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Daniel W (Sentient Biped) replied to James M. Martin's discussion Clown Show Coming: Why the Republitards Will Lose in 2016 Unless They Wise Up and Pick a Charismatic Candidate
"I love both statements."
3 hours ago
James M. Martin replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Ebola Evolution in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I might say that I hope you are right but for the injunction of Nietzsche to avoid hope at all costs since it offers illusions and outcomes that might not have been sought or a false promise of the impossible given chance and necessity. I refer to…"
9 hours ago
James M. Martin commented on Daniel W (Sentient Biped)'s group Cancer
"Dear Dan, you are hardly alone. When I tried lifting a 12K BTU window air conditioner into a window sill, I quickly discovered that a 68-year-old man cannot do what a 48-y.o. one can, and in many case a 58 y.o. as well. I got a case of severe…"
9 hours ago
James M. Martin replied to chares martel's discussion What are you grateful for today?
"@Joan, just infections of one sort or another. The diseased cells crowd out the immunity cells. I came down with a "cold" or bronchial infection of some sort that cold easily develop into pneumonia, so it's back to the hospital. That…"
12 hours ago
James M. Martin replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion In Liberia Christian Churches blame gays for Ebola in the group LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends
"Quite fine, Sentient! Might add a personal anecdote. My friends here, the Sanchez family, invite me to dinner now and then. Prior to Ms. Sanchez's mother'd death, they were quite close to her evangelical sister, who works for a…"
12 hours ago
James M. Martin replied to James M. Martin's discussion Clown Show Coming: Why the Republitards Will Lose in 2016 Unless They Wise Up and Pick a Charismatic Candidate
"You said it! They seem at times to anticipate their next opportunity to blame one of their own faults on the other guy. It's become another game in their kindergarten recess book. As you know, Freud saw projection as a component of personality…"
12 hours ago
Bertold Brautigan replied to James M. Martin's discussion Clown Show Coming: Why the Republitards Will Lose in 2016 Unless They Wise Up and Pick a Charismatic Candidate
"Jung once said if a man has one foot on a block of ice and the other in a fire, statistically he should be quite comfortable."
12 hours ago
James M. Martin replied to James M. Martin's discussion Clown Show Coming: Why the Republitards Will Lose in 2016 Unless They Wise Up and Pick a Charismatic Candidate
"Is this why losers will tell the media "other pols" show them on top? There was a book years ago about polls' susceptibility to bias, Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics."
13 hours ago

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An Imperfect Start and Beautiful Finish to a Lovely Day of a Lovely Week in Paradise

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 9:54pm 8 Comments

I am a fan of Christopher Marlowe, the Elizabethan poet, dramatist, rogue, and (in all likelihood) espionage agent, whose Doctor Faustus inspired everyone from the American poet, Hart Crane, to the Welsh stage and screen star, Richard Burton. Goethe's version of the Faust legend was remarkable for its time, but I love Marlowe's better. And legend it was, too, for, apparently, there really was such a person roving about Western Europe with a black dog many…

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Many are Called but Few are Chosen: My Belief -- Yes, Belief -- in Euhemerus

Posted on August 24, 2014 at 2:00pm 3 Comments

This is essentially a piece I originally wrote in one of my occult fanzines either late 80s or early 90s, when I was still in the thrall of Crowleyanity (also known as Thelema) and began to really wonder why man makes deities in his own image. I consulted many works on mythology and god-making, learning that all religions begin as cults, so it is redundant to call, say, Scientology a cult of Old Mother Hubbard. It's a religion we could even call Hubbardism. I read of an ancient Greek…

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"Justin Bieber is Gay" -- 12-Year-Old Fan

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 8:16am 2 Comments

When my little friend Lilia told me of her heartbreaking shift in affections from Justin to One Direction's Harry Styles, it simply broke my heart. I had just begun to appreciate Justin. Who is this Styles guy? A name like that, you'd think he was a fashion model, but he comes off as a scruffy kid with a lot of energy. About the only thing the two have in common is tattoos. Harry does not have that fabulous Bieber chest, abs, and tattoos. Justin has more of them. I guess. Lilia, when asked…

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George Will and the IRS: Conservative Ideology Blinds Pundit to the IRS's Biggest Problem: Underfunding Their Watchdog Operations

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 10:37am 2 Comments

It is a talking point on Fox and at the conservative caucuses that the IRS should be abolished or replaced with a more equitable taxing system such as ad valorem, no matter that institution of the latter would result in many if not most of us sleeping on discount off-brand mattresses while the Koch Cabal buys the major mattress factories (if they do not already own them). My interest in George Will as a spokesman for the Cabal (my word for the 1% owning 40% or more of the wealth) was dormant…

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Meeting William S. Burroughs

Posted on January 19, 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments

A friend took me to a dinner at the home of a Manhattan dowager who turned out to be the agent there for the paintings of Brion Gysin, Burroughs' co-conspirator in magickal displacement of time and space known as the cut-up (slicing pages of a manuscript in half or quarters, then, John Cage-like, rearranging the pieces in such a way that they create in a kind of Flash Gordonesque, Hegelian manner, new messages, some actually predicting future events. I had long been fascinated by Burroughs,…

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At 10:54am on September 24, 2014, JanBodh said…
Agreed sir, 100%. It "circular". Depends upon perspective. Got to change that perspective of believers.
At 10:48am on June 3, 2013, Ezra said…

Self-expression is individuality, and our individuality is our self, which ought to be our chief concern.

At 12:04pm on April 21, 2013, Ezra said…

I appreciate your comment.

Hope you're doing well.

At 9:44pm on March 7, 2013, Deepak Gupta said…

Thanks for the comments James.

Good to know about Osteen, the #1 Fraud in America today. Can we call Chopra #2? Pun intended.

At 12:16pm on October 16, 2012, Joan Denoo said…

I appreciate and value your comments and thoughts. Thank you for friendship.  

At 12:24pm on March 22, 2012, Daniel W (Sentient Biped) said…

James, in case you are interested in discussions on this topic:

Justice For All

Justice For All

Atheists have our own ideas about what is just and what is unjust.  This group will explore the elusive concept of justice.  Topics include racial injustice, death penalty, imprisonment, crime, and other aspects of justice in modern society and in history.  Without gods, what is the basis for justice?  What do humanists and others say about justice?  What do you think about current controversies and cases regarding justice or injustice?

At 7:43pm on March 8, 2012, Aria Royce said…

I just posted my question up for duscussion. 

http://www.atheistnexus.org/forum/topics/who-do-you-think-jesus-is

I'd be honored if you answered this. Thank you

At 7:41pm on March 8, 2012, Aria Royce said…

Can I ask you a question, privately? I added you as a friend. Please accept so I can message you. I think you are a great mind. I would like to know what you think about a simple question

At 5:35pm on February 10, 2012, Lilium Baden said…

I wanted to thank you. Your blog about the super bowl brought me to this wonderful site. Seriously, you have my gratitude.

At 8:55pm on January 18, 2012, Steph S. said…

I wish you a good week!

 
 
 

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