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What Forms Do the Gifts Take that Folks Here Can Give to Others?

Started this discussion. Last reply by kris feenstra Mar 2. 1 Reply

On the Friends pages I see the words "Give a Gift" and wonder what, if anything, giving one may cost me.What kinds have others given or received?Continue

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Is Obama Too Compromised By Investor or Corporate Money to Push Republicans To the Wall?

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Are Congressional Democrats too compromised by money from the same sources?If you follow the news you've heard what President Obama will propose in the SOTU address.Unless the Republicans in Congress…Continue

Tags: SOTU, Republicans, Obama, Democrats, 2016

Do Corporate Leaders Pay Attention to Their Bottom Line: Their Profits?

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Customer protests have moved a few companies to quit ALEC (the most extreme of the many conservative lobbying organizations).Will customer protests move companies to reconsider their use of our…Continue

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Theodore Roosevelt, Like Many of America's Founders, Not A Theist?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Mathews Sep 17, 2014. 3 Replies

My evidence is in the early minutes of Part Two of Ken Burns' documentary.On TR's first day in the Executive Mansion, September 23 1901, he denied Xianity's promise of immortality when he gave…Continue

Tags: founders, presidents, America, theism, deism

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Tom Sarbeck commented on Belle Rose's group 'Lobbying - it is SO easy!'
"It's combat, arch, without the bloodshed of war. "
Mar 5
Tom Sarbeck commented on Belle Rose's group 'Lobbying - it is SO easy!'
"I saw it, arch. It's a crappy thing to do. Both parties have attached hateful stuff to necessary legislation but the religious fanatics who today own the Republican Party want a theocracy and have more stuff they want to put into law. "
Mar 5
Mai left a comment for Tom Sarbeck
"Hi Tom, I consider myself lucky, there are a lot more people that had/have it worse off than me. There are so many societies, areas, institutions or religons I would not have liked to have grown up in, where the dogma would have completely taken…"
Mar 2
Tom Sarbeck posted a discussion

What Forms Do the Gifts Take that Folks Here Can Give to Others?

On the Friends pages I see the words "Give a Gift" and wonder what, if anything, giving one may cost me.What kinds have others given or received?See More
Mar 2
Tom Sarbeck commented on Belle Rose's group 'Lobbying - it is SO easy!'
"Born to ethnic German parents, I lobby for democracy.In the world, I lobby for employees to own their workplaces.In the USA, I lobby for a national initiative and referendum.Where I am, I lobby against totalitarianism and authoritarianism.How do…"
Mar 2
Tom Sarbeck joined Belle Rose's group
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Lobbying - it is SO easy!

Lobbying is simply a fancy word for participation. When most people think about "lobbying the government," or any entity such as the United Nations, most people who are unaware of their own rights would think that you have to already be in a position of power or influence to have your voice heard.This is actually very far from the truth.The truth of the matter is that elected officials WANT to hear from the people they serve. They want to know what the people want, but when no one speaks up,…See More
Mar 1
Tom Sarbeck and Mai are now friends
Mar 1
Tom Sarbeck replied to Peter's discussion 'It Seems Like Yahweh WANTS Sin To Occur'
"Peter, take away the "To me,"; there IS something wrong with that stuff and you described it. "
Mar 1
Tom Sarbeck commented on Mai's blog post 'JOURNEY OUT OF DOGMA'
"Mai, may the world's best be yours and your daughter's. Several weeks ago I found an evolution for kids site on a website connected with the Univ. of California at Berkeley. It was organized into lessons that kids might like. As I recall I…"
Feb 28
Tom Sarbeck replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Earth's Magnetic Field....'
"Reg, that article had a link to one on cosmic background radiation (CBR). I opened it and found mention of the BICEP2 effort that instead of finding polarized light, found dust. About those two guys in New Jersey who found radio signals coming from…"
Feb 15
Tom Sarbeck replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Earth's Magnetic Field....'
"Thanks, Reg. We will see if this hypothesis survives testing that's more rigorous than a mathematical proof done on paper. The much-praised peer review system fails when the peers who do the reviewing are all Bangers. "
Feb 15
Tom Sarbeck replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Earth's Magnetic Field....'
"1) Is it valid to imagine that every object explodes like a bomb? A "dirty snowball" might, or an object hitting at an angle close to 90 degrees might. But photos of the comet we landed on recently show that metaphor to be suspect. 2)…"
Feb 15
Tom Sarbeck replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Earth's Magnetic Field....'
"Unlike Davis and Unseen, Beanie, you are investigating for yourself. "
Feb 14
Tom Sarbeck replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Earth's Magnetic Field....'
"Findlay said he wrote for beginners. I'll be interested in your view of the Ch 3 questions. Impact craters round rather than oblong? Donald Scott, in The Electric Sky, explains in a later chapter. If you've ever skipped stones across a…"
Feb 14
Tom Sarbeck replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Earth's Magnetic Field....'
"Okay, Big Bang folk, demonstrate that you are capable of more than belief. That you can think like scientists. You've seen pics of impact craters on the lunar surface. Perhaps you've seen the impact crater in northern Arizona. Objects…"
Feb 14
Tom Sarbeck replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Earth's Magnetic Field....'
"It is marvelous, Davis.But don't despair. You're still a kid and are blessed with more time than I. You're more likely than I to see the plasma engulf the Bangers. "
Feb 13

