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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

Forever Cursed

Forever cursed is how I see organised religion. I call them corrupt or forever cursed, because that is exactly how I see them. They (the institutions) try to make amends by seeming to have mended their ways; but then somehow go back to their roots. Then you see them for what the really are, they…

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Added by Nerdy Keith on February 25, 2015 at 8:00pm — 8 Comments

JOURNEY OUT OF DOGMA

Introduction

I grew up within Catholicism since the age of 6years during the 70's, my parents were not practicing religious folk, they were freethinking in all respects. Like all good parents they wanted to send me to the…

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Added by Mai on February 25, 2015 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

Christian Assumptions

In responding to a phone message left by a potential customer I called back to see what they wanted. We discussed what they were looking for and whether I could accommodate their woodworking request. Then there was this: "So what church do you go to?" I explained that I was not religious and therefore had no need to attend any church. They commented that they would leave a "pew" open for me.

Is it just ignorant southern U.S. fundamentalist Christians that make these assumptions about…

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Added by Ed on February 16, 2015 at 10:02am — 19 Comments

Telescopes 101

It had the same effect on Galileo. Have you ever discovered a telescope eyepiece in the pocket of your pajamas? Have you ever measured your roof for a dome? Do you know how to pronounce Cassiopeia? If so, you may have wondered, "is there hope for…

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Added by Brad Snowder on February 14, 2015 at 2:07am — 5 Comments

The Score of Guilt- From Charlie Hebdo to Chapel Hill

For a moment I felt a pang of guilt. After getting into countless arguments about atheism not promoting a radical and hateful agenda there it was in black and white:

An Atheist killed 3 young Muslims over a parking spot.

What are we to do? Obviously our moral leaders should get together and condemn…

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Added by Carol Foley on February 11, 2015 at 6:01pm — 1 Comment

Dealing with cancer is easier than dealing with the "prayers"

I was recently diagnosed with stage III malignant Melanoma (it is in my lymph nodes) and yes it is difficult and of course I'm terrified that I might miss out on some amazing future events.  The biggest problem I am having right now is dealing with people who want to "save" me and "pray" for me.  I was actually told that without "god" I cannot be cured.  I take solace in the fact that due to my belief system I live my life and fight to live rather than pray and hope for some imaginary…

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Added by Donald Tanquary on February 11, 2015 at 1:04pm — 4 Comments

Solar system at the speed of light

This has done an amazing job as best as anything can at giving us an idea of the emptiness of the solarsystem (universe).

What was new to me was seeing how quickly the terrestrial planets pass by.

Added by Davis Goodman on February 10, 2015 at 9:39am — 5 Comments

Stonehenge

"There is something in Stonehenge almost reassuring; and if you are disposed to feel that life is rather a superficial matter, and that we soon get to the bottom of things, the immemorial gray pillars may serve to remind you of the enormous background of time." ~ Henry James 1875 CE…

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Added by Brad Snowder on February 7, 2015 at 5:09pm — 2 Comments

Avoid Blasphemy in pakistan

You could be burnt alive in a kiln, decapitated with an axe, have your career destroyed and basically your existence taken away from you in one way or the other if you are accused of blasphemy. Now with people queuing for blasphemy proofing measures, we’ve come up with a few tips that collectively form a security jacket against blasphemy allegations.



Here’s what the jacket is composed of:



Don’t be a non-Muslim



This one’s obvious. If you’re a Muslim the odds are… Continue

Added by Muhammad ali on January 25, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Planets

bouquet

The old school definition of the planets was "Any of these seven celestial bodies, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, that shineth and wandereth about the starry heavens" or something like that. The specific language has been…

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Added by Brad Snowder on January 24, 2015 at 2:58pm — 10 Comments

Arkansas legislative proposal to remove state's dual celebration of Lee & King

Little Rock, Ark. • Two Arkansas legislators said Wednesday it is inappropriate to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and the leader of the Confederate Army on the same day and proposed ending the state's decades-old tradition of honoring Robert E. Lee.

Arkansas is one of just three states to jointly celebrate King, the black civil-rights leader, and Lee, the white Confederate general, on the third Monday of January. Some have labeled the practice…

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Added by Ed on January 24, 2015 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Fruit of the Womb (Loss Edition)

Anembryonic gestation (also known as a blighted ovum) is a pregnancy in which the very early pregnancy appears normal on an ultrasound scan, but as the pregnancy progresses a visible embryo never develops or develops and is…

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Added by Carol Foley on January 21, 2015 at 5:04pm — 9 Comments

Who didn't see this coming? :(

Why there are laws that protect spiritual and religious morons from abusing their children and letting them die...is beyond me. Canada and other Nordic countries and their false-liberalism often leaves me aghast.…

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Added by Davis Goodman on January 21, 2015 at 2:22pm — 20 Comments

Marriage and Alcohol

I got married Thursday and it was the greatest thing to ever happen to me. However....we already had our first fight. Well, not so much a fight, just a confrontation. She thinks I drink too much. Now, granted I drink a lot but that's because it's really hard for me to get drunk. Even when intoxicated I'm very well coordinated (physically) and in control (mentally). But her father was a violent drunk. And the last thing I would ever want is for her to be scared of me like she was of that…

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Added by Cato (Kaito) Rigas on January 17, 2015 at 2:08pm — 14 Comments

The Hive & The Honey Bee

Sometimes we can be surprised by the comments of an author when reading a book. I am currently reading a book first published in 1878 concerning the inner workings of a honeybee hive. The author, L.L. Langstroth, was one of the first individuals to propose using what is today the 'frame and box' method of housing honey bees; a movable comb hive, if you will.

In the book much discussion is presented about the impregnation of the queen and the ratio of drone to worker bee eggs that are…

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Added by Ed on January 17, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

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