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by fullerwiser
December 1st, 2008, 7:08 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Favourite childhood books?
Replies: 31
Views: 4733

Re: Favourite childhood books?

hippogriff wrote:Anyone got any tips for books I can donate to my daughter's school? atheist/non-religious, for the average 7yo subjected to religious guff?
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by fullerwiser
August 25th, 2008, 10:15 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanism and Nationalism
Replies: 22
Views: 8475

Re: Humanism and Nationalism

LilacHamster wrote:I'm not a nationalist but I do get slightly irritated when English spelling becomes more and more americanised. It's not a big deal I know so it probably shouldn't bother me.
I actually like saying "aluminium" better.
by fullerwiser
August 7th, 2008, 3:26 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanism and Nationalism
Replies: 22
Views: 8475

Re: Humanism and Nationalism

What exactly does 'Proud of the saltire' (or any other flag) actually mean to people? I've long rejected the notion that anyone can be proud of anything that they themselves are not directly responsible for. I'm forever hearing people speak of how proud they are to be Americans, or men, or women, o...
by fullerwiser
May 27th, 2008, 9:07 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: WWI Books?
Replies: 8
Views: 1403

Re: WWI Books?

I've been reading Rites of Spring by Modris Eksteins, and it's exactly what I wanted to start with. It covers the broad cultural shifts that both precipitated the war and changed over its course, in addition to giving an overview of the conflict itself. Highly recommended. I saw the Tuchman book ref...
by fullerwiser
April 29th, 2008, 5:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: One of those situations ...
Replies: 14
Views: 2472

Re: One of those situations ...

Electric Angel wrote: So long as a bookstore keeps Psychology and Popular Psychology (eurgh) seperate, I'm happy.
Amen to that. I'm going to write a book called Men Are From Earth, Women Are From Earth, Now Go Deal With Your Gender Bias Issues Elsewhere, Thanks.
by fullerwiser
April 24th, 2008, 9:11 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Ban on hijab in Turkish universitites lifted
Replies: 30
Views: 3080

Re: Ban on hijab in Turkish universitites lifted

Actually, I'm re-thinking my analogy of the Confederate flag: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-flagcase_24wes.ART.North.Edition1.4646a84.html The hijab is a symbol of oppression, yes, but it's worn by the oppressed. The Confederate flag, on the other hand, is a s...
by fullerwiser
April 24th, 2008, 8:28 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Ban on hijab in Turkish universitites lifted
Replies: 30
Views: 3080

Re: Ban on hijab in Turkish universitites lifted

Are you sure it's not a Ninja...? I think ninjas should be banned from schools, too. Seriously, though, this is one of the only areas in which UK attitudes seem to swing more conservative than Americans. There seems to be a really intense cultural anxiety about Muslim public appearance over there. ...
by fullerwiser
April 23rd, 2008, 8:05 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: 50 religious insights from George Bush
Replies: 6
Views: 1301

Re: 50 religious insights from George Bush

a reacharound :puzzled: What's this quaint colonial phrase you use? I guess not everyone's seen Full Metal Jacket . Well, if one were a male, and found oneself on the bottom end of this situation... http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/1765916/2/istockphoto_1765916_mating_horses.jpg ....
by fullerwiser
April 23rd, 2008, 7:38 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: 50 religious insights from George Bush
Replies: 6
Views: 1301

Re: 50 religious insights from George Bush

...please...no more...oh help me, the things this man is doing to my country and without even a reacharound...owww...
by fullerwiser
April 23rd, 2008, 4:31 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: US Must Embrace Obligations of Global Citizenship, says CfI
Replies: 7
Views: 1273

Re: US Must Embrace Obligations of Global Citizenship, says CfI

This talk of Texas reminds me of the story of a Texan boasting that Texas was so big, that you could board a train in Texas, and still be in Texas the next day. To which the reply came "We have trains like that in England too". And my favourite Texan put down: "All hat and no cattle" :laughter: I k...
by fullerwiser
April 18th, 2008, 11:06 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Van Morrison: who gives a goat's fart?
Replies: 20
Views: 2737

Re: Van Morrison: who gives a goat's fart?

Sorry, didn't mean to cause a split. Who knew goat farts were so powerful?

Sincerely,

Martin Luther
by fullerwiser
April 18th, 2008, 11:01 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: I'm glad I don't have a TV
Replies: 40
Views: 6516

Re: I'm glad I don't have a TV

One reason I'll never completely give up my TV is because of times like last night, when tornado warnings were popping up and I was glued to the set to make sure I wouldn't have to leap into the bathtub with my son and hang on for dear life. TV is not without its uses. I don't know much about torna...
by fullerwiser
April 18th, 2008, 8:57 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Humanists and monogamy
Replies: 32
Views: 4967

Re: Humanists and monogamy

MedMae wrote:Personally I would ask why should polygamy be illegal? What is wrong with being married/in a relationship to more that one person?
Per my above link, it's important to consider the reasons why someone wants to engage in polygamy. Not all are victimless.
by fullerwiser
April 18th, 2008, 8:20 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Humanists and monogamy
Replies: 32
Views: 4967

Re: Humanists and monogamy

This question has special relevance due to recent events: http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=4680903&page=1 While the argument can easily be made that consenting adults should be able to do whatever the hell they want with their sexual lives, the sort of culture that has traditionally been linked...
by fullerwiser
April 18th, 2008, 8:14 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: I'm glad I don't have a TV
Replies: 40
Views: 6516

Re: I'm glad I don't have a TV

As with all things, it's a question of moderation and being selective. I think that's the key with any technology or entertainment. I like miniature golf, but there would be a problem if I did it 35 hours per week. Unless it paid... Television has mind-numbingly stupid things on it, but it also has...
by fullerwiser
April 18th, 2008, 7:50 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Dr Who
Replies: 12
Views: 1948

Re: Dr Who

Peter Davison was the first Doctor I knew, so I have a soft spot for him, and I think he had the coolest outfit. I like Baker, but I kinda dig the Pertwee era, Brigadier and all. I was a Doctor Who FREAK in my early teens, which was rather odd around these parts. It still gives me warm fuzzy memorie...
by fullerwiser
April 17th, 2008, 10:15 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Van Morrison: who gives a goat's fart?
Replies: 20
Views: 2737

What is the greatest Rock or Pop track of all time?

This thread has devolved. And I think it's my fault...
by fullerwiser
April 17th, 2008, 10:15 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Van Morrison: who gives a goat's fart?
Replies: 20
Views: 2737

Re: What is the greatest Rock or Pop track of all time?

Firebrand wrote:Doesn't sound unique to me. My husband does a sort of bleat (of triumph) after he farts. Doesn't bring Van Morrison's singing to mind though.
My fart/bleat combination sounds more like James Brown.
by fullerwiser
April 17th, 2008, 5:08 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Van Morrison: who gives a goat's fart?
Replies: 20
Views: 2737

Re: What is the greatest Rock or Pop track of all time?

it just sounds like a goat fart to me. I'll hazard a guess that I'm not the only one here who has never heard a goat fart. To help us empathise with you, could you perhaps explain the distinguishing features of a goat fart. How is different from a fart produced by any other member of the animal kin...
by fullerwiser
April 15th, 2008, 10:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: One of those situations ...
Replies: 14
Views: 2472

Re: One of those situations ...

This reminds me of when I used to work in a bookstore. We kept the Satanic Bible and other occult books locked in a case by the Bibles and such. When working in that section, I'd occasionally be confronted by an atheist who accused us of discriminatory shelving. However, the truth, as I told them, w...