All Blog Posts Tagged 'change' (15)

We need a new Social Contract, by D R (Donnie) Hosie

If there is no heaven or hell after we die, if there is only nothing, the same kind of nothing that existed before we were born, then we return to nothing when we die. Therefore, it seems to me we have to make full use of what little time we have. 

Realizing this is IT, that we have no second chance, no reincarnation,…

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Added by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 9:55pm — 6 Comments

Capitalism can't work without a poverty class.

Capitalism can't work without a poverty class. In order to increase the numbers of people in the poverty class,

* withhold the kind of education that teaches critical thinking, stress obedience; 

* educate children to remain dependent on church and government as adults; 

* tax wages at a higher rate than investment income, otherwise known as unearned income; 

* spends tax dollars on expensive warring humans and material that creates wealth for the owners of…

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Added by Joan Denoo on September 19, 2014 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

Victim-talk vs. Initiator-talk

The problem, as I see it, is people who have been trained to be dependent, passive, and subordinate do not think in terms of independence, dominance and action orientation. I hear "victim-talk" instead of "initiator-talk". 

Victim vocabulary:

victim, fatality, loser, prey, stooge, dupe, sucker, fool, fall guy, chump, patsy, sap, sacrificial lamb, burnt offering, scapegoat; …

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Added by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2014 at 12:55pm — 8 Comments

Ravaging the Planet for Our Own Amusement

Another A/N blogger, Richard Goscicki, has eloquently written on the connection between religion and the destruction of our planet.  Let us count the ways. 

Time is wasted in religious ritual and obsessing over ancient texts.  Religious wars and terrorism carry on a constant slaughter of humans and destruction of resources.  Religious teachings – that contraception is wrong, that man is not descended from animals but is special, that we are meant to have total dominion over nature…all…

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Added by Alan Perlman on August 2, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Facts Don't Matter Anymore

i'm reposting this for three reasons:

1.  i think it is an interesting observation that did not get much notice

2.  it's been on my mind a lot lately

3.  many of the blog posts have been weak lately.  not to belittle anyone else's efforts, but many are more appropriate for discussions or simple status updates than a blog post, IMO.  anyway, i'll also post the few comments that were made. 

please…

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Added by matthew greenberg on June 18, 2012 at 1:44pm — 4 Comments

Disturbing trend in politics

I'll start off by admitting that I don't know how "new" this trend is, hence the reason I did not give it that qualifier in my title; however, it is something that has recently begun to stand out to me.

I've noticed a disturbing trend in politics of restating or informing people that alternate opinions or concerns exist, while at the same time saying and doing absolutely nothing to actually address them.

Example:  Fill out, create or sign any given petition on Whitehouse.gov…

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Added by Jas Brimstone on March 2, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Coming Soon- The American Theocracy

The move toward American Theocracy by the empowered evangelical 'elite' in the US has made it almost impossible for an atheist or difficult for a non-christian to be elected to office.  Schools are having their curriculum undermined by creationist who wish to revise history, remove evolution from science, and prevent teaching sexual health and pregnancy prevention.  Atheist fear reprisals for not being christian and are often discriminated against at work, socially, and most especially in…

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Added by Shannon on February 15, 2011 at 10:57pm — 6 Comments

Layer 07: Meditations

I'm sorry if this is all rather vague.

Today I am Lain. I am Gulliver. I am a weary traveller in a strange world. I don't understand much and I am tired of hearing the noise of all these voices giving conflicting explanations. Today I don't care about understanding it. I'm tired of trying to defend why I don't believe in magic. In a nutshell it is this: Magic is science we don't understand…

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Added by Tak G. on May 8, 2010 at 4:16pm — No Comments

2010 Pledge

I'm angry and frustrated. I went to an Atheist/Humanist/Secularist convention at Oxford last weekend. Nice people but they were very apologetic over their position. One of the student groups had done a poster for an event which had a drawing of a…
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Added by Richard Francis on March 1, 2010 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

On climate change - a detractor.

I like to think that systems can be built to conserve the energy we're using. I'm not too certain about the debate about global warming/climate change. Below is an excerpt from icecap.us, an organization that has a more nuanced perspective. I notice that geologists are the most sceptical in the scientific community about climate change, which makes sense. They are working with a long view--4.5 billion years--of the Earth's history, as opposed to the meteorological view--60 years at… Continue

Added by Ken Westervelt on December 27, 2009 at 1:06pm — 4 Comments

Human impacts on aquatic life

Our lives

For many the worlds oceans have little consequence on their daily lives. They are deemed beautiful but a resource that can be fully taken advantage of. Indeed we as the humans also have the tendancy of treating the oceans with little respect, polluting it with sewage, chemicals and rubbish.



However my motivation here, is not to complain and blame others but to simply describe some of the issues and science I come across in my daily life as an environmental… Continue

Added by Bex Holmes on November 30, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

James Lovelock

Curious as to whether anyone on this site has read either of James Lovelock's last two books?

Added by Daniel D on November 1, 2009 at 7:28pm — 1 Comment

Time For Revolution

With all the abuses that have happened in this country it is time for a full blown revolution. This long train of abuse has been carried out by not only the United States government but also with the help of corporate America as well. The very fact that it is state law that dictates you need auto insurance to drive a vehicle on roads that are paid for with tax dollars from people with no insurance is one example.



Why should state law be dictating this? People whom have cars do not… Continue

Added by Dre Smith on April 28, 2009 at 3:40pm — 8 Comments

Social Reconstruction: Parts 1 & 2

These are two pieces based on related thoughts written at different times quite some time ago... probably between 1.5 and 3 years ago. So it seems that the time is near... it feels good to finally be a proud American again.



Part 1



We need social reconstruction. I won’t even talk of reform, for it seems to imply that the current state of being is salvageable. While not all is bad in the current state, it will be easier to destroy what we have and build… Continue

Added by AYFABTU on November 5, 2008 at 2:37am — No Comments

How hard could that be?

I think I said it in my profile that I listen to a Lot of podcasts. When your job requires so little thought that you can just put yourself on auto-pilot, why not use that time to get in some education? Every few weeks I go searching the Internet for new podcasts because the ones I have either haven't updated in a while, or I'm ready for a new mind tickle. Yesterday, I did another search and discovered Free Domain Radio hosted by Stephan Molyneux. I think I recognized the voice from a Hellbound… Continue

Added by Roger Rotge on October 3, 2008 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

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