Hillary Clinton / Margaret Sanger

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Well, this is making the rounds, so I'll say a couple of things about it.First, it's a pure hit piece against Hillary Clinton, and it absolutely came right out of the GOP hate machine.Second, it's a hit against Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, which all the more obviously means it originated with the Right.Wikipedia: Margaret Higgins Sanger (September 14, 1879 – September 6, 1966) was an American birth control activist, sex educator, and nurse. Sanger p … [Read more...]

Insight Into A World Without Gods

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Today I located the Facebook pages of a handful of old friends, some from my cowboy years, some from my Texas years. None of them know me on Facebook, because I've kept that account secret from most of them.Part of it is because I don't like people looking over my shoulder as I engage in an ongoing freestyle quest to figure out this thing I'm trying to figure out -- you know, Life. Part of it is ... I know if they see who I am now, the kinds of things I think and say, we can't be friends … [Read more...]

Herd Immunity: The Internet vs. Education

Rather than amplifying intelligence, I think the Internet and TV are taking the place of intelligence. Because information is available in instants, you don't have to actually learn things, to commit them to memory and have them become a part of your own thinking processes. A great deal of the time, for too many of us, we don't even have to THINK. We become less practiced at it. We become lazy data-tourists rather than farmers of knowledge.Of course we don't ALL become less practiced at … [Read more...]

Dawkins and Dennett in Boston

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I got to see noted scientist, atheist and author Richard Dawkins and philosopher/author Daniel Dennett in Boston this past Thursday, June 11. I first saw Dawkins at the Reason Rally in Washington DC, so this was my second eyes-on viewing of him, but it was my first time seeing Dennett in person. I traveled down with three members of the Capital Region Atheists & Agnostics -- Lizz Lloyd, Jim Piren and Ken Spencer. (A big thank-you to them for the company and the wheels.)The format of the … [Read more...]

The Book of Good Living: Solve It Once

Something I used to do all too often was to have a recurring problem that I feebly failed to solve. And I know I’m not the only one."I put my glasses down somewhere and now I can’t find them.""Darn it, locked my keys in my car again. Third time this month.""I forgot to pay the phone bill again and they cut me off. Again."Most of us do it. Each time, we’re forced to deal with the small emergency that results, in a way that costs time, annoyance, and even money.The worst cost is … [Read more...]

Dawkins in Boston, Oh Yeah

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Owing to ... well, owing, I don't often get to attend the big atheist events. But this time there's one near me, so I'm going to see and hear Richard Dawkins in Boston this Thursday, June 11.I'm carpooling with some of the cool people of the Capital Region Atheists & Agnostics Meet-Up group.I'm pretty excited about it. Always wanted to meet the guy, and I hope that will be possible here.Tickets are $35. I'll be the guy in the cowboy hat.................I'll also be … [Read more...]


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