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The Party of Lincoln Goes South (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 9 hours ago. 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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Descartes' OTHER Job

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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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Surreal, I haz it

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

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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 The Flying Atheist on March 1, 2014 at 2:01pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 1, 2014 at 12:42pm

Great comic Ian.

Comment by booklover on March 1, 2014 at 8:38am

Chicago is awesome.  I claim it too since we are only and hour and a half away, and my Mom's family all still live there.  My daughter takes the train in regularly.  I absolutely loved staying there with my grandparents when my sister and I were kids. 

Ian, that's a great comic! lol.

Have a nice weekend friends~ Mindy

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 1, 2014 at 2:37am

I have driven across the US on I-90 that drops south to join I-80 as it goes south of Lake Michigan, bypassing Chicago. I have made that trip several times as we search the northern tier of the U.S. for places my ancestors lived. Driving was so crowded, I had all I could do to keep the car from going into the wrong lane and didn't see much. As we got farther away from the heavy traffic I was able to look at the terrain and notice the effects of the glaciation on the landscape south of the Great Lakes. On one trip I went from Spokane to Boston on I-90. 

I didn't go into downtown Chicago, but according to your film, and other scenes of the city, it is quite remarkable. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 1, 2014 at 2:14am

What a nice memory you give me. Yes, I was there that year. Spokane had some very incredible people in those days, Ed Lindaman being just one. They were environmentalists and got us started to thinking "In the Future Tense", one of Ed's books. It was a time of great enthusiasm for living closer to the Earth. Ed started a program at Whitworth University that was called Nutrition 1985: Recipes fo alternative eating. It was designed to eat lower on the food chain and secure food produced closer to local markets. He also started an architecture program designed to have houses smaller, in smaller communities so that people could walk to work or to markets for food. He also envisioned mass transit with the goal of getting more cars off the roads. It caught on for a while and spread to other universities. Then it just petered out. 

You may remember our lovely river and the city park that follows the river through town. Before Expo '74 it was a railroad line through town with railroad tracks, smelly air, and the whole strip was pawn shops, brothels, taverns, and looked like skid row. 

A man by the name of King Cole spearheaded the project, to the great consternation of working class tax payers. He had a vision and a small community of people who shared his vision. Thus, Expo '74. 

Those progressive men and women have mostly moved on to other towns and we have reverted back to the conservative, religious, right wing political group that keeps us bound to the status quo. 

If, by any chance, you went to Manito Park and Botanical Gardens, which was part of the city tour for Expo, I live just one block east of the park. A lovely place designed by John Charles Olmsted, designer of New York's Central Park. Spokane was a wealthy mining and lumbering town and had tremendous wealth. Those days are over with the mines and forests petering out. 

Manito Park

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 1, 2014 at 1:48am

Hi, Ian.  That's a funny comic.  How are you, friend? 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 1, 2014 at 1:11am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 1, 2014 at 12:23am

Joan, have you ever visited Chicago?  I was in Spokane a long time ago,  It was 1974,  I was 10 years old and was there for the World's Fair, Expo '74.  One of the big memories I took away that made a really huge impression on me growing up was the theme of ecology, the environment and stopping pollution.  It pains me to see in the past 40 years how we've squandered so many of our natural resources and damaged our environment.  Sure, we've had some great technological breakthroughs to lessen the human impact on earth, but we're always playing catch-up.  And dealing with these important issues never seems to be on the front burner.  

What I remember from the fair:   

The United States Pavilion from Expo '74

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2014 at 11:34pm

Carl, like you, I am not afraid of the "end-times" as told by Revelations, I am afraid of the corruption of the Earth by human caused pollution and the natural changes taking place. You, in Chicago, and me, in Spokane, experience some mighty changes taking place that may foretell a far more dangerous future than we can even imagine.

I very much like your Chicago film. A beautiful city.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2014 at 11:27pm

Some die-hard religionists want the story told their way. What is the big deal, it is a myth retold in the 21st century with a modern bias, just like Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny. 

 

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