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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia yesterday. 1 Reply

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

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 12:37pm

It's amazing what desperate people will do in public.  Twenty years ago I lived in a neighborhood that was pretty "sketchy."  Right out on the sidewalk in broad afternoon daylight were prostitutes, pimps, drug dealers, and yes, condoms laying around in the grass, etc.  I know exactly what you're talking about, Felaine.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 12:21pm

Carl, I don't have much desire to go white water rafting either.  Almost drowning in the ocean when a couple of things went wrong while scuba-diving was enough for me.  I would still go scuba-diving if I had the chance, but would be much smarter, and take more precautions.

I went rafting down a river in California once, but it was quite calm water.  Very nice for enjoying the scenery.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 12:15pm

Wow Felaine, you have worse slobs and theives than I do!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 12:06pm

Idaho: We don't do much gardening anymore, but our house in on a corner in a suburban neighborhood, and we often look out the windows and see people walking by helping themselves to oranges and avocados from our trees.  AND half of them are walking nasty little dogs that poop on our lawn, and leave it there.  The man we pay to mow the lawn (mostly crabgrass) gets very upset about these slobs, and so do we.

PS: Our side street is very dark at night, and people park there to smoke pot and have sex.  We also find used "roaches" and condoms tossed in the parkway in the morning....   Gah!

At least they've stopped tossing junk over the back fence into the pool....

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 10:31am

Bertold, yes, I'm in total agreement with you about cigarette butts being trash as well. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 10:30am

Throwing cigarette butts out of the car is bad, but what frosts my tush the worst is throwing them in my garden.  I garden my front yard, and areas between the sidewalk and road, so I get some in my gardens every day.  It's like they don't even think.  Just toss them anywhere.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 10:27am

Thanks, Spud.  I listened to his wedding podcast yesterday, as a matter of fact.  I've been a huge fan and regular listener of his since he first emerged on the atheist scene. 

I'm typically not a thrill-seeker either but to be honest, I wouldn't mind jumping out of a plane (with a parachute, of course.)  I would do that before I go white water rafting.  For some reason, dying in the water seems worse to me than going 'splat' on the ground.  lol

Comment by kathy: ky on August 15, 2014 at 10:22am
I recycle everything l possibly can. The hatchback of my little car is always full of plastic and papers. Recycle bins are few and far between in the country.
I've always composted too. If I could find a place to put vegetable scraps that's where they went.
Another thing I don't understand people not doing and a huge issue between me and my daughter. If I'm at her house and see a pile of newspaper's l throw them in my hatch and take them out with mine.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 10:19am

Carl, I've just been listening to Seth Andrews talk about his wedding, and at one point he reminded me of the discussion about working on the towers you showed us pictures of.  

He said he's not a thrill seeker at all, but let his wife talk him into going down some #5 rapids in Alaska, where they all got dumped in a bad place.

I'm not much of a thrill seeker, and have never done any of the things like that.  However, It's just because I've not had the money, the opportunity, or the time.  

I'm too old now, and have very little money, but I would have liked to have done several relatively safe thrilling things just once each.  

Just once each, I would have liked to do a bungee jump, skydive, and probably several other things I can't think of right now.

I mentioned before that I would have liked to climb that tower you showed pictures from, but I think I remember you saying what kind of person would want to do that job, and I don't think I would.  Like all the other thrilling things I would like to do, one climb would be enough.

Fear would not be the reason I wouldn't want to work there.  Working there every day would probably be more dangerous than I would want, but mostly it would just be hard work and annoying having to be strapped to the tower all the time.

Be that as it may, I thought Seth's wedding experiences were interesting, so here they are:

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 15, 2014 at 10:12am

To me one of the worst things is people who throw cigarettes out of cars. They could get me re-thinking my position on capital punishment. Death to all extremists!!!

 

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