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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 16 minutes ago. 3 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 16 hours ago. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Plinius on May 14, 2015 at 12:27am

I think I can't go on holiday, but it IS quiet here! I have some six weeks of teaching to do and in the meantime I try to learn more about bad knees.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 13, 2015 at 7:26am

Everybody on vacation here?

I heard on the CBS evening news last night that the percentage of non-religious Americans has risen from 22% to 30% in the past ten (I think) years. They actually used the words "agnostic" and "atheist", usually taboo. So yeah, good news!!

Comment by Randall Smith on May 8, 2015 at 7:33am

Joan, hope you're doing well. You sound chipper enough. My hygienist daughter is one and the same vegetable farmer. How she juggles both jobs, plus being a pregnant mother of two amazes me.

Speaking of the farm, I dug huge holes for 3 hours yesterday for fruit trees--an orchard being another addition to the already full land use. What a transformation from corn and soybeans of 3 years ago. It's so exciting for me to watch (and be involved in) the progress.

Comment by Plinius on May 7, 2015 at 11:00am

Thanks Joan, I'll be careful. I went back to the GP today, to get a note for a specialist. That's one step on the road to a new knee.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2015 at 10:53am

Ian, Congratulations! Very fine milestones. 

Chris, do be careful about keeping your balance. What should have been a simple fall for me resulted in a broken arm, broken ribs, and a five-day stay in the hospital with a blocked bowel. Life is too short to spend it in such agony!  Do take care of yourself. 

The dumbing-down of USA by TV programming and news got to me and I find much more interesting programming on the internet by selective watching of things that interest me. 

Randy, your daughter chose a great profession for a woman. I suppose you got the lectures on how to brush your teeth and care for your gums when she was in training. 

Comment by Plinius on May 7, 2015 at 10:49am

A wonderful record!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2015 at 10:38am

A Global Milestone: CO2 Passes 400 PPM

"For the first time since record keeping began, carbon dioxide levels have surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) globally, according to newly published data for March. CO2 emissions are the main driver of climate change and have risen more than 120 ppm since pre-industrial times. The planet has warmed 1.6°F over that period as well."

For the first time since record keeping began, carbon dioxide levels have surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) globally, according to newly published data for March. CO2 emissions are the main driver of climate change and have risen more than 120 ppm since pre-industrial times. The planet has warmed 1.6°F over that period as well.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 5, 2015 at 11:40pm

(Grumpy Cat) I only LOOK grumpy... It works to keep those pesky humans away.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 5, 2015 at 11:48am

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Comment by Randall Smith on May 5, 2015 at 7:52am

Actually, my mouth isn't all that great. I, too, have several crowns. And I had many cavities growing up, thanks to baseball card bubblegum. My sisters and I had braces. So did all 4 of my own children. Somehow, everything has stablized. An electric toothbrush made a big difference. Plus, less sweets. My water is from a well--no fluoride. (I recently read where the govt. is asking cities to stop adding fluoride to their drinking water.) By the way, I had no cavities this time.

 

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