October 2014 Blog Posts (76)

Why ice sheets will keep melting for centuries to come

Why ice sheets will keep melting for centuries to come

Most of my family and friends live away from ocean coast lines and will not be affected by rising sea levels. The processes of ice sheets forming and melting have been occurring throughout history. My home in Spokane, WA was shaped by the flash…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2014 at 5:44pm — No Comments

Compost, black gold

Every snippet of growing things, except diseased or pest ridden or with seeds or with plants that have runners that spread, go into my compost. The result is priceless mulch better than money can buy. 

Several years ago I bought Encapsulated Earthworm Cocoons™ and buried them in my compost bins and into my box raised beds. I have an abundance of worms working my soil…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2014 at 2:31pm — No Comments

How Did We Become a Society Suspicious of Science?

How Did We Become a Society Suspicious of Science?   Thanks to Dave Schey. 

~ "Senator James Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma, openly denouncing the findings of climate scientists as a hoax."

~ "The Texas State Board of Education, which is dominated by religious…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2014 at 7:34pm — 29 Comments

Our Irish ancestry

I am a strong advocate of knowing one's historical, cultural and genetic background. History matters in spite of all the efforts to leave traditions behind. For me, understanding my ancestor's Irish background helps me understand our familial hatred of anything government. Our family descended from Irish immigrants who left Ireland in the 1840s because of the Irish famine. It was a political famine, caused by British landowners not allowing the Irish farmers access to the grains they grew…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 16, 2014 at 5:39pm — 4 Comments

Preaching On Social Media - via rottingthoughts.wordpress.com

We’ve all been there at some point. You log onto your favorite social media website like Facebook, and as you scroll through the many status updates in your news feed with highlights about your Aunt Martha’s cat, or your friend’s son that lost a tooth, you see this:


If you are irreligious like myself, all you see is this:…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on October 16, 2014 at 1:26pm — 1 Comment

Sauerkraut made in a toilet reservoir

When my three kids were 10 years old we started the tradition of sauerkraut making, outside, on a long table. We would pick the cabbages, put them in a large galvanized steel tub of water. One kiddo cut away the bad parts and weighed them. One started shredding on an antique shredder we found at a second hand store. Another child added the salt and several kids smashed it, working together in unison. The shredded and salted and smashed cabbage went into a big…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 16, 2014 at 9:43am — 16 Comments

Flu Pandemic 1918-19

When the Plague Hit Spokane,  By Kenneth Knoll

September 5. The first case of the flu reported in Boston.

October 1, the Spokane City Health Department declared that some cases might be in Spokane but saw no need for alarm. The Department recommended covering the mouth and nose while sneezing and using antiseptic sprays and gargles to prevent infection.…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 15, 2014 at 3:20pm — 8 Comments

Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi

Thanks to all who read my previous post.  I found out today that Mom is in hospice and sinking fast, so I launched the letter (previous blog entry) to the Rabbi, slightly edited.  Done and done, right?  Not so fast.  Here's the auto-reply:

Thank [sic] for your email.

I will not be reading my emails during the Jewish Holiday of Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah or the Sabbath following them.

I will look forward to reading and responding to my emails…


Added by Alan Perlman on October 15, 2014 at 3:00pm — 11 Comments

Secular Societies Fare Better Than Religious Societies

Secular Societies Fare Better Than Religious SocietiesIf religion withers, does society rot? Clearly not.


Added by Joan Denoo on October 15, 2014 at 1:21am — 2 Comments

The list of authors denouncing the myth of Jesus Christ continues to grow

"The "Jesus mythicist" position is regarded by Christians as a fringe group. But after my research I tend to side with Remsburg—and Frank Zindler, John M. Allegro, Thomas Paine, Godfrey Higgins, Robert M. Price, Charles Bradlaugh, Gerald Massey, Joseph McCabe, Abner Kneeland, Alvin Boyd Kuhn, Harold Leidner, Peter Jensen, Salomon Reinach, Samuel Lublinski, Charles-François Dupuis, Rudolf Steck, Arthur Drews, Prosper Alfaric, Georges Ory, Tom Harpur, Michael Martin, John Mackinnon Robertson,…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 14, 2014 at 2:44am — 11 Comments

Four Decades Being Here

So as I title it "Four Decades Being Here" that it relates something that I have to tell you.

