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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

The Laurence Krauss Debacle

A recent Buzzfeed article by  Peter Aldhous Azeen Ghorayshi

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Added by Richard Lawrence on February 24, 2018 at 9:00pm — 19 Comments

Florida Students need America's Support to Stop School Shootings.

These students are on the right track, as Australia, Canada, Britain and Japan all prove that the way to stop Gun Violence is through banning guns.

Australia, Britain and Canada all have the same mental health problems with students and men, but they don't have the school shootings that America has, like 3 in a month, and likely to get more with the shooters getting coverage on media, thus giving them more…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on February 24, 2018 at 6:11pm — 12 Comments

Using Theology's Favourite Form of Logic (Deductive) to Destroy Theology. All Theological Arguments Fail From Having an Invalid Primary Premise, "God".

Every theologian I've ever encountered and even those debating atheists in public like William Lane Craig, Ken Ham, Lee Strobel and Ravi Zacharias, all base their arguments on Deductive Reasoning and the existence of their God.

Though Logically, using their very own Deductive Logic, all their arguments that assert the existence of a God,…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on February 24, 2018 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Dear Senator Portman: Regarding Gun Control...

Don't ask why it's taken so long for me to write. Stipulated that I've been involved in "clicktivist" petitions about gun control and perhaps written my representatives here and there in the wake of past mass shootings. Somehow, this last incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High just GOT to me. That and learning that Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman has an "A" rating with the National Rifle Association pretty well broke my camel's back.



In any case, the following just went out…

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Added by Loren Miller on February 18, 2018 at 12:00pm — 13 Comments

The Berlin Wall - A Melancholy Anniversary

“Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run, but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant.”

― Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

This month marked what should be a joyous anniversary of the Mauerfall - the fall of the Berlin Wall.  For on the fifth of February the Wall had been down as long as it had been up;  precisely…

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Added by Richard Lawrence on February 17, 2018 at 7:33pm — 4 Comments

Ides of March - Git Diggin! - Vernal Equinox

Recharging the Galaxies & Planets magnetic shields

Exhuming, Universal magnetic reversal, Recharging…

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Added by Garry Denke on February 17, 2018 at 8:40am — No Comments

Meditations on "Jonah"

They say Jonah, he was swallowed by a whale,

But I say, there's no truth to that tale.

I know Jonah, he was swallowed by a song.


-- Paul Simon, "Jonah"



I was going to save that quote for an entry in the Quotations group, but it and the music that accompanies it really captured me this morning ... or “swallowed” me, as Paul put it.



I really admire that – being so consumed with a skill, talent, or desire that it utterly occupies your life, as…

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Added by Loren Miller on February 13, 2018 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

The human species – a naturalist conjecture

One question still unanswered in biology and one that is of special interest to me is what happened to our evolutionary branch that made us so different than our nearest relatives on the evolutionary tree, the chimpanzees and bonobos? Putting aside supernatural explanations as well as wild speculation about aliens doing genetic experiments on our race as something to do while taking a break from construction of the pyramids, the correct explanation will be provided by science.

An…

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Added by Richard Lawrence on February 11, 2018 at 7:55pm — 2 Comments

Review: The Faith of Christopher Hitchens by Larry Taunton

I had read a lot of vitriol from the secular community regarding this book and made a point of re-reading Hitch-22 since Taunton referenced it in his opening description of Christopher Hitchens. So armed I was looking forward to reading it to see if all the ruckus was justified. As it turns out, the book is rather anti-climactic. There is nothing in the book that would lead one to think there was any deathbed conversion. I have respect for Taunton insofar as any discussions of conversion he…

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Added by Richard Lawrence on February 7, 2018 at 11:19am — 1 Comment

Life does begin at conception – a secular view

A recent article from Newsweek was making the rounds in social media this week reporting on the new strategic draft issued by the Department of Health and Human services.  The draft includes language that defines life as beginning at conception.

"HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of…

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Added by Richard Lawrence on February 4, 2018 at 10:19pm — 5 Comments

Review: Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens

“I became a journalist because I did not want to rely on newspapers for information.”

― Christopher Hitchens

I started to read Larry Taunton's book, "The Faith of Christopher Hitchens" and he begins the book by painting a picture based on "Hitch 22", Christopher Hitchens' autobiography. Having read "Hitch 22" when it first came out I was struck how the impressions that Taunton was getting and the seemed importance he was assigning to them were not jibbing with my recollections so…

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Added by Richard Lawrence on February 1, 2018 at 8:40pm — 5 Comments

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