Catholic Church Flexing Muscle in U.S. Hospitals

According to Wikipedia: The Roman Catholic Church is the largest non-government provider of health care services in the world. It has around 18,000 clinics, 16,000 homes for the elderly and those with special needs, and 5,500 hospitals, with 65 per cent of them located in developing countries. In 2010, the Church's Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers said that the Church manages 26% of the world's health care facilities. The Church's involvement in health care has … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: A Third Approach to Gender Equality

I’ve been thinking about feminism for a couple of years, and I’ve actually felt a certain amount of dread when I attempted to relate it to my conceptual work on Beta Culture. It’s completely obvious that Beta can’t work without a healthy respect for the needs of women, something better than what our western society has now, but I couldn’t see how ‘feminism’ – not the thing I want feminism to be, but the thing that it presently is – could be integrated into it without overwhelming the welcoming, i … [Read more...]

Wait … What? —Take 2

Man, those ultra-Orthodox Jews must NEVER get laid. Ultra-orthodox Judaism forbids physical contact between men and women unless they are first-degree relatives or married to one another They don't fly well either. Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Men Cause Flight Delay By Refusing To Sit Next To Women I'm not even sure what to say about this that probably isn't already obvious. The story itself says the women felt "bullied and harassed" -- which is precisely how they should have felt.I'd feel … [Read more...]

Grieving Mother Mistreated by Heartless Atheists

Here's this article: Atheists Fight With Grieving Mom Over Roadside Crosses.Son dies in a auto accident at the age of 19, grief-stricken mother erects a memorial of crosses and flowers on city property, humanist group asks city council to disallow it.Good call? Bad call? Commenting on Facebook, Sinis Tergrin weighs in: I think it's pretty mean spirited to target a grieving mother. What kind of person complains about this based on the "separation of church and state"?? I thought we in … [Read more...]

The Dark Side of the Sun

I belong to a couple of Facebook groups on Transhumanism and the Singularity, and I avidly read the articles and posts. But I don't buy into every one of them. Yes, I want fantastic things to happen. Hell, I fully EXPECT fantastic things to happen. But ... a lot of the articles are more about possibilities than realities.  For instance, I think we've been predicting safe, abundant fusion energy -- any time now -- for the past 50 years. I've kinda begun to wonder "What if it just isn't … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: The Footprint of the Past

One of my many interests is the residual social / societal effects of historical events and social movements.For instance, the fact that we still say “God bless you” when people sneeze, 14 centuries after the supposed origin of the practice ... One explanation holds that the custom originally began as an actual blessing. Gregory I became Pope in AD 590 as an outbreak of the bubonic plague was reaching Rome. In hopes of fighting off the disease, he ordered unending prayer and parades of cha … [Read more...]


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