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Obama inaugurates the return of science

Barack Obama was just sworn in, and he mentioned science within his first few hundred words as 44th President of the United States. To be specific:

Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet. These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics.
Here, here! At last we have a national figure who realizes how important it is… Continue

Added by Planetologist on January 20, 2009 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Lost in translation

I am by no means a perfect speller,

Or even great at grammar,

But reading a post written in text-speak

Is like bashing my eyes with a hammer!



Seriously, I cannot be the only one

Who sees are language die

Every time u use u for "you"

and refuse to capitalize an i.



when numbers stand 4 words

and punctuations thrown 2 the wind

i dont no where 1 line ends

n where the next begins...



the overuse of ellipses

can bring… Continue

Added by Jas Brimstone on January 20, 2009 at 1:19pm — 6 Comments

finally. . .

george w. bush is no longer president of the united states.

president obama, i wish all the best for you and your country.

Added by jc morrison on January 20, 2009 at 11:52am — 2 Comments

Inauguration Speech

He said "and non-believers". He said "restore science". And he listed "curiosity" among the core values. A good start.

Added by Shoe on January 20, 2009 at 11:44am — 2 Comments

IN THE NEW ERA OF THE 44th PRESIDENT OF THE USA, ATHEISTS EXIST BUT CANNOT PARTICIPATE.

A pivotal change in history was made in the USA today. A man of mixed race and skin color has been elected as President.



In his inaugural speech the new President acknowledged not only the racial mix of the nation, but the religious mix as well. This included reference to the presence of citizens with no religious beliefs.



In this inauguration the racial mix of the US Nation was acknowledged and peoples of various racial lines and mixtures were given pride of place and… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on January 20, 2009 at 11:30am — 8 Comments

insomnia


it has been more than a month since i slept soundly. . .

Added by jc morrison on January 20, 2009 at 9:32am — 6 Comments

Banning Australian Topless Sunbathing?

Evidently, some Christian and conservative politicians are offended by women's breasts and want to ban topless sunbathing on Australia's beaches.

My full take on it here.

Added by Dan Gilbert on January 20, 2009 at 7:42am — 4 Comments

Did Jesus Exist?

Growing up Catholic, I questioned the inconcistencies of the Gospels, I questioned the rituals, I questioned the statury and pagan nature of worshipping Mary and saints. I never questioned whether Jesus was actually a real person, I just accepted it. Even later at 18, after seeing how completely ridiculous Christianity is, I still didn't question the historical Jesus. Was there ever a Yeshua Ha Notzri, or Yeshua Ben Pantera?

In my mid-20's I read a book about heroes and the hero myth,… Continue

Added by Mark Ellison on January 20, 2009 at 3:37am — 5 Comments

Equality U - The Christian Gays

http://www.logoonline.com/video/?id=1602603&vid=331075



A bus load of Christian gay people ... yes I said Christian gay people ... tour the country protesting at Christian colleges that discriminate against their gay students.



I just watched this movie and some parts of it were heartrendingly moving. It's really hard for me to watch things about cruelty to gay people. (To any people really but with… Continue

Added by Krista on January 20, 2009 at 12:46am — 1 Comment

Torn

I've been a little confused lately. Well not just lately for probably about a year or so. A little over a year ago I was walking to and from work. I'd go on my own in the afternoon and my husband usually took the dog to come meet me when I got off work at night. We live in the down town area so just about every night we'd come across groups of people sleeping on the sidewalk.



During a majority of the time I've lived in the city I've tried to ignore homelessness. Usually it was… Continue

Added by Creature on January 20, 2009 at 12:19am — 1 Comment

Things I regret

When my dog was a puppy we had a nice little tablet for the computer. I didn't quite understand why, we didn't have any sort of drawing program worth mentioning. One day when I wasn't paying enough attention to the dog she got a hold of the pen for the tablet. I knew my better half would be quite upset. He hadn't really wanted the puppy to begin with, and I didn't want him to be upset with the dog(well more so me for bringing home the dog) so I tossed the ruined pen into the garbage vowing to… Continue

Added by Creature on January 19, 2009 at 11:37pm — 2 Comments

Aphorisms Du Jour



For some reasons I enjoy writing aphorisms. You know, those short, pithy statements that are too confrontational for a greeting card, but too banal to constitute genuine philosophy. Often you'll find them on bumper stickers. So apropos of nothing, here is…
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Added by NH Baritone on January 19, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Not abandoning words and terms

With respect to my use of terms like morality and ethics I obviously don't believe I must stop using words that confuse other people when I have things worked out cogently in my own head with the terms at hand.

