Raised Nazarene, quickly realized what I was taught made no sense. Lover of a good book,the outdoors and blues,bluegrass,sad Irish songs and all things fiddle. ISO good conversation and good company.

Never Forget On 2/19/42, the President of the United States authorized our government to incarcerate American men, women, & children, simply because of their Ethniticity. My family was among those that were sent to camps in Cody, Wyoming. Never Again!!!
Blindbird comments:
You are entirely correct and it could easily happen again. We need to be active, present and vocal in government.
Why does sexism exist in atheism? Without a bible or Quran to raise one believing women are meek and helpless things and men are required to be strong and aggressive leaders, why does it still exist in our (lack of) religion? It happens a lot less, but I've seen enough of it to get frustrated. Men don't have to be giant emotionless balls (hah) of testosterone and women don't have to be dropping everything to make a man feel manly.
Blindbird comments:
Idk but I'm full up on it today. Having one of those "I don't even want to look at a man much less talk to one" moments.
Fellow atheist, skeptic, humanist, and/or freethinker, This is the federal school voucher fight in 2018. Betsy DeVos, the religious right, and the hyperpartisan Heritage Action lobbying organization are going all-out to muscle this bill into law as a first step toward voucherizing our public education system. Right now, both chambers of Congress are considering a bill that would raid our public education system to pay for religious indoctrination in private schools, hitting military families the hardest. The bill (S. 2517 in the Senate and H.R. 5199 in the House) diverts funding from the federal Impact Aid program to create a voucher scheme that would reimburse parents for private educational expenses. Impact Aid is a highly successful, bipartisan program that helps ensure access to a quality public education for every child in a federally-impacted school district. In districts where property tax revenue is scarce due to the presence of military facilities or other federal land, Impact Aid provides critical assistance. This funding is absolutely crucial for schools that educate children from military families. Diverting money from Impact Aid to fund a private voucher scheme would force taxpayers to subsidize religious education by siphoning funding from public, secular schools. As a Marine veteran, I can attest that military families make incredible sacrifices to support their loved ones in harm’s way. Their children’s right to a quality secular education ...
Blindbird comments:
Thank you.
Thought some of you might be interested in this. Cochrane Reviews are the gold standard for proving medical ­effectiveness. There have been 12 of them on acupuncture for pain and not one of them has shown an effect beyond placebo in a raft of conditions. https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/theres-no-proof-acupuncture-helps-12392074
Blindbird comments:
Very interesting, thank you.
Is attraction a choice?
Blindbird comments:
Nope. Judging others for who they're attracted to is. That being said, men who like the media generated ideal are automatically out the door for me for multiple reasons, as are those attracted to underage girls. It may not be your choice but its still gross.
Why Follow Me?
Blindbird comments:
Sounds like a good reason TO follow you IMO
You are all just wrong...so, so wrong...lol
Blindbird comments:
You're gonna have to prove wrongness to this bunch. No one here is going to take your word for it and for that, I am thankful.
Redefining religious freedom as religious privilege - Religion News ServiceReligion News ServiceRedefining religious freedom as religious privilege - Religion News Service
Blindbird comments:
Sounds like the first step to bringing about an America like that depicted in A Handmaids Tale.
FASCIST METHODS, trump and the insane republican 40 year coup d'tat against us! “The obvious types of American fascists are dealt with on the air and in the press. These demagogues and stooges are fronts for others. Dangerous as these people may be, they are not so significant as thousands of other people who have never been mentioned. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.” ― Henry A. Wallace
Blindbird comments:
Yes.
Upload your mind to "The Cloud"
Blindbird comments:
It's an interesting and intriguing(sp?) concept. At the risk of sounding cold though, why? It wouldn't really be ME as others have pointed out. Would a simulation of my conciousness serve some function? If there's no reason for it to exist, isn't it just a really neat techie way to feed the ego make death seem less scary?
I may get in trouble, but in the interests of equal time...
Blindbird comments:
You know you're not getting a like from me on this one. Thhhbbbbtttt
I see a few members here I am unfamiliar with. It seems odd that I have not had any interaction with a few of you outside of this group. Does anyone know why that is? I mean, many of us have been here for a while, and have seen and interacted with each other for some time. Then yesterday, I see someone here who I have never run across anywhere else. Why is that? I feel like somewhere there is an algorithm that I am not a part of, or something else in programming. How did you get to level 7 and I have never seen your before? It's either some crazy thing like that or you changed your name?
Blindbird comments:
Looks like the usual suspects to me. I see one or two avatars of folk I don't know. Then again I'm pretty nosy.
Life under the sea is just as fascinating as life on the land- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uwxPHFL-Ggg
Blindbird comments:
Maybe even more so. Ocean life has been evolving longer than life on land and often seems more varied and complex.
