Center for Inquiry Pittsburgh Women’s Discussion Group: 1/8/2017 at


Where:

When: 1/8/2017

RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/qwwnkgywcblb/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh

The topic this month:

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Skepticism and the Fight for Women’s Equality in the United States

https://en.wikipedia….‘s_Bible

Stanton was an early leader in the women’s rights movement. As a religious skeptic, she and 26 other women embarked an a project of biblical scholarship, seeking to “exonerate the snake, emancipate the woman, and reconstruct a more rational religion.” Other feminist leaders were wary of taking on religion even as they understood it was often used as the basis for female oppression. We will discuss any aspects of Stanton’s life and work of interest to the group.

You can read about Stanton and The Woman’s Bible at the link above, or see Stanton’s autobiography, Eighty Years and More, or the chapter on her life in Annie Laurie Gaylor’s  Women Without Superstition.

The purpose of this group is to discuss and advance the work of women secular leaders. A reading or podcast will be selected each month and announced in advance on this page. If you don’t have time to read or hear it, you are still welcome, just know that we will discuss the chosen topic. Are men welcome? Yes. I am not comfortable with excluding anyone except for bad behavior. We have talked about safe spaces, and there may be a need for a woman-only safe space but I don’t have the skills to lead that type of group.

Sunday, January 8 at 2:00 PM

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Center for Inquiry Pittsburgh Women’s Discussion Group

Sunday, Jan 8, 2017, 2:00 PM

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Brunching Skeptically: 1/8/2017 at The Porch at Schenley


Where: The Porch at Schenley (221 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15260)

When: 1/8/2017

RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/236285770/

Come meet some like-minded folks of all ages and have a great brunch at the same time. This month, we are headed back indoors to The Porch at Schenley Plaza in the heart of Oakland.  All ages welcomed. 

Brunching Skeptically is brought to you the 1st Sunday of most months by the Steel City Skeptics, which is part of the Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason. For more information on these groups or our other events, go to: http://unitedcor.org/…

Sunday, January 8 at 11:00 AM

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Sunday, Jan 8, 2017, 11:00 AM

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“Things will be worse than you can imagine”


drumpf-king

In a recent interview with Lawrence O’Donnell, Michael Moore discussed his “5-point plan” to help mitigate the unspeakable horrors that he believes will befall us during the reign of Herr Drumpfenfuhrer.  Point #5 was, at least for me, most notable: “Have a Plan B, because as bad as you think it will be, it’ll be worse.”

Indisputable proof of Moore’s vision was made crystal clear over the past couple of days. First up was the revelation that Herr D had little interest in engaging with his daily national security briefings.  Then came the video of Herr D. publicly yukkin’ it up with a recovering mental patient better known as Kanye West.

Building the perfect storm next comes a major flare-up in the middle-east with a UN resolution unfavorable to a gang of religious extremists that continue to occupy and expand their claim to land that, if surrendered, would practically guarantee a peaceful coexistence with its Arab neighbors.  What does Herr D. do?  Why, of course, he uses his Twitter machine to really muck things up by asking the head of said occupiers to ignore anything uttered by our current Secretary of State on the issue because, well, “January 20 is comin’ soon.”

But what really convinced me that things would really get a whole lot more horrendous than I could ever possibly imagine was Herr D’s recent open and public cavorting with a certified criminally insane person.   And he did this while getting in about as much as he could telling everyone about how great he is, while at the same time taking credit for things in which he played no role whatsoever.

Think what I’m sayin’ can’t possibly be true?  Well, think again, mi amigos.  Just click the image you see above.  Indisputable proof is amply provided.

I hope that we’ll be able formulate a few guerrilla strategies to help the Drumpf reign collapse of its own stupidity, as quickly as possible.  Here’s a few ideas I have:

  • Enable and encourage Drumpf’s Twitter obsession.  Egg him on with Tweets that are likely to encourage more of his absurd reactions that make everyone question his grip on reality. The sooner that everyone comes to the realization that Herr D is special kind of mental patient, the better we all will be.  Period.  If we’re really lucky we’ll soon be able to watch a You-Tube video of Drumpf being carted away from the Oval Office by men in white coats, strong oak canes and rubber batons.
  • Hold Herr D accountable for all of his conflict of interest, nepotism and emolument clause issues.  Action on this front can be instantly fruitful and very harmful to him. Suing on these issues would prevent a Drumpf regime from getting off the ground.  We must insist that our representatives press hard on these issues.  As long as these issues remain unresolved, Drumpf will remain a Constitutionally illegitimate Executive.
  • Demand that your Senators say absolutely freakin’ NO! to every single one of Herr D’s proposed Cabinet and advisory picks.  As Nancy used to say, ask them to “JUST SAY NO!”  This is another serious takeoff delay for the Drumpf flight.  Again, the longer this Luftwaffe jet stays on the ground, the better.  As any child playing with his first BB gun knows, it’s so much easier shooting at a stationary target.

