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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 Joan Denoo on February 19, 2014 at 1:12pm

Chris, you are way ahead of my area. The magnolia looks like it might have some juice running, but very small buds, still. Butterflies!? Oh my goodness. That is like seeing a rainbow with a pot of gold you can reach. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 19, 2014 at 1:10pm

Grinning Cat, is that what I did? Thanks for reposting. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 19, 2014 at 12:52pm

Worth mentioning again:

Steven Weinberg on religion and science in less than 3 minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYlMpvHMXO4

(Thanks, Joan, for sharing this in a status!)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 19, 2014 at 12:02pm

Chris, I can't believe you've seen a butterflies already.  Now THAT'S a sign of spring.  I still have a mound of shoveled snow in front of my house that's as high as my nipples.  (And I'm 5' 10")  Like Mindy just said, we're expecting more warmer temperatures that will start the big melt, and even thunderstorms tonight with freezing rain.  A complete mess!  I'm looking forward to seeing butterflies as well. 

Napoleon, I agree.  All art should be emotional in some aspect.

Comment by Plinius on February 19, 2014 at 8:16am

Hard to believe: I met the first butterfly of the year on February 19th! Crocuses are in full bloom and the magnolia buds can burst any moment. One thing is sure about the weather - you never know what will happen. Have a good spring everybody!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 19, 2014 at 5:20am

Get well soon, Felaine. I know it hurts like a *****!

Glad to hear that your son's problem is treatable, Mindy.

That's a very pleasant melody, Loren. Thanks.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 19, 2014 at 1:01am

Felaine, I hope you are feeling better soon and that Pumpkin sustains you as you regain your vigor. 

Here is another photo of Venus, the http://www.geekologie.com/2012/08/pretty-kitty-chimera-cat-is-its-o...

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 19, 2014 at 12:17am

Felaine, what Carl said! Sending some hugs your way.... and it's great that Pumpkin is there for you!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 19, 2014 at 12:03am

Felaine, I hope you feel better soon.  Regarding Pumpkin, sometimes the best things come in small packages. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 18, 2014 at 9:59pm

Joan, I started having gout episodes more than 20 years ago, but the last one was about 10 years ago...I kind of forgot about the dangers.  I cut out shrimp (LOVE them!) most fish, beef (except an occasional cheezburger...), chicken livers (sigh)...16 Bean Soup...and other things. 

BUT 3 weeks ago I was very sick and couldn't eat much of anything for about 5 days.  I needed something nutritious, but simple...found a can of beef broth in the cupboard, and heated up about a cup...went down nicely.  And a few days after that my feet started puffing up.  Like little boxing gloves.

I was disgusted with myself...I know better. 

Saw my doctor today, and she gave me a voucher for a FREE sample of 7 Colcrys tablets. (Supposed to dissolve the uric acid crystals so they can be flushed out of the bloodstream)) BUT there was no place to park near the pharmacy (the City was digging up the street out front), so there was a lot of telephoning, faxing,  and I ended up scanning the voucher and e-mailed that to the pharmacy.  They said no deliveries till tomorrow morning.  I'm taking aspirin, drinking lots of water, and waiting. for morning

It doesn't help that I have diabetic neuropathy in my feet...I either feel nothing at all, or extreme pain.  No in between.

And I'm bitching again.  Sorry.  I just don't tolerate pain very well. Cuddling up with my Pumpkin cat helps...he purrs like a motorboat.  Very soothing.  I just wish he was the size of a cougar so I could get my arms around him....actually he's undersized...15 years old, and looks like n adolescent cat.  Acts like one, too. I fell in love with him when he was a baby at the Cat Hotel.  Now he's MINE, all mine!  ;> )

 

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