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The Drama Free Zone

Sep 6, 2012 8:54:04 AM
Sep 6, 2012 8:56:56 AM
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I have this thing I say around the house from time to time...as a reminder to Natalie and the kids that our home is a safe place, a peaceful place, a haven free from chaos and craziness.  I call our home a D.F.Z. - Drama Free Zone. And I have this little sign on my home office desk. Drama feeds on itself. It's a self-replicating virus that spreads exponentially unless checked early. It also causes great damage that, in many cases, cannot be undone.  Whoever said that "Sticks and stones may...

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What Do You Want in a President?

Aug 30, 2012 5:26:51 AM
Sep 5, 2012 3:56:41 AM
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This is a transcript from the TTA video, "What Do You Want in a President?"  The video is obviously a broad stroke on a very complicated issue, but it speaks largely to the isolated, insulated and often opportunistic persons and personalities that we so often see in public office.  Representatives of the Common Man who know little about the Common Man.  Regulators of business who know little about the real business world.  Implementors of foreign policy who often know little about the wor...

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I'd Like a "C" for the Win, Alex.

Aug 17, 2012 7:33:32 AM
Sep 5, 2012 3:57:04 AM
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Well, I fell into the same trap that Jerry Coyne and others have fallen into. I agreed to do a recorded Skype interview for a show called Skeptiko.That's Skeptiko, NOT Skeptico.Had I done due diligence, I would have realized that Skeptiko is a podcast focused mostly on pseudoscience, and its host, Alex Tsakiris, is an advocate of things like parapsychology, ESP, quantum (insert fancy word here), out-of-body consciousness and all manner of Weapons-Grade Woo. Alex invited me as a guest to talk...

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Louisiana Politics and The "Christian Nation" Myth

Jul 6, 2012 8:16:15 AM
Sep 5, 2012 3:57:50 AM
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More proof that you don't need knowledge of 1) the constitution or 2) the founding fathers to be elected to public office.Louisiana Rep. Valarie Hodges voted for the governor's voucher program that would allow state funds to be used to pay for religious schools. Apparently, she hadn't been informed that there were (wait for it!) other religions in the U.S. besides Christianity ("America’s Founding Fathers’ religion" - her words.)  http://m.livingstonparishnews.com/mobile/news/article_6c2...

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Lies, Damned Lies, And The Claim Jesus Would Have Loved You

Jun 30, 2012 12:49:14 PM
Sep 5, 2012 3:58:15 AM
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Page admin and guest blogger Meg put together a perspective on the beloved Christian "savior" that many haven't yet heard.  This is her article, entitled:   Lies, Damned Lies, And The Claim Jesus Would Have Loved You   Jesus did not want you in his club. Unless you were a Jew, Jesus thought you were a filthy animal. Yes, even if you are Christian. It is all in the Bible.   Unless you spend much time on The Thinking Atheist Facebook page where you might have already seen me discuss this t...

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Anti-Social Social Media

Jun 30, 2012 12:46:41 PM
Sep 5, 2012 3:58:43 AM
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Noise. Sometimes, I look at my personal (Seth Andrews) Facebook page, browsing the rampant, incessant, high-volume assertions, accusations, stories, blogs, links, videos, statistics, messages, agendas and graphics, and the din is deafening.  I'm an activist, to a pretty great degree. I host a radio show, produce videos for and host the community of The Thinking Atheist. I speak frequently and very publicly about religion and the need to reject it. That work gives me great pride and fulfill...

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The Anti-Abortion Movement Hates Women?

Jun 2, 2012 6:59:23 AM
Sep 5, 2012 3:59:15 AM
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I'll say it again. Those in the pro-choice movement who assert that all opponents of abortion (usually religious) hate women, want to control women or seek some kind of pro-life population surge (heard that one a few weeks ago) are making a wildly incomplete statement. I'm not a Republican, but time and again, I see the "Republicans Don't Care If Women Die From Back Alley Abortions" charges and shake my head. This is not how the anti-abortion movement thinks, and while you'll find extreme e...

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A Word About Christopher Hitchens on his Birthday

Apr 13, 2012 8:03:03 AM
Sep 5, 2012 3:59:44 AM
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On this day in 1949, Christopher Eric Hitchens was born. Hitch was an English author and journalist whose books, essays, and journalistic career spanned more than four decades. He was a columnist and literary critic at The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Slate, World Affairs, The Nation, Free Inquiry, and became a media fellow at the Hoover Institution in September 2008. He was a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits and in 2005 was voted the world's fifth top public intellectual in a Prospect/For...

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Nothing Fails Like Prayer

Feb 9, 2012 7:33:11 PM
Sep 20, 2012 5:17:58 AM
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It's curious.All over Facebook, people beg for prayers for their loved ones, often describing horrific and near unthinkable accidents and illnesses with life-and-death outcomes.My mom is in Intensive Care at Hospital X.  Please pray!  I have a spot on my lung and I'm going in for further tests.  Please pray!  My sister miscarried at 12 weeks.  Please pray.  A baby's body is ravaged with cancer.  Please pray. Ask yourself what all of the prayer posts really imply. If God tru...

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Indoctrination

Jan 16, 2012 2:26:14 PM
Sep 5, 2012 4:03:30 AM
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I've become a casual student of childhood indoctrination, and I hear stories from those raised to accept the religions of their parents as Truth without question.  I, myself, see my own childhood cloaked certainly in the security and sacrifice of two loving parents, but also growing up to the constant drumbeat of the Christian religion.  We children were taught what to think much more than how to think, and the stories of Jesus, Noah, Moses, Adam and Eve were taught to us on the same factua...

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