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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

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

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 Plinius on July 5, 2014 at 12:31pm

Dido & Luna would do the same. When we have a visitor the cats don't like I sometimes find them under my duvet after the visit, hot and upset, poor cats. I never taught them to be frightened, but it seems they want only the usual quiet of two bookish people...

Comment by sk8eycat on July 5, 2014 at 11:41am

The City went ahead with the annual fireworks show last night, even though the hills are drier than dust.  I sat on the front lawn with our neighbors and enjoyed the whole thing....spectacular stuff....and there were NO brush fires!

I wish I knew how the pyrotechnicians put those shells together to get such a variety of shapes and colors....the same goes for stage illusionists....."How the H3ll do they DO that?"  Drives me crazy!

Comment by Plinius on July 5, 2014 at 10:10am

I love that one, Mindy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 5, 2014 at 8:44am
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 5, 2014 at 12:48am

Carl, 50 is a good year ... for me and for others I care about and love. Cary was born in 1963 and we saw him for the first time when he was 5 days old and brought him home. Five months and 13 days later, my twins were born. All three are 50 years old now and their lives have smoothed out nicely after some bumpy years. 

It feels so good to get through all the stressors of growing up myself, and raising the kids to adulthood. I, too, am getting more progressive as I grow older and can relax more. 

Do you have special plans for the 50th b.d.? May it be full of shared experiences with people you love and who love you, and that there be interesting conversation, delicious foods, and joy all around!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 4, 2014 at 9:07am

Thank you, Chris.  Right now I'm still 49 but my big day is coming up on the 16th.  

Comment by Plinius on July 4, 2014 at 8:35am

Happy birthday, Carl! From my 40th birthday the years grew better every year and that development hasn't stopped yet. I hope it's the same for you! Conservative? No, why should we?

Comment by Randall Smith on July 4, 2014 at 7:28am

Chris, I KNOW I've gotten more liberal as I've aged. Feels good to be progressive. I usually liked Herb Alpert, mostly because his music was upbeat. Haven't heard "What Now My Love" in awhile, but can still feel that beat during all his pauses.

sk8, I've seen two live Buffet shows, but that was 24 years ago. What an entertainer! Remain ever young!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 4, 2014 at 2:35am

I get The Daily KOS as well, Felaine.  Great updates on what is happening in politics and social issues.

Here's the Wikipedia page for Daily Kos.  It explains the name: 

Daily Kos was founded by Markos Moulitsas (Kos from the last syllable of his first name, his nickname while in the military) in 2002.

This is my birthday month and I turn 50 this year.  I honestly can not see myself getting more conservative as I age.  If anything, I've actively been getting more progressive and vocal about it throughout the years.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 4, 2014 at 1:56am

Ian, I sometimes check it when it's included in The Daily KOS (and I have NO idea what "KOS" is supposed to mean, but I get their daily headlines.  All progressive, all the time.)

I always heard that we're supposed to become more conservative as we age...I seem to be doing the opposite.  I'll be 75 in a few months and I don't give a rat's patoot about who does what to whom, as long as they don't harm each other, or any innocent bystanders.

And I firmly believe in the last line of the last song I posted:

"If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane."

 

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