Joan Denoo's Blog (48)

My research on family violence and training programs of non-violent interactions

The focus of my research in 1977-79 was on the factors that contribute to maintaining and sustaining family violence. I found that all institutions, family, church, education, health care, laws, and law enforcement did not take the word of a child or battered spouse seriously, ignored or denied abuse occurred, and did not do what was necessary to make changed that needed to be made. Furthermore, I found the highest incident rate of child abuse occurred in homes of the religious. This was…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 8:21pm — 2 Comments

Drought

Thanks to 

Lake Mead Before and After the Epic Drought

Move the rod back and forth across the page to see before and after in its full context. 

"Using a satellite designed to track changes in groundwater, the research team found that the Colorado River basin—which supplies water to 40…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 7:38pm — 4 Comments

Followers of Christ faith healers bury their dead children

Fallen followers: Investigation finds 10 more dead children of faith healers

BOISE, Idaho – Peaceful Valley Cemetery sits on a windswept hill 30 miles east of Boise.

Followers of Christ faith healers bury their dead in Peaceful Valley Cemetery

KATU’s Dan Tilkin covered many faith-healing stories.…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 1:14am — 33 Comments

Welcome to the Age of Denial

Welcome to the Age of Denial

As more and more ways of knowing become available, as more information easily comes through our computers, it is exciting to track down information to see if it is validated with evidence or repeated based on a belief.  Sorting through the overload of news outlets with unreliable sources can be…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2014 at 1:52pm — 3 Comments

US Ebola Patients Make Full Recovery

US Ebola Patients Make Full Recovery

Let's just stop and think about this statement for a minute:

"Brantly thanked the hospital workers who cared for him in Atlanta and administered the experimental serum that cured him. 'Above all I am grateful to God for sparing my life,' Brantly said."

Let us take away the research that was…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2014 at 1:11pm — 6 Comments

There was a political will at work at the origins of the bible.

" target="_self">The Bible Unearthed, 4 parts

“The last king of the house of David, Zedekiah, was also exiled, his sons slaughtered, the elite of the cities, the priests and the scribes, were banished to the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates. The Book of Psalms…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2014 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

We need a new narrative.

 Abrahamic traditions gave rise to great temples, cathedrals and mosques! Paintings! Music! Literature! All these achievements began in the minds and imaginations of Homo sapiens. Stories, handed down from generation to generation, changed over time by accident or on purpose, came to this century with little evidence that any of it actually happened. The stories are myths, legends, folk tales, and sagas, told verbally at…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2014 at 11:29pm — 7 Comments

Paul Hawken, What's Carbon Got to Do With It?

I first ran across Paul Hawken and his writing in 1977 and have been a fan ever since. I had been watching the economic markets for several years and used an old high school typewriter to record my alarm at what was happening to the economy. Because of what the markets revealed and because of writings by some economist, I began watching for a financial crash, especially in the 1980s when I had my first computer. It sits in my sunroom upstairs, idle for many years and with no services to…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 20, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Green Life, the 8 Weirdest Lakes in the World + Croatia's Plitvice Lakes National Park

There are so many different lakes of so many different colors, I find it hard to pick my favorites. This author choses these eight lakes of different colors.

GREEN LIFE THE 8 WEIRDEST LAKES IN THE WORLD 

She didn't pick my very favorite lakes, so far, Croatia's Plitvice…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2014 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Why America isn't the greatest country in the world anymore.

I like to think the U.S.A. is the greatest country in the world. I have heard it said, over and over. However, when I look around at the events and systems that hold our culture together, I know it is not true ... at least not now ... maybe never. We started out as a slave holding nation, which gives lie to the Declaration of Independence; we were founded on the principles of white, male, landowners as citizens, when suggested U.S. isn't a nation of the free, and we only made citizens of…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2014 at 12:29pm — 18 Comments

Green Gold - Documentary by John D. Liu

Human exploitation of nature's water, soil and sky results in degradation of each of these elements; they impact everyone on Earth, causing famines, droughts, diseases, pests, and all forms of political upheavals. Many people can see the degradation and work to reverse the manipulation of resources in harmful ways into observing the water, soil and sky to create a more livable, renewable, sustainable life. One such man is John D. Liu, a photographer. …

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2014 at 11:53am — No Comments

Accountability of charity organizations to the public

We are social animals, with a strong streak of caring for others, especially in time of need. People give generously, and sometimes denying themselves things they need. Those organizations that receive money from the public have an obligation to tell how every cent is spent, including how much it costs them for public relations and salaries.  

"Doug White, a nonprofit expert who directs the fundraising management program at Columbia University, praised the Red Cross for dropping its…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 15, 2014 at 2:46pm — 2 Comments

Silence

From the moment of my birth, silence has been my enemy. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins all remained silent about the violence in our family. No one spoke the truth, and if they did, they were told by other family members to not speak about it out loud, to remain silent, to act as if nothing terrible was happening.

My family has been my greatest enemy in matters of what was actually happening. To speak out loud, telling my truth meant shunning, scolding, chattering…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 15, 2014 at 12:18pm — 1 Comment

Doubt

God of the gaps means whenever you cannot explain some thing then "god did it." I know of no other thinking process, except superstition, to define it.

Science is all we have. All of life, indeed, all of the universe is so complex we can’t possibly know all the answers. We can observe and describe and think and still we don't have all the answers; we may never know them. It is to rationalize to say “god did it”! How do you…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 15, 2014 at 7:55am — 2 Comments

Reaganomics killed America’s middle class

Reaganomics killed America’s middle class

I watched it begin to happen. In the 1960s I kept track of the numbers and ratios of people living below the poverty line. Both were falling because of the war on poverty, the opening of community colleges for low income people to get a college education, the fair labor laws that protected workers and provided disability…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 14, 2014 at 7:05pm — 11 Comments

Phil Zuckerman: Irreligion Rising--Causes and Consequences of Growing Secularity in America

Phil Zuckerman: Irreligion Rising--Causes and Consequences of Growing Secularity in America

It has been 40 years since I left my religious faith laying in rubble on the floor of family violence, including the imperative to yield, pray, obey, turn-the-other-cheek, forgive, love him to the lord, crucify myself daily in imitation of…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2014 at 10:40am — 1 Comment

Matrilineal v. patriarchal societies

If one is born into a matrilineal culture instead of patriarchal one, the expectant mother of each is treated very differently from the moment of a known pregnancy. The ancient native culture prepared a moss and branch hut for her, lined it with mosses and perfumed it with fresh flowers. She was attended by women who provided food, clean clothing and they freshened the hut. From the moment of birth, the language of a matrilineal culture differs from the patriarchal one.The influence…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2014 at 6:47pm — 5 Comments

Free will is an illusion

“Free will is an illusion. Our wills are simply not of our own making. Thoughts and intention emerge from background causes of which we are unaware and over which we exert no conscious control. We do not have the freedom we think we have. 

“Free will is actually more than an illusion (or less), in that it cannot be made conceptually coherent. Either our wills are determined by prior causes and we are not…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2014 at 2:28pm — 26 Comments

Killing inspired by, directed by or committed by god

I’ve discussed in other documents the killing inspired by, directed by or committed by god in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, and Joshua. Let me now turn to other killings by god or under god’s direction. 

Judges: This brutal chapter of the old testament. There are six genocides: God selected the tribe of Judah to kill Canaanites and steal their land, the Jerusalem…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 10, 2014 at 7:27pm — 2 Comments

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