“The Mississippi Chinese: Between Black and White," a book written by James Loewen in 1971, is an important look at race in the United States, especially in the Deep South.
You may know of Loewen from his popular "Lies" books including "Lies My Teacher Told Me," "Lies Across America" and "Lies My… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on December 15, 2013 at 11:55pm —
Faitheist is a new book by humanist and interfaith promoter, Chris Stedman. Bearing the full title, Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious, promises an interest read filled with personal revelation regarding the intersection atheism and religion, a task that seems… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on October 31, 2013 at 9:30am —
It is no mistake that nearly half of the American population doesn’t attend church as over the past 30 years religion turned intolerant.
“UNChristian,” reveals why it is happening, but surprisingly doesn't recognize the role of Christianity, the group that nurtures them, as a part of the reason for… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on October 13, 2013 at 9:40pm —
I Read “Out of America " when it was published several years ago, but I felt it was time to bring it out of the closet with the human rights problems currently going on around the world to show that this phase is nothing new and represents a part of Africa most African-Americans know nothing about or try hard to… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on September 18, 2013 at 4:30am —
I am a compulsive reader. I'll read nearly anything. Last night my wife brought home a book given to her by a work acquaintance. Apparently, the lady thought I needed to read a Christian book after she read my most recent publishing, "The 80%… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on June 4, 2012 at 9:30pm —
Awhile ago I was handed a religious tract in a Montreal Metro station. I thought it would be amusing to react to it on my blog.
It started out as a kind of joke, but it's starting to feel a little like work now. I thought it would be more funny but instead it's kind of sad. Well, let's take this old dog out back and finish it… Continue
Added by Godless Poutine on March 7, 2012 at 5:49pm —
Book Review: "You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church . . . and Rethinking Faith"
by David Kinnaman and Aly Hawkins
Proselytizing for Professionals
As a researcher, I've found the Barna Group to be highly professional and focused on making sure the minutiae…
Added by Donald R Barbera on November 15, 2011 at 3:32pm —
Forks Over Knives presents the audience with the argument that a whole-foods, plant-based diet with no meat or animal products or refined foods is the way to a long, healthy, cancer-resistant, and heart-disease-free life. Forks Over Knives plays like a 1950s governmental instructional video, makes basic reasoning mistakes, and discredits itself by touting examples that no skeptical audience can take seriously.
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Added by LaRae Meadows on September 27, 2011 at 4:20pm —
As Sci-Fi goes, The Box is somewhat standard issue for circa 1970s pulp. A simple yet elegant moral dilemma is drawn out and turned into a full length feature film with bizarre Twilight Zone-esque overtones.
My problem with it: First, it was released in 2009 and aside from the possible motivation of keeping the story true to the short story which inspired it, there is really no reason it should have been set in… Continue
Added by Jas Brimstone on July 24, 2011 at 7:14pm —
I bent the binding of The Good Atheist, Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God, by Dan Barker, in hopes that I would either come out of it in some way affirmed or finally have a resource for a person struggling with the decision to let go of their faith. When I closed the book, I felt like a sore eared member of the choir. The majority of Barker’s book is an appeal to authority and celebrity, a mishap of astonishing proportion when speaking about, to, or for, a community that… Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on May 5, 2011 at 2:51pm —
By Don R Barbera, 4/8/2011
For an atheist to get through to nearly any Christian requires the moon to be in the seventh house and the alignment of Jupiter and Mars, but if there is anything that might give some cause to think; it is Donald R. Wright's book "The Only Prayer I'll Ever Pray: Let My People Go." Part autobiography, part expose, "The Only Prayer I'll Ever Pray: Let My People Go," is a book about the author's search for truth and enlightenment in the Bible… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on April 8, 2011 at 11:30am —
When two adolescent owls are relocated, they are faced with a choice: go along with it, or do the right thing. Drawing from the great stories of yore, the animated Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole is an aesthetic wonderment that captured my attention and used the occasional depth of plot to hold me tight.