Do you know the mailing addresses, FAX numbers and email addresses of your Congressional reps?  If not, spend a few minutes on the Google machine to find this information.  Once you have the information, use it to communicate your objections about this orange-haired buffoon every opportunity that comes your way.  Hold your reps accountable for any complicity in allowing a lunatic to continue to be the leader of our country.

Reader’s suggestions are encouraged in the comments section.

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CFI Social Night: 1/3/2017 at Sharp Edge Bistro


Where: Sharp Edge Bistro (922 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222)

When: 1/3/2017

RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/232928525/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh

Welcome to the Center For Inquiry’s monthly social night, held every first Tuesday of the month at the Sharp Edge in the Cultural District downtown.  Come and socialize with like-minded friends.

See you there!

To learn about all the secular groups in Pittsburgh, visit the Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason website…and you can follow Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers and CFI on Facebook!

*CFI-Pittsburgh strives to be an ADA compliant organization.  Please email pgh@centerforinquiry.net to request accomodations.

Pittsburgh, PA 15222 – USA

Tuesday, January 3 at 7:00 PM

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CFI Social Night

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017, 7:00 PM

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Finally, we’re making some progress


Prez. Obama received an urgent request on November 29 that went unreported by everyone.  Thankfully, our friends over at Crooks & Liars brought it to our attention.

If Prez. Obama heeds the advice of these experts, things might work out a little better in the months to come.


President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

November 29, 2016

Dear President Obama,

We are writing to express our grave concern regarding the mental stability of our President-Elect. Professional standards do not permit us to venture a diagnosis for a public figure whom we have not evaluated personally. Nevertheless, his widely reported symptoms of mental instability — including grandiosity, impulsivity, hypersensitivity to slights or criticism, and an apparent inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality — lead us to question his fitness for the immense responsibilities of the office. We strongly recommend that, in preparation for assuming these responsibilities, he receive a full medical and neuropsychiatric evaluation by an impartial team of investigators.

Sincerely,

Judith Herman, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School

Nanette Gartrell, M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
University of California, San Francisco (1988-2011)
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School (1983-87)

Dee Mosbacher, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Community Health Systems
University of California, San Francisco (2005-2013)
Source

angrydrumpf

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7th Annual Festivus for the Rest of Us Heathens and Infidels Holiday Party: 5PM TODAY at Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant


Where: Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant (171 E. Bridge St., Homestead, PA 15120)

When: 5PM TODAY

RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/235534605/

It’s our 7th Annual Festivus for the Rest of Us Heathens and Infidels Holiday Party! We’ll be meeting at Rock Bottom Brewery to party down and enjoy the real reason for the season: Axial tilt!

Come enjoy all our Festivus traditions from years past and mingle with folks from Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers, CFI-Pittsburgh, CMU’s AHA!, Pitt Secular Alliance, Sunday Assembly, and others. There may even be folks from PA Nonbelievers and Morgantown Atheists joining in celebration as we gather round the Festivus pole to compete in feats of strength (thumb-wrestling) and air grievances, as well as a trivia contest and prizes!

This is a Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason event representing all the nonbeliever and skeptic groups in the ‘Burgh. For more information, please visit the Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason at: http://unitedcor.org/…

Please note that there is no Drinking Skeptically in December (due to Festivus) or August (due to our annual canoe trip).

Homestead, PA 15120 – USA

Sunday, December 18 at 5:00 PM

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7th Annual Festivus for the Rest of Us Heathens and Infidels Holiday Party

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Science & Skeptics Book Club: Are We Smart Enough to Know … by Frans De Waal: 2PM TODAY at Biddle’s Escape


Where: Biddle’s Escape (401 Biddle Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15221)

When: 2PM TODAY

RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/235883498/

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? Frans De Waal. The claims of what make us different from other animals (e.g., the ability to understand the past and future) have been eroded or disproven by the study of animal cognition. Based on research involving crows, dolphins, octopuses, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, whales, chimpanzees and bonobos, De Waal opens our minds to the ideas that animal minds are far more intricate and complex than we have assumed.

