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For when one declares his atheism once and for all, affirming that henceforth he has no place for G‑d in his thoughts, lexicon and daily life, then the matter is settled and closed. However, when one asserts that G‑d does not exist, yet at the same ...
Second School Drops Out of 'Operation Christmas Child' Following Atheist ...
A second public school has ended ties with Franklin Graham's Operation Christmas Child after an atheist group threatened a lawsuit. However, angered by the developments, parents at the Colorado-area school have stated their commitment to continue ...
Children deprived of free Christmas presents thanks to atheist groupExaminer.com
Atheist Group threaten schools with law suits over Operation Christmas ChildThe Way
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Play What's the point of an atheist 'church'?
November 21, 2013 12:30 PM EST — Sanderson Jones is a co-founder of the godless Sunday Assembly congregation. But skeptics wonder why a group of non-believers would want to replicate a church service. (The Washington Post) ...
Does anybody know the answer to Which way did Charles Darwin walk around the Sandwalk?.
When visiting Down House a couple of weeks ago I took a walk around the famous sandwalk, where Darwin took several walks each day. After walking anti-clockwise, which may surprise some, I asked a member of staff if he knew which way Darwin himself walked. He looked rather surprised by my question before answering that he didn’t know but presumed he alternated. I can’t help but severely doubt he would have alternated, especially when you consider how methodical his day was set out. In addition, everybody tends to stick to a ‘normal’ route no matter how often it is walked. So my guess is anti-clockwise, I would be delighted if someone actually knew the answer!
I know that when I visited I walked around it counter-clockwise, too. Now I’m wondering if I did it backwards, undoing all the magical science mojo.
School Stops Collecting For Kids In Need Due To Atheist Lawsuit Threat
(Highlands Ranch, CO) A threatened lawsuit by an Atheist group has stopped a school in Colorado to stop collecting toys for children in other countries. For years, SkyView Academy students filled boxes with toys to be distributed to poor children in ...
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Colorado school drops Christian Christmas charity on threat of atheist lawsuit
A public charter school in Colorado is cutting ties with a Christian charity for needy children after atheists threatened to sue, school officials said. The SkyView Academy in Highlands Ranch, a kindergarten through eighth grade school that is part of ...
Church for Atheists?
There's an old joke that says: How do you describe an atheist at his funeral? “All dressed up with no place to go.” Now, all jokes aside, there is a place atheists can go on Sundays. There's a new type of “atheist church” that has been founded by a ...
Atheist Agenda Wants You to Turn Your Back on ChristCharisma News
Letter: God does not loseGalesburg Register-Mail
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In an interview with Larry King, Sylvia Browne, the world’s worst psychic, predicted when she would die.
KING: OK. Do you know when you’re going to die?
BROWNE: Yes. When I’m 88.
Woops, wrong again. Sylvia Browne has died at age 77.
Read Jon Ronson’s article on Browne. Oh, what the world is now missing…
The Playground Atheist Looks Back
It may be that every elementary school, across the whole South, has at least one self-appointed Playground Atheist. You know the type: when all the other kids are showing off their new “WWJD” bracelets and mooning about how cool the youth pastor is, ...
Atheist Agenda Wants You to Turn Your Back on Christ
Anything the gay agenda can do, the atheists can do better. That seems to be the unbeliever's mantra for 2013 as godless radicals rise up not only for recognition—and not only to tear down all things Christian in the public square—but to actually woo ...
Church for Atheists?Town Hall
Letter: God does not loseGalesburg Register-Mail
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That’s all I need, another reason to cower at home in terror of the perils of the real world. Maryn McKenna imagines our Post-Antibiotic Future, that time when bacteria have more thoroughly evolved to resist our medicines — and you’ll be frightened after you read it, too.
Before antibiotics, five women died out of every 1,000 who gave birth. One out of nine people who got a skin infection died, even from something as simple as a scrape or an insect bite. Three out of ten people who contracted pneumonia died from it. Ear infections caused deafness; sore throats were followed by heart failure. In a post-antibiotic era, would you mess around with power tools? Let your kid climb a tree? Have another child?
“Right now, if you want to be a sharp-looking hipster and get a tattoo, you’re not putting your life on the line,” says the CDC’s Bell. “Botox injections, liposuction, those become possibly life-threatening. Even driving to work: We rely on antibiotics to make a major accident something we can get through, as opposed to a death sentence.”
