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Gesundheit

I suffer from a chronic sinus condition. I have had it since childhood and have just learned to live with it, to the point where I hardly notice. My nose is always stuffed, not due to any allergy per se, but I think it may call for some sort of surgical procedure. I know I should look into it, but money seems to be the problem and the current state of our health care system is…..blah, blah.....not the point of this blog…..



Here’s the real issue:



I work around many people… Continue

Added by zeeman barzell on February 17, 2009 at 12:36pm — 9 Comments

A non-issue

no32209091 I simply can't stand us. Really I can't. We crack me up.



I've written before about the endless obsession of the freethought community with labels: atheist vs. humanist, atheist vs. agnostic, humanist vs. secular humanist, nonreligious vs. nonbeliever vs. Bright.



I don't mind someone saying why they choose one over another, or why they switch back and forth in different situations. What I've had enough… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on February 17, 2009 at 11:24am — 6 Comments

I've Met God ... And I have the Photo to Prove It!

(Wrote this on Myspace some time ago, and thought it was time I reposted it here.)



Let's start with a short 'pop' quiz ...

Q. How do we know that God is real?

A. Faith!…

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Added by Chrys Stevenson on February 17, 2009 at 5:56am — 22 Comments

My name is Richard Coughlan aka The Dick

http://www.youtube.com/user/coughlan666

Please check out the above link to my YouTube channel where you'll find 100 videos, these will give you better idea about me than I can here on a keyboard.

Added by coughlan666 on February 17, 2009 at 4:36am — 1 Comment

A Parable of three men

A man was playing soccer. He tripped and hit his head. When he got up he knew only his language. He saw two men arguing.

"What do you mean, heirs of ANY caliph can be a successor of Muhammad?"

"They were trained the same, were they not? Does it matter if they share blood?"

The man thought for a second.

"Muhammad wouldn't care whether they shared blood, he trained them the same!"

The first arguer frustrated, left.

The second arguer and the man talked for the rest of… Continue

Added by zack on February 16, 2009 at 11:23pm — No Comments

More discussions with a Muslim...

I haven't had time to finish my response to him, but this is what he has been saying to me. Sorry about the weird quoting ways - it's difficult and tedious to quote from wordpress. If you want more clarifications on the discussion, visit http://exmuslimdiaries.wordpress.com where the discussion is being held on the posts 'Post Hijab' and 'Sacred Stupidity' Not that the = indicates things I have said - just the way he has quoted me.



= Since you very kindly listed the problems in… Continue

Added by Odd Innuendo on February 16, 2009 at 7:59pm — 4 Comments

frank turek is a douche-canoe

sorry to offend, but that's my new favorite word, i was watching this cool show:



http://shutdown.kill9studios.com/



and that's where i got it from



anyhoo..since my last blog here, things have gotten good-bad-bleh, i got canned in november, had to work at macy's for the holidays to get by, and have been jobless since January except for this past week when i got a gig in a mailroom.



and so since i have no… Continue

Added by raequel aka systris on February 16, 2009 at 7:48pm — 3 Comments

IS "CHRISTIAN WITNESS" RUDE BEHAVIOR?

Friendships with Fundies can be very taxing.



When I began my friendship with “Frieda” we were both members of an Australian Methodist church. I began studying for the Methodist ministry but the intensive academic study of the Bible led to me losing my religious beliefs. Shortly after that Frieda moved to a country town. The ensuing 20 year relationship has been continued, for the most part, by email.



When the Methodist Church joined to become part of the Uniting Church,… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on February 16, 2009 at 3:00pm — 30 Comments

Time to write the thesis...

Need I say more? Hopefully I come out of this alive and with a Master's degree in May. Ramen! In the mean time, I have pics of Torpedo to keep me going. Get this done and go home for Spring Break to see the not-so-little-wrinkly-furball-of mischief. ;)

Added by deepthought42 on February 16, 2009 at 9:33am — 2 Comments

Teaching Creationism is Child Abuse

I recently discovered this site and was prompted to make a post here. Mostly because I have come to despise (yes despise) many religionists. I use that term to include any and all who feel a god given urge to promote the need to believe in their particular brand of god, and aggressive push the set of rules they consider to come with that belief.



I know many believers who are secure in their faith and do not feel this need, but I am active on one of the many… Continue

Added by Mark Knowles on February 16, 2009 at 8:53am — 12 Comments

Galileo and Galapagos

Today is Galileo's birthday! Woohoo!





