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How did that happen?

When I laid down my badge and handcuffs, I really believed at that time I would not ever work with inmates again. It not only seemed impossible, it was devastating, heartbreaking....and I've never been the same since.....it is a wound that never healed.

I hit a stark realization today that I still have that passion. I know SO MUCH about the prison population, and the struggles of ex-cons, substance abuse, mental illness.....How could I NOT go back to it in some capacity? Despite being…

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Added by Belle Rose on December 19, 2014 at 4:36am — 6 Comments

Pabst Blue Ribbon to the rescue!

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/fla-atheist-places-festivus-pole-capitol-building-article-1.2046226

A "Festivus Pole" has been erected & warmly received at Tallahassee's capitol building for the 2nd straight year. Chaz Steven's likes keeping the religious displays in check. He has an upbeat cheery attitude about it all. And this is in…

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Added by Ed on December 15, 2014 at 9:33pm — 1 Comment

Finally, a cool billboard in Arkansas!

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/atheists-launch-anti-religion-billboards-bible-belt-article-1.2042909

My state of Arkansas, and Tennessee & Missouri were fortunate enough to be targeted for this season's Yuletide message! The Bible Belt needs all the help it can get. I am almost ready to drive the 125 miles one way to Fort Smith just to see…

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Added by Ed on December 15, 2014 at 8:21am — 2 Comments

Pensando en Uds. hoy....

¿Qué voy a hacer cuando te veo?

¿Qué voy a decir, si me quieres usar como los demás?…

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Added by Belle Rose on December 14, 2014 at 4:24am — 5 Comments

The intelligent mind.

The freedom of independent mind, is never in anyway to be debated against.......cause it is the intellect of one that makes us contribute to this world immensely, as human. But then Religion confines us all, into a limited thinking.......which without that limitation this world will have been a much more better place, to live.

Added by Abdulrahman Aliyu on December 6, 2014 at 4:02pm — No Comments

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 — 8 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

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