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Your Religious Status
Atheist
About Me:
Korean War veteran, was an electrician aboard a US Navy destroyer. BA in math and economics from the University of Florida. Married for 6 years to a freethinker, and for reasons too complicated to tell here we chose to remain childless. Retired from computer manufacturing. Running for election to Arizona Legislature was another education; I learned a lot but happily the incumbent won. Now living in SF Bay Area's Napa County and loving it.
Age
83-88
Relationship Status
Single
Why are you here?
In 1957 I chose agnosticism. In 2009 I came out atheist at a home for retired veterans. Many of the 1000+ residents are fallen-away xians; a very few are extremely conservative. About 70% are Dems. A few know I don't pledge allegiance to a piece of cloth; I tell them I will discuss the issue when they pledge allegiance to the Constitution. I enjoy the mental exercise I get in chats on atheist websites.
The religion you left
Catholic
Why you left your religion.
When my parents told me I was going to college because I was too lazy to get a job, I threw them and their god out of my life. Several years later I made a peace of sorts with my parents. In April of 2012, in a Toastmasters Club here, I told of my leaving Catholicism for agnosticism and 50 years later leaving agnosticism for atheism. I tell polite xians that were it not for 12 years in Catholic schools I might still believe a god exists. To xians who try to recruit me, I say religion is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on humankind. They stop trying.
Think Atheist Travel Network Couch Availability - Are you able to host anyone now?
No
How did you hear about Think Atheist?
When TA was a contestant in the About Contest.

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At 4:33am on March 2, 2015, Mai said…

Hi Tom,

I consider myself lucky, there are a lot more people that had/have it worse off than me. There are so many societies, areas, institutions or religons I would not have liked to have grown up in, where the dogma would have completely taken over & controlled my whole life.

We are surely lucky we are out the other side. I'm even thankful, in a way, to my religious upbringing. I hated that I had to do religious education at the time, what was that qualification going to be any good for? but now I find it quite useful. It contributed to the atheist I am.

All the best, Mai

At 8:10pm on January 14, 2015, Davis Goodman said…

Great line. I think that applies even more broadly.

Humour: Start a line clearly leading to an obvious and expected conclusion and then finish it with an entertaining line that is equally plausible (or better implausible) but catches you off guard. :)

At 3:38pm on December 23, 2014, Belle Rose said…
Thanks Tom! Hmmm award winning plays, now there's an idea!
At 8:51am on August 4, 2014, Ed said…

Ah yes, we've come a long way since the Prohibitionists marched down the streets garbed in black and carrying placards bemoaning the evils of spirits

At 10:15am on August 3, 2014, Ari said…

Hey there, thanks for being my friend! :) I start school on the 27th and I really don't know what to do. I'm just going for computer science because I know it'll be useful but don't know if I'd enjoy it. I hope I do so I don't have to change my major, but it's a big risk. It's pretty stressful and scary thinking about it because of the expenses. :/

At 11:34pm on August 1, 2014, Ed said…

Tom,

Napa County huh? Wine country if I'm correct. I have a small vineyard here in Arkansas. En vino veritas.

At 2:35pm on June 17, 2014, Abdulrahman Aliyu said…
That's right friend, if we can really rely on the unseenism we will be free from internet's brain damage.
At 9:22pm on May 12, 2014, Ari said…

I'm sorry that you and your brothers had to go through that.

At first I was thinking along the lines of a huge steal. Sorry, that I misunderstood. :(

At 1:27am on May 12, 2014, Ari said…

Wait a second. I compared the message you've sent here to the initial one I received by mail about my discussion and I find it funny but scary at the same time. You stole things in the past? I appreciate your advice but what was left on the e-mail is very questionable. I would find it very scary to come back to see my home a mess and I'd feel very violated. I really don't know what to think about to this. I guess what is done is done, but I wouldn't see stealing as necessary unless your life of yourself or someone you love is at high risk. :s

At 2:25am on June 23, 2013, Karl Hanks said…

Hi Tom!  Just joined so I only have said hello!  Hello!

 
 
 

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