After you read this book you will never again eat a tomato.
I will confess that I am not quite finished with this book, but I've read enough to be shocked and dismayed by what I've read so far. Not only does this book cover the strange and seemingly bizarre aspects of modern tomato agriculture (to us ignorant outsiders), but it exposes the system of exploitation by which migrant workers (mostly from Central and South America) have been robbed of their dignity and freedom and treated…Continue
My apologies for being late to the RFRA party. I've been busy with work the past couple of weeks. At first, I was disappointed with RFRA passing in Indiana, but after seeing this article on the Church of Cannabis, I am inspired to go back to Christianity. In fact, I'm going to start my own flavor:…Continue
The right to own slaves runs deeply in our history, creates traditions that benefit some while harming others. The moral teaching of the bible supports slavery in both the old and new version. To pretend that christianity supported abolition of slavery is to deny history and delude oneself into thinking that the scriptures are a fit place upon which to build…Continue
Morality is a human construct, by and for humans. If not, we'd have to get it from a natural source . . . or a supernatural one. I'm an atheist, so a supernatural source isn't a serious alternative to me. That leaves one alternative: Nature. But I can't detect the slightest whiff of morality in nature. Mother nature is red in tooth and claw. She is indifferent to violence,…Continue
You may know of Loewen from his popular "Lies" books including "Lies My Teacher Told Me," "Lies Across America" and "Lies My…Continue
After all the settled I decided to go back and view Django again with an eye for the story itself and found it to be entertaining and eerily reminiscent of a Sergio Leone "spaghetti western" with Clint Eastwood. After doing a little research I found out why it was so familiar as the original film was directed by Sergio…Continue
The naturalist understanding of morality asserts that we have evolved empathy as an impetus to cooperation. Combined with personal experience, empathy leads most of us to a "Golden Rule" sense of morality. From experience, I know what hurts me: with empathy, I know the same things likely hurt you too. Experience and empathy is all we need to decide most moral matters. "Do unto…Continue
This post is nothing new but it does bear repeating. In America, The United States of America, more than 1 percent of our population [3,000,000 people] is in jail. This is of great benefit to the prison corporations that make money off other people misery and leads to a system that is more interested in getting people in prison than having justice done.
I will post some numbers form the BBC show "QI" hosted by Stephen Fry with a four member panel and a link to that normally quite…
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