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The RI Flag

I created the RIAS group here on AN, and wanted a good picture for it. i wanted that represented RI, but a plain picture of the capital building or maybe a quahog wasn't going to cut it.

I've always like the RI state flag. 13 stars on a white field. An anchor for our sea-faring tradition. The word in the banner gives me a like pause, though.

It's "HOPE". Hope is good. When you are unable to change things, hope can keep you optimistic. It can give a sense of the future and… Continue

Added by Wubby on September 5, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Big Picture

It's easy to forget what's going on elsewhere as we embroil ourselves in stuff that touches our emotional lives closer to home. The Big Picture is an excellent photo-blog. These pictures aren't political. They show the good and the bad; the happy and the sad; progress and decline. We can't forget that our nation is intimately involved with the life and death of ordinary Iraqi people. That's truly the big picture.…


Added by AtheistJoy on September 5, 2008 at 10:50am — No Comments

I so love Jon Stewart

I'm dead center in politics. Seriously. I'm dead center because I love facts. Both parties love to stretch the truth and sometimes even make things up. I get very angry at everyone during elections because of this. I simply don't understand why everyone can't simply tell the truth and let the people make up their own minds based on the best factual evidence available.

Yes, yes, I am living in a complete state of denial. Go ahead, make fun of me. I'm completely aware that it will… Continue

Added by AtheistJoy on September 5, 2008 at 8:01am — No Comments

Dissent done right 2

[Back to Part 1]

I knew my kids would feel violated, angry, and afraid. Their own attitudes toward dissent are being tested and formed. So we did what we do. We talked it through.

I told them our sign had been taken from the yard. (At this point we hadn't found it again.) Erin's reaction was utter disbelief.

"Really?" she said. "Really?"


"Really? Cause… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on September 5, 2008 at 7:59am — No Comments

Thursday, 04 September, 2008 17:08

Thursday, 04 September, 2008 17:08

Nilknarf Daily Haiku

we use strength wisely;

and we can't afford not to....

else it turns on us.

Color me pink - tickled pink!

But first... the rest of the story from yesterday:

When they were putting the dressings on my puncture sites, I was able to see the clock... 18:00! Where had the time gone?

Drugs... wonderful things in the right hands.

Contrary to what is supposed to… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 4, 2008 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Rhode Island Group

I've created a group on AN for the Rhode Island Atheist Society. I've also invited a couple members from the group to check AN out. The site seems to be getting bigger and bigger. It looks real good, I can say that. And much less cluttered/bugging than MySpace. Even better than FB, which seems to have been taken over by apps.

Added by Wubby on September 4, 2008 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Two Kinds of People

For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. I am my own God. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well… Continue

Added by Lib La Mar ~ PãЯãÐ۞X ®ø†† on September 4, 2008 at 9:50am — No Comments

Yay for Christian Alarmist Propaganda

Oh, what one stumbles upon in the early hours whilst slowly extricating oneself from the peaceful void of slumber over a cup of coffee.

Check out Clifford Goldstein's 'Faith Attack' on Liberty Magazine Online. First off, the language used referring to atheists and atheism is clearly chosen very carefully to invoke the popular 'militant' image of atheists among Christians. Usually, when I come across this sort of rhetoric, I can safely dismiss the whole article as alarmist drivel.… Continue

Added by IsThatLatin on September 4, 2008 at 9:02am — No Comments

Illusional & Religious Experience

Humans have flawed systems of perception and attention. It is little wonder that many of the leaders in the skeptical / freethought movement are current or former magicians (e.g., James Randi, Penn Jillette & Teller, Richard Wiseman, D.J. Grothe, etc.), because magicians capitalize on the vulnerabilities of human perception and attention.

There are several examples of ways our senses can be fooled, but optical illusions are perhaps the easiest to display on the…

Added by NH Baritone on September 4, 2008 at 7:12am — No Comments

Wednesday, 03 September, 2008 22:35

Wednesday, 03 September, 2008 22:35

Nilknarf Daily Haiku

we use strength wisely;

and we can't afford not to....

else it turns on us.

Interesting day, yes.

I got to sleep about midnight, set the alarm for 06:00; got up at 06:15, at breakfast, did the dishes, waited for the call.

Lynn called about 08:15, I was on for 13:00.

