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U.S. is 33rd best place to be a mother. Behind Portugal, Belarus, Croatia and 30 More.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 6. 9 Replies

That according to a Daily KOS story citing the 2015 State of the World's Mothers report prepared by Save the Children. Adding insult to injury, 33rd is two spots lower than last year's ranking. We…Continue

Tags: shame, ranking, exceptionalism, childbirth, children

The Bangers Are Getting Desperate.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gerald Payne Apr 26. 9 Replies

With good reason. They're finding it increasingly difficult to make the universe obey their math.Like the theocrats in Galileo's time who refused to look through his telescope at the night sky, the…Continue

Tags: plasma, electricity, woo, astrophysics, universe

The English Language's Two Best Uses: Poetry and Fraud.

Started Apr 17 0 Replies

It's good for poetry because it has so many synonyms with different shades of meaning.It's good for fraud because the shades of meaning are often morally different.Here's one of many thousands: "I…Continue

Tags: religion, survival, romance, politics, morality

Politicians: Guilty of Predation Until They Prove Themselves Innocent

Started this discussion. Last reply by tom sarbeck Apr 17. 4 Replies

Their predation didn't start after the Citizens United ruling. From the 1787 Federal Convention, here are a few words of two founders.Alexander Hamilton. The people are turbulent and changing; they…Continue

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tom sarbeck replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion A New Low in Political Rhetoric
"Yeah, it's crazy talk, but aintcha glad the First Amendment protects crazy talk? Is it really a new low? In 1800, some people were saying blood will run in the streets if the atheistical Jefferson is elected. A few years before the Civil War, a…"
yesterday
tom sarbeck replied to Daniel W's discussion Life in Post Racial America.
"I remember that song. I understand it was banned in Georgia. It had been removed from the sound recording my parents bought and sent me while I was in the US Navy. In 2000, McCain's need to be president blinded him to the foolishness of…"
Wednesday
tom sarbeck replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion New Atheists Fatal Arrogance
"sk8eycat, you're not insane. You are however not seeing a distinction between a belief and an action resulting from a belief. "
Tuesday
tom sarbeck replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Liberal Washing in the group No Nonsense
"Sirota's neologism, liberal washing, is both incomplete and unnecessary. It does however suggest that liberalism is a source of the people that both conservatism and progressivism want to recruit. Consider the following: Conservatives are…"
Tuesday
tom sarbeck replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion New Atheists Fatal Arrogance
"Hang in there, Gerry; you have a winning hand. Some of the others in this game need to learn when to fold their hands, know when to walk away, and know when to run to a friggin' worterbuch. "
Tuesday
tom sarbeck replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion New Atheists Fatal Arrogance
"Allan, along with Bert, you too are nearing a solution to this arrant foolishness. Have you become so enthused about winning that you have referred to a dictionary? Assertion of a belief suggests the presence of others who may be affected by a…"
Tuesday
tom sarbeck replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion New Atheists Fatal Arrogance
"Bert, you're closing in on a solution to this arrant (LOOK THE F...ING THING UP!) foolishness. You appear to be cheating -- using a dictionary. Saying a claim is LOUD suggests the presence of others who may be affected by a belief. "
Tuesday
tom sarbeck replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion New Atheists Fatal Arrogance
"Joan, I really like your post. Thanks. Besides hoping your daughter and granddaughters succeed, I see several sentences that will kickstart some essays and mini-memoirs. Claims without evidence turned into dogma and doctrine. This…"
Monday
tom sarbeck replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion New Atheists Fatal Arrogance
"If it knows when to hold 'em, knows when to fold 'em, knows when to walk away, and knows when to run. "
Monday
tom sarbeck replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion New Atheists Fatal Arrogance
"Rachal Maddow did several programs on the Family maybe two years ago. She criticized them severely. Besides providing housing and support for Religious Right members of Congress, they sent people to Africa to push anti-gay legislation. I went to…"
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tom sarbeck replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion New Atheists Fatal Arrogance
"I agree, Gerald. Beliefs become dangerous to others when they move people to make claims. "
Monday
tom sarbeck replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion New Atheists Fatal Arrogance
"If I were that priest I would ask, "How much does this guy put into the collection basket?" Happily, I'm not that priest. "
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tom sarbeck replied to Gerald Payne's discussion Is the real reason for religios conservatism fear?
"Ted, your ancestors were here before the first immigrants from England arrived and took their land. My ancestors arrived in the late 1800s and might have bought some of the land that had been taken from your ancestors. My hypothesis isn't valid…"
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tom sarbeck replied to George Chase's discussion Sex and the Heavens (Pilot)
"George, a pilot for what? "
May 16
tom sarbeck replied to George Chase's discussion The Bible as a sleeping aid.
"Satan found some interesting stuff in the bible: noble poetry, clever fables, blood-drenched history, some good morals, a wealth of obscenity, and upwards of a thousand lies. Mark Twain, in Letter Three of his Letters from the Earth) "
May 16
tom sarbeck replied to George Chase's discussion The Bible as a sleeping aid.
"An English bishop found enough begats to conclude that Creation occurred in 4004 BC. "
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Atheist 6yrs; Catholic 20yrs; Agnostic 52yrs; Atheist 6yrs; Materialist.
Cincinnati until 1947, St. Pete FL until 1950, US Navy until 1952, St. Pete until 1954, Gainesville (UofF) until 1961, Tallahassee (FlaStUniv) until 1962, into computers where I became a migratory worker (St. Pete, Daytona Beach, Houston, Austin, Phoenix). Retired to San Francisco then Yountville.

