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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 Randall Smith on June 14, 2016 at 7:10am

How's everybody doing? Just hung my flag up as it's "Flag Day" in the U.S.--an ignored holiday for the most part. Nothing else special to report.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 10, 2016 at 1:45pm

It's sad about Bernie. It looked for a while as if the U.S. was going to get a progressive in the White House.

Balconia is a good place for a holiday, Chris. Mine's going to be Sofastan.

I've been busy trying to learn to drive fork-lifts. It's not going well and I don't expect to pass the test. I'm so strongly right-handed/left-eyed that I have almost no spacial/depth perception and can't see if two surfaces are aligned or not. That's not good when trying to lift and stack goods on pallets or in crates using a 2-ton machine. Oh, well: the sun is shining, my balcony plants are thriving and it's the weekend. Good things are all around us.

A pleasant weeekend to you all.

Comment by Plinius on June 10, 2016 at 12:25pm

Very busy, Randall! I had to pull out all the stops to manage everything thanks to a double helping of colds and flu. I even managed my last lesson of the season in a village near here and they liked it: hugs and kisses and a book token! I guess the whole village will enjoy my virusses this summer. Three weeks of lessons to do in Rotterdam and then I'll have my holidays in Balconia!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 9, 2016 at 6:53am

It's either a slow news week or everybody is busy--not much activity here at A/N. And I don't have much to say either (pronounced "eye"ther here). Just doing regular house and yard chores with occasional golf or walking tossed in. 

I'm a little disappointed Bernie got hammered in the California primary and is "history". No more watching politics on TV because a) I'm sick of it all, and b) I can't stand listening to either Hillary or Donald. It's going to be a long 5 months.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 5, 2016 at 11:16pm

Wow!  500 quarts of strawberries.  They are one of my favorite fruits.  My grandmother often had them in her fridge when I was growing up.  She liked them as well.  When visiting her I would often ask if she had any strawberries.  It was a nice little treat I could help myself to when they were in stock inside her fridge.  And of course grandmother's can't say "no" to such a request. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 5, 2016 at 8:26pm

Thanks for the link, Donald. The insurance companies like Blue Cross are costing more, but I don't think it's a direct result of Obamacare. In his recent interview Obama made the point that medical costs were rising even faster before the ACA, although they continue to rise at a lower rate. He mentioned that part of it is higher costs for medicine.

In 2015, due in part to the ACA, health care spending grew at the slowest rate on record (since 1960).  Meanwhile, health care price inflation is at its lowest rate in 50 years.

ObamaCare Facts: An Independent Site For ACA Advice

Randall, aren't you too old to pick strawberries all day long?

Comment by Randall Smith on June 5, 2016 at 7:06am

Oops. It was 4 years ago I went to the Reason Rally. Time flies.

Bad weather and all, my kids sold all 500 quarts of strawberries yesterday. At $4 each, that's a windfall!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 4, 2016 at 7:00am

While not there in person, I'm at the Reason Rally in spirit. I did go to it three years ago, riding in a bus all night coming and going (Indianapolis--D.C.). Miserable trip and weather that day. Center for Inquiry has today's activities updated on their website.

I'm recovering from a day of picking strawberries for my farm kids. It's hard on the back and knees bending over for hours. The berries are luscious. Hopefully, they'll sell out despite a cool rainy morning at the Farmers Market in Indy.

Comment by Plinius on June 3, 2016 at 12:43am

Glad I'm European too, although I feel I'm a citizen of the world, so I should say I'm glad I live here. I'll never wave a flag but I do know where I am.

Lots to say about what Obama did wrong, but I'm sure he tried his best.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on June 3, 2016 at 12:03am
 

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