August 2013 Blog Posts (56)

Random Thoughts as Life and Events Unfold.

This week was challenging.  I'm glad it's over.  Nothing worth big drama, just a lot.

My adjuvant treatment, for gastric sarcoma, leaves me fatigued.  I function well at work, in the morning.  On hard days, I start to crash-land late morning.  On moderate days, I crash-land mid afternoon.  I can keep going until the end of the schedule.  But it leaves a lot of "homework" and it takes a day to recover.

Three years ago, a "team" of managers harassed me into…

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Added by Sentient Biped on August 31, 2013 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

The Violent Atonement

Without the shedding of blood is no remission...

I do not understand how there could have been a time in my life when that statement did not seem absurd to me.  Now that the fog has been lifted, I see the absolute ridiculousness of the concept of blood atonement for the forgiveness of the sin of being a human being.  I simply cannot understand how the concept of a god that required...even craved blood could in any way make…

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Added by cbenhamcox on August 31, 2013 at 12:02am — 2 Comments

Free Will?

Many of the basic principles that guide human behavior rest on the idea of free will, like the concept of individual responsibility and choices.

Free will is an important concept that affects a variety of serious thought. Legally it is assumed criminals have a choice in committing a crime, but science shows…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 29, 2013 at 6:40pm — 16 Comments

Pat Robertson's latest disgusting bigoted lie: Time for a CBN Boycott?

http://leftaction.com/action/tell-cbn-its-time-pat-robertson-go

Pat said gays in San Francisco are using special rings to infect other people with AIDS when they shake hands. This page is calling for a boycott of CBN saying:

Tell CBN:  It's time for Pat Robertson to go.

I don't have a lot of experience with boycotts but for the sake of solidarity, how can we get a list of…

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Added by Hiram on August 28, 2013 at 5:50pm — 6 Comments

I am bad at meeting new people.

My husband, John, and I are moving to Denver, Colorado next year...something that I am super excited about as I really really love the city. The sad part is we are trading the comfort and stability of the life we have in Missouri for something new, and that includes being near my friends. I am slightly nervous that homesickness will get the best of me.

So now I am wondering: I know we are going to Denver this October for a visit and to scout out a few apartments, should I contact some… Continue

Added by Rachel Riley on August 28, 2013 at 1:01pm — 6 Comments

What money has any cult symbols or god stuff on it? internationally would be of interest...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23623157

like 'we gotta keep our sky daddy's icon label on the money... ha
keep these people in line with our demands as gods ourselves.. megh.. pffffft

cool article. 'shirts... don't need em. don't make life 'possible

many women like to rip them off.. ynot
hot as heck in s.florida get sun burnt but inside take that cover off

Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on August 28, 2013 at 5:17am — 2 Comments

Repost from Courthouse News Service

Atheist Prison Group Deserves Reconsideration

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

 

(CN) - A Wisconsin inmate's request to form an atheist study group deserves the same consideration afforded to a recognized "religious" group, the 7th Circuit ruled.

This is the second case in which inmate James Kaufman has attempted to compel the prison system to allow him to form and participate in an atheist group, the same way other inmates are allowed to…

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Added by James J. Kaufman on August 26, 2013 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Repost from FindLaw

In Prison, Atheism Is a Religion and Gets the Same Protections

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Added by James J. Kaufman on August 26, 2013 at 12:29pm — 5 Comments

Open Letter to the Saved

John B. Hodges

September 25, 2007.



Greetings-…



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Added by John B Hodges on August 26, 2013 at 4:57am — 1 Comment

Ramblin's

About five or six years ago, I read Alan Weisman's The World Without Us. Its content has stuck with me many times over.

In the book, Chernobyl is referred to as one of those "worlds". And a PBS show featured that area as a good example of how nature reestablishes itself.

