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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 7 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

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2014 at 12:35pm

Doctors started inducing Laurie's baby last night because the baby is 9 pounds and healthy, Laurie's blood pressure is growing into risk levels and so they chose induction. Today was the expected birth day. 

at 10:3 AM Laurie is having strong contractions, gave up the plan for a natural childbirth, requested pain relief. Laura and Zac spent the night with her. 

I am so goosebumpy! 

Comment by Plinius on July 23, 2014 at 11:41pm

She is! And we could! But she can't adopt another cat for she is now also allergic to longhairs. BuT I guess she'll think of another project.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 23, 2014 at 3:42pm

Ursula sounds like such a good-hearted person!  We could use more humans like her.  Is she thinking about adopting another cat?

Comment by Plinius on July 23, 2014 at 3:14pm

Ai - my friend just phoned me that she had her last surviving cat put to sleep, so she has to get used to the life without cats. She always adopted the ugliest longhairs from the local shelter - she was allergic to shorthairs. They were really ugly, her longhairs with their crumpled faces, nose problems, eye problems and whatever a cat can get, but they became happy and healthy with Ursula. But you can also become allegic to longhairs...   

Comment by Randall Smith on July 23, 2014 at 7:18am

Picked up a much needed half inch of rain overnight. Except for yesterday, it's been a very cool summer. No 90's yet, and we average 18 a year. I haven't had to use my AC one time!

Comment by Plinius on July 22, 2014 at 11:23pm

Is there no public transport for short distances, Mindy? I do know about Greyhound buses for long distance. Here we have a network of buses, trams and metro, so I can get almost everywhere and it's never very far to the next stop.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 22, 2014 at 1:58pm

There may be many things wrong with the world but sometimes there are positive things. The Proms season has begun. 8 weeks of world-class performances. Lovely.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 22, 2014 at 11:20am

I like that religion post, Mindy.

Today is a good day to stay inside and relax with the A/C.  Hot and humid outside.  I will be going out to get my hair cut, stop at Walgreens, the dry cleaners and then the grocery store.  All are within 1 block of my house.  Nice and handy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 4:47pm

When the fire fighting crews return from a blaze, many of them have lost so much water that their eyes look sunken. They wear very heavy protective garments and in high heat with extreme physical exertion, they are exhausted, literally. 

Firefighters on the front lines of Carlton Complex

This is the Okanogan Forest fire in central WA state. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 4:39pm

Felaine, re: Rare Florida forest set to be leveled for a Walmart and Chik-fil-A, I wonder if Walmart and Chik-fil-A are aware of the rising ocean? Wouldn't that be a great joke on them if they got flooded out. I hope no one sells them sea level rise insurance. They should accept all the risk, not the people who pay the bills when things go wrong. But a tragedy to squander such a forest on stuff and junk. 

 

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