Joan Denoo's Blog (163)

Rosa's Story

Rosa's Story demonstrates how religious dogma, social systems, and capitalism exist as part of the problem. She was my maid when we lived in officers' quarters at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX. She traveled an hour by bus to Juarez, Mexico to get to the border crossing. She took another length of time by public transport with a transfer to get to my quarters. She worked all day, a full eight hours doing all my cleaning and laundry and floors and windows, for $2 a day!…

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Added by Joan Denoo on July 2, 2016 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Green Party's Jill Stein: What We Fear from Donald Trump, We Have Already Seen from Hillary Clinton

There are those of us who do not like Hillary or Donald. What are the options? None, really, because if we split the Democratic vote Trump gets in as President of the United States. The only hope is if enough if a spoiler comes into the Republican Party who are people  who can get behind another candidate to split it. Another option is to arouse enough of the Millennials…
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Added by Joan Denoo on June 12, 2016 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Responses to "Prove there is no god

I ran across this post on Facebook from Ben Andrews on May 6, 2016. It offers a good, solid response to those who want proof there is no god!

"Proof there is no god?

"How often have we encountered the Theists, when you ask for proof that god exists demanding that you 'prove' that God does not exist, and then get in a discussion who has the burden of proof instead of answering the question…

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Added by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2016 at 7:37pm — 9 Comments

Robert Greene Ingersoll quote,

Justice is the only worship.

Love is the only priest.

Ignorance is the only slavery.

Happiness is the only good.

The time to be happy is now,

The place to be happy is here,

The way to be happy is to make others so.


- Robert Greene Ingersoll

 Thanks, Daniel W

Added by Joan Denoo on May 6, 2016 at 11:11am — 1 Comment

The New Zealand Money System De-Fib Documentary - Giving a jolt to the heart of an ailing democracy.

The New Zealand Money System De-Fib Documentary - Giving a jolt to the heart of an ailing democracy.

The world’s economy faces a puzzle In which growing numbers of citizens find it harder to maintain a superior quality of life. Workers do all required of them by their various elected governments, over many decades, yet they continue to fall behind, economically. 

This documentary collects hard…

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Added by Joan Denoo on May 3, 2016 at 5:07pm — No Comments

Principles upon which I stand

I endeavor to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures faithful to reason.

My cause of action exists in the pursuit of justice over laws and institutions that exploit, manipulate, and dominate.

My body is inviolable, subject to my will alone.

My feelings are mine, alone. 

I respect the freedom of others,…

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Added by Joan Denoo on April 23, 2016 at 6:02pm — 3 Comments

Joan’s Stages of Learned Optimism

Learned Distrust vs. Learned Trust.

Learned Shame vs. Learned Autonomy.

Learned Guilt vs. Learned Initiative.

Learned Inferiority vs. Learned Industry

Learned Identity Confusion vs. Learned Identity

Learned Isolation vs. Learned Intimacy

Learned Self-Absorption vs. Learned Generativity

Learned Despair vs. Learned Optimism

The painful process of growing up requires facing the things you learn from family and community. They may…

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Added by Joan Denoo on January 12, 2016 at 4:31pm — 11 Comments

Crisis provides the opportunity for change.

War drums beat all around us, raising the shackles of quiet but frightened people feeling helpless. Militant Islam and militant Christians react with ever louder shouts of war. If there ever was a time for reasonable men and women to step forward it is now. The war mongers of Islam and Christianity are so loud it appears to the casual observer that hopelessness is all that exists.

I see opportunity all around me, not just a PollyAnna kind of optimism, but a future full of promise, new…

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Added by Joan Denoo on November 15, 2015 at 1:27am — 8 Comments

The birthright of a female as revealed by Louie Palu's Kandahar Journals

It has been 35 years since I conducted my research on the roll of women in 32 nations of the world, from China and Indonesia, Mexico, Alaska, nations in Europe from Ireland to Turkey,…

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Added by Joan Denoo on November 4, 2015 at 3:21am — 4 Comments

Life and Death

I exist, a scion of unknown ancestors that began with the splitting of cells and transformations that changed everything over time. I was nothing before my conceptions and I return to that place. I am alive, with all my senses informing me of who I am and who I am becoming. Trust the process! I, you, we, all exist on the same plane, going through transformations every day until our final breath. Then, life goes on changing, individuals change, the universe changes. I return to the stuff of…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 1:44pm — 7 Comments

If there were a god

If there were a god he/she/it would be giving the same message to each nation on every continent. The imperative would be to live in peace with justice for all. The purpose would be to create a world of people making the decisions in the interest of the health of individuals, tribes, communities, and nations. There would be no fight over doctrine. There would be an emphasis on community building. Voluntary population control would be part of the litany. The focus would be on cleanliness to…

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Added by Joan Denoo on June 30, 2015 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

The Great Debate: EXTINCTIONS (OFFICIAL) - (Part 1/2)

The Great Debate: EXTINCTIONS (OFFICIAL) - (Part 1/2)

When I was teaching, my classroom consisted of chaos, many things going on at once, few sat in their chairs, some sat at drawing boards, others in discussion groups, many in reading areas, clay and paper and paints and chalk existed scattered throughout with no sense of order. I do not…

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Added by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2015 at 10:51am — 1 Comment

We live in a time of significant change.

We live in a time of significant change. Living out of balance economically and politically for the past 40 or 45 years with a growing gap between family wealth of rich and poor, and with changes occurring because of people around the world wanting to increase the living standards of working people, and because we in the US lose purchasing power each year, the people demand change. 

How do we bring about the kinds of change we want? In this kind of environment, it would be very easy…

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Added by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2015 at 10:21pm — 9 Comments

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple

With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.

And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves

And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired

And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells

And run my stick along the public railings

And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain

And pick flowers in…

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Added by Joan Denoo on June 7, 2015 at 11:33pm — No Comments

The "Obey" imperative demeans both bride and groom.

The "Obey" imperative demeans both bride and groom. Any man who chooses to marry a woman willing obey means he has a wife and their children dependent on him.

If he wants her to stay home with the kids and can afford to earn the necessary amount to maintain a household, then the mother may choose to stay home. If it is an imperative, the relationship suffers. 

If she wishes to stay home with the children, then that meets both partners' needs.

If he can't earn enough to…

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Added by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2015 at 5:10pm — 5 Comments

Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans

Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans

Oh! that this were satire! 

MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report) – Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports.

Andy Borowitz…

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Added by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2015 at 2:05pm — 5 Comments

Big Food's Lax Attitude on Water Use Comes at a Cost

Big Food's Lax Attitude on Water Use Comes at a Cost

"Many big-name food brands such as Hershey, Kraft and Perdue are wasting water resources through lax conservation practices and poor planning. And as climate change and other factors amplify the water risks plaguing the food industry, the bottom lines of these companies will suffer unless they change…

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Added by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2015 at 1:36pm — No Comments

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