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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 17 hours ago. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2014 at 10:01pm

Oh! Carl! your mother and father must have been so proud of you all. You make quite a lovely looking family, all dressed up in fine attire, and a huge frown on a young lad, wishing he were someplace else. Where would that someplace else be? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2014 at 9:57pm

Mindy, hope your thumb heals quickly. I have an imagined picture of you with a huge white gauze bandage on it trying to type out your wonderful greetings to others. My imagination run wild!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2014 at 9:49pm

I looked at several Sneak Peaks of Gray's Anatomy, and they cover just about every touchy topic. I don't dare watch because I become addicted to the stories and get depressed. It was hard to break a TV serial habit as giving up ice cream. 

I started to look for places I could get the serial on computer, and pulled back knowing how it will turn out. I'll just watch Cosmos over and over and over. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2014 at 9:34pm

Loren! Yum Yum! what a spread. The place looks spotless and you can see the food being made. 

I wonder when piada italian street food will come to Spokane? So many places came and went. We must not be big enough to support such a place. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2014 at 9:31pm

Carl, I forgot to acknowledge the difficulty you experience as a traveling man. I suppose you have your favorite spots in cities with which you are familiar. Do you have a favorite city, or eatery, from all your options. 

We have about four restaurants that we favor here in town. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2014 at 9:24pm

Carl, I share your love/hate relationships with salad bars and for the same reasons. Not knowing what goes on behind the swinging doors of restaurants, I like to put my trust in the small, family owned cafes that are particular about their places. I often go into the kitchens for a chat, just to see how they are managed. 

Comment by Loren Miller on April 18, 2014 at 8:25pm

Cleveland just got its first Piada restaurant, maybe 10 minutes from where I live.  So what is Piada?  Have a look here ... and try NOT to drool on your keyboard!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 18, 2014 at 7:33pm

I have a love/hate relationship with buffets and salad bars.  On the positive, I love the vast array of foods and being able to sample things in small or large portions.  Same thing with salad bars.  I love a good "garbage" salad and being able to add lots of different vegetables. 

On the negative side, I cringe at the unsanitary conditions of some of them and at some of the people using them.  I'm finicky as to where I'll partake in a buffet or salad bar.  

Of course, when you order food off the menu, who knows what's going on behind the scenes in the kitchen!  Everything in life, I guess, is a gamble to a certain degree.  Since I travel for a living, I've eaten more than my share of restaurant food.  I haven't had any major complications so far. 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 18, 2014 at 6:19pm
Comment by Loren Miller on April 18, 2014 at 1:52pm

Any Grey's Anatomy fans out there?  If so or if not, something happened in yesterday's episode which bears on us more than a little.

You might want to have a look

 

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