The Carnegie Library system has 28 copies. The book is new in 2016 and the lowest price at Amazon is paperback at $13.05.

We read a previous book by De Waal, The Atheist and the Bonobo, in May 2014. A TED talk by De Waal that highlights this book is at https://www.ted.com/t… This one was also interesting: https://www.youtube.c…

Sunday, December 18 at 2:00 PM

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Science & Skeptics Book Club: Are We Smart Enough to Know … by Frans De Waal

Sunday, Dec 18, 2016, 2:00 PM

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7th Annual Festivus for the Rest of Us Heathens and Infidels Holiday Party: 12/18/2016 at Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant


Where: Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant (171 E. Bridge St., Homestead, PA 15120)

When: 12/18/2016

RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/235534605/

It’s our 7th Annual Festivus for the Rest of Us Heathens and Infidels Holiday Party! We’ll be meeting at Rock Bottom Brewery to party down and enjoy the real reason for the season: Axial tilt!

Come enjoy all our Festivus traditions from years past and mingle with folks from Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers, CFI-Pittsburgh, CMU’s AHA!, Pitt Secular Alliance, Sunday Assembly, and others. There may even be folks from PA Nonbelievers and Morgantown Atheists joining in celebration as we gather round the Festivus pole to compete in feats of strength (thumb-wrestling) and air grievances, as well as a trivia contest and prizes!

This is a Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason event representing all the nonbeliever and skeptic groups in the ‘Burgh. For more information, please visit the Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason at: http://unitedcor.org/…

Please note that there is no Brunching or Drinking Skeptically in December.  Both events will resume in the new year.

Homestead, PA 15120 – USA

Sunday, December 18 at 5:00 PM

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7th Annual Festivus for the Rest of Us Heathens and Infidels Holiday Party

Sunday, Dec 18, 2016, 5:00 PM

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Science & Skeptics Book Club: Are We Smart Enough to Know … by Frans De Waal: 12/18/2016 at Biddle’s Escape


Where: Biddle’s Escape (401 Biddle Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15221)

When: 12/18/2016

RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/235883498/

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? Frans De Waal. The claims of what make us different from other animals (e.g., the ability to understand the past and future) have been eroded or disproven by the study of animal cognition. Based on research involving crows, dolphins, octopuses, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, whales, chimpanzees and bonobos, De Waal opens our minds to the ideas that animal minds are far more intricate and complex than we have assumed.

The Carnegie Library system has 28 copies. The book is new in 2016 and the lowest price at Amazon is paperback at $13.05.

We read a previous book by De Waal, The Atheist and the Bonobo, in May 2014. A TED talk by De Waal that highlights this book is at https://www.ted.com/t… This one was also interesting: https://www.youtube.c…

Sunday, December 18 at 2:00 PM

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Science & Skeptics Book Club: Are We Smart Enough to Know … by Frans De Waal

Sunday, Dec 18, 2016, 2:00 PM

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The Real Time Magazine Cover


royally-fucked

For obvious reasons, this is the image that I think was really intended to grace the cover of Time Magazine this year.

Why do I think that, you wonder?  Gee, let’s see if I can count just a few of the reasons.

