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On Pets and People

Like many Americans, I own pets. Yet I think I'm kind of a looney when it comes to my pets since I don't like the term "own'" for these little furry or scaley beings that share my home. Yeah, I paid money for them...But I think that term is a little insulting to the furry American that lives with me, rent free, in exchange for cuddles. I often find myself pondering our relationship and what it should be. Do any of you do this?



Before I get into my thought processes when pondering… Continue

Added by Parallax on September 13, 2008 at 11:29am — 1 Comment

Why Atheism is the best way to live.

I have no need for religion and what it commands you to believe. Man created this and the myth is perpetuated by man. One must have independent thought and be honest with oneself, even if that leads us to face our deepest fears. For out of those fears we can be humbled and appreciate our existence.



By nature humans have a need to know the whose, whys, where’s and what’s of this fragile and confusing thing called living. We are fortunate to be here. From the billions who never make it… Continue

Added by Kevin on September 13, 2008 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Friday, 12 September, 2008 23:05

Friday, 12 September, 2008 23:05



Nilknarf Daily Haiku

the winds of change blow

heedless of damage or death;

they just want to blow



Lotsa lotsa sleep!



It was wonderful, of course. almost twelve hours.



Strange, strange dream, though.



I was somewhere in downtown Topeka, conducting some shady business... don't know what, really, but I had a trench coat and hat on... and I was being very sneaky.



I was in an alley, and I… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 12, 2008 at 11:49pm — No Comments

Pagan's Retake Parthenon-Briefly



When I was a young student in school studying ancient mythology, I always loved the fanciful tales and colorful characters, but couldn’t help but wonder why we call ancient Roman and Greek religious practices mythology and ancient Christian practices religion. If Christianity had not had such a powerful or successful PR machine behind it, we might all still be praying to Athena and worshiping Zeus, and the world’s few remaining pagans might not… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on September 12, 2008 at 6:36pm — No Comments

Why are Americans so afraid of Science?

This is really a blog about blogs. ;) Okay, in my local paper, I posted a blog with this same title. You can see it here: http://tinyurl.com/3hxwnm



Not 24 hours later, I see this gem: http://tinyurl.com/5gbvv3



Needless to say, this got me a bit hot under the collar (and amused in an incredulous sort of sad way). I decided to give this particular theitard a list of the reasons the… Continue

Added by Larian LeQuella on September 12, 2008 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Best Practices 1: Feeling your pain

[First in a nine-part series on best practices for nonreligious parenting.]



"I feel your pain." --BILL CLINTON at a campaign rally in 1992

"We need to...pass along the value of empathy to our children. Not sympathy, but empathy – the ability to stand in somebody else’s shoes; to look at the world through their eyes."

--BARACK OBAMA in a speech on Father's Day 2008
In the Preface of… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on September 12, 2008 at 9:45am — No Comments

President Kennedy speeking about religion in government

John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, faced opposition during his campaign for the Presidency from many Protestant sections of the US community because of his Catholicism. No President before him (or indeed since) was a Catholic, and there was concern about the role and Authority of the Papacy over Catholics worldwide, and how this would affect decisions made by JFK if he were to secure the Office of President. Specifically, could the Pope direct Kennedy to make decisions… Continue

Added by Stephen Moore on September 11, 2008 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Thursday, 11 September, 2008 20:17 Nilknarf Daily Haiku the winds of chance blow heedless of damage or death; they just want freedom. And the winds are going to blow in Texas tomorrow... it's going…

Thursday, 11 September, 2008 20:17



Nilknarf Daily Haiku

the winds of chance blow

heedless of damage or death;

they just want freedom.



And the winds are going to blow in Texas tomorrow... it's going to be interesting for JD and Tyler and several million other people, I think.



I have not been able to connect with them today, the cell traffic is very dense, heh. JD tried calling me earlier, but I was busy, and calls back to both him and Tyler went… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 11, 2008 at 8:49pm — No Comments

Good laugh this morning..

My daughter made an observation this morning on the way to school.....


My son was standing in a puddle on a bump which gave the appearance of "walking on water", which he thought was cool. My daughter said "Well, in the winter the water freezes so we can all walk on in...take that Jesus!" It was just so casual and innocent that it was hilarious!! Having a laugh like that was a great start to the day. Ahh, kids.

