Joan Denoo's Blog (55)

I see good things coming out of Atheist Nexus

Each one of you, Loren, Pat, Bertold, and Daniel, and others on this Atheist Nexus site are such decent men and women, full of experiences from life, and a healthy quality of skepticism. You see the cons of religious dogma and the terrible things people do in the name of their gods. We all know the good that religion has done, however, that does not mitigate the injury that is made possible through dogma. I feel distress when moderate religious remain silent in the face of atrocities done in…

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Added by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2014 at 2:26pm — 12 Comments

Religion is a creator of hate

History repeats itself, over and over and over again. This is why I think there is no such thing as a god, jesus, salvation, redemption, or any of the other claims people who act as if they know make. If there were a god, there would be a universal god, one who empowered all people around the Earth to flourish, they would know how to solve problems and resolve conflict. No, the gods that exist in the minds of Homo sapiens are constructs created in the mind of humans to explain things they do…

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Added by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2014 at 11:01am — 6 Comments

Isn’t it time to save the the U.S.A. from the South?

The religious South persists in maintaining the U.S.A. in some kind of 1860s time warp. The 1860s was an extremely turbulent decade. Many economic, cultural, social, and political disturbances occurred in Europe and U.S.A. Unrest occurred with people advocating for fundamental changes in power. This was a time…

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Added by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2014 at 9:29pm — 8 Comments

Are atheists spiritual? Yes! If you mean atheists posses a sense of wonder and love

Without a doubt, some animals have an awareness of life and death. One obvious example is the elephant. Even dogs and monkeys are known to grieve. There is something in the brain that registers those realities and humans are the only ones with verbal language to express their feelings of loss and grief. However, there are other languages, i.e. holding and carrying a dead baby, laying on a grave, touching the dead body. It is only recently that humans came to…

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Added by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2014 at 10:23am — 4 Comments

Biblical atrocities, from Genesis through Revelation

I am dismayed by the joy with what I hear coming from the mouths of my religious, believing family and friends for the End Times, as though it will bring them eternal happiness. Little thought of the lives harmed and destroyed by current events, the ruin of homes, buildings, and infrastructures of whole communities, and the hatreds that continue to build between combatants. 

The cause of much of this current turmoil is religious dogma. Why don't we say it out loud, religions cause…

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Added by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2014 at 11:41am — 5 Comments

Spam for dinner

During WW II, we had a lot of Spam. I and several of my cousins lived with my maternal grandparents and they must have been challenged to feed all of us kids. Grandma did everything with it, cooked it in lard, or in maple syrup if we could get it, she made all kinds of sauces, tomato, or cream sauce, or Spam gravy. We had it with all the garden vegetables, fried, baked, roasted.

We kids had to help in the kitchen because she really needed help. We learned all kinds of things at her…

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Added by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2014 at 9:18pm — 13 Comments

You think too much!

How many time have you heard this old bromide? I hear it all the time, usually from people who don't think enough. You think too much. Offer an example from my own life and the meaning I gleaned from it and I hear the hogwash, "You think too much!" Submit a chart showing data that supports my interpretation and the old canard comes back, "You think too much!" Tender a book defining the…

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Added by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2014 at 11:48am — 9 Comments

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 — 2 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

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