Joan Denoo's Blog (41)

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

Perception is "standpoint specific"

Illusion: Crazy Circle This reminds me of Chaos Theory, "seemingly random events are actually predictable from simple deterministic equations". Although this video shows actions that don't fit this definition, the small circles do more than what is perceived. Kind of like life. There is more than what is seen. One person looks at the Grand Canyon and sees evidence of a 6,000 year old Earth and another sees evidence of a 4.54 ± 0.05 billion year old one. An individual's perception is…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 10, 2014 at 12:55pm — 1 Comment

These "Power Lanes" Could Charge An E-Bike (And Phone) As You Ride

These "Power Lanes" Could Charge An E-Bike (And Phone) As You Ride

When I traveled throughout Europe and Asia, bikes often outnumbered cars, especially in downtown areas. Huge loads could be carried on bikes, even whole families rode along on a single bike. It was odd to see a pig or a goat on a bicycle and no one seemed to notice, except…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 8, 2014 at 12:36pm — 3 Comments

Slavery in the Bible

The right to own slaves runs deeply in our history, creates traditions that benefit some while harming others. The moral teaching of the bible supports slavery in both the old and new version. To pretend that christianity supported abolition of slavery is to deny history and delude oneself into thinking that the scriptures are a fit place upon which to build…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 8, 2014 at 10:31am — 9 Comments

The Unholy Trinity Tour: Part 2 of 3- Seth Andrews - Doubt

Seth Andrews' presentation on May 3, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM

Questions that lead to doubt arise as one reads and hears the stories from the bible. I doubt it is healthy or morally sound to take the flesh and blood of christ in communion. I doubt the story of Adam and Eve and the incest implied in the population of the Earth with Homo sapiens. I doubt enslavement of the Hebrew people in Egypt and the walk back to the land that they claim god gave them. I doubt…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 8, 2014 at 8:55am — 8 Comments

Prayer, Does god answer prayer?

Promises that Jesus makes about prayer in the Bible:  

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. [Matthew 21:21]

If you ask anything in my name, I will do it. [John 14:14]

Ask, and it will be given you. [Matthew 7:7]

Nothing will be impossible to you. [Matthew…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 6, 2014 at 7:14pm — 18 Comments

Peter Boghossian looks at the word "faith".

Peter Boghossian looks at the word faith. 

These faith-based conclusions reflect knowledge claims. The individual professes to know something about the external world. These commonly heard expressions use the word "faith". 

1. "My faith is beneficial for me."

 2. "I…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2014 at 1:53pm — 11 Comments

The Price of Being a Woman Online

Phone threats of rape with a blowtorch by a man who claimed I insulted his god went on day and night for some weeks. I made the same decision as Robin Marty, at first I was afraid; then realized I had no control over him and I did have control over my reaction. He wanted me to stop writing about his god as dominator, exploiter, manipulator and hate-monger; if I stopped writing, he would silence me and for what purpose? I had to write what I know first hand. I realize there are loonies out…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2014 at 11:48am — 11 Comments

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