So it was clear liquids for the rest of the time at home, and in fact until about 18:30,… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 3, 2008 at 11:26pm — No Comments

Death Sentence

I just got done watching the movie "Death Sentence" with Kevin Bacon and a full on cast of people too desperate for money to pass up the script. Oh, and John Goodman too.

I have to start off by saying that I'm pretty sure Hollywood was experimenting here. "This time" the executive says "We'll be pairing Fox News watching 60+ city dwelling executives with a group of various 14 year olds. Some of these 14 year olds probably play too many FPS's, others have heard so many stupid myths… Continue

Added by Parallax on September 3, 2008 at 10:56pm — 4 Comments

Wisconsin Child Dies While Parents Pray

Dale and Leilani Neumann of Wausau Wisconsin have been charged with 2nd degree reckless homicide for letting their 11 year old daughter die of diabetes while they prayed for her recovery rather than seeking medical care.

Their family’s attorney is fighting the case saying that the courts, if the charges are allowed to continue, will “become entangled in constitutionally protected religious matters.” because the charges “…unconstitutionally infringe on their right to freely… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on September 3, 2008 at 10:41pm — 3 Comments


My blog is called Dubiosity, and you can find it at

On it, you'll find my writings about various topics, like atheism, religion, science, politics, medicine, space, and whatever else I find interesting.

Added by Bevans on September 3, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

On Spiritual Humanism (or religion based on reason)

For the first time since jumping off the fence I have been tempted... at apparently you can be ordained as a member of the Spiritual Humanist clergy with only one requisite, agreeing to the following statement Religion must be based on Reason.

Spiritual Humanism defines itself as a religion based on the ability of human beings to solve the problems of society using logic and science. Furthermore, the site goes on to explain how Spiritual Humanism… Continue

Added by Rosa on September 3, 2008 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Just what does the VP do?

She doesn't know either!

Added by Hessenroots on September 3, 2008 at 2:59pm — 2 Comments

Where knowledge ends, religion begins.

I'm terribly sick of the religious "oppressed minority" complaining about the fact that their beliefs are under cultural assault. First of all, they're not under assault at all: this country is overwhelmingly Christian, and the right-wing "moral majority" has shown an impressive lack of morals in their total takeover of every branch of the federal government. Second, they should be under assault; they're archaic. Look that word up before you attempt to debate that fact. But that's not what this… Continue

Added by Lib La Mar ~ PãЯãÐ۞X ®ø†† on September 3, 2008 at 12:45pm — 2 Comments


Though we later may walk

In a valley in a shadow of death

What should we logically fear?

Perhaps the complacent urge for a deity

To make us whole and guide us through

To fulfil an image that is cloudy at best

Where was the help previously

When appeals went unheard?

Huge effort expended in devotion

For nothing in return

Grimly clinging, predetermined

To prop up an image that is cloudy at best

Resigned rigid, predetermined

To… Continue

Added by Lib La Mar ~ PãЯãÐ۞X ®ø†† on September 3, 2008 at 12:43pm — No Comments


In trying to identify what we believe, and the possible limits to the This Paradox of Perception can and will exposes the confusion of understanding the term's consciousness, perception, and unconscious, with lucidity, reality, and awareness. Now we will look at how this misunderstanding imbeds a false sense of certainty of what is and is not real. In other words we have our current view of what is that we compare with our perfect view of how it should be, or could have been. We deal with… Continue

Added by Lib La Mar ~ PãЯãÐ۞X ®ø†† on September 3, 2008 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Palin babbles; Iraq war a "task from god"

Palin speaking before her church (assembly of god church; IE dominionists) proclaiming the Alaska pipeline as "gods work" and the war in Iraq as "task from god".

90% of this is 'woo' and, honestly I find it a little boring but I don't think we need politicians in any seat of power thinking that war is tasked by… Continue

Added by Hessenroots on September 3, 2008 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Creationists in Canada

Though it may not have the profile or scope here that it has in the U.S., the tension between a Bible-based understanding of the origins of creation and the science of evolution evidently does not stop at the border. That positions are not as clearly (or stridently) articulated in Canada as they are in the U.S. may only reflect our national distaste for confrontation.

--->Where's Darwin? From… Continue

Added by AtheistJoy on September 3, 2008 at 8:38am — No Comments

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