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The Rubber Band War and the Apple Box Fort

boxes1 My wife and I own an Adult Family Home where a team of caregivers provides for several elderly residents who are too fragile to safely care for themselves. Sometimes around the breakfast table they…

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Added by Brad Snowder on March 28, 2015 at 2:21pm — No Comments

Just A Little Curious..

       I've always had a fairly simple question: Why religion? Yes, it's nice to think someone's watching, but it really doesn't make sense. For one thing, why watch me?  It's not like I'm doing anything interesting.

         But to anyone who knows someone who thinks they have all the answers in a book, here are a few questions. Feel free to ask the crazies in your life. Insanity was meant to be analyzed.

     1. Did evolution happen?

     2. What is an…

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Added by Dante Infirno on March 28, 2015 at 9:26am — No Comments

Indiana Legislature Passes Discriminatory Anti-Gay Bill

Yesterday the Indiana governor signed the bill passed by their legislature that allows businesses the right to deny service to the homeosexual segment of their state. The so-called valid reason for the law is respecting religious belief. Our country continues to operate like it is still in the Dark Ages. There is certainly going to be lawsuits and probably loss of revenue when organizations decide to hold such things as conventions elsewhere.

Added by Ed on March 27, 2015 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Republican dominated Arkansas Legislature At it Again.

Today the Arkansas State Senate approved a bill 27-3 to allow a private firm, with private monies, to erect a monument on the Capitol grounds that would display the Xtian Ten Commandments. It now goes to the House. Since our state has been recently abducted by the Republican Party -attorney general, governor, Senate majority, House majority- there has been a plethora of legislation attempting to promote their god and make life hard on the likes of illegal aliens, the poor, college kids,…

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Added by Ed on March 25, 2015 at 11:47pm — 2 Comments

Timbuktu Manuscripts

Read an article in Smithsonian about the efforts of a secretive group in the African nation of Mali to rescue the large volume of ancient Arabic manuscripts that resided in Timbuktu. The Islamist insurgents (Al queda ?) who had force-ably taken over the northern territories of Mali were uncomfortable with the existence of the manuscripts. Why? Evidently anyone who studied the manuscripts discovered that the religion of Islam actually supported religious tolerance. It was evident…

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Added by Ed on March 22, 2015 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Like a baby learning to walk...

I am like a baby learning to walk...today I took many steps. It is a proud and humbling moment for me. It is also bittersweet, and it brings tears to my eyes.



To understand why it is such a big deal, you must know the context from which I am coming from. To understand the context of my journey, you must consider what I had once known as "normal." You see, my reality was shaped by a very dysfunctional, abusive, unhealthy world view. I honestly had no idea how bad it was until today.… Continue

Added by Belle Rose on March 22, 2015 at 2:27am — 8 Comments

Perseus and Andromeda

chair Cassiopeia the Queen

She was the very beautiful queen of ancient Ethiopia. By all accounts men were mesmerized by her perfectly chiseled features, like she had really nice thighs and stuff. But this was before…

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Added by Brad Snowder on March 21, 2015 at 12:59am — No Comments

Why Should Atheists Have to Show Respect For Religion?

'Among progressive and moderate religious believers, ecumenicalism is a big deal. For many of these believers, being respectful of religious beliefs that are different from theirs is a central guiding principle. In this view, different religions are seen as a beautifully varied tapestry of faith: each strand with its own truths, each with its own unique perspective on God and its own unique way of worshipping him. Her. It. Them. Whatever. Respecting other people's religious beliefs is a…

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Added by Mai on March 19, 2015 at 2:30pm — 49 Comments

One step closer to the origins of life

The origin of life on Earth is a set of paradoxes. In order for life to have gotten started, there must have been a genetic molecule—something like DNA or RNA—capable of passing along blueprints for making proteins, the workhorse molecules of life. But modern cells can’t copy DNA and RNA without the help of proteins themselves. To make matters more vexing, none of these molecules can do their jobs without fatty lipids, which provide the membranes that cells need to hold their…

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Added by Mai on March 16, 2015 at 5:43pm — 5 Comments

Teaching Doubt - Lawrence Krauss

Knew there was a reason I like this guy.

