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Iranian court 'upholds five year sentence' for jailed Briton Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

 Undated family handout file photo of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her husband Richard Ratcliffe and their daughter Gabriella

 Undated family handout file photo of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her husband Richard Ratcliffe and their daughter Gabriella

Iranian court 'upholds five year sentence' for jailed Briton Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe…

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Added by Stephen on January 22, 2017 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Coming Out Atheist

Have you ever had a secret you wanted to get off your chest, but you couldn’t because of the backlash you would receive? And this isn’t even a bad secret. This isn’t a, **_“I’m sorry I ran over your cat,”** secret. Not even a, **_“don’t tell mom the babysitter’s dead,”_** secret either. This secret shouldn’t even be a secret at all. Because it’s who YOU are. But it is. And I understand all to well the fear of coming out atheist. But I’m here to tell you it is ok to finally come out as an… Continue

Added by Matthew James on January 17, 2017 at 10:22pm — 2 Comments

THE "I'M GOD" PLATE LICENSE?

Someone used it for years in Ohio, but was denied in Kentucky! Why? It would offend or distract some people here! Now, are people in Ohio more "civilized" than those in KENTUCKY? Is this just one officer's bias?

Added by Alexis Habiyaremye on January 15, 2017 at 11:22am — 2 Comments

A C Grayling calls for general strike against Brexit and says bypassing Parliament vote is a ‘kind of coup

© Rex Features Philosopher dubbed the ‘Brains of Remain’ says general strike would be ‘perfectly legitimate’ if Government fails to consult Parliament on triggering Article 50

© Rex Features Philosopher dubbed the ‘Brains of Remain’ says general strike would be ‘perfectly legitimate’ if Government fails to consult Parliament on triggering Article 50

A C Grayling calls for general strike against Brexit and says bypassing Parliament vote is a ‘kind of coup…

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Added by Stephen on January 15, 2017 at 4:39am — 2 Comments

Proslytism

I find it strange that people people I come across such as contractors tell me what their religion is. I certianly don't like prosletytzing and I think I come across as religiously neuteral.

Is it common for people to introduce themselves by their name shortly followed by their religious beliefs?

People are usually more discrete about their political viewpoints.

Do people think stating their religion is a door to further dialogue?

Added by Chris on January 15, 2017 at 4:17am — 4 Comments

University students demand philosophers such as Plato and Kant are removed from syllabus because they are white

SOAS' student union is insisting that “the majority of philosophers on our courses” should be from Africa and Asia

SOAS' student union is insisting that “the majority of philosophers on our courses” should be from Africa and Asia

University students demand philosophers such as Plato and Kant are removed from syllabus because they are white…

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Added by Stephen on January 9, 2017 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

The Black Cat

The black cat has crossed your path,

Beneath a waxing moon,

The shadow in reflective light

A whisper of your doom.

Ominous, the night is young,

And curious thoughts pervade your mind,

Of all that lies before you,

And the cat you left behind.

The black cat has crossed your path,

Dancing to a madman's tune,

A…

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Added by Schrodingers Cat on December 26, 2016 at 3:01am — 1 Comment

On Fukushima/Daiichi and the nuclear meldown

Relax the problem will diminish in 4.5 BN years.

Added by Chris on December 2, 2016 at 3:30am — 11 Comments

Is burning your flag illegal?

I know the flag role and due respect. But I thought it could be burned as long as it's yours in the USA. Is Trump missing something with his one-year jail and the like?

Added by Alexis Habiyaremye on November 29, 2016 at 11:44am — 37 Comments

When people fail to see a practice has expired

"Gallup polls from 1944 to 2004 indicate that the majority of the public would like to see the Electoral College abolished, yet there’s been only one failed effort to do so, in the early 1970s. Why haven’t there been more concerted movements to amend the process?http://patch.com/california/paloalto/the-electoral-college-is-obsolete-af49e305

And there have been at least two…

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Added by Alexis Habiyaremye on November 28, 2016 at 4:23am — 13 Comments

Prayer is about loosing not gaining

Added by Mark Strange on November 27, 2016 at 4:51pm — 1 Comment

When is most suitable to teach children money skills?

Many parents "protect" kids against money (and sex) until after school. Does society benefit more from this protection than early literacy and involvement in this domain?

Added by Alexis Habiyaremye on November 17, 2016 at 4:57am — 23 Comments

Atheist philosopher and critic Russell Blackford on Polly and the One and Only World: "This is a lovely book."

For adults as well as sophisticated younger readers, my recent novel Polly and the One and Only World, which features an atheist witch navigating a theocratic, post-oil America, has been getting excellent reviews and international attention. 



Russell Blackford says, "…

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Added by Don on September 20, 2016 at 9:19am — 19 Comments

Actor Gene Wilder dies, aged 83

Just heard that the comedy actor Gene Wilder has died Aged 83.   A real shame he was a great comedic actor. I don't think I've ever seen him do a bad performance.

http://news.sky.com/story/willy-wonka-actor-gene-wilder-dies-aged-83-10557604

Added by Stephen on August 29, 2016 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Political Progress for Nonreligious Americans

Political Progress for Nonreligious Americans

By David Niose

Secular Americans, long ignored in the realm of politics, are finally starting to be seen as a group to be reckoned with. In a sign of the nonreligious sector’s growing numbers and political muscle, a resolution validating the group was enthusiastically passed by the influential LGBT Caucus at the Democratic National Convention in July. The resolution recognizes the “value, ethical soundness, and…

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Added by Stephen on August 12, 2016 at 7:56pm — 6 Comments

Islamic State 'a monstrous magnet for the worst' Bernard Henri-Levy BBC News

Published on 27 Jul 2016

"Terrorists are "psychopaths and fascists" and so-called Islamic State "a monstrous magnet for the worst" says Bernard Henri-Levy. The French philosopher and public intellectual tells John Humphrys that populations under attack from terrorism need to develop a kind of "sixth sense" of danger, accepting that an attack could happen at any…

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Added by Stephen on July 27, 2016 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments

How are we to protect ourselves against lone Muslim attackers

Syrian Refugee Wielding Machete Kills Woman

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/syrian-refugee-wielding-machete-kills-woman/ar-BBuKNJT?ocid=spartandhp

This is just the latest attack by a lone assailant claiming to be a Muslim. With ISIS and other groups telling Muslims around the world to attack people from countries who are thought to be the enemy of Islam.…

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Added by Stephen on July 24, 2016 at 5:51pm — 72 Comments

Christopher Hitchens | A tribute to 2nd Lt. Mark Daily

Christopher Hitchens | A tribute to 2nd Lt. Mark Daily

Thus is a must watch video.

Added by Stephen on July 17, 2016 at 8:16pm — 1 Comment

Moving UK-wide art event honours fallen Somme soldiers

Moving UK-wide art event honours fallen Somme soldiers

1 July 2016

Commuters across the UK were stopped in their tracks this morning as thousands of volunteers dressed in First World War uniforms took part in a unique event to mark the…

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Added by Stephen on July 1, 2016 at 5:13pm — 6 Comments

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