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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 23, 2014 at 6:50pm

Once while riding the people mover train between terminals at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, a large, big-breasted woman in her 40's got on the train wearing a T-shirt with the following picture:

http://www.amazon.com/Think-Money-Coming-T-Shirt-XX-Large/dp/B006MP...

Very classy.  The epitome of having good taste out in public. [sarcasm]

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2014 at 5:06pm

I'm a denim and T-shirt person, myself. My old support shoes with orthotics are for the garden, my new ones are new support shoes with newer inserts. Cary cut off all my wire hair and it came back in soft as can be.

Carl, I imagine you have seen just about everything in the airports as far as fashion is concerned.

As far as a new body is concerned, Jeez, I would hate to have to train a new one! I suppose, if we still had our brains, we could use our experiences and do better the second time around.

There are those parents who claim the head of the first child should be snipped off because so many mistakes are made the first time around. We learn by doing, I suppose. 

I'm making a batch of pickled beets today; they won't be ready for at least a few days. 

The squirrels are extra busy today bringing horse chestnuts into the garden to store for their winter food supply. Such industry. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 4:50pm

GC, sounds like good SiFi.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2014 at 4:37pm

We had a tremendous lightning, thunder and rainstorm yesterday. Today is beautiful blue skies with tiny puff balls of cotton-clouds. It is 2:30 here in Spokane and the temperature is a lovely 77 degrees. Perfect for puttering, reading, writing, and napping. All big project are completed and I have some little projects in the planning stage. Autumn is the perfect time to make changes.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 23, 2014 at 4:18pm

Speaking of body transplants, one bit of SF I wouldn't mind having in the real world is the medical technology in John Varley's Steel Beach. Not only are most ailments handled as uneventfully as when we take a car to a (competent, honest) mechanic, but in that world many people routinely get new bodies every decade or two in adulthood.

But Wait, There's More! It's not uncommon for people to switch genders when they simply feel like a change. In addition to getting "original equipment" with full sexual and reproductive functionality, they obviously benefit from tech to successfully shape gender identity too. Anyway, it's noteworthy that in that society you're only considered a full adult once you've lived as a woman and as a man. (Goodbye sexism!)

(One short story set in that world featured a teenage boy with the knack of recognizing people across body changes, by their mannerisms, speech patterns, and so forth. One day his doorbell rings and he finds someone he's never seen before... except he recognizes her as his best friend, who'd been a guy but managed to get a body and gender change earlier than usual. Now she's intent on getting into the sack with him, and he's freaked out by the prospect, having never thought of his friend in those terms!)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 23, 2014 at 3:37pm

I try to look decent when I leave the house as well.  I do have some self-respect. 

I see people at the airport ready to board planes in outfits I wouldn't wear to walk out to the alley to take out the trash. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 3:34pm

Carl, The Big Bang Theory makes me laugh out loud quite often, something that rarely happens with other shows.  The first season was especially hilarious.  Knee-slappers one after another the whole 20 minutes.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 3:31pm

It's been raining a lot here as well.  That is, a lot for Pocatello.  One inch in the last 2 days, and another the 2 weeks before that.

Ordinarily, I like rain, but it's also been cool for the last 2 weeks, and my watermelon don't respond well to cool weather.  I've got some big ones, but if this keeps up, they won't ripen.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 23, 2014 at 3:24pm

Thanks for the great offer, Patricia.  Sounds like a good deal to me.  Hope your PC connectivity issues clear up quickly. 

Spud, that's a funny Big Bang Theory clip.  I really like that show a lot. 

Mindy, the deluge of rain just finished up here in Chicago.  Wow!  What a rainstorm!  Very intense with lots of lightening.  The lights in my apartment flickered on and off several times.  I was worried about loosing my power, but all is well in the end.    

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 2:21pm

I'm with sheldon.  It looks like I'm going to miss "when man will be able to transfer his consciousness into a machine and achieve immortality." by "that much."

 

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