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Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Aug 10. 7 Replies

Okay, gang ... when is the last time you saw Seth Andrews do an animated video on his YouTube channel?  Seems like donkey's years ago, don't it?  Well, apparently Jeff Sessions and his "religious liberty task force" got Seth's nelly up enough that…Continue

Tags: religious liberty task force, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 2 Replies

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

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Comment by Randall Smith on July 19, 2018 at 7:26am

Joan and Patricia, I love walking! I do my best thinking and planning when I'm out walking the countryside or golf course. I've walked at least 6 miles every day but one the past 3 weeks. It's an hour and a half well spent.

So, I encourage you two lovely ladies to continue exercising. Keep up the good work!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 19, 2018 at 4:54am

Patricia, I love your spirit!

Comment by Patricia on July 19, 2018 at 3:10am

Strengthening the muscles around the new hip, & encouraging the bone to grow around it. I was supposed to go to physio, but I did my own damn exercises to avoid going out in winter & risking falls on the snow/ice. I used the stairs, a stationary bike, a manual treadmill, plus squeezing my butt together, sucking in my stomach, & lifting my legs from the seated position. I walked up & down the street outside before the snow hit, so I did my diligence & the x-rays showed the bone was growing around the new hip just fine.

I also did not want to pay the user fees to have a physio therapist  make me do things I hate.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 19, 2018 at 2:41am

Patricia, according to Permaculture, embedded in the problem is the solution. 

I wonder if there is some form of activity that would do what those dreadful exercises are supposed to do?

What is a post-surgery exercise trying to accomplish? Is it a range of motion? Or activity of some sort? Or ...?

Comment by Patricia on July 19, 2018 at 2:28am

I hate exercise too Joan, & it is so boring when I MUST do them after my surgeries.

I used to walk everywhere, & had a wheeled shopping cart to take along, but that walking always had purpose, not just going through the motions walks.

Put some music on & I'll dance but of course that is not in the cards now.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 19, 2018 at 1:59am

I hate to exercise, even walks bore me. Today, I found myself walking from the greenhouse, to shed, to the front and backyard moving the sprinklers, and back and forth all day long. I should have had a step-meter to see how far I traveled. Great exercise! I never got bored!

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on July 17, 2018 at 1:42pm

Postscript. Physical exercise bores me; mental exercise enlivens me.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on July 17, 2018 at 1:36pm

Quiet?

Consider this hypothesis: What we don’t talk about is how we can be taken advantage of or controlled. (I learned it in politics.)

Illustrated: Suppose I don’t talk about A. Some people do and become knowledgable. I’m not and they, knowing more, can take advantage of me.

Ok, I can despair and drop out. I can learn about A and not be disadvantaged, or learn about B, and hopefully not take advantage of others (teach them). 

No longer quiet?

Comment by Patricia on July 17, 2018 at 1:03pm

Have always loved Mr. Bacharach's music....must have been wonderful, live.

Have wondered about Carl too, after Joan's last message months ago about his computer issues.

Yes Randy, this site seems to have gotten so quiet.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 17, 2018 at 11:26am

A late night yesterday but worth it to see Burt Bacharach with singers and band live. There's not many 90 year olds still performing and writing. A lot of oldies but a few brand-new songs too. Time to dig out my old Dusty Spingfield LPs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL0tW9YSc2I

 

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