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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Saturday. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Friday. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 16, 2014 at 6:03pm

Mindy, you're correct, my birthday is today, the 16th.

Sk8eycat, I love the TED video.  Of course, I'm familiar with a clarinet being called a licorice stick, but a carrot clarinet?  That was new to me.  Cute and funny.

Thanks again to all of you for your wonderful birthday messages.  You've made today extra special for me. 

Comment by sk8eycat on July 16, 2014 at 12:36pm

I forgot to mention a classic SF short story by C. M. Kornbluth, titled "The Marching Morons," in which everything and everyone are being dumbed-down, and the few freethinkers left on Earth are wearing themselves out trying to keep the world working. 

I think it was written in the late 1940s....scary.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 16, 2014 at 12:31pm

I like the late Steve Allen's term, "DUMBTH"  As in "warmth."  It might be a finite resource...if we let the stupids take over, and their wacky policies kill the rest of us. 

Heartless Cheney, formerly semi-intelligent McCain, et al, want to get us re-involved in Iraq, again, and probably the rest of the Middle East. 

I just wish the media would stop referring to that part of the world as "the holy land."  There's nothing "holy" about any of it, unless living in a desert makes people delusional. 

Comment by sk8eycat on July 16, 2014 at 9:30am

Flying A, a Belated Happy Birthday to You!  And some silly music to start your next 50 years:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/BISrGwN-yH4

Comment by Loren Miller on July 16, 2014 at 9:28am

What is even scarier is that he's on the energy committee.  One would HOPE that means he knows and understands something about science in general and energy in particular, but apparently, all Barton knows about is who is lining his wallet with cash.

I can't laugh at that.  It's too important to be laughed at.  What I do hope is that whoever was being questioned by him came back at him HARD.  "Congressman, do you know the least bit about the principles that give rise to wind?  Can you define 'Coriolis effect' for me?" 

I'd bet a C-note he couldn't.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 16, 2014 at 8:42am

Oh, sure, wind is a finite resource.  When the sun burns out, there will be no more energy to create wind, and that's just a lousy four or five billion years from now, right around the corner in cosmic terms. [/sarcasm]

And while I'm at it:

Comment by Plinius on July 16, 2014 at 7:58am

Moving brother-in-law at last! Everything must be done in the next fortnight - care homes make you wait endlessly and then everything must be done within days. But we're rather well prepared so I think we'll manage.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 16, 2014 at 7:50am
Thank you, everyone, for all the birthday greetings. I wish I could share cake with all of you in person.
Comment by Plinius on July 16, 2014 at 7:43am

If Douglas isn't there, be sure to know where your towel is, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2014 at 7:37am

Eric Idle - "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life" - STEREO HQ

 

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