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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

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

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

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

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on June 24, 2016 at 10:44am

That's bad Randall, a pity about the trees and I do hope the greenhouses were insured!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 24, 2016 at 6:38am

Things got even worse on the farm after a storm with 100+mph winds blew through. My kids "lost" two greenhouses with damage to others. And I (we) lost at least 30 nice trees, some 3 feet in diameter, in the 7 acre woods. I walked through it, scrambling over and around downed maples, buckeyes, oaks, etc. It was devastated, as was I. It'll take time to recover.

Comment by Plinius on June 23, 2016 at 1:21am

Beautiful viseo, Joan, thanks. I have been watching  "Last chance to see" this week, so beautiful, and it leaves me a little hope for the furure.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2016 at 2:30pm

Ian, a forklift driver has good attributes: you can push things around and bring order out of chaos. I hope you like your new skills and enjoy the people with whom you work.

 I found a film that relaxes as it intrigues me. I turned the volume way down to the lowest decibel to add to my enjoyment: 

Noctilucent Clouds and Aurora Over Scotland

Comment by Ian Mason on June 22, 2016 at 2:09pm

Good luck with the wine, Randy. One of the few things I miss by being sober is the fun of making my own wine.

That's a great video, Joan. We can only hope that those threatened, peaceful creatures are allowed to survive and multiply.

I've recently taken my 'driving licence' for fork-lift trucks and am now doing a 4-week practical session at a builders merchant/lumber yard. It's state-payed and I'm not the only one. This is what's happened to all the basic labouring jobs here: there all being done by unemployed, immigrants and refugees on government schemes. The tax payers are subsidising capitalism.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2016 at 12:54pm

Our strange weather is cool, windy, wet then dry for long spells. 

My neighbor to my east salvaged the wood from the fallen-down fence and is rebuilding it a little shorter. We took out all the ivy, which he calls, "rat homes", meaning squirrels and mice. My plan is to plan raspberries along that fence. Since he hated the ivy, I checked with him if raspberries were OK. I reminded him that raspberries will mosey over to his side of the fence. He gave his approval. 

I now have the east, south, and west fences replaced and the only things that get back there are skunks, raccoons, and cats. 

I enjoy learning of your raspberry wine, Randy. A nice way to get your daily fruit portion. 

How are you doing, Carl? I think about you often as I go about my daily life. Your recovery amazes me. Dawn, my neighbor across the street, still works as hard as before her heart transplant 20-some years ago. She said she doesn't have as much "breath" as she used to, and she is grateful to have breath at all. 

For a moment of R&R: 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 22, 2016 at 10:55am

Thanks for the hilarious video, Joan!

Good luck on the red raspberry wine, Randall. Your organic farmer has lots of company when it comes to weird weather assaults.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 22, 2016 at 7:11am

When it rains, it pours--literally! 3" two days ago and another 2-3 expected today. My poor SIL organic farmer can't catch a break. His fields are swamped. On top of that, he hit a deer (or vice versa) which "totaled" his truck. A farmer can't live without his truck.

As for me, nothing much. I'm going to make my third batch (gallon) of red raspberry wine today. It's a lot of work, but fun, even if the wine isn't all that great. I hope to live long enough to harvest enough grapes to make the real stuff.

Hope all my "hang" friends are doing okay.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 17, 2016 at 10:19pm

This is old news, but I just watched it. I really didn't expect that answer, however, it fits.

 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 17, 2016 at 6:19am

Carl, one step backward, two steps forward. You'll make it. Always good to hear about your progress.

 

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