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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…

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

The Ethical argument for Veganism- a comment on a Facebook post

Vegans who argue from ethical grounds usually use some version of Utilitarianism, which is compassion  made universal and exclusive. Peter Singer, for example. David Hume had a reply: for ethics built around compassion, the question is, do we have ENOUGH compassion to motivate us to follow the ethical rule prescribed? he said "Sometimes we do, and sometimes we don't, and when we don't, why…
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Added by John B Hodges on January 11, 2016 at 3:30pm — No 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…

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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 — 1 Comment

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.…

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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…

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

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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…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on January 7, 2016 at 2:50pm — 10 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 — 7 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-…

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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.…

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Added by Rhonda Boyer on January 4, 2016 at 11:03pm — 5 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…

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

Happy New Year's Eve to all of my fellow non-religionists!

I made a plan.  It was that my sweetie come home and take a nap so that we can go party in a public place with at least a glass of alcohol -- hating champagne, that won't be our drink of choice.  The nap is done, time to dress and go.  I wonder if they will have mistletoe, the granter of mystical powers?

Added by Concealing MyAnti-Theism on December 31, 2015 at 8:26pm — 6 Comments

Can we be Faithful Friends and Non-theists too?

Are we the Faithless?  NO!

Hearing non-theists described in a list of people, those with faith -- a long list of Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and more; and the faithless, my feeling, and I emphasize that, I felt it was painful to hear.  We are faithless?  It sounds awful.  It has the feeling of fingers scratching on a chalkboard at midnight waking you up bad.  And that was just a newscaster trying…

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Added by Concealing MyAnti-Theism on December 28, 2015 at 5:06am — 10 Comments

Stopping refugees at the border and asking them if they are terrorists makes about as much sense as asking your child if they want a spanking...of course, they will answer no.  Trying to prove they a…

Stopping refugees at the border and asking them if they are terrorists makes about as much sense as asking your child if they want a spanking...of course, they will answer no. 

Trying to prove they are one of the "right" religions is pointless as well. Which variety of what religion is the correct one that won't cause anyone, ever, to be radicalized? How do we determine a test that one has to pass in order to be allowed in? 

It would be nice if there was some magic test or…

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Added by Rhonda Boyer on December 26, 2015 at 8:25pm — 3 Comments

New Year's resolutions versus long term goals

I have a hard time with the month of December. Thanksgiving at the end of November tends to send me down a gloomy path. It isn't that I can't come up with things I am thankful for. Usually, there are a lot of positives in my life.  But, I guess being told I have to be thankful then more than at other times pushes me over some imaginary brink. I think it is all in my head. Still, it doesn't prevent this from happening ever year.

So, after that "holiday", I head into the most wonderful…

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Added by Rhonda Boyer on December 26, 2015 at 7:50pm — 7 Comments

Merry Xmas Everyone!

Regardless of whether you use the word "Merry"  in any other sitiation - like "Merry Birthday"  or "Merry Anniversary",

And Regardless of whether you feel happy about the marketing, capitalism-run-amuck, obligatory family dysfunction, society-on-edge about christian high-and-mighty supercilious dishonest rhetoric,

And regardless of whether you wish that the christian war-against-christmas would have been won (The …

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Added by Daniel W on December 25, 2015 at 8:30am — 12 Comments

The Jesus Trope

    The Jesus trope is harmful and atheists should stop buying into it. 

    Mormons don't glorify the crucifixion the way some other faiths do. I was Mormon and recall being mildly disturbed at the grotesque death of Jesus. I was far more disturbed at the depiction of the suffering of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. His pores said to have bled as he took on himself every sin of every person dead, living, and yet to be born. For which we are said to be eternally in his…

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Added by Čenek Sekavec on December 25, 2015 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

The Season to Be Jolly?

‘Tis the season to be jolly—for some. Increasingly, Christmas has become one of my least favorite holidays. I can’t stand Christmas.

I am usually the Grinch of the Christmas season at least in my mind. I intentionally hold my tongue and let others enjoy one on the most…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 23, 2015 at 3:39pm — 7 Comments

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