"One thing is certain: if our educational system does not honestly and explicitly promote the central tenet of science—that nothing is sacred—then we encourage myth and prejudice to endure. We need to equip our children with tools to avoid the mistakes of the past while constructing a better, and more sustainable, world for themselves and future generations. We won’t do that by dodging inevitable and important…

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Added by Mai on March 16, 2015 at 5:31pm — 2 Comments

Propter Hoc: Religion

Propter Hoc: Religion

By Elli Leimone

     

         I will not…

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Added by Elli Leimone on March 16, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

A job for the Pope

Was just randomly thinking...if the pope was out of a job suddenly, say by some selfless miracle they sold the Vatican to fed the world. What could he do for a living?

Added by Mai on March 13, 2015 at 7:16pm — 14 Comments

Seeking plaintiffs for challenge to "In God We Trust"

A message from Mike Newdow ...

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There have now been three Supreme Court cases dealing with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as it pertains to federal laws. A review of the opinions show that RFRA was strongly supported by 8 of 8 justices in Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita  (2005), by 9 of 9 justices in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby  (2014) and by 9 of 9 justices in Holt v Hobbs  (2015). Thus, the time is…

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Added by Julie W on March 11, 2015 at 7:17pm — No Comments

Murdered Charlie Hebdo victims are given a special award by a special Islamic Human Rights group

Islamophobia is one of the stupidest terms ever invented. Almost nothing intelligent every follows that word but instead comes ignorance and a powerful tool to shut people up and close down debate.

Islamophobia certainly exists and there are those who would generalise every Muslim as a hysterical fanatic seeking…

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Added by Davis Goodman on March 11, 2015 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Nothing: From absolute zero to cosmic oblivion

Zero, zip, nada, zilch. It's all too easy to ignore the fascinating possibilities of emptiness and non-existence, and we may well wonder what there is to say about nothing. But scientists have known for centuries that nothing is the key to understanding absolutely everything, from why particles have mass to the expansion of the universe - so without nothing we'd be precisely nowhere.

Absolute zero (the coldest cold that can exist) and the astonishing power of placebos, light bulbs,…

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Added by Mai on March 10, 2015 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

Need a job? Starting pay: $120,000 per annum.

http://www.ngoteamswandog.org/

Is your life in need of a little more excitement? Bored? If you have the credentials then....

America is in hot pursuit of willing mercenaries to fight the "good fight" against the bad guys in Iraq/Syria. Starting pay is a guaranteed $120,000 and I believe they provide the ammunition. It's HIGHLY recommended you carry a suicide pill in the event you're captured by ISIS. I would…

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Added by Ed on March 9, 2015 at 8:59pm — No Comments

Fear - a thought observed

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."

~Plato~



Why have I operated for so long from a place of fear? I most certainly was not a fearful child.



One easy explanation could be that I was hurt so many times. Easy explanation, case closed.



....but I do not think that is all there is to it. Fear is said to be healthy in the right context. We do need fear to survive. But when we get… Continue

Added by Belle Rose on March 9, 2015 at 2:59am — No Comments

THE STAR CONNECTION

The connection we hold with the universe never seizes to amaze me. Here I have gathered some information on our star connection, indeed one of the most astounding facts of all.

"that makes me smile" - Neil DeGrasse Tyson…

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Added by Mai on March 6, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Short Term Perfection as the Enemy of Long Time Good

Humans are far from perfect, but generally aspire to perfection. This brings about much progress, but also much grief. Before aspiring to perfection, we must first imagine it, and then weigh its perceived benefits vs costs. And then there's often the question of who's the "we" that will reap the benefits or pay the costs.

Generally, the wider our notion of "we", the less of a zero-sum game we play, while the narrower "we" tends to work selfishly, with less regard for loss to others.…

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Added by Pope Beanie on March 3, 2015 at 3:27pm — 7 Comments

Out of the fog

"Wisdom begins in wonder" - Socrates



It is the moment that you wake up in the morning, and feel excited for the day. When no matter what happens, you just "go with the flow." You are no longer sick, or afraid. When you suddenly see clearly, and you realize that you will never be the same. No one can ever hurt you again, because only you decide when to let them in. The strength that you feel within accompanies a sorrow that will never go away. The sorrow that once held you down has… Continue

Added by Belle Rose on March 1, 2015 at 6:27pm — 6 Comments

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