Weekly Coffee & Conversation


Meeting On Messiah Myths and End Times Humor 

Tomorrow, Sunday

 at Joyce Beers at 6

Tonight: 

Jason will not be in tonight due to academic demands,  but here are the topics we may be discussing:


Interesting incidentals

4/20:

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/04/17/420-weekend-brings-a-surge-of-tourists-to-denver/

Everest Avalanche: Extreme Sports, the danger to the self, and the rescuer/recoverer

http://news.yahoo.com/six-killed-everest-avalanche-044336060.html


Gabriel Garcia Marquez:

 http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/17/world/americas/gabriel-garcia-marquez-dies/index.html?hpt=hp_t3


Man pees in reservoir, they drain it:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/17/304128931/one-mans-pee-pushes-portland-to-flush-38m-gallons-of-water?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20140417



Separation of Church & State

Jews Being Told To Register In Ukraine

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-18/ukrainian-jews-seek-extra-security-after-anti-semitic-incident.html

http://www.kansascity.com/2014/04/14/4959101/kansas-city-mother-third-victim.html

http://www.msnbc.com/all/jews-ukraine-told-identify-themselves?cid=sm_facebook


General:

http://guardianlv.com/2014/04/iowa-signs-theocracy-into-law-ending-separation-of-church-and-state/




Pernicious Piety

Passover: Moses Myth: Not against slavery, just being enslaved himself. Also, God Kills Babies and Orders his people to steal on their way out. No evidence for this

Crucifixion: Immoral to take on someone else’s punishment

Probably a myth as well. 

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/04/18/scalia-to-student-if-taxes-go-too-high-perhaps-you-should-revolt/

http://news.yahoo.com/filipinos-nailed-cross-easter-ritual-frowned-church-092719527.html

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/polish.artists.to.be.sued.over.depicting.pope.john.paul.ii.being.breastfed/36849.htm

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/18/opinion/parini-jesus-easter/index.html?hpt=hp_c4

http://bellejar.ca/2013/03/28/easter-is-not-named-after-ishtar-and-other-truths-i-have-to-tell-you/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2605474/Photograph-school-children-acting-bloody-crucifixion-causes-huge-controversy-online-picture-goes-viral.html

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/crossexamined/2013/03/10-reasons-the-crucifixion-story-makes-no-sense-2/

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2014/04/14/five-things-you-didnt-know-about-moses/?hpt=hp_c3

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/pope-breaks-rules-as-he-washes-feet-of-disabled-people-in-pre-easter-ritual/

http://news.yahoo.com/dane-joins-philippines-bloody-easter-crucifixions-141726360.html;_ylt=AwrBJR8gQ1FT3SwAKjjQtDMD

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2451087/American-Bible-scholar-claims-ancient-confessions-prove-story-Jesus-Christ-entirely-fabricated-Roman-aristocrats.html


Terrorism:

http://houston.cbslocal.com/2014/04/15/rubio-terrorists-training-in-syria-may-strike-us/




Politics

America’s “True” Governing Style

http://www.policymic.com/articles/87719/princeton-concludes-what-kind-of-government-america-really-has-and-it-s-not-a-democracy


Franken’s Fight Against Telecom Merger: Issues of Net Neutrality, of the need for antitrust laws, etc. 

http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/203431-franken-blasts-comcast-merger


Cliven Bundy and Anti-Government Movement

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/04/18/scalia-to-student-if-taxes-go-too-high-perhaps-you-should-revolt/

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/18/harry-reid-blasts-bundy-ranch-supporters-domestic-/

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/cliven-bundy-to-harry-reid-go-back-to-dc-105741.html

http://www.infowars.com/judge-napolitano-rancher-rebellion-was-americans-line-in-the-sand/

http://cofarmbureaublog.wordpress.com/2010/03/04/leaked-memo-uncovers-administration-land-grab/

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/18/cliven_bundy_syndrome_why_christian_conservatives_think_theyre_above_the_law_partner/

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/04/18/harry-reid-defends-domestic-terrorists-comments/?hpt=hp_t3

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/04/18/fox-news-carnival-barkers-gin-up-a-range-war/198946



Saudi Cracks Down

http://news.yahoo.com/concerned-stability-saudi-arabia-tightens-curbs-dissent-142021197--sector.html;_ylt=AwrTWVXTWk1TBX4AA_HQtDMD




Human Rights

Marriage Equality Fight in Denver

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-gay-marriage-oklahoma-case-20140417,0,751891.story#axzz2zCVQbbKH


Two Ugandan men face charges under new anti-gay law

http://cir.ca/news/uganda-passes-anti-gay-law




Science & Health

Earthquakes: Studying them

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/04/18/cal-scientists-go-underground-to-monitor-hayward-fault-heartbeat/

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_MEXICO_EARTHQUAKE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-04-18-10-49-51


Space: The need for increased meteor surveillance

http://phys.org/news/2014-04-astronauts-reveal-sobering-asteroid-impacts.html

http://gizmodo.com/holy-cow-another-crazy-meteorite-caught-on-russian-das-1565040438

http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2014/4/18/nasa-s-kepler-discovers-first-earth-size-planet-in-the-habitable-zone-of-another-star

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/04/this-is-big-scientists-just-found-earths-closest-cousin/360843/

http://io9.com/whats-the-purpose-of-the-universe-heres-one-possible-a-1564636270

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/18/opinion/bell-planet-discovery/index.html?hpt=hp_t4


Every Saturday evening we meet up to talk about current events from a Secular Humanist and Progressive Atheist perspective.

We cover a bit of everything from the separation of church & state, to the problematic things that religious fundamentalists do, to politics and human rights, and usually wrap up with an overview of the week's scientific breakthroughs and developments.

The presentation is facilitated by Jason Frye through a series of slides and videos. We carry on in a humorous, deep, irreverent, and fun fashion.

Our discussions are rarely boring, and often quite edgy. This is not merely a lecture: Everyone gets a chance to have their say!

We meet at Panera now.

We hope you can join us for a fantastic evening!

 

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  • Miriam O.

    Thank you for being so kind and welcoming, not to mention patient. I really enjoyed meeting all of you and getting in your heads for a short while. I look forward to meeting up with you guys again soon.

    2 · April 21, 2014

  • Janice

    Marcia is coming too.

    April 18, 2014

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Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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