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Descartes' OTHER Job

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara yesterday. 4 Replies

Trying to keep your head above water financially as a philosopher must have been hard for Rene Descartes.  Got to make ends meet SOMEHOW, so...!Continue

Tags: Descartes

The Party of Lincoln Goes South (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 1 Reply

And so they have, in a big way, since Lincoln did his thing 150 years ago.  This business hasn't escaped the attention of American's Best Christian, either, and Ms. Bowers has no problem in holding forth with observations of her own about this…Continue

Tags: south, GOP, Republican, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover Apr 14. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

Tags: poem

Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 24, 2013 at 12:23am

The Flying Atheist said it so well, Melinda. You daughter has grounds to appeal the internship decision.

I hope you all get a chuckle out of this sign.

Comment by booklover on April 23, 2013 at 8:12pm

Thanks Joan!  I will tell her, and she will appreciate that!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 23, 2013 at 7:53pm
The power of support. Shauna has a "cloud of witnesses" with her s she takes her stand!
Comment by booklover on April 23, 2013 at 7:40pm

Carl, I agree with Joan!  Splendid Response!  I am going to have you speak to her adviser! lol ;)  We were seriously astounded.  Seriously, WTF?  HOW does that make ANY sense?!  Even if isn't the adviser's rule, Shauna should find out who is the person who makes that decision, and talk to them.  It's CRAZY!!  Just like most of the world!  Thank you for responding to my post.  I am going to tell my daughter that all of you think she should appeal this stupid rule.  We all think it's stupid!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 23, 2013 at 7:25pm

The Flying Atheist, SPLENDID RESPONSE! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 23, 2013 at 7:09pm

Melinda, If I were your daughter I would definitely appeal that crazy internship decision.  Her adviser is expecting her to take a vow of poverty?!  She's in college trying to make ends meet, dammit!!  That adviser should instead be thrilled that your daughter was able to procure an internship (whether paid or not) with a company that wasn't even interested in taking on an intern UNTIL they met her.  That says a lot about your daughter and her talents.  The adviser should also see this as a positive reflection upon the college and their students.  Perhaps a personal conversation can take place between the boss at the newspaper office and the adviser at the college to discuss your daughter's performance.  The fact that the position was paid should be irrelevant.  If the adviser doesn't give in, perhaps you can snidely ask him/her to please make a monetary donation to your daughter's college fund.  Just my 2 cents.  Good luck to her.   

Comment by Megan S. M. on April 23, 2013 at 4:30pm

Ian, that is the BEST picture ever! lolz

Tom, I suppose we have to 'see' irony to get it ;)

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 23, 2013 at 4:22pm

Patricia, thanks for the G. Graffin quote about non-believing countries.

Loren, what a great saying about empathy & religion, and “If god were a car” is excellent.

Melinda, I love the “Before you jump” cat.  Made me laugh.

Comment by booklover on April 23, 2013 at 2:07pm

That picture is great Ian! lol

Comment by Ian Mason on April 23, 2013 at 11:54am

 

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