March 2018 Blog Posts (8)

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

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