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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 Plinius on August 21, 2017 at 7:14am

I love that quote, Loren! 

And the 20s eclipse video!

Comment by Loren Miller on August 21, 2017 at 7:03am

And, thinking of Ms. Marcotte's quote (though this is NOT the quote of the day group!):

If it takes the threat of hell to make you a moral person, then you are not at all moral, you are just a coward who responds well to threats.
-- Leo Wolf

Comment by Loren Miller on August 21, 2017 at 7:01am

Bertold, your Amanda Marcotte quote is freaking BRILLIANT ... and I'm stealing it! [grin!]

Comment by Ian Mason on August 21, 2017 at 6:00am

Happy viewing and/or relaxing everyone.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 21, 2017 at 5:59am

Bertold, that's a very valid point about religion and morality. Perhaps some people turn to religion because they're frightened of their own impulses. That doesn't seem to work for the Catholic clergy though.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 21, 2017 at 12:12am

Carbondale, Illinois is getting 100% totality.  That's about a six hour car drive from Chicago.  I've heard hotels have been booked for months.  Amtrak runs from Chicago to Carbondale.  Apparently a train full of people from Chicago is expected to arrive in Carbondale in the morning and then return later in the day.  That would be a very fun day trip!

Comment by kathy: ky on August 20, 2017 at 11:58pm
But we will be under a heat advisory :(
Comment by kathy: ky on August 20, 2017 at 11:57pm
Carl, BB, everyone's welcome to join me. At 100% totality just eight minutes away : )
Or we can stay here with 99%
Either way it would be fun.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 20, 2017 at 10:21pm

Bertold, the front deck with neighbors and mimosas sounds exquisite, eclipse or not.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 20, 2017 at 10:14pm

Here in Chicago we're getting 86.6% eclipse coverage which I first thought was pretty decent, but then I've read the following in the local press:

Unless you are looking at the eclipse in Chicago, you probably won't even notice it's going on, according to Annie Vedder, the Adler Planetarium's curator of experience.

"It won't get noticeably dark here. Our sun is so bright," Vedder said. "The moon will take a little cookie bite out of the sun."

So that's rather disappointing.  And to top it off, tomorrow is supposed to be hot and humid with thunderstorms.  Yuck!

I hope the rest of you have good viewing weather.

 

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