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Do Nice Guys Still Finish Last?

If you think you know the answer to the question in the title, you may still want to read my recently-published opinion piece on the Faithless Feminist. 

http://faithlessfeminist.com/blog-posts/nice-guys-still-finish-last/…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on September 23, 2017 at 11:25am — 2 Comments

Tooth-Level Micromanagement

You know how some religions try to micromanage your life - like press your head to the ground 45 times a day and eat this not that. You thought a secular lifestyle would liberate you?

Today I had to replace my electric toothbrush. The only models available with circular action are designed for corporate micromanagement of my brushing technique. There are none without such "features".

A helpful on-handle timer stutters every 30 seconds to let you know when it’s time…

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Added by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 19, 2017 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

The Business of Importing Nuns and Priests

Most countries import goods from all over the world. We love exotic fruits that are out of season. We drive foreign cars that continually create competition for manufacturers. We wear clothing that was made by people from the other side of the planet. But did you know that nuns and priests are being imported as well?

Shocking, isn't it?

Last winter when I was in…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on September 18, 2017 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation: Book Review

Revelations is easily one of the most controversial books in the Bible because of it's phantasmagoric and hallucinatory imagery as well as its catastrophic end of the world scenarios. Elaine Pagels brings together a book that is a literary mess as well as Halloween childishness. Nevertheless, her research into its history is impeccable.

It is difficult to bring together a book, such as Revelations, that is at…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on September 17, 2017 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Big Bang-A Collision of Universes

I wonder if the Big Bang was caused by two or more universes colliding and merging together. Just imagine, a sea of universes moving through an eternal space. This could mean that some atoms, subatomic particles, and energy existed prior to the Big Bang, and the collision created a unique combination that is the observable universe in which we reside. We are far away from the edge of our universe and it may not ever be possible to ever observe anything that exists outside our universe, but…

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Added by James on September 17, 2017 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

The day I ran into a burning Building which was my officebuilding

My Story Part 2

This series is not told in a chronological order but this is one of my first encounters with concrete danger in Syria during the first months of the war.

My bad luck landed me into working in the local TV station in the south of Syria, a TV station that had no political programs just boring talk shows and ”entertainment” which I was forced to endure 8 hours a day all day every day even on holidays.

I was the Supervisor Engineer/Technician and the deputy of this…

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Added by Imaginary Cat Owner on September 15, 2017 at 1:12pm — 2 Comments

Charlatans and Gullibles

Charlatans are not a new phenomenon.

They've been around ever since humans discovered how easy it is to trick someone else into meeting their needs —  be it giving them money, service or adoration. Although scamming folks is not solely the domain of the religious nor do only the superstitious succumb to such slick dicks, the ordained charlatan is a particularly loathsome critter.…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on September 15, 2017 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Hourglass

Right now I am above ground, breathing, thinking, and feeling. I'm not sure how much time I have left in this life, none of us do, but I'm likely to live into old age, statistically speaking. I could go on to develop an incurable, deadly disease, or even die in a head collision today by something completely outside my control. I do have some control in life, some free choice you know. I think I make rather good decisions that will help extend my life. Ultimately, though, I do not know how…

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Added by James on September 13, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

NOTHING LIKE A GOOD WAR

For all their sanctimonious talk of pro-life, the Evangelical Right likes nothing better than a good war. When the bombs start falling and the bullets flying, the Christian Right becomes orgasmic at the prospect of death and destruction as many believe that war with North Korea will lead to Armageddon predicted the…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on September 12, 2017 at 1:00pm — 21 Comments

My story Part 1

I will tell my story to complete strangers because  I have no one else to tell it to:

After having a near death experience for the 9th time I decided to stop playing Russian Roulette with my life and leave Syria. 

I was in Damascus at that time, all my papers were in Daraa, and sadly, the Army had the city under siege while the rebels were bombing it nonstop.

I managed to get my family out of it (parents and sister).

 

All my papers were in my…

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Added by Imaginary Cat Owner on September 11, 2017 at 4:41pm — 4 Comments

Only In America?

If you've never been to Spain and you like to travel, put it on your bucket list.