Living in a rural area (north central Indiana), I'm very cognizant of the war between man and nature. Farmers subdue all nature's attempts. Weeds, grasses,…

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Added by Randall Smith on August 25, 2013 at 8:11am — 5 Comments

Justice for Nidal Malik Hasan

Not quite four years ago and not long after I joined Atheist Nexus, the incident with Nidal Malik Hasan at Fort Hood happened.  I wrote about it then and wondered at what motivated Hasan to do what he did.  As the discovery process and the trial unfolded, we learned, about Anwar al-Awlaki and Hasan’s communications with him, about Hasan’s radicalization, at least in part from that association and…

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Added by Loren Miller on August 24, 2013 at 8:48pm — 18 Comments

Learning How to Think

It has been about three weeks since I was inspired by some unknown force (that I do not call god) to involve myself in the freethought/new atheist movement.  It began when I returned from my vacation to Northern California.  My husband and I drove from Northwestern Oregon to San Francisco, and I realized that I noticed the natural beauty in a way that I never had before.  Somehow that inspired me to google "atheist" when I arrived home.  Since then, I can't get enough of The Thinking…

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Added by cbenhamcox on August 24, 2013 at 11:31am — 13 Comments

Compared to What?

The President, he's got his war, 

Folks don't know just what it's for,

Nobody gives us rhyme or reason,

Have one doubt, they call it treason,

We're chicken-feathers, all without one gut

Tryin' to make it real — compared to what?

When Les McCann and Eddie Harris…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 23, 2013 at 11:18pm — 2 Comments

Litigation information

Since I joined this site, several people have requested information about litigation I have been involved in regarding Atheism. Here's the short version.

 

I was a prison inmate in Wisconsin, and was tired of all the special privileges that were routinely granted to Christians, Muslims, the whole theistic crew. I decided that Atheists should have rights and privileges equal to all of those people who believe in that white-bearded old man in the sky. So, using the prison…

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Added by James J. Kaufman on August 23, 2013 at 11:05am — 8 Comments

Leading anti-superstition campaigner gunned down

Narendra Dabholkar, leading anti-superstition campaigner of India, social worker and journalist, was gunned down in Pune by unidentified motorcycle-riding assailants on 20th august, 2013.

The attack took place around 7.30 a.m.IST near Omkareshwar Temple, when Dabholkar, in his 60s, was on his morning walk. The two gunmen fired indiscriminately at Dabholkar and sped away, leaving him in a pool of blood. The assailants fired four rounds at him from a …

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Added by BIPLAB DAS on August 20, 2013 at 10:30pm — 6 Comments

Evolution

Evolution is not something you believe in or don't believe in. Belief pertains to elves, fairies, angels, demons, or gods, ect.   Evolution; you either understand it, you don't understand it or you don't want to understand it. It has nothing to do with belief.

Added by Stephen Gunn on August 20, 2013 at 7:46pm — 5 Comments

Flannel-graphs and Other Travesties

Being on my "all things atheist" kick, I have been feeling rather enraged about my own childhood indoctrination and being scared of hell.  I'm having a bit of cognitive dissonance because I can't bring myself to be angry at my parents, since I understand that they were also victims.  

I have been reading a number of blog entries and statements made by atheists, asserting that teaching children about hell is a form of child abuse.  I absolutely agree with this!  However, being…

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Added by cbenhamcox on August 20, 2013 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Fundamental Theory Of Existence.

Fundamental Theory Of Existence.
I developed “FTOE “after reading Prof. Stephen Hawking's “A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME ". FTOE is Fundamental Theory Of
Existence.
Fundamental Theory Of Existence.
1. Zero cannot exist as denominator.
2. Anything cannot be created out of nothingness, only change of form is possible and change is everywhere.
3. Anything cannot be destroyed into nothingness, only change of form is possible and…
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Added by Sagar Gorijala on August 20, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

Jesus missed his chance

Jesus missed his chance. He said he was coming back in the time of his apostles but he didn't.

Added by Stephen Gunn on August 19, 2013 at 7:04pm — 3 Comments

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