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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller yesterday. 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

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Ian Mason on April 18, 2016 at 1:52am

Joan, I'm afraid that hips are the bones that experience the most wear and tear through the years. When I trained as elderly helper I was told that the only way to avoid problems was to die young!

Just come home from a weekend in Copenhagen visiting my daughter and her bloke. She still loves showing off her engagement ring. They're both well and thriving and that's nice to see.

After a spell of proper Spring weather in DK, the year seems to be going backwards: frost at night and a forecast of sleet to come. I think that you in the US have experienced something like this and now it's reached Europe.

Comment by Plinius on April 18, 2016 at 1:37am

More than 24 hours before I could get here! I hate site problems like that!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 17, 2016 at 11:16pm

Sunday, 9:00 PM PDT We are up and running. HURRAH!

Chris, I enjoy the site, "Atheist Comedy: What to do if God Came Back." I've not seen her before. 

What is it about hips as we age? It just doesn't make sense, it is such a big bone, as bones go, why should they hurt so badly. I was out cutting branches off downed trees getting them ready to bury in hugelkultur beds. It was hard work, and I felt just fine; except my right hip hurts like the dickens! Ageing has its good features and bad. Let me see if I can reframe hip pain into something positive. The obvious reframe is I know I am still alive when I feel pain. Oh, poop! That won't work! 

Randy, I understand and agree with your mother's request and am glad to learn you put up a railing for yourself.  A late 40th birthday to your son-in-law. I continue to receive Silverthorn Farm newsletter and enjoy their spirit. 

Comment by Randall Smith on April 13, 2016 at 7:26am

One has to walk up some stairs (steps?) to get into my house. My mother would suggest I needed a railing for support. I pooh-poohed the recommendation. Now that I'm at the same age when she complained, guess what I just did? Yep, I put up a railing. I needed it because of my aching hip.

Happy 40th birthday to my wonderful son-in-law, who runs my farm (http://silverthorn-farm.com).

Comment by Plinius on April 10, 2016 at 1:14am

Yes, it works. A very enjoyable series!

Wonderful Randall, to walk such an end! But too much, I fear. I don't walk very much - back, knees and feet won't cooperate, but I try to be outside and moving at least an hour a day.

Comment by Plinius on April 10, 2016 at 1:10am
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 9, 2016 at 3:10pm

Glad to hear about your improved energy and stamina, Flying Atheist [Carl]. You’re lucky to not need your walker any more. Yeah, I’m kinda inflexible about names, sorry.

Ian, that personalized walker really had me laughing. I use mine mostly for the gym. It’s personalized with a blood pressure monitor snapped around one side, and a snap on hook to keep my gym card lanyard in place.

Randall, maybe it’s time to rethink charity runs. Ten days of pain is a “sign”. You limped for 3 miles? Your enthusiasm is laudable, but at 73 we need to avoid overdoing joint things. The other day I hyperextended two metatarsal joints just by bending over to pull a tiny weed from my raised garden. At our age (I’m approaching 72) it’s too easy to do permanent damage. We are still entitled to a piece of pie without guilt. <wink>

Joan, you make tending chicken sound like fun. I envy your joie de vivre.

Today it's been snowing here just north of Philly. I'm tired of Arctic Vortex. BTW, Paul Beckwith has a nice how to video on using the nullschool site, Be a Climate Scientist in 15 minutes.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 9, 2016 at 2:26pm

Good job to you and your daughter, Randy.  Praise and blessed exultation to the motivating power of pie.  Life's sweet, final reward.  

Yup, very cold here today as well.  Woke up to 26 degrees and snow on the ground! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 9, 2016 at 12:54pm

My exercise consists of walking about a city block on a gravel road through the forest to get to the chicken coop each morning. Yesterday, their breakfast was greens out of the greenhouse, cabbage leaves, and banana peels. The bucket of greens had disappeared before I finished cleaning their nests and changing their water. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 9, 2016 at 11:47am

Well done, Randall. Enjoy the pie.

 

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