Bell’s prediction is a hypothesis for now—but infections that resist even powerful antibiotics have already entered everyday life. Dozens of college and pro athletes, most recently Lawrence Tynes of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have lost playing time or entire seasons to infections with drug-resistant staph, MRSA. Girls who sought permanent-makeup tattoos have lost their eyebrows after getting infections. Last year, three members of a Maryland family — an elderly woman and two adult children — died of resistant pneumonia that took hold after simple cases of flu.
She does offer some slight hope for the future.
What might hold off the apocalypse, for a while, is more antibiotics—but first pharmaceutical companies will have to be lured back into a marketplace they already deemed unrewarding. The need for new compounds could force the federal government to create drug-development incentives: patent extensions, for instance, or changes in the requirements for clinical trials. But whenever drug research revives, achieving a new compound takes at least 10 years from concept to drugstore shelf. There will be no new drug to solve the problem soon—and given the relentlessness of bacterial evolution, none that can solve the problem forever. In the meantime, the medical industry is reviving the old-fashioned solution of rigorous hospital cleaning, and also trying new ideas: building automatic scrutiny of prescriptions into computerized medical records, and developing rapid tests to ensure the drugs aren’t prescribed when they are not needed. The threat of the end of antibiotics might even impel a reconsideration of phages, the individually brewed cocktails of viruses that were a mainstay of Soviet Union medical care during the Cold War. So far, the FDA has allowed them into the U.S. market only as food-safety preparations, not as treatments for infections.
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But don’t worry! It’s not the fault of the visionaries, like Sebastian Thrum, who have been promoting the use of Massive Open Online Courses. No, we know where the problem lies: in those darn students.
After low performance rates, low student satisfaction and faculty revolt, Thrun announced this week that he has given up on MOOCs as a vision for higher education disruption. Thrun told Fast Company that the experiment failed because the students were not “ideal”. The “godfather of free online education” says that the racially, economically diverse students at SJSU,“were students from difficult neighborhoods, without good access to computers, and with all kinds of challenges in their lives…[for them] this medium is not a good fit.” It seems disruption is hard when poor people insist on existing. Thrun has the right to fail. That’s just business. But he shouldn’t have the right to fail students like those at San Jose State and the public universities that serve them for the sake of doing business.
The article makes two major points: that MOOCs neglect issues of class and race and therefore are poor educational tools for precisely the people who would benefit most from free education resources, and we’ve been experimenting on poor and diverse students with these machine-based cheap teaching methods.
Man, I wish all of my classes were stocked with nothing but ideal students.
It’s grading time up here in the chilly North; we’ve got midterms we’re plowing through, and finals will come up in less than a month, and the students are all getting anxious. This is Minnesota, though, where we greatly value our emotional equilibrium, and our language emphasizes subtle distinctions that would more typically provoke a greater range of expression than you might find in New York or the South. This is also true of our practice of giving grades.
Perhaps you are visiting Minnesota, or are newly enrolled in one of the schools here, or are perusing a transcript from a Minnesota student, and you find yourself confused by our traditional folkways. Here then is a useful translation table from standard academic A-F grades to the more nuanced expressions we use around here.Academic Minnesotan Translation A Not too bad. You’ve done excellent work, but we wouldn’t want you to get too cocky now. B You betcha. I am vaguely happy about your progress. C That’s nice. I am not at all impressed, but I’m not about to say that to your face. D That’s interesting. Are you from Iowa, perhaps? Or maybe Wisconsin? We don’t do things like that around here. F That’s different. I am struggling to express my profound revulsion in a way that won’t immediately incite conflict.
(Note: C, D, and F grades may be emphasized with the modifier “sure”. “That’s sure different,” for instance, is a much stronger statement. It is not a good thing.)
Just as a general rule, Minnesotans value an affect as flat as the prairies up around Fargo/Moorhead, and must be read with an appreciation of delicate motor skills. A slightly raised eyebrow, for instance, has the same emotional impact as a Brooklynite screaming obscenities at you and making rude gestures.
This can sometimes have a devastating retroactive effect on visitors, once they realize how Minnesotan minds work. You know that nice little lady at the Mall of America who gave you cookie samples and greeted you with that lovely sing-song accent and smiled at you? The tightness of that smile, once you know how to read a Minnesotan, may have actually meant “I will make you dance the blood eagle and drape your bowels from the rafters, foreign scum!”
I am not a native Minnesotan, but my mother was born here. And let me tell you, it’s only many years after the fact that I realized how angry I’d sometimes made her when I was a child.
What do they sing in atheist 'churches?'
Because there is no mythical atheist book, I doubt there will be much quarreling. Unlike Christianity where there is just one book but thousands of interpretations as to who is right. The "good book" also creates hate against certain classes of people ...
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