I've been returning to Spain for twelve years, often staying for my 90-day limit on my passport. There are loads of reasons why I fell in love with Spain, but one that I often fail to remember is that  like much of Europe, Spain is far more secular than the US. That's no small accomplishment considering their crushing history…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on September 11, 2017 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Canaries and Coal Mines and What to Do About Them

... your Earth was crumbling all around you. You've got simultaneous epidemics of obesity and starvation. Explain that one! Bees and butterflies start to disappear, the glaciers melt, algae blooms.  All around you the coal mine canaries are dropping dead and you won't take the hint!  In every moment there's the possibility of a better future, but you people won't believe it.  And because you won't believe it you won't do what is necessary to make it a reality. So, you dwell on this…

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Added by Loren Miller on September 11, 2017 at 9:00am — 13 Comments

Where Were You?

Where were you when 150 mph winds and record rains visited Houston. Where were you when people drowned when the water created currents strong enough to sweep away pickup trucks. Where were you when 52 inches of water destroyed homes and killed more than 70 people. Where were you when two-week-old babies drowned or…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on September 10, 2017 at 12:56pm — 18 Comments

Do We Really Learn from History?

I've been thinking about Spain today and an acquaintance of mine who I've known for almost 12 years. He happens to own a beautiful family run hotel with a million dollar view perched high in the mountains of southern Spain. He is old enough to remember the Franco era. For those of you who may not know, Francisco Franco was the facsist dictator of Spain who rose to power during the Spanish Civil War in 1939 until his death. After his death Spain became a democracy.…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on September 7, 2017 at 3:00pm — 12 Comments

Empathy, Christianity and DACA

I'm an empath. In fact, I register rather high on the empathy spectrum. That means that I was born with the capacity to not only sympathize with the pain of others but to FEEL the pain and suffering of complete strangers in my own body. It's a mixed blessing. Often, even as a child, I was confounded, perplexed and infuriated by the apparent lack of empathy and compassion that many people of faith seemed in desperate need of, especially if they were to follow in the…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on September 5, 2017 at 8:00am — 13 Comments

God Bless Texas?

I was driving home after celebrating my wife’s twin sons’ 32nd birthdays, having enjoyed excellent lasagna, salad, and homemade ice-cream-cake, in the company of some very good people.  Cruising north on Ohio I-77, the powerful, easy grace of my Mustang GT thrilled my senses as we charged north toward Cuyahoga County and home.  What was totally unexpected was the display proffered by an electronic billboard, off to my left.  In bold primary colors, it displayed the Lone Star flag…

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Added by Loren Miller on September 2, 2017 at 9:00am — 12 Comments

Back Again, after a long bit of fun Trolling Right Wing groups like Prager University. :D

Trolling is like debating, I learn a lot from trolling, so I've been Trolling Prager University as myself since the time Trumpty Dumbty started his run for presidency.

Since then I've learned a lot about American History,  Economics, The Constitution, the history of Fascism and Nazism along with Mussolini's biography and other things I was clueless on before I started trolling.  

There are lots of Creationists and people with less than a year 10…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on September 1, 2017 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Why can't the Bible be this accurate in prophecy?

When I first read the following line by H.L. Mencken I could hardly believe how accurate it was (at the time. W. Bush had just been elected.) But now it's even more accurate than ever.

"On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

Added by Rich Goss on September 1, 2017 at 10:32am — 7 Comments

What If I'm Wrong?

What if I'm wrong?

That question has been asked by many believers with the intent of haunting me into submission out of fear. Fear is a great way to control people. We see it all the time, not only coming from believers trying to save nonbelievers from hellfire and brimstone, but also from politicians trying to convince us that some imminent horror is almost on our doorstep and we best do what they suggest in…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on September 1, 2017 at 10:30am — 12 Comments

Intelligent Design?

I did something I rarely do at a debate—I lost my temper. Normally, I can let ignorance roll like water off a duck’s back, but sometimes there are such stunning and dazzling displays of dunce-hood that make it hard to catch your breath or focus clearly.

I debate regularly at a local “higher…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 29, 2017 at 4:00pm — 12 Comments

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