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In Avoidance of Anger

Even at 60 years old, or perhaps I should say "in spite of 60 years of accumulated wisdom", I still have my moments of naïveté. I'm in the middle right now of working out one of those moments. This began weeks ago, as a result of Affleck vs Maher/Harris media vexations (thanks…

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Added by Pope Beanie on November 27, 2014 at 4:59pm — No Comments

The plane that never crashed

Well this story starts around a year before the 2014 World Cup, a small TV channel interviewed a seer and, on this interview(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1RtVDNsQ9g), he claimed that Brazil would lose the world cup, that Germany would be…

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Added by Brazillian atheist on November 27, 2014 at 12:17pm — 1 Comment

Rounding Up?

I enjoy pondering the things I have no grasp of, I feel like I am in good company. I don't know if these thoughts will lead me to a deeper understanding of the world I live in, but I know that if I were to abandon thinking as a useless waste of time then I would become useless myself.

I find myself tired by people trying to restore my faith. Their version of reality is so truncated, so stifled, that it feels like I am debating life with a puppet wielded by a madman's hand. I cannot…

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Added by Carol Foley on November 20, 2014 at 3:17am — 2 Comments

Preacher housing allowance survives at appeals court.

The benefits of tax evasion enjoyed by the freeloading preachers, ministers, rabbis, & imans of the United States will continue after the 7th district Appeals Court overruled a previous finding that the "longstanding clergy housing allowance was unconstitutional." The Appeals Court once again brought up the issue that the plaintiff (FFRF) has no "standing" in the matter and therefore the case amounts to nothing but a grievance. Bullshit.…

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Added by Ed on November 16, 2014 at 10:31am — 12 Comments

Rosetta mission lander Philae is DOA for now.

The Rosetta spacecraft that successfully landed on the comet, known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, was off the mark by one kilometer. Not bad when you consider the distance involved to get there. But now it sits on the comet in a location that doesn't allow the sun to recharge the solar array. Game over for now.…

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Added by Ed on November 15, 2014 at 10:15am — No Comments

Dynamic Duo returns from North Korea

Well the Obama administration managed to gain freedom for the two American bozos detained and in prison in North Korea. Bozo #1 was trying to spread the gospel of Jeebus and arrange for the overthrow of the current regime. I am sure the current Korean god/dictator was not amused.

After his arrival Bozo #2 tore up his visa and announced his desire to repatriate to North Korea. Huh? Seriously? 

I can only hope others around the world not judge the sanity of Americans by the dim…

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Added by Ed on November 9, 2014 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Arkansas Goes Conservative at Ballot Box

Let's see..... if you are a conservative in Arkansas you are very happy right now.

Republicans won the Governor's race, Senate race, and more.

Ballot Initiatives:

State wide liquor sales: defeated.

Keep Term Limits intact: defeated

Stricter measures required to get measures on ballot: Passed.

Minimum wage increase: Passed!!!!

We were one of four states that had minimum wage lower than federal limit.

I expect to see many legislative…

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Added by Ed on November 5, 2014 at 8:45am — 5 Comments

THE WORDS OF THOMAS H HUXLEY

Agnosticism: A Symposium,  The Agnostic Annual (1884)
1. Agnosticism is of the essence of science, whether ancient or modern. It simply means that a man shall not say he knows or believes that which he has no scientific grounds for professing to know or believe.


2. Consequently Agnosticism puts aside not only the greater part of popular theology, but also the greater…
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Added by Jason Kristian Clark on November 4, 2014 at 12:31am — No Comments

Shiia/Sunni Islamism, Malaki & ISIS, Oil, Empires & Caliphates, Bush II's Iraq

Trying to catch up on current events, I watched PBS/Frontline's The Rise of ISIS. I wasn't even aware of how Malaki (Shiia) stoked the fire for the rise of ISIS, but I think we can still blame ourselves for Iraq's destabilization that's led to the current ISIS. Sure, there are percentages of fault to consider, and I won't try to prove that the current atrocities would have been completely avoided if Bush II hadn't…

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Added by Pope Beanie on November 2, 2014 at 4:03pm — 1 Comment

William James

Has anyone read "The Varieties of Religious Experience" (circa 1902) by William James?