I'm not going to give over whole blocks of words to people who use them ineptly as in the Christian and Kantian use/ misuse of the word morality or the most arbitrary and Machiavellian use of the word ethics. The word abandonment strategy has been tried before. It is better to… Continue

Added by Clarence Dember on January 19, 2009 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Yes, it IS time for "I told you so"

Editorials on the legacy of George W. Bush are coming in from around the world, and the general assessment is, not surprisingly, poor.



Some might argue that bad times are best forgotten, and the era of Bush should be allowed to move past us quietly and politely. No "I told you so" from those who opposed Bush from day one. I don't agree. The tenure of George W. Bush as US President was a categorical… Continue

Added by Planetologist on January 19, 2009 at 6:39pm — 2 Comments

Atheism = Anarchism?!

Atheism: a disbelief in the existence of deity

Anarchy: absence of government

(Merriam Webster)



How could anyone confuse these two? I suspect many people probably do.



A coworker of mine, in his mid 40s, is very open-minded. He sees worth in everyone and everything, even if it goes against his core beliefs. He's also intelligent - though he's only willing to go so far. He believes in both god and evolution. (Catholic, non-church-goer.) He has said he wouldn't want… Continue

Added by Jude Johnson on January 19, 2009 at 6:15pm — 4 Comments

Thoughts?

I'm going to try and make this quick. This may be a little scatterbrained, but any helpful suggestions/information would be really appreciated.



Okay, so I'm a licensed massage therapist. I like doing massage, but in an attempt to not get burnt out, I only do it a few times a week and try to have some unrelated job that can help me pay the bills. Right now, I'm working at a chiropractor's office one day a week and I just lost my other job. So basically, I'm very reliant on this place… Continue

Added by Jurbank on January 19, 2009 at 4:44pm — 2 Comments

Less than 24 hours...

... Until the long, crushing, vicious nightmare of George W. Bush's failed Presidency is finally .... finally... over. The wounds his despotism will leave our country are going to take a long time to heal, but I'm gratified that most of the US now realizes how terrible a mistake was made in electing that thug in the first place. W leaves office with the lowest approval rating on record - 22% - according to the New York Times. By any objective measure that rating should be 0%, but there… Continue

Added by Planetologist on January 19, 2009 at 11:57am — 4 Comments

Plane Crash in the Hudson, NYC

So I've been reading all the articles about the plane crash in NYC. The headlines say "MIRACLE IN THE HUDSON!" or similar things.



mir⋅a⋅cle

 –noun

1. an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.

© Random House, Inc. 2009





Poor pilots! they're 20+ years of experience had nothing to do with it. the pilots quick thinking had nothing to do with… Continue

Added by Adam Johnson on January 19, 2009 at 11:28am — 4 Comments

Atheists Aren't Real People, We Get It Now

One of the first blogs I check while I'm having my coffee in the morning is vjack's Atheist Revolution, and many times, his posts are the inspiration for my own. Today, that is the case.



Today, he's got a post up about atheists' exclusion from the inauguration. There was a lot of uproar about Obama's choice of Rick Warren to lead the apparent National Delusional Prayer. The LGBT community was quite up in arms, given Warren's anti-gay bigotry and following on the stinging heels of the… Continue

Added by IsThatLatin on January 19, 2009 at 10:58am — No Comments

Thanks for the Warm Welcome

I'm really not sure what I did to annoy several members right off the bat. Except exist.



I have life experiences just like everyone else. They make me who I am. Do I think they are "cool?" Well, no, I don't suppose I've ever been cool. But I'm honest. I had simply hoped for constructive criticism from more experienced writers. You know, help?



People use the internet as an excuse to be two things. Mean and stupid. I will never understand either, but, you know...good job!… Continue

Added by thelittlepecan on January 19, 2009 at 8:45am — 9 Comments

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