  • We’re practically at the 11th hour and the Orange-Haired Orangutan still refuses to disclose his tax filings or even attempt to dis-invest any of his assets, assets that we now see are littered over the entire globe.  The fact is, he’s now trying to double-down by saying that he’ll “hand over his business interests to his two oldest sons,” as if that will have any bearing on his being in violation of the emoluments clause of the US Constitution the very second he takes the oath of office.
  • The OHO, claiming that he’s concerned with the erosion of law and order (and his idea of moral behavior) in American culture, immediately selects a person known nation-wide to be one of the most regressive, anti-inclusive, anti-civil rights, religious moralists in the country to lead his Department of Justice.
  • The OHO, pretending for months on end to be a friend of working-class people has recommended a fast food magnate for Secretary of Labor who has been a long-time advocate of replacing his workers with robots, has heavily financed the resistance to raising the national minimum wage, abhors laborers and thinks that the best way to sell burgers is to appeal to most basic instincts of stone-age misogynistic men.
  • The OHO claimed that he was thankful for Al Gore’s visit and knowledgeable input to his questions about climate science matters and then immediately placed the name of a known climate science denier and self-admitted enemy of the Environmental Protection Agency up for EPA Director.
  • The OHO claimed that he cares about the future of American education and then promptly places the name of a creationist and sworn enemy of public education up for the post of Education Secretary who is committed to destroying the public by channeling taxpayer money to religious schools.
  • The OHO demonstrated his faith in establishing positive diplomatic relations with the rest of the world by quickly nominating a basic international know-nothing to be our representative at the United Nations.
  • In an effort to put his best foot forward in his efforts to select the perfect person for his Secretary of State – posts held by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, for christ’s sake – the OHO is keeping us all in suspense about whether he’ll pick (a) a mayor who has gone completely insane right before our very eyes, (b) a neo-con war monger who is a major apologist of the Iraq disaster who the OHO claims we were sucked into, (c) a repentant general convicted of disclosing top secret information in exchange for a romp in the sack, (d) a person who in an earlier incarnation called the OHO “a con, a fraud and a pathological liar,” or (e) a host of other names of possible candidates that make little sense to anyone in or out of governing circles for the past 100 years.   Obviously, the OHO, being the great carnival barker that he is, is playing this angle for all the free publicity he can possibly squeeze out of every media channel on the planet; and every channel has been more than happy to oblige him.
  • The OHO claimed that America’s urban areas are in yooooge decline, promises to make everything great again soon and then promptly places the name of a known grifter and self-professed incompetent’s name in consideration for HUD Secretary, even after said incompetent admitted to having no skills whatsoever to run this agency of the federal government with any degree of knowledge, skill or competency.  The nominee, in fact, publicly said these very words of himself on cable TV.  The OHO said that it doesn’t matter: “He’s gonna’ take the position.  Case closed.”
  • The OHO selected a known anti-mooslem fanatic to be his personal National Security Intelligence advisor and asks that said anti-mooslem’s son, a nationally-known promulgator of insane conspiracy theories that begin with the nation’s leading conspiracy nutcase – Alex Jones – be given national security clearance and access to top secret intelligence reports.  Knowledge of this insanity alone gives me shivers that won’t stop.
  • The OHO nominated a Marine General who must first obtain a special Congressional waiver in order to occupy the position of Secretary of Defense.
  • The OHO claimed to be a “true populist” and then staged a full-court press event to tout his strong-man abilities to persuade companies to “stay in America or face a 35% import fee if they relocate their plants to other countries” to prove it.  As he’s taking everyone in as a sucker with this ruse, he then immediately gives his targeted company a $700K a year tax break (guaranteed for ten full years, mind you) regardless of whether or not they keep 1 or 1000 of their manufacturing jobs in the US.  Even more ridiculous, it was his running mate, Mike Pence, who was responsible for the transfer of $7M of taxpayer funds to a private business.  The OHO just took all the “credit” for the sly maneuver while the Grey-Haired Squirrel Monkey remained silent at his side.
  • Without any knowledge or understanding whatsoever of the Boeing program supporting Air Force One, the OHO tweeted that the price of the program is “too expensive,” asked that the program be cancelled and then issued a veiled strong-man threat to other companies who he believes “charge too much.”
  • The OHO preaches national unity and a “coming together” yet refuses any suggestion whatsoever to call off the dogs he unleashed in the KKK, The Loyal Knights, the Aryan Nations, the John Birch Society and even your average brown-shirted, skin-headed street thug…. who everyone knows he’ll need (and call upon) to help “round up those illegals.”
  • The OHO enjoys basking in the glory of every top-name fungelical nutbag in the country including Jerry Falwell Jr, convicted thief and con-artist Jim Bakker and every tongue-speaking, snake-handling, oil-anointing idiot roaming the public streets, airways and halls of Congress without a straight jacket.

UPDATE:  It looks like the insane mayor is out of consideration for Sec. of State!  The OHO’s next pick for Secretary of State is a billionaire oil and gas mogul with strong ties to the Kremlin and other oil and gas moguls in Russia.  Oh yea, this is a fine choice all right. I can’t image anything going completely off the rails with this pick.

And the Orange-Haired Orangutan has done all this in less than 30 days!  Oh man, just wait until 60 days have elapsed.

Our work is cut out for us, boys and girls.  With all our might, we must resist.  Start by joining the resistance today.

On the bright side, can you just imagine what the national day of prostration will look like this year?  I predict that every insane religious nutbag in the country will show up and provide us with enough entertainment to last the rest of our lives.

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