If so, comments.

http://www.psywww.com/psyrelig/james/toc.htm

Added by Ed on November 2, 2014 at 9:47am — No Comments

Animal Emotions

I'm an atheist that feels there's too much invalidation of other people's emotions in the name of atheism. Or maybe a better way to say this is that science discourages emotion from affecting rational thought, and therefore many science minded people discount emotion as empirically measurable, and therefor is irrelevant in discourse about scientific realities.

But human emotions are animal emotions, engaging us with our most fundamental survival needs. Many people even discount that…

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Added by Pope Beanie on November 1, 2014 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

My Open Love Letter to Our Times

I'm trying to write a letter to the times we live in. The times that you, I and everyone we know or meet are going through. These are times like no other in our lifetimes.

A time when hunger, torture, poverty, injustice and genocide are as common as when we were children.

But what makes these times so much harder to live with is the vile extremes of religious divide that compel believers to carry out acts of such brutal violence as to make a mockery of what human life should be…

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Added by Billy Franks on October 31, 2014 at 2:24pm — 1 Comment

I am a Catholic school teacher. I am an atheist. I value honesty as one of the most important moral virtues in life. Yet, I live and breathe dishonesty for 7+ hours a day 5 days a week. I cringe when…

I am a Catholic school teacher. I am an atheist.

I value honesty as one of the most important moral virtues in life. Yet, I live and breathe dishonesty for 7+ hours a day 5 days a week. I cringe when I walk past the kindergarten classroom and hear, “The reason animals aren’t special and you are is because YOU are made in the image of God.” I bite my tongue when a high school girl says she’s writing a paper on how cohabitation prior to marriage decreases marriage’s “sanctity.” I mumble…

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Added by Anna Stein on October 24, 2014 at 7:47pm — 9 Comments

coexist

naturally the human brain and body are made to exist with other being other anomalies and such things

we can adjust to just about everything .

coexistence is not a new thing . we as humans have learned to live with such things as other race other genders other religions other species . 

but have we ever really learned how to live with ourselves the foreign matter of our mind

coexisting with depression is the struggle i have had since before i could even remember .…

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Added by aubrey knows nothing * on October 23, 2014 at 9:25pm — 1 Comment

A Life-Changing Confrontation

There is an abuser from my past who I have decided to confront. To sum it up succinctly, He is the man who has sexual relations with me as a minor, and basically used me for many years.



He is currently finishing (another) prison sentence in recovery. He claims to be a Christian. I know better. He is a sociopath.



I want to confront him. I need to do so for my own closure's sake.



I don't even know where to start. I know I am going to write him a… Continue

Added by Belle Rose on October 23, 2014 at 2:55am — 17 Comments

Life Condensed

I deleted the other blog posts because I soon realized that I had gone off on a massive tangent. So I'll explain how I got to where I am as briefly as possible to give context to my conundrum. I had to leave home at a young age and had my high school diploma mailed to a P.O. box. I headed out to California and from there, moved to Japan. I lived and worked in a restaurant owned by an abusive man with a family held financially prisoner to the restaurant and thus him. I also started fighting…

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Added by Cato Rigas on October 19, 2014 at 8:30pm — 10 Comments

Cool Vehicle Inspection!

http://i.imgur.com/ebwcs4P.jpg

Salvation comes in the strangest places.

Added by Ed on October 18, 2014 at 9:03am — 2 Comments

Fruit of the Womb

Only something as actively ignorant as religion could come up with the concept of men giving birth to women. It takes a keenly stupid mind to look upon the biology of mammals across the globe and come to the conclusion that in the instance of humanity above all other creatures, man came first, birthed women into existence and then passed the buck on to her along with the pain of childbirth. Mixed in with this slight, also comes the dominion over women because of the belief that gods created…

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Added by Carol Foley on October 16, 2014 at 5:58pm — 12 Comments

Introduction

I'm not usually one to burden a stranger with my problems.  Nor am I keen on sharing personal information with, anyone really. But it was suggested to me by an associate of a colleague to start a blog. I think my life is fairly interesting. I do not however think it a good use of another's life to read about my own unless there is some point to it. I kept a journal once, long ago. However, once I looked back on any previous entry I was incredibly disappointed with my past self and dearly…

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Added by Cato Rigas on October 15, 2014 at 2:30am — 6 Comments

Still kicking.

It's been months since I posted here but now that my personal life has reached a sort of equilibrium again, I have more mental energy. I hope things haven't changed that much on TA. TA is six years old!? Woot, woot!!

Added by Kairan Nierde on October 10, 2014 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

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