Galileo was a really kickass guy from Pisa who loved space and science and math and philosophy. He had such a passion for observing the fundamental truths that (literally) make the planet go round that he spent his life looking through his telescope to find them. He was also a major supporter of heliocentric cosmology which really upset the guys in charge.…



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Added by EnsignR on February 15, 2009 at 10:08pm — 2 Comments

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Added by Trevor on February 15, 2009 at 9:20pm — 3 Comments

Never Loved, Never Been in Love, Still Believe In It

Yesterday, It was my day off, so I wanted to hang out w/friends, but everyone was pretty busy for Valentines Day. So in mid dayish I decided to take a stroll out with no agenda and take a long walk out w/an iPod. It was a refreshing walk and I steadied my journey back. I saw a giant bouquet for my neighbor and 4 men in front of it, it was one of those barber shop quartets. I said to myself "Awwwwwww that is sooooo cute!" They began to sing and the face of the couple was just priceless: the… Continue

Added by Jennifer W on February 15, 2009 at 8:14pm — 5 Comments

Who and What I Am

I Am Pagan.

As a Pagan I celebrate life, the earth, and I honor the Divine in the form of a goddess and a god. I am what is called "Solitary Eclectic Pagan." I do not follow any one tradition. I work with different deities from different pantheons and from other pathes.

As a Pagan I have my own beliefs and my own ways, and I have my own path to follow. I know longer walk the path that someone else have walked.

As a Pagan I respect Nature. I believe in the Triple Goddess of the… Continue

Added by Carrol Ray Pugh on February 15, 2009 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Can secularism be blamed for societal ills?

I was over at Insanna’s blog commenting on her posts, when I suddenly saw myself get swallowed into a debate with a Muslim.



I am an atheist, a secular humanist. I live a good life, like my atheist friends. I have found that secularism does not hinder the development of this.



Abdullah, a commenter on Insanna’s blog, believes that secularism is the cause of societies ills.



Two world wars, the end justfys the… Continue

Added by Odd Innuendo on February 15, 2009 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

London and Rome protests against Vatican political power

Did anyone else completely miss the news that secular campaigners marched in London and Rome yesterday to protest at the political power of the Vatican?



I've just seen a mention of it in The Freethinker, who also missed it and points out that it's a bit odd that none of the media bothered to cover the event.



One of the organisers, Peter Tatchell, has an… Continue

Added by Paul on February 15, 2009 at 5:59am — 1 Comment

Panama

Just spent a couple of weeks vacationing in Panama and doing the Canal. What a major engineering feat. I read The Path Between the Seas a couple of years ago then again for this trip. The book really helps in understanding the accomplishment. I stayed in a jungle cabin in a very catholic and superstitious community. Ten children and no birth control. They are very proud of their organic farming techniques. It is just a reminder to me of how far the third world has to go before they can even… Continue

Added by Darrel Ray on February 14, 2009 at 8:33pm — 1 Comment

Life's a piece of shit when you look at it. Life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true.

Signing onto A|N today cheered me up a great deal, but for the reason you'd expect. It wasn't the stimulating discussions or the presence of rational people. It was actually the song on my profile. I think I just have to put "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" on repeat for the next four months.



I got bad news last night.



You see, my lover is, unfortunately, a military man. The problem with that is that the Air Force gets to decide when, where, and why he moves. Since… Continue

Added by Ariel on February 14, 2009 at 8:09pm — 2 Comments

Scripture is false, God is imaginary and misplaced faith stands to ruin the planet.

When I was a child, Life on Earth and Cosmos were my two favourite shows on TV. Recently I saw DAvid attenborough's latest masterpiece. I watched David Attenborough's program and many of the sociological pieces fell into place as my company for the evening became ever increasingly uneasy at the "blasphemy" unravelling on the screen. I have long wondered at the vehemence of christians against evolutionary biologists, and at long last I think I understand it. Evolution by natural selection, in… Continue

Added by Marcus Harman on February 14, 2009 at 7:38pm — 5 Comments

Exposing bigots: eightmaps.com

An interesting convergence has occurred between information technology and election-donor transparency. California's election laws disclose to public record all campaign donors giving $100 or more. As part of the public record, anyone can access such data. Anyone can know who gave how much to what campaign... including the recent bigot-eruption in California, Prop 8. Using those public records a group has set up eightmaps.com, which uses Google map… Continue

Added by Planetologist on February 14, 2009 at 9:12am — 6 Comments

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