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In the Closet (Part 3 Homosexuality)

Part 3

In the Closet

"In the closet" means keeping one’s homosexual orientation hidden, often acting as a heterosexual to avoid discovery. At one time in…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 21, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

dog in the supermarket

I went to the supermarket yesterday about 3 PM, wearing my facemask.

I started to feel slightly off when I was there. 

So when I was checking out, I asked the grocery clerk if there had been a dog there earlier.

She said yes, there was a dog there about 10 AM. 

And I did get an allergic reaction to it ...

Five hours after a dog was in the supermarket - ceilings 20 feet high or so.  And I got sick from that, it seems!

I bought a respirator on…

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Added by Luara on November 21, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

Does Life Have A Meaning

Hello everyone,

Does life have a meaning or any meaning at all?  Or, does life even have to have a meaning. 

Was just pondering this and thought to throw it out there for maybe some thoughts.

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Added by Ben Pittman on November 20, 2014 at 7:47am — 4 Comments

Homosexuals (Part 2)

Part 2

Any Community, USA

In the United States, no welcome sign ever hung out for homosexuals, but they have been here since the nation began. Although no one ever said anything about it, homosexuals lived in my…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 19, 2014 at 9:30pm — 34 Comments

Religion is somehow different… (a meandering ramble about linguistics, atheism, and weird cognitive biases)

A little bit of context to start— I’m currently living in China, teaching English at a kindergarten. The school I work for arranged an apartment for me, which I share with another teacher. It’s a nice place in a nice neighborhood, and my Chinese is good enough that I can get around and even help translate for other expats – don’t worry for me!

My roommate and I get along for the most part. Our habits match up pretty well, so it’s not like there are constant arguments about one…

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Added by Kacie Tsao on November 19, 2014 at 9:10am — 4 Comments

Mondo Diablo 382: But Who Will Save Thanksgiving?

Yes, it's Time for Turkey, as the lady on the radio says. Or rather, as all those made-up freaks on the food network say. Actually, to tell you the truth, I love Thanksgiving Live on the Food Network. Much better than the balloon parade. Just listen to my sermon on the podcast, and Keep Calm.

Playlist

Sarah Vowell 1

USDA * Turkey Time

Alleee 1

Norm Burns (Song Poem) * Our Thanksgiving Blessings are Great

Turkey in the Straw on Banjo

Sarah Vowell…

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Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on November 19, 2014 at 12:40am — No Comments

Homosexuals!

I wrote this piece as a freelance reporter for a black magazine six years ago. It was in response to homophobia in the black community and the reaction of the black church. Although this article was aimed at a particular audience, I believe what I found can be applied to any group or ethnicity. I wrote this article…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 17, 2014 at 8:30pm — 46 Comments

Popularizing gluten-free diets

Last spring I went to get a haircut.  I'm sort of pals with the woman (her name is Awura) who cuts my hair, and this time she was enthusing about how she'd gone (sort of) gluten free, and how amazingly much better she felt. 

I ran down a long list of symptoms of celiac disease, and she said she'd had all of them. 

Also, she has Graves, an autoimmune thyroid disease.  Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease - it's an immune reaction to dietary gluten that triggers an autoimmune…

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Added by Luara on November 17, 2014 at 5:30am — 9 Comments

Lewd, Licentious & Lecherous Confessions

Peering too closely at one's self can be harmful to the framed and mounted picture you have in your mind. Taking stock of my inventory of foibles, I found one in particular that bothered me more than I believed it should. Evidently, I am a licentious and lecherous old man formerly addicted to strip clubs. There, I've…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 16, 2014 at 8:30pm — 16 Comments

Agreeing How to Disagree

What if atheists could be the world's best disagreers? Daniel Dennett has some good advice. Also, why the traditional debate format is outdated. 

http://jonathan-tweet.blogspot.com/2014/11/agreeing-how-to-disagree.html

Added by Jonathan Tweet on November 16, 2014 at 1:11pm — 2 Comments

State sanctioned murder in the name of religious freedom.

So the Ontario justice system has just sanctioned the murder of a child, explicitly to protect the families religious beliefs and their faith in alternative medicine.  This child's cancer has a 100% fatality rate when not treated with chemo.  The ruling specified that it was not based on what was best for the child, but rather to protect freedom of belief.  People don't seem to be particularly disturbed by this and I just cannot understand why.  Canadians like myself are living in a country…

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Added by jacques lauperr on November 15, 2014 at 1:09pm — 31 Comments

Devoted To Destruction

From my Google blogger Atheism Blog.

A Christian I was debating on Google+ in one of his replies to a post I added on How the universe could have become as it is without a Creator, said that the earth was devoted to destruction, and so I wrote a blog post on my atheism blog on the "devoted to destruction" idea in the Old Testament.

In the Old Testament of the King James Bible the…
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Added by Anthony Jordan on November 14, 2014 at 8:00pm — 11 Comments

Let Me Drive the Hearse

Notheist—(ˈno,-thē-ˌizt)—A person that believes gods are not relevant. As opposed to an atheist that believes there are no gods, the notheist believes that whether god or gods exist or not is of no importance. To notheists, gods are irrelevant to living and unworthy to…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 13, 2014 at 5:00am — 8 Comments

Essay- "The Other People" by Oberon Zell

(This is an article by a man named Oberon Zell, founder (if I recall Correctly) of the Church of All Worlds. I think it deserves wider distribution. -JBH)

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"We Are the Other People" by Oberon Zell

"Ding-dong!" goes the doorbell. Is it Avon calling? Or perhaps Ed McMahon with my three million dollars? No, it's Yahweh's Witlesses again, just wanting to have a nice little chat about the Bible... Boy, did they ever come to the…

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Added by John B Hodges on November 12, 2014 at 9:39am — 2 Comments

Sita Sings the Blues

https://theautarkist.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/sita-sings-the-blues/

I was caught by surprise recently when I bumped into a secularist, perhaps a bit blasphemous, animated film titled Sita Sings the Blues. It is a re-telling of the story of Sita from a critical and non-devotional perspective. The film is based on the Hindu…

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Added by Hiram on November 11, 2014 at 9:13am — No Comments

Again about love

I noticed that i love motorcycles more than people. They don't judge each others according to believes , nations , skin color. You can  know what to do if it fails. And you can love it forever. İt carries your soul , ives freedom and always makes you feel better. If you fall in love with a motorcycle , you can easily go and talk to it.You can tell your feeling. And if you have some money , even you can take it for yourself !

Added by Black Jack on November 10, 2014 at 9:29am — 8 Comments

Suffering Versus Faith

An ex-minister's story of losing her faith, and the failure of theodicy in a world where people matter. 

http://jonathan-tweet.blogspot.com/2014/11/suffering-versus-faith.html

Added by Jonathan Tweet on November 9, 2014 at 5:18pm — 11 Comments

Much Is Asked

Watching television last week, a commercial caught my eye and made me think. Normally, commercials are unable to crack my consciousness, but this one did. It went so deep as to infuriate me.

As a veteran of the Vietnam War era the treatment of former soldiers always was a concern.

Suddenly, this…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 9, 2014 at 1:50pm — 22 Comments

Interstellar

Right off the top, Interstellar is no small statement, either in time or what it attempts to say.  It runs a full 169 minutes, not quite three hours, and while it might have been able to give its testimony in an edited form, I seriously doubt it would be the same film or have the same impact.



On the surface, it is what you’ve seen in the previews and trailers.  Our Earth is exhausted, fatally damaged by human mistakes and natural disaster.  A physicist played by Michael…

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Added by Loren Miller on November 9, 2014 at 11:30am — 11 Comments

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