Added by Natalie on September 11, 2008 at 8:22pm — No Comments

An argument

First, I'd like to give just a little detail about my background as a Christian. I was born and raised in the faith-cult of Jehovah's Witnesses. I really never took it all that seriously until I was about 17. Every JW is expected to evangelize from door to door. I started to take an interest in this and began doing this preaching work full-time. I believe that anyone who takes this preaching work seriously will inevitably come to a point where a conscious decision must be made. Either you… Continue

Added by Hurmmm... on September 11, 2008 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Will Wright the Anti-Christ?

http://antispore.com/

Really, words are unnecessary. Just click and see for yourself.

Added by Fabio on September 11, 2008 at 11:26am — 2 Comments

Freedom of religion and Sept. 11th 2001

First in honor of this day I posted a rare recording of John F. Kennedy giving a speech to the press, in it he illuminates his all to revolutionary thoughts on Freedom and Democracy. It's sad that we lost such a great man, he certainly would have prevented many of the American atrocities that have happened since his assassination.



It has been my duty and privilege these last 8 years to engage in dialog with many people of various faiths and challenge their beliefs. As it's only… Continue

Added by Seth R. on September 11, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Neece Update and Request for xmas Company Advice

Hey everyone! How are you!?

Well, I survived my company. Barely. It was a near thing. They are expecting to return for xmas and have xmas dinner at my house.

I'm more than willing to take ideas for how to tell them they can't use our house as a hotel whenever they like. They are catholics. They are the most wasteful, vain, shallow people. They are selfish and self centered. And if they come to visit for the holidays, I think I will go ballistic.



Any suggestions? Please… Continue

Added by Neece on September 11, 2008 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Wednesday, 10 September, 2008 02:18

Wednesday, 10 September, 2008 02:18



Nilknarf Daily Haiku

infinity is

so far... but the real world is

around the corner.



The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was turned on 18 minutes ago, and I'm still here... and so, presumably, are you.



So, we can start the day off on a happy, happy note! We. Are. SURVIVORS!



Fascinating shit, really. Physics... not just for the alimentary canal any more!



There is, however, a lot of… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 11, 2008 at 12:15am — No Comments

Tuesday, 09 September, 2008 22:56

Tuesday, 09 September, 2008 22:56



Nilknarf Daily Haiku

infinity is

so far... but the real world is

around the corner.



Not really apologizing for my haikus... but some of them are reality-based, some of them aren't.



And if you don't understand them, don't ask me... I probably won't know anyway.



Which reminds me... there was no Haiku Monday on 3WA yesterday... that just can't be allowed, can it?



Not an exciting day, and… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 9, 2008 at 11:55pm — No Comments

Moving things around. Chariots of Iron Blog Online.

Over on the Wired.com blogs I saw an interesting article which relates precisely to the segment we did in season one, episode one.



This article does a much better job of pointing out some competing ideas, and gets into some information I did not have time to adequately cover in the segment, I strongly suggest clicking through the links in the article as well. I know that the LHC is dominating the minds of pop-science fans, but these are major breakthroughs going on which implications… Continue

Added by Eli on September 9, 2008 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Atheist Revolution: Be an Atheist Activist in 30 Minutes a Week

A per usual, vjack over at Atheist Revolution has an excellent post on how you can be an Atheist Activist with minimal effort. While we can always strive to put more time in than 30 minutes a week, this post lays out a fantastic starting plan! This is the least we can do and very doable and effective. Cheers vjack!

Added by IsThatLatin on September 9, 2008 at 11:10am — No Comments

And once they take the stage...

"Right now they haven't seen the true church. There's an underground church that the world has no idea that exists."





Well, you aren't as secret as you'd like to think. Most moderate Christians just like to deny that you… Continue

Added by AtheistJoy on September 9, 2008 at 10:00am — No Comments

Harvard honors the Sarah Palin of humanism

harvardhumanist2301

It's always interesting when someone unexpectedly breaks from the backfield and grabs a high-profile plum from more worthy contenders. Dan Quayle, Harriet Miers, and Clarence Thomas leap to mind. Shakespeare in Love beating Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture, or Art Carney (!) beating Dustin Hoffmann, Jack Nicholson, and Al Pacino for Best Actor.



Sarah Palin recently joined the ranks of those unexpectedly thrust to the front of the line,… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on September 9, 2008 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Monday, 08 September, 2008 20:41

Monday, 08 September, 2008 20:41



Nilknarf Daily Haiku

clearly. the path to

complete understanding

is complete knowledge.



Knowing, understanding... feeling. All tied together in our wonderful human brains.



Some call the combination "soul".



Thus, the combination word, soul-mate.



Karen and I had it for at least the last fifteen years... I thought that we had it all along, but it kept growing and growing... what we had was a… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 8, 2008 at 8:48pm — No Comments

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