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Forest Fire

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change.org

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There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be…Continue

Optical Illusions

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Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 1. 9 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

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Human Rights for Atheists, Agnostics and Secularists

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 27. 11 Replies

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Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on April 25, 2013 at 5:28am

Tom, I've got three videos in my collection where dogs have shown sadness and grief at the death of dogs and people.

Dog shows Humanity

a dog got hit by a car and its friend won't leave him

Loyal Dog Guards Grave Of Deceased Owner

A friend owns an old German Shepard who never leaves her alone wanting constant attention, affection and walking. It even sleeps in her bedroom with her.

Comment by Plinius on April 25, 2013 at 5:24am

Of course there are many people who say that animals can't feel, but to them I'd say:"If you try hard to see nothing, you'll succeed."

Comment by Plinius on April 25, 2013 at 5:22am

Thanks for the picture, Napoleon! I hope the other dog survived, it seems a dangerous situation. I've lived with cats for over 40 years and I know how they read my moods and react to it, and I know their feelings are as strong or even stronger than ours. Recently I read Frans de Waal's The Bonobo and the Atheist, and it warmed my feelings towards our closest relatives.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 25, 2013 at 5:20am

Napoleon, thanks for the dig pix from me also.  And, the evolution of god is excellent.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 25, 2013 at 5:02am

Napoleon, thanks for posting the dog pix. I've heard of non-human doing things like this but have never seen pix like these. My wife and I owned and trained two German Shepherds and they showed us they had more capabilities than I'd ever expected.

Thanks too for the evolution of god pic. Though there is no widely-accepted icon for power, the dollar sign represents part of the motivation well.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 25, 2013 at 4:07am

Joan Denoo, what I was thinking in terms of sport is that when people who otherwise would be in conflict learn to work together to an end, differences take second place. When a team is selected of the basis of ability not background a change in atittude is the result. Personally I think that sport is THE place for competition. In other fields cooperation should be the dominant factor but there should be room in human life for competing. By the way, there was a joke going around in Britain after the Olympics: a red-head, a mixed-race and a Somalian refugee walked into a pub. Everyone wanted to buy them drinks. It was a rather pointed tribute to the athletes who competed in British colours and a criticism of the usual stereotype, racist "jokes".

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on April 25, 2013 at 3:44am

Again on ACE the heartbreaking story: Dog desperately tries to revive his dead mate after she is killed by a car - then stands guard by her side for SIX HOURS!!!

Who says they do not feel?

A stray dog stands guard over the body of his dead mate and in a moving display of devotion continues to lick her head in a bid to revive her.
Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on April 25, 2013 at 3:34am

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 25, 2013 at 2:52am

Ian Mason, you led me on a most interesting search for West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. I made up a playlist, and am working on another on this exceptional group. This is exactly what I meant when I described my desire. There is an old saying that change won't occur until the last coffin of the last generation is covered with dirt. Well, here is a new generation coming on, and I hope we can find a way to convince them warring is not the answer to anything and here is one alternative. West-Eastern Divan Orchestra certainly makes a start. Here is the first playlist:

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

http://www.west-eastern-divan.org/videos/ 

Conductor-pianist Daniel Barenboim (who made headlines performing Wagner in Israel) and the late Palestinian-American intellectual Edward Said, co-founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra as “a human laboratory" to reveal to the whole world how to participate with each other.

 

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, an ensemble of musicians between the ages of 15 and 36, established in 1999, is made up of young musicians from countries engaged in war. The orchestra includes musicians from Israel, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran and Spain.

 

The word “Divan” comes from a collection of Persian, Arabic, and a suite of poems about the Middle East by Goethe. It also is the name for a couch. It refers to the privy council of the Ottoman Empire,

 

Barenboim and Said brought young Middle Eastern artists together who might not, outside of their music-making, feel comfortable sitting together.

 

The work can be seen as a symbol for stimulating exchange and mixture between Orient and Occident. The word "west-eastern" does not only refer to German-Middle-eastern, but also Latin-Persian and Christian-Muslim. It mirrors the attempt to bring together Orient and Occident.

 

Ending of “Knowledge is the Beginning”

http://www.mvly.com/articles/2008/08/the-ramallah-concert-knowledge...

 

 

 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 24, 2013 at 11:14pm

Ruth, your cats here fit my mom's description well: sovereign kingdoms with tails.

She occasionally called them self-emptying mouse traps.

 

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