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At 2:10am on May 16, 2015, Gerald Payne said…

That's true. I've looked on the internet but it's all a bit general. I'll take a stroll into town on Monday and check it up in the library.

At 3:54pm on May 15, 2015, Gerald Payne said…

HI Tom I've been thinking about that theory of yours regarding childhood happiness and political leanings. There could be more to it than I initially thought. In a couple of weeks I'll be visiting the library i'll see what I can dig up.

At 4:28pm on May 3, 2015, Gerald Payne said…

That electric Universe will blow a fuse Tom.

At 10:00am on March 2, 2015, Mojo said…
Tom thanks for extending the invite. I've been an athiest since the 70's and have become more so since.

I see religion as the handmaiden of fascism and oligarchs.

I find it absurd and pathetic that so many still embrace the superstition and denial of real humanity that religion demands.

You and I will be long gone before the world will be free of the bonds of theocracy, but every movement has to start somewhere.
At 10:22pm on February 28, 2015, Donald L. Engel said…

Thanks, Tom.  It isn't that well written, but I think I get my point across.

At 1:52pm on February 20, 2015, Donald L. Engel said…

Thanks for the invite, Tom.  Hope to have some good discussions with you.  Since we are close to the same age, there probably won't be too many disagreements though..

At 9:56pm on February 4, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

Thanks for clarifying. The reason I used the collective 'we' instead of the singular 'I' was because I was aiming for something inside the comfort zone of the reader. Hoping to rattle cages enough that maybe I get some folks to reconsider their stance on self-ownership. Sorry about misunderstanding your comment.

At 12:54pm on February 2, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

The place where you left the comment is at this link:
http://www.atheistnexus.org/profiles/blogs/personal-responsibility#comments

If you could let me know who I plagiarize I'd appreciate it. I didn't mean to.

At 11:55am on January 21, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

You wrote as a comment on my blog titled 'personal responsibility':

"Consider the words you borrowed from someone you didn't acknowledge:

As long as we are living the only power over us is that which we allow."

Tom, The idea is hardly new but from whom did I plagiarize?? I take it seriously, and I looked online to double check and found no quote that I failed to attribute.

At 12:52pm on January 15, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

Hey Tom, you said I borrowed words without acknowledging their source. From where??

I'm asking here instead of bumping an old post. I only just read the comments.

 
 
 

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