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Treatise on Morality, Scott Clifton

""What I'm interested in is maximizing health happiness and well being and minimizing unnecessary harm and suffering."

~ Scott Clifton

Added by Joan Denoo on October 24, 2014 at 12:03am — No Comments

50 Shades of Sexism: Hip Hop & Songs About Degrading Women

Video below: (NSFW, some strong language)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXRN_LkCa_o

I remember when I first heard this song; I was at a trendy pub…

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Added by Deidre on October 23, 2014 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Confessions: When will my deconversion be complete?

When I was a Christian, I read the book ''A Grief Observed,'' by C.S. Lewis. C.S. Lewis was once a self-proclaimed atheist, but as his life took many turns, he was drawn to Christianity. He is often quoted by many Christians, as being a poignant voice for them. Frankly, he still is one of my favorite authors. He has a way with words…

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Added by Deidre on October 23, 2014 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

Treatise on Morality.

Every time I hear, "How can you be moral without god?", I know what the bible tells of god's behaviors and the behaviors of followers of religion. I see those who preach, teach and practice hate. Battered women who try to live under the influence of religion, Christian and Islam, learn the things that will maintain and perpetuate family violence. If you have doubts, just look at the morality of god's acts in the bible and morality of families living according to biblical teachings. I want…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

According to the Bible, God drowns, kills, slaughters, genocides, stones, burns, mauls, rapes, crushes, ....

There is plenty of evil in “the Good Book,” but here are some highlights:

1. God drowns the whole earth.

In Genesis 7:21-23, God drowns the entire population of the earth: men, women, children, fetuses, and perhaps unicorns. Only a single family survives. In …

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2014 at 9:55pm — 6 Comments

10 Ways to Stop Feeling Overworked and Overwhelmed BY JEFF HADEN

10 Ways to Stop Feeling Overworked and Overwhelmed BY JEFF HADEN

I saw a mother with a baby in one of those slings that holds a baby on the chest of the carrier and she had a little child who looked about two years old. Mother tried to look for her products on the shelves, keep an eye on the one walking beside her, and quieting the baby.

It reminded me of those…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2014 at 1:03am — 1 Comment

Frankenstein: the Modern Prometheus

My three children were 10 years old in 1974 when we arrived in Spokane and started a new life. We lived in a camper tent and enjoyed the summer, but when winter came upon us, the camper was very cold. My grandmother had just closed down her home and moved to my parent's home. She had no need for all the blankets she made over the years of raising her own five children and another family of five children whom she raised after their parents died in the flue pandemic of 1918. 

We piled…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 20, 2014 at 3:03pm — 4 Comments

...And What If I'm Wrong?

I am an atheist. I do not see any compelling evidence that god exists. The evidence presented to me by preacher, teacher, friends and family refers me to expressions of personal feelings, of euphoria, or some tell of how elevated they feel.

Response to my questions about other evidence usually results in referral to miracles they heard about; the reports turn out to be second or third hand. Too many claim recovery of some bad thing in their life in answer to prayer. All too often,…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2014 at 10:30pm — 13 Comments

Resisting Win-Win

Just some off-the-cuff thoughts here. I've particularly been noticing when people in my life are resisting win-win solutions. My reaction is that I want to scream "Why do you resist that? It is best for everyone and particularly great for you! Are you insane? What is your malfunction?"

But this flits through my mind in a quarter second and then I return to normal. I remember the long process that I went through in learning how to think.

There is a latent but ever present fear…

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Added by Čenek Sekavec on October 19, 2014 at 10:15pm — 3 Comments

Land of Nice Atheists

This Sunday's blog post is about atheism and Christianity in Denmark. Very different from here in the States. 

http://jonathan-tweet.blogspot.com/2014/10/land-of-nice-atheists.html

Added by Jonathan Tweet on October 19, 2014 at 9:45am — 9 Comments

Grandma Irene Jacot's former home

"This picture was taken looking north on Cedar and Fourth near downtown Spokane, when runoff water was still choking catch basins and storm sewers from a flash flood in May 1957. In June of that same year, President Eisenhower declared Washington’s Grant and Lincoln counties and Idaho’s…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2014 at 6:06pm — 1 Comment

Why ice sheets will keep melting for centuries to come

Why ice sheets will keep melting for centuries to come

Most of my family and friends live away from ocean coast lines and will not be affected by rising sea levels. The processes of ice sheets forming and melting have been occurring throughout history. My home in Spokane, WA was shaped by the flash…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2014 at 5:44pm — No Comments

Compost, black gold

Every snippet of growing things, except diseased or pest ridden or with seeds or with plants that have runners that spread, go into my compost. The result is priceless mulch better than money can buy. 

Several years ago I bought Encapsulated Earthworm Cocoons™ and buried them in my compost bins and into my box raised beds. I have an abundance of worms working my soil…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2014 at 2:31pm — No Comments

How Did We Become a Society Suspicious of Science?

How Did We Become a Society Suspicious of Science?   Thanks to Dave Schey. 

~ "Senator James Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma, openly denouncing the findings of climate scientists as a hoax."

~ "The Texas State Board of Education, which is dominated by religious…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2014 at 7:34pm — 34 Comments

Our Irish ancestry

I am a strong advocate of knowing one's historical, cultural and genetic background. History matters in spite of all the efforts to leave traditions behind. For me, understanding my ancestor's Irish background helps me understand our familial hatred of anything government. Our family descended from Irish immigrants who left Ireland in the 1840s because of the Irish famine. It was a political famine, caused by British landowners not allowing the Irish farmers access to the grains they grew…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 16, 2014 at 5:39pm — 4 Comments

Preaching On Social Media - via rottingthoughts.wordpress.com

We’ve all been there at some point. You log onto your favorite social media website like Facebook, and as you scroll through the many status updates in your news feed with highlights about your Aunt Martha’s cat, or your friend’s son that lost a tooth, you see this:

Untitledy

If you are irreligious like myself, all you see is this:…

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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on October 16, 2014 at 1:26pm — 1 Comment

Sauerkraut made in a toilet reservoir

When my three kids were 10 years old we started the tradition of sauerkraut making, outside, on a long table. We would pick the cabbages, put them in a large galvanized steel tub of water. One kiddo cut away the bad parts and weighed them. One started shredding on an antique shredder we found at a second hand store. Another child added the salt and several kids smashed it, working together in unison. The shredded and salted and smashed cabbage went into a big…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 16, 2014 at 9:43am — 22 Comments

Flu Pandemic 1918-19

When the Plague Hit Spokane,  By Kenneth Knoll

September 5. The first case of the flu reported in Boston.

October 1, the Spokane City Health Department declared that some cases might be in Spokane but saw no need for alarm. The Department recommended covering the mouth and nose while sneezing and using antiseptic sprays and gargles to prevent infection.…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 15, 2014 at 3:20pm — 11 Comments

Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi

Thanks to all who read my previous post.  I found out today that Mom is in hospice and sinking fast, so I launched the letter (previous blog entry) to the Rabbi, slightly edited.  Done and done, right?  Not so fast.  Here's the auto-reply:

Thank [sic] for your email.

I will not be reading my emails during the Jewish Holiday of Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah or the Sabbath following them.

I will look forward to reading and responding to my emails…

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Added by Alan Perlman on October 15, 2014 at 3:00pm — 16 Comments

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