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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

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The Party of Lincoln Goes South (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Wednesday. 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

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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

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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 December 21, 2012 at 10:22pm

My husband and I seriously considered moving to Canada a few years ago after we saw the way the US was being taken over by the right wing. But Canada only wants you if you have much needed professional skills or are a millionaire who will bring the money. Ordinary folks need not apply.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 21, 2012 at 10:03pm

Patricia, I was seriously thinking about moving to BC after The Supremes handed the keys to the White House to Bush #2 in 2000, but I couldn't afford to then (without selling the house, which is co-owned by my Aspie sister...ie: she would never allow it), and I certainly can't afford to now.

I really wanted to move to the Vancouver area because one of my favorite authors lives on Bowen Island, and I also had an e-friend who (at the time) owned a catnip plantation in the Fraser (sp?) River Valley.  YESSSS!  She sold all sorts of organic catnip products on the net, and her parents owned a B&B closer in to town.  BUT she decided to raise babies instead, and sold the farm so they could move closer to schools and things like that.  Pity.

I still have dreams of taking some kind of rail trip across Canada some day....

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2012 at 9:38pm

Patricia, so often I am shamefully embarrassed by the actions of our politicians and our citizens.  Your sentiments are quite valid. 

Comment by Patricia on December 21, 2012 at 9:08pm

I know we have our problems, but I have to say I'm glad I'm not American, which I very nearly was as my parents tried for years to move there. They finally got their wish long after I was married.

We just get the impression your powers that be are never wrong & everyone has to bend to the ''my way or no way'' attitudes.

I wouldn't even want to visit as plenty of Canadians have been killed there as well.

Sorry to say......so much for your free country.

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 21, 2012 at 8:56pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2012 at 6:06pm

Joan, thank you for the sublime and eloquently-worded Winter Solstice Greeting.  My best wishes to you and yours now and in the coming year.  --Your friend Carl

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2012 at 5:46pm

Winter Solstice Greetings

Friday, December 21, 2012; 3:12 A.M. PST

 

Winter began in the wee hours this morning, celebrating begins with a big hug from my son, Cary, and a delicious breakfast of Dave’s Killer Raisin Bread with hummus and lots of home-roasted nuts, grape juice from my Concord grape vines, and spirited coffee.

For me, winter provides a time for dormancy, decay, decomposition, reflection, and contemplation; just the right environment to remember the past year, with all the joys and sorrows. It also presents a perfect time to “remember” the coming year with hopes and dreams of a better world for future generations. Realizing we do not have our meaning and purpose designed for us, we have the responsibility to create our own meaning and purpose.

Our work requires the same efforts that salmon, monkeys and robins, creatures of the sea, land and air, have: to food, shelter, and work toward meeting our basic needs. As human beings we can look to the stars and imagine the kind of Earth we want to leave our descendants.

Our minds have the capacity to observe events happening all around us and to create processes that enhance our own lives and also to maintain and perpetuate those things that create healthy living for all occupants of the Earth. We learn from the past and experiment and explore better processes of living for the future.

Our communities, from families, neighbors, towns, nations, and Earth need people who can solve problems and resolve conflict in non-violent ways. Easy to learn skills exist to enhance cooperation, negotiation and compromise in order for all living things not only to survive but also to thrive and flourish.

In the spirit of being part of something far larger than we, and made of the dust of exploding stars, may we aspire to health, meaningful work, loving communities, an inquiring mind, and connectedness with all that exists.

Happy Winter Solstice

Joan Denoo

 

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2012 at 2:55pm

Perhaps I was being naive, but I was really expecting more from the NRA. 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 21, 2012 at 2:53pm

One of many things that bothers me about gun fans is the number of accidental deaths...like the man recently who thought  there was a prowler in the house, and killed his own son.  Or the number of kids who get their hands on daddy's gun, don't know how to handle it, or don't know it's loaded, and shoot a friend, or themselves.

But NO civilian needs anything like an assault rifle, or any other weapon that sprays bullets all over the place.  This isn't the Wild West anymore (and what the US military did to the original occupants of this land is shameful, anyway.)

The NRA needs to get real and grow up, but I'm afraid they never will.  It's also about money...the gun manufacturers would fold up and die if their only customers were the military.

My father used to have a revolver that he was required to carry when the only job he could get during the Depression was driving a gasoline delivery truck. (The oil company armed and trained all their drivers.) The gas stations he delivered to had to pay in cash...no credit card receipts...by the time he finished his route, he had a ton of money on him, and some people were desperate then.  He got rid of the gun as soon as it was no longer necessary; he hated it.

When Pres. Obama said he was "heartbroken," I thought to  myself, "No, sir.  I'm disgusted."  And I still am.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2012 at 2:50pm

When heard a few days ago that the NRA was going to make a public statement today, I was really interested in hearing what they may have to say.  I expected that after a full weeks' reflection on what happened in Connecticut, the NRA might bring some thoughtful and productive dialog to the situation and to the issue of gun rights and gun control.  Instead, I'm stunned at how thoughtless, unprofessional, callous and insulting they are.  In the last week, pro-gun enthusiasts have been complaining of the 'knee-jerk' reactions of those folks who want to take away their guns.  I have to say, I have a huge problem with the knee-jerk reaction of the NRA.  Arm every teacher with a gun?  Does this include EVERY teacher?  Nursery school, elementary, junior high, high school, college, university, technical school?  How about the shootings that occur in other locations?  Shall we have armed guards at every movie theater?  Should the kids working the candy and popcorn counter be armed?  Should every member of a religious house of worship be armed?  Armed guards at every mall?  Every strip-mall?  Every place of business across the country?  Shootings occur EVERYWHERE.  And the solution, according to the NRA, is to have MORE guns available?  I'm disturbed and insulted by the useless and unproductive message from the NRA.           

 

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