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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 Ian Mason on September 18, 2016 at 2:25pm

It's been a good weekend. Yesterday, a friend who needed a shoulder and an ear dropped by so there was lots of tea and talk followed by watching "Oklahoma" on DVD. Today, for the second time in eight days, a ½ marathon run. The sun has shone most of the time too. I've eaten enough for two and am now going to relax until bedtime.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 18, 2016 at 2:24pm

Chris, I have a brother-in-law with Menieres and he does quite well with hearing aids. The dizzy spells have diminished now he's had both hips replaced! In England it's said that "a lame dog lives long." Something like your quote in intention.

Comment by Plinius on September 18, 2016 at 12:09pm

Randall, cleanup and trail maintenance sounds good, but what's wrong with knapweed that you have to remove it?

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 18, 2016 at 11:13am

I've not heard that saying Plinius.  It's amusing in a way.  

This thread reminds me that my mother has many health problems and is still alive at 96 years.  My dad died at 95.

Comment by Plinius on September 18, 2016 at 9:03am

Thanks Randall! I've always been sickly and it doesn't worry me anymore, it's just one more ailment on the list, but deafness affects my job and my social life - I don't like that at all.

You know what they about sickly people? You have to shoot them, or they'll never die... ;-)

Comment by Randall Smith on September 18, 2016 at 7:55am

I returned yesterday from a wonderful week camping along the shores of Lake Michigan. We (Wilderness Volunteers) worked on trail maintainance, beach cleanup (litter and dispersing old campfires), and knapweed removal. Tiring work, but satisfying. Nice to be back in my own soft bed!

Comment by Randall Smith on September 18, 2016 at 7:51am

My father suffered from Meniers for 50 years. He'd be bed-ridden for a day or two. So I know how you must be suffering, Chris. He never found a treatment. However, he didn't go deaf and lived to 97--good news for you.

Comment by Plinius on September 17, 2016 at 10:21am

Thanks, Spud! Ear specialist shortly, and we'll see what advice I'll get there.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 17, 2016 at 7:06am

Sorry you have health problems Plinius.  When you start with hearing aids, I'll be interested in hearing your results.

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on September 17, 2016 at 1:46am

Let's hope that helps you then.

 

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