This amuses me as there is nothing mysterious about fungus lol (as the title suggests). Currently very interesting area! Finally forestry has caught on that mycorrhizal fungi is responsible for regulating environments. https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/1457587/mysterious-mushroom-mixture-set-to-boost-reforestation-of-the-highlands/ Reforestation here we come.
Blindbird comments:
Very cool. It's a fascinating example of species co-operation.
Super excited about the first 2018 sphinx to come to my sheet! This is a male lettered sphinx (Deidamia inscriptum). Won't be long before more, exciting, moths show up!
Blindbird comments:
Looks like it's covered in gold dust.
Close to you!
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Squawk!
Daddy's drunk again
Blindbird comments:
This is gold. Stealing!
Telling women not to do things because "it's not safe" is a big pet peeve of mine. I am aware that there are real dangers out in the world for men AND women but this attitude smacks of benevolent paternalism. I spent most of my high school career slipping out of my window and wandering my hometown(a midsize town in florida)armed with nothing more than a sketchbook and a handful of pencils. The scariest thing that ever happened to me on these jaunts was being chased by a flying cockroach. I have walked, driven and biked through even the"scariest" parts of town alone and common sense and a little awareness was all it ever took to keep me safe. I HATE that women are told not to go out on their own, not to go certain places or be about at certain times. Comparing my experiences with all the warnings I've heard over the years has convinced me that it's just one more form of control men exert over women. I know SO many women who say things like "I'd love to do "blank" but I'm scared to do it by myself". Why do they think this way? Because they've heard this alarmist trope their entire lives. To go out alone, or after dark or to the wrong places is to invite rape or violence. It fosters this horrible idea about the nature of most people and it clips womens wings and their ability to feel like autonomous adults. Please, for Pete's sake stop telling women they can't do things because it's dangerous because they are women. If you wouldn't caution your son ...
Blindbird comments:
I'm going to make one more comment one here then I'm done( the appearance of threats in the comments tells me it's time to go). My whole life I've heard the litany of things women shouldn't do because it might give men ideas. Being the rebellious teen I was, I did most of them to see what would happen. Much to my surprise, the people I'd been told to fear did me no harm. I found that I could do nearly anything my male cousins did and wonder of wonders, I was neither raped nor murdered. Cut to the new century and a group of young friends doing the things I did openly and without expectation of harm. They have not been raped or murdered in higher numbers than the women who lived cloistered lives either. It really brought home the fact that it is not what women do, wear, say or look like that bring assaults upon them. It is the intent of the assaulter that makes these things happen. They will happen as long as assaulters exist and you won't avoid attacks even by refusing to take risks. If the risk/benefit ratio stays the same whether you live the life you want or lurk in your home paralyzed with fear. Why not live? Furthermore why not live and speak out about the people who create your fear. In my life the people who have harmed me in these ways have ALL been family members or partners. Staying home wouldn't have saved me, though leaving may have. The best defense against a world that can indeed be dangerous is a healthy survival instinct and the tools to defend yourself with. If you deny someone these things because you fear they're too fragile to weild them, you WILL doom those people to being victims. You can't be with someone always. Raise strong women. Tell men who victimise women that their behaviour is unnaceptable, report them, support your friends. ✌
; A technical one this. Why is it that spellcheck only works on some postings? and why does quotation marks come out as " so many times. Regarding the former I can cut and paste to my email then paste it back but in the latter even when it has posted ok I then find its reverted to &quote; again? Not too techie myself so no in depth answers please just fix it.
Blindbird comments:
And where do the "thin"s go?
Funny, seems I've rattled someones cage in this group. Found I was blocked from a post about blocking! Not certain what to make of it. Best to lay low I expect. Yikes! The Community Senate group - I've only had 2 cups of coffee yet. And it seems the post may not exist?
Blindbird comments:
Oh dear. That seems odd. Haven't seen you post anything offensive.
Seems legit
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Lol
First I admit that with my chemical allergies, I'm going to be all over this and two after the two extreme food recalls, I think we should be more concerned about not only our environment but our lives and our children's lives. Why then is everyone either apathetic or blase? Large amounts of weed killer in our beer and wine? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOTV7YEAtRA
Blindbird comments:
Not just chemicals either. This was poor hygiene controls. I'm willing to bet safety was sacrificed to the god of productivity at the facilities where this food was processed. Workplace safeguards aren't just for the employees.
I call this one, "Crabby Llamas at Sunrise". Archer and Duchess would prefer to be fed rather than photographed. I can't argue with that!
Blindbird comments:
That looks like an absolutely beautiful place you call home. Cute critters too.
Wow. I received a notification that Eric Trommater just joined this group. I'm glad to hear that. SMDH
Blindbird comments:
Wondered where the boss got off to.
Where are the Sexaholics Anonymous people when you need them? It seems to me this website would be prime hunting ground for them cult folks
Blindbird comments:
I'm confused. You see a lot of sex addicts on here? Or are you assuming that we must be since we aren't religious?
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