The cynical Kludd (Ryan Kwanten), his cheerful brother Soren (Jim Sturgess), and their freakishly adorable little sister Egaltine (Adreinne DeFaria) live nestled safely… Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on September 25, 2010 at 12:07pm —
Tired of watching innocent people get hurt, an awkward high school boy takes justice into his own hands, invents a super- hero persona he calls Kick Ass, and heads off to fight crime. Even though it is a bit bumpy in places, the cheeky nature of combat makes Kick Ass a fun use of a couple hours.
Late blooming high schooler Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) can’t seem to catch a break. Bullies make easy work of him. Frustrated with the abuse and injustice, Dave goes vigilante and becomes… Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on April 16, 2010 at 12:00am —
Sixth grader Greg Heffley learns important lessons about friendship, being a good friend and identity in Diary of a Wimpy Kid. A light-hearted, middle-school buddy movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a perfect dump and run movie.
Entering middle school wasn’t as easy as Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) anticipated. Some of the kids are way bigger than him. The same things that are cool in elementary school become a badge of shame in middle school. Greg does everything he can to fit in and be… Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on March 18, 2010 at 10:00pm —
In a rush to remove minerals from the planet Pandora, scientists trying to make peace are ignored and the natives are in danger of being killed by a corporate military. The filmmaker thinks the audience has the intellect of a fifteen year old boy, so we won't notice him punching us in the face with the theme if he makes Avatar pretty enough.
In Dances with Wolves, oh wait...what's this movie called again, oh yeah, Dances with Wolves, crap, no, Avatar, paralyzed soldier, Jake Sully… Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on December 17, 2009 at 2:06pm —
In Red Cliff (Chi bi), the people of China’s southlands face a power-hungry Prime Minister bent on taking over the entire country. Compelling story telling, exquisite visuals, and captivating battle scenes weave together to create a brilliant cinematic tapestry.
After conquering the entire Chinese northlands in the name of the Emperor, ambitious and ruthless General Cao Cao (Fengyi Zhang), who appoints himself Prime Minister, sets his eyes on the southland. In order to get there, he… Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on November 20, 2009 at 12:55am —
Twilight: New Moon is a 14 year old girl’s dream movie. It reminded me of the romances I had as a teenager – a wreck.
Something happened before Twilight: New Moon began, what that was, the audience doesn’t know. It’s obvious there is a romance between Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and they really love each other. Oh yeah, and Edward is a vampire but we never actually see him chew on anyone so we know that because…they told us so. All of the sudden,… Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on November 20, 2009 at 12:27am —
In 2012, the world sinks into… the world. A ridiculous, nonsensical, pseudo-comedic bit of film making, 2012 made me wish for the end of the world.
Metamorphosing gamma rays zingalinged the subterranean super magma in the core of the earth, when the sun had a temper tantrum and mutated the falafel crust. Meanwhile, writer and limo driver, nearly dead-beat father Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) takes his children camping in Yellowstone. While there, the kid’s mother, Kate (Amanda Pete),… Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on November 16, 2009 at 3:58pm —
Over the past few weeks I've been talking with Skeptical Inquirer Magazine about writing reviews for skeptics on their website. I'm elated to say the kinks have been worked out and it's official; I'm their voice in the dark (theater). This is a fantastic opportunity for me to write for people like me and I couldn't be more excited that it is with SI. It's more than a little embarassing how much I've been dancing around my house, the store, in bed, at the DMV, and in my car.
This is a… Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on November 9, 2009 at 3:30am —
Animated and in 3D, Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday story, A Christmas Carol, spills onto screens again. A garish demonstration of the capabilities of the new 3D technology, the story only pops out when it possesses an opportunity to show off the technology.
Scrooge (Jim Carrey) is a miserly old man who holds tight each penny in his pocket. After his business partner, Marley (Gary Oldman) dies, Scrooge loses all perspective, turning even surlier than he was before. Devoid of all… Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on November 5, 2009 at 9:00pm —