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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 10 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

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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 sk8eycat on January 12, 2014 at 4:10pm

I don't know if the kitten in that video was having a nightmare, or if dogs are dreaming when their paws twitch while they are asleep.

  In humans, we are paralyzed during REM sleep.  At least some of us are; I have had what are called "waking dreams" when I'm half awake, try to move or yell, and can't do anything for a minute or two till I'm fully awake.

(Had one episode where I heard something outside my bedroom window...probably an animal...my dreaming mind thought "prowlers!," and I tried to yell, just made incoherent noises...couldn't move, scared my sister half to death.  She called 911, but by the time the police and EMTs got here I was fully awake, and terribly embarrassed.)

Comment by Plinius on January 12, 2014 at 1:59pm

Vibes for (((((Molly))))) and for (((((Mindy))))) who has to take the hard decisions.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 12, 2014 at 11:45am

I didn't even know cats could get Alzheimer's.

It's good you found a more competent vet, Chris. I hate it when you go to a vet, or a human doctor, pay, and get no help.

Comment by Plinius on January 12, 2014 at 10:55am

I had two cats with Alzheimer's. In the end they both became unhappy, their voices sounded like calls for help. They were put to sleep before their lives became too difficult - that is, I hope that we understood them well enough and did the right thing. But you're never sure.

Comment by Plinius on January 12, 2014 at 10:03am

You must know that a healthy Bengal will demolish everything in sight when you do something he doesn't like. But when you go to the vet with a Bengal putting his head in your armpit for comfort, then he's really ill. So for his sake and for my neighbour's.... she loves her cats more than anything.

Comment by Plinius on January 12, 2014 at 12:37am

Yes, I'm the catsitter when my neighbour is on holiday. They are very special and intelligent cats. Two years ago Cicero ate a piece of a toy that caused stomach ache and I became convinced that he needed treatment. He agreed with that or he would never have stepped into his travel basket. He is a very strong cat and cannot be forced. The vet said that there was nothing wrong. We went to the vet and back again FOUR times and then to another vet. There he got the treatment he needed badly and was healthy when my neighbour came home. Now I get the special treatment: he always stops to talk to me and he's always happy to see me. This is my hero:

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 12, 2014 at 12:09am

Chris, you have actually known this breed! What a challenge. Do you cat sit them? 

Comment by Plinius on January 11, 2014 at 11:54pm

Such a wonderful video, Sk8eycat! I think we all want to be that kitten.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 11, 2014 at 11:50pm

sk8eycat, according to Wikipedia, "The Bengal is a hybrid breed of domestic cat. Bengals result from crossing a domestic feline with an Asian leopard cat (ALC), Prionailurus bengalensis bengalensis.

"The Bengal cat has a desirable "wild" appearance with large spots, rosettes, and a light/white belly, and a body structure reminiscent of the ALC.[1] The Bengal possesses a gentle domestic cat temperament, if separated by at least four generations from the original crossing between a domestic feline and an ALC.

"The name "Bengal cat" was derived from the taxonomic name of the Asian leopard cat (P. b. bengalensis), and not from the more distantly related Bengal tiger."

Your video of the kitten with a nightmare and motherly attention delights me. 

Bengal (cat)

7 things you should know before buying a bengal cat.  

Comment by Plinius on January 11, 2014 at 11:49pm

Bengal cats - my neighbour has two of them, I think they're 4th generation from wild. Very active, and with a strong will of their own - great friends, even to a catsitter. But not at all the cuddly type that stays with you all night. That is a job for my black mongrel Dido, who snuggles into my arms and doesn't move until I leave.

 

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