I have progressed four years here and all that I have learnt is 'Friendship'. Having this a site of Atheism and its views, I would postulate that it manifested me how to gather people by friendship. Not only I have fiddled my time away in discussions but also I spent a lot of time in chatting. Meet newbies sharing their thoughts realized the reality. There are lots of people I had hung out and…


Added by Major G on October 14, 2014 at 1:30am — 4 Comments

Is love a naturally beautiful sense , or a reflection of our obsessions ?

I guess we are deciding that according to where it fits. If our boyfriend-girlfriend has broke up with us , ta-daa love becomes just an obsession to a man/woman . But if we are fallen in love with s.body or s.thing love becomes the most great thing of life. 

Why we are acting like that ? And what we are really thinking while deciding about ?

Added by Black Jack on October 13, 2014 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

God is irrelevant

It is not essential to believe in God or in the historical Jesus or in Christianity. What resonates for me is a deeper meaning than prayers or ritual or litanies can provide. It is an awareness and understanding of who I am, personally, and professionally. It is in being able to think and reason and pay attention to what is real and distinguish that which is superstition or tradition. It is being willing and able to think of others, including other…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2014 at 12:58pm — 11 Comments

Atheist Alliance of America Convention

Here are my personal observations on the AAA convention last August. More than enough negativity. Not enough community.



Added by Jonathan Tweet on October 13, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

The Particular Problem with Islam

On Sunday morning, 12 October, 2014, I listened to Reza Aslan as he spent three minutes saying next to nothing of consequence regarding the contretemps of a week ago between Sam Harris and Ben Affleck on Real Time with Bill Maher.  Whatever Aslan wanted to accomplish with his vacuous commentary is beyond me, which doesn’t stop me from seeing it and him as being problematic as…


Added by Loren Miller on October 13, 2014 at 9:53am — 12 Comments

Nothing Fails Like Prayer

I have had, over the years, some pretty huge challenges to overcome. I would pray, do good things, take care of other people, obey god's word as preached and taught at church, and pray some more. Nothing changed as far as my challenges were concerned. 

Does god make himself known to human beings through revelation and miracles? I don't know! I have never seen or experienced a revelation or a miracle. …


Added by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2014 at 8:37pm — 3 Comments

Progressive Muslim Leader Speaks Up on Marriage Equality

“As somebody who’s living in a society that recognizes the separation between church and state, between mosque and state, sinagogue and state, or any other type of religious manifestation, I read a book by a lesbian lawyer from San Francisco arguing for gay marriage and I found her argument was absolutely solid in terms of secular principles. So I think if America is true to its secular principles, it would be very difficult to argue against that.”…


Added by Hiram on October 11, 2014 at 1:33pm — 3 Comments

An Imperfect Start and Beautiful Finish to a Lovely Day of a Lovely Week in Paradise

I am a fan of Christopher Marlowe, the Elizabethan poet, dramatist, rogue, and (in all likelihood) espionage agent, whose Doctor Faustus inspired everyone from the American poet, Hart Crane, to the Welsh stage and screen star, Richard Burton. Goethe's version of the Faust legend was remarkable for its time, but I love Marlowe's better. And legend it was, too, for, apparently, there really was such a person roving about Western Europe with a black dog many…


Added by James M. Martin on October 9, 2014 at 9:54pm — 4 Comments

Right to offend

There is a notion that "there should be a right not to be offended. But in my view the right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended. The right to ridicule is far more important to society than any right not to be ridiculed because one in my view represents openness - and the other represents oppression”

~ Rowan…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 9, 2014 at 3:55pm — 19 Comments

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