January 2013 Blog Posts (126)

On What Planet

A January 31 report from the PEW Research Center shows that the American people feel that the government is a threat to their personal rights and freedom. The survey of 1,500 people showed that 53% of American believes the government cannot be trusted. This charge led by Conservative Republicans has little…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on January 31, 2013 at 10:10pm — 46 Comments

Another rape apologist?

http://tmblr.co/ZyUE2vd6faeK

 

A new video where Mundane matt:

  • states that 3rd wave feminists and white knight males perpetuate rape culture, as they say women are weak;
  • But he claims that women are stronger than men (emotionally but not physically);
  • he claims that 3rd wave feminists and white knight males perpetrate a myth 'cause it gives them an audience; and
  • he also claims that "feminists…
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Added by Justin Murray on January 31, 2013 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Remembering Bill Perlman

February 1 is the anniversary of the death of my father, Hyman William Perlman (1910-80). 

He was indirectly responsible for this blog – and in fact for all the secularism, skepticism, atheism, and humanism that have been the foundation of my intellectual life.  He was the first skeptic I ever met, and the effect was lasting.  Every time Mom would babble on about “God’s will,” he would snap back, “What’s God got to do with it?”

What indeed.  Things may happen for some reason or…

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Added by Alan Perlman on January 31, 2013 at 4:05pm — 1 Comment

Don't thank God, thank science

One of the creationist movement’s most pathetic attempts to discredit science has been the invention of two distinct types of ‘science’. These are,

“1. Operational Science: An explanation of a set of facts based on a broad set of repeatable and testable observations that is generally accepted within a group of scientists.

2. Historical Science: An explanation of past events based on the interpretation of evidence that is available in the present.

“The key…

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Added by Dave Godfrey on January 31, 2013 at 5:24am — 1 Comment

Off to Mexico--Beach, that is

Shh, don't tell anyone, but in two days, I'm driving south to Mexico Beach, FL, a little community on the Panhandle, 30 miles east of Panama City. 

I've rented a house for two weeks (for $300/wk). It's the third time in 4 years I've done this--a getaway from Indiana winter and my boring daily routines. It's a wonderful retreat. The beaches are spectacular and virtually empty. No malls, golf courses, theme parks, people. Perfect for me (alone).

I worry, however. I hate leaving…

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Added by Randall Smith on January 30, 2013 at 7:29am — No Comments

Summerfall

Summerfall

do you have a tendency
to repeat?
repeat
to tendency?
unravel
into spiral?
repeat
Summerfall

Added by Christian on January 29, 2013 at 1:09am — No Comments

Vatican's real estate of Mussolini's nest-egg... wanna spill some beans?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/21/vatican-secret-property-empire-mussolini

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Since then the international value of Mussolini's nest-egg has mounted until it now exceeds £500m. In 2006, at the height of the recent property bubble, the Vatican spent £15m of those funds to buy 30 St James's Square. Other UK properties are at 168 New Bond Street and in the city of…

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Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on January 28, 2013 at 8:18pm — 4 Comments

Thanks to readers/commentators

I want to thank everyone who has taken or will take the time to read and comment on my latest post on the concept of race.

I knew this was a touchy subject, and if I was going to ruffle some feathers, so be it. Hell, the same thing got me in trouble in Corporate-Carpet-Land.  But I was also going to articulate what some people were already thinking, politically incorrect as it might be.

The important thing is the dialog.  Racism, real or perceived, is still a raw nerve for many…

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Added by Alan Perlman on January 28, 2013 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

Anxiety and racism

Racism is connected to social anxiety.  People with a rare genetic disorder called Williams syndrome, which causes people to lack social anxiety, also lack racial biases.  These people are also vulnerable to attack because they don't have social fear; they don't pick up signals that someone may be about to attack them.  And the beta blocker propranolol, of all things,…

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Added by Luara on January 28, 2013 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

Life on the Swingset

Life on the Swingset podcast, it's not often I get to talk to four fun and experienced people about sex. Cooper S Beckett, Ginger, Sher-b-cats, and Dylan were a total blast. This is a no-holds-barred discussion. This is almost unlike any podcast I have been on recently. Such great conversation!! If you are not listening to this podcast regularly, you are missing some great ideas and education.…

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Added by Darrel Ray on January 28, 2013 at 11:22am — No Comments

A new season for ShockNet Radio begins TONIGHT!

Coming Monday - the start of a NEW season for ShockNet Radio! It's been awhile, and quite a bit has happened since last season ended back in early November, but the voices behind the mics at ShockNet (http://www.shocknetradio.com/) are ready for another year of information, commentary and music you WON'T hear anywhere…

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Added by Brent Feeney on January 28, 2013 at 9:39am — No Comments

Are you a high schooler who doesn’t believe in God? Well, that’s a shame – by Godless Teen

Recently, the GOP decided to propose a new bill in Arizona that would require the following: [read more at godlessteens.com]

Added by Godless Teen on January 28, 2013 at 7:08am — No Comments

Singing in the Church

I was listening to a radio program this Sunday morning  called "Choral Colors". I sang along in my bass voice to a familiar tune. Brings back memories.

I was brought up in the choir. Grandma used to direct, then mother. Singing in the choir was the only good thing about church. 

I even directed a church choir for two years! Being able to read music was a plus in my life (esp. now, so I can play piano). I sang in college choirs for 4 years (Singing Hoosiers), just for the fun of…

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Added by Randall Smith on January 27, 2013 at 8:22am — 2 Comments

Django Revisited

After all the settled I decided to go back and view Django again with an eye for the story itself and found it to be entertaining and eerily reminiscent of a Sergio Leone "spaghetti western" with Clint Eastwood. After doing a little research I found out why it was so familiar as the original film was directed by Sergio…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on January 26, 2013 at 9:42pm — 3 Comments

Will America ever be able to shut up about race?

“C’mon people now, smile on your brother

Everybody get together try to love one another – right now.”

Lyrics, “Get Together,” The Youngbloods

“[Thomas Sowell’s book Migrations and Cultures] is a strong indictment of both affirmative action and multiculturalism. The former because it tends to be self-defeating, the latter because it discourages minorities from shedding old habits and adopting new and more functional…

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Added by Alan Perlman on January 26, 2013 at 9:30pm — 29 Comments

http://eo.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberpensuloj

Nacia Federacio de la Libera Penso (Francio)

«Pripensi la historion de Esperanto kaj de la liberpenso signifas reviziti la historion de la Liberpenso mem de pli ol jarcento. Sed ni interesiĝu al la ideo mem defendi lingvon kadre de batalo por emancipiĝo de la popoloj. Se ni rigardas la historion de la lingvoj laŭ arkeologia vidpunkto, ni vidas ke ekzistas tezo kiu koncernas la kreadon de lingvo…

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Added by Tarbouriech on January 26, 2013 at 10:27am — No Comments

Liberpensuloj

May you agree for an international language

Added by Tarbouriech on January 26, 2013 at 10:18am — No Comments

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