Daniel Wachenheim's Blog (20)

We Should Know the story of the Spanish "Secular Holocaust"

Via a post on the Facebook Atheist Nexus, from the UK Website Church and State

The Secular Holocaust

For centuries the Catholic Church controlled Spain, controlling the laws, the social order,…

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Added by Daniel Wachenheim on November 13, 2016 at 10:30pm — 9 Comments

Forgiveness.

Last week, a former coworker sent me a text that one of my colleagues had died at a young age.  It wasn't a complete surprise, as I had heard rumers of a rare, incurable, and rapidly progressing cancer.

This knowledge led me to ponder my relationship with the departed.  I had worked with her for many years, and in fact had tried to help with workplace challenges, by mentoring about specific issues and practices, and advising about how to manage a difficult career.  Over time,…

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Added by Daniel Wachenheim on September 29, 2016 at 3:52pm — 12 Comments

Mount Saint Helens

I've lived within view of Mt St Helens for 15 years and more than half of my adult life in the Pacific Northwest areas affected by the Mt. St. Helens eruption in the 1980s..  Trees and terrain block the view from my house, but the beautiful volcano is prominant in the view on the road to my house.

Despite living here for so long, we have not been to the lookout station for at least 25 years.  We…

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Added by Daniel Wachenheim on July 26, 2016 at 12:54pm — 14 Comments

Powered by Jesus. The 10 Commandments are NOT multiple choice.

Today I was driving home, and was cut off in traffic by a woman driving a big white Oldsmobile Intrigue sedan.  I knew it was an Intrigue because it had a label stating that.  I had to look it up at home to find out, it was an Oldsmobile.

I could have forced the issue.  I had right of way.  If I had just tailgated the pickup in front of me, she would have had to merge behind me.  But does it really matter if I get home 1 second sooner?  Maybe one half second?  I just don't…

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Added by Daniel Wachenheim on July 20, 2016 at 8:30pm — 10 Comments

The Case of the Social Justice Warrior

The concept of the Social Justice Warrior, also called SJW, is fairly new to me.  I don't claim to be expert, and may not be able to do justice to the phenomenon.  Social Justice Warriorism first came onto my radar, while reading comments on The Friendly Atheist website.  I don't have a link to those old comments now. 

The topic comes up now, because Reason Rally in Washington DC was noted to have less attendence, compared to the prior Reason Rally.  Some writers and…

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Added by Daniel Wachenheim on June 14, 2016 at 2:43pm — 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 Wachenheim on December 25, 2015 at 8:30am — 12 Comments

Sanders vs. Trump.

ptum Will it happen?



I think Clinton vs. Trump, Clinton would win. I think she would also win against any other Repub currently running around the clown car. Unless Jesus Christ himself descends from a cloud and announces he's for Jindahl and if America votes for anyone else, he will rain hellfire and brimstone across the realm. If that happens, Piyush "Bobby" Jindahl will have a chance to win, despite bring a no talent bigot who squandered his intelligence, education, and talent, in… Continue

Added by Daniel Wachenheim on October 25, 2015 at 9:30am — 19 Comments

Sexual Abuse in the Jehovah's Witnesses - Don't let them past your doorstep!

This article is from ThinkProgress, although there are others reporting on the same issue.  The particular abuse is in Australia, but there are reports in USA as well.

"The Jehovah's Witnesses' Massive Sex Abuse Scandal"…

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Added by Daniel Wachenheim on July 27, 2015 at 11:02pm — 4 Comments

Sleep.

Everyone sleeps.  Every person, every mammal, probably every bird and reptile.

I was thinking about sleep last night, as I was thinking about going to sleep.  I don't like sleep.  For me, sleep is an interlude of death.  I usually have no memories of dreams.  No recollections of thoughts, or sensations. They say, everyone dreams. Not just a few dreams, but many.  Every night.  If that's so, either I'm unusual, or my sleep is so deep that no dreams escape into the world of day.…

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Added by Daniel Wachenheim on July 18, 2015 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

Amazing Grace in the Workplace? Arrgghhh!

My worklife is intense and demanding. It is a high stress environment. I try to keep a low profile, do my best, and always have a professional demeanor, responsible temperament, and keep my nose to the grindstone. My retirement - or graduation, as I sometimes call it - is in early 2016. I am not going to make waves.



Like many offices, our workday begins with what management gurus call "The Huddle" - a brief meeting, mandatory for all, for disseminating info about workload,… Continue

Added by Daniel Wachenheim on June 19, 2015 at 8:39pm — 21 Comments

The meaning and value of work.

