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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 9 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

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Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

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If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on November 22, 2016 at 1:33pm

Carl, Ning is still trying to get me to just drill a hole in the wall and run in a line from a gas grill tank.  No, no, no!  Oh well.

There are aspects that Im not looking forward to.  Demolition is my least favorite thing.  Most of it in this case is careful deconstruction so that I can reconstruct it hopefully without breaking anything.  After that, it's OK.

I also love that Joan has her mother's pie dish.  Maybe that's part of why I go to yard sales and second hand store for pyrex bowls and baking dishes.  They are not from my mom, but of that time.  I love those old bowls and dishes and use them every day, literally. 

Carl, I think you are right about the feral cats not eating rats.  They might eat mice and birds, and scavenge scraps keeping them from rats, but rats are too big and vicious for a rat to eat them.  You reminded me of when I lived near a cemetery, about Western and Peterson on the North side of Chicago.  I rode my bike every day down Western to UIC.  Some nights,  people would be standing by the cemetery fence with loaves of bread, throwing bread into the cemetery.  I looked, and saw a pack of gigantic, obese raccoons grabbing the bread.  Very strange.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 22, 2016 at 12:42pm

Daniel, I can't believe the nonsense you're having to go through with your kitchen.  I do like NIng's suggestion to modify your ruler.  That gave me a laugh.  Yes, you appear to be taking this whole situation in stride.  So much so that it sounds like you're actually looking forward to the project!  Though I could be wrong.

Joan, the videos you posted are beautiful.  Love the scenery!  How wonderful that you have your mother's pie pan.  Family heirlooms like that mean so much and continue the bonds of family through the generations.  

Chicago has had a dramatic 40% rise in the rat population this year because of last year's mild winter.  Many people and groups are using feral cats to stem the tide, but I'm a bit suspect on how effective they will be.  Easy food-pickings are available any place there are dumpsters, garbage cans and litter.  Why would a cat chase down a rat if there's stationary food available?  Plus, a lot of people here put out food regularly for feral cats.  In reality, Chicago also has an overpopulation problem with feral cats!

Like a lot of people in this group, I'm also avoiding much of the political news.  I'll look at the headlines to see what's going on and only read a story if it seems utterly important.  Trump has already flip-flopped on so many issues on a daily basis that it's actually a waste of time to follow his antics in depth.  To be honest, as horrible and frightening it is to have Trump as president, I'm more scared of the people he's choosing to have around him.  I think they can do the most damage in the long run. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 21, 2016 at 2:41am

Kathy, angry, disgusted, fed up, and concerned. Yes, that sounds like my feelings, too. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 20, 2016 at 12:11pm

Kathy, I admire your boldness as well.

Randy, I'm like you in that respect.

Comment by k.h. ky on November 20, 2016 at 10:02am
Joan, not to worry. I'm not depressed in any clinical sense. Words like angry,

disgusted, fed up, and concerned would be more accurate.
Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on November 20, 2016 at 10:00am

Kathy, I admire your boldness!  You rock!

Chris, I think of myself as a realist too.  I never fit into the glass half empty / half full paradigm.  For me it's at the 50% point.  That doesn't mean I don't feel hope at times, or feel down at others, or worry a lot or celebrate or grieve, but I concentration on, it is what it is.

Thomas, thanks for the advice.  I've used my Sawzall for several projects.  I may have to resort to that for this one too.  Oh, the drywall dust, gets everywhere!  I cover and seal off the room, but it still gets in through the tracks!  Dremel tool can be helpful for some things too, like removing the grout and tile cement.  I want to do as much as I can by hand, less mess and quieter, but it's good to know the tools are there if needed.  I used my sawzall to dig and cut out clumps of bamboo to plant elsewhere.  I was amazed that it worked.  I can't imagine anything else would have worked.

Ruth, hang in there!  Humanity is resilient, and creative, and resourceful.  Even if the majority of states voted Trump, the majority of Americans voted Clinton.  I imagine there will be realignment in both parties.  If we had to have a Repub, I'm glad it's not Cruz, or  Rubio, or Fiorina, or Santorum, or Huckabee...  I didn't want Trump in any way, but it's unpredictable and probably people will come and go in his admin as purists become a pain and sycophants become boring and who knows what else.

Randy, I'm also doing my best to avoid political news.  If a headline states "Trump" or anything else political, I make a conscious effort not to read further.  It can be a challenge, since most of my news is NY Times or Google News, but worth it.

Joan, I'm having that first cup of coffee now.  It's a true pleasure.  I imagine talking across the kitchen table with you as you sip yours.

Comment by k.h. ky on November 20, 2016 at 9:58am
I'm with Randall and Chris on the news strike. It's unbearable. The speculation started as soon as Obama was elected to his last term. Who was going to run the next time.
We never seem to get a break from political guessing games and theories.
And we never seem to get any real news. I use BBC, pbs, vice, and newspapers from all over the world.
I've got to get a couple more ffrf shirts so I can offend everyone :)
Comment by Thomas Murray on November 20, 2016 at 9:33am

Daniel,

If you do not have one, I recommend you buy yourself a sawzall. I've use mine to cut nails, metals,wood, holes, and I've it to prune trees and roots, cut wood for boarders around the garden, cut  firewood. Also it came handy to remove tiles and caulking.

Sawzal would be on my top ten tools must haves.

Comment by Plinius on November 20, 2016 at 8:09am

You could call yourself a realist, Randall, because the news ís depressing. I skim the news, I read background regularly, but I don't want to know about the daily bitching and biting. Much healthier...

Comment by Randall Smith on November 20, 2016 at 7:54am

While I don't suffer from clinical depression, local and worldly news does depress me. Therefore, I've made a decision to avoid the news and remain ignorant of all the negativity going on "out there". I know it's wrong, but for my own sanity, my head is in the sand.

Kathy, I admire your boldness (wearing the FFRF shirt)! And I thought I was being bold wearing a Bernie t-shirt.

 

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