The answer is, OF COURSE, providing that He/She/It actually exists in form and function as described and defined by any of the current religions that are based on the belief that a God with the supernatural powers, human behavioral orientation, and intense interest in the conduct and outcome of individual and collective human affairs actually exists. After all, god is reputed to know and care about every sparrow that falls to the…


Added by Martin A. Moe, Jr on January 8, 2016 at 9:51am — 3 Comments

When Deer Attack

Recently, while going to my favorite “catch and release” fishing hole I was attacked by a gang of deer. By the time they finished I was barely alive. I suffered lacerations, contusions and a concussion along with extreme embarrassment.

Two weeks later, it happened again except this dangle of deer were extremely violent with puncturing weapons more than 8” long, enough to kill…


Added by Donald R Barbera on January 7, 2016 at 2:50pm — 8 Comments

James M. Martin is Dead.

Dear Members,

    Mr. James M. Martin of Corpus Christi, a long time member of this list, died  at age 72 in his native Corpus Christi, TX, on Dec. 13, 2015, after a short illness.  He requested no obituary, no service, and no monument.  His ashes will be scattered in the Gulf of Mexico later in the year.  He was my best friend for 54 years.  J. Gaston.

Added by Jay Gaston on January 7, 2016 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

New Year, Rising sexual Assaults and a correlation

Happy new year 2016 to all! I really hope this year we, the rational people act on evidence and numbers. The fight between Shia and Sunni group is going to be next big war and a lot of people will suffer. I hope somehow war can be avoided!!!

I was reading a news on online regarding mass sexual assault in Germany, to be specific in Cologne, one of my German friend let me know that this is happening in place like Bremen and Hamburg too. The news link is given below-…


Added by Ronald Murphey on January 5, 2016 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments

My view of news

When I was younger, I wanted to be a reporter. Originally, I wanted to be a sportswriter, but I didn't follow through with the education I would have needed. I think that means it was just a daydream on my part, because I was looking for an excuse to go watch a lot of baseball games, and that might be why I didn't follow through.

But, I also thought about becoming a reporter because I thought the work done by journalists was important. Getting messages through to people mattered.…


Added by Rhonda Boyer on January 4, 2016 at 11:03pm — 3 Comments

What to do with the rest of your life

My daughter graduated from college. It started me thinking about what it was like when I graduated at different levels in my life.

When I graduated from high school, I was the first one in my family, in my generation, to do so. Everyone seemed proud. However, it wasn't that big a deal, really. My mother, my older sister and my brother had all taken and passed their GED tests, so I didn't feel it was that major. I remember feeling uncertain about what I was going to do next. I was…


Added by Rhonda Boyer on January 4, 2016 at 4:25pm — 4 Comments

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