Work is how we make a living. For many, we spend more time with our coworkers, than with our spouse. I do. Work gets us our living, our benefits, if we are lucky, some savings, security, and the ability to pay for what we need to pay for. Work has psychological costs, and psychological rewards. If we are very lucky, work gives…

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Added by Daniel Wachenheim on December 4, 2014 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Damn Windows 8.x Spawn of Satan! Damn! Damn!

I am forced to use Windows, my program at work will only work with the damn vile awkward heinous Windows product.  When my old computer quit working - because I dropped it - the new ones only came with Windows 8.0.  I tolerated this downgrade because had no choice - stupid program, awkward, less user friendly, takes more clicks and more actions to do the  same stuff.  Over the past year or so, it asks me if I want 8.1 and I always say no.  Stop asking me, dammit!  Leave me…

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Added by Daniel Wachenheim on October 26, 2014 at 10:30am — 23 Comments

Scruffy, Gnarly, Sometimes Grouchy, Loyal, Beautiful, Beloved Old Dogs

Huffington Post  This Mesmerizing Photo Series Captures The Regal Beauty Of Aging Dogs

source, for more old dog photos

 

My own best friend, and his best friend.  …

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Added by Daniel Wachenheim on October 25, 2014 at 12:41pm — 6 Comments

Back from vacation. For an atheist, I spent a lot of time in churches.

Today I returned from a 2 week vacation.  It was much needed.  Almost cancelled - Been quite ill and didn't feel great when I left.  But, I thought what I needed most was rest, de-stress, and minimal pressure, and this being a cruise vacation, that's what I got.  Today, tired from the flight, but otherwise feeling SO much better!

 

Our cruise started in Venice, then went to Athens, Ephesus, Istanbul, Naples / Pompeii, Florence Marseilles, and ended in Barcelona.  I was so worn…

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Added by Daniel Wachenheim on October 10, 2014 at 4:50pm — 12 Comments

Islamic Mauritania ♥'s Modern Slavery

This via The Friendly Atheist Blog, with links as added.  A big aspect of the story is one courageous Muslim man -  Biram Dah Abeid -   who is fighting Islamic - supported slavery in Mauritania.

 

"Slavery in Mauritania Is Alive and Well, Thanks In No Small Part to Islamic…

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Added by Daniel Wachenheim on September 18, 2014 at 8:02pm — 1 Comment

"How is your lover?"

Ive been sick at home with pneumonia. My mind is going all sorts of strange places, including conversations I've never known what to do with.



It just popped into my mind. A few years back 5? 7? I was on the phone with my aunt. She was my dad's brother's wife. My family was highly puritanical - no mention of anything sexual, in any context, ever. No cursing, no smoking, no drinking, but especially, what seemed to be absolute sexual innocence.



I had planned a visit to… Continue

Added by Daniel Wachenheim on September 12, 2014 at 9:30pm — 10 Comments

Another try at the skeptics' meetup

Some time back, I was an enthusiastic member of the local skeptics' meetup.  It was a chaotic, free form get together where people talked about, just about anything.  People got to know each other, discussed their experiences, and I felt a sense of community.

About a year ago, the meetup changed.  There was movement toward a more…

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Added by Daniel Wachenheim on February 2, 2014 at 10:30am — 21 Comments

Paying Respects to the Dead

This weekend I visited my  parent's graves.  It's been a bit over 2 years.  I still think of them often.

 

I have no illusions about them looking down on me, or up at me, or whatever. Still, I wanted to visit the cemetery in person. That took a bit of a trip - fly from Portland to St. Louis, then…

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Added by Daniel Wachenheim on November 17, 2013 at 10:20pm — 12 Comments

Travel Blog. Changchun China.

Entering via ipad over unstable connection. So brief, and typos.



Assumed China still censored / prevented access to Nexus. But it does not prevent access here.



The flight is long for me. I fatigue easily. But enjoying this trip.



Staying with in-laws. What sweet welcoming people.



Beijing air is acrid smoky thick. At least, wS yesterday.



Changchun is old big industrial city in Northeast. As different from, say, Hongkong as Detroit or… Continue

Added by Daniel Wachenheim on October 14, 2013 at 5:30am — 29 Comments

Random Thoughts as Life and Events Unfold.

This week was challenging.  I'm glad it's over.  Nothing worth big drama, just a lot.

My adjuvant treatment, for gastric sarcoma, leaves me fatigued.  I function well at work, in the morning.  On hard days, I start to crash-land late morning.  On moderate days, I crash-land mid afternoon.  I can keep going until the end of the schedule.  But it leaves a lot of "homework" and it takes a day to recover.

Three years ago, a "team" of managers harassed me into…

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Added by Daniel Wachenheim on August 31, 2013 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

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