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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia yesterday. 1 Reply

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by sk8eycat on March 17, 2014 at 7:08pm

Perhaps 10,000 leprechauns were performing their version of "Riverdance"....at 6:25 this morning. 

One interesting fact stemming from the 1994 Northridge quake was that certain areas...like West L.A., Westwood, and some coastal areas were damaged as much as, or more than, places that are nearer to the actual epicenter.  Although, my friend Sue, who is VERY close to Northridge, and everyone in her neighborhood had to rebuild the cinder-block walls between their yards.  The old ones (without rebar) all fell down, but no actual damage to their houses. 

Haven't heard any damage reports from this morning's little dance.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 17, 2014 at 5:26pm

Here is what Google Earth shows. Interesting where the swarms exist. The 4.4 quake is the largest orange dot above U.S. 405 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 17, 2014 at 4:32pm

I'm glad you're OK, sk8eycat. Funny cartoon, booklover. It took me a second to get it.

Anyone interested in learning how low North Korea has fallen? 5 Insane Petty Crimes Committed by North Korea

Sorry about the failed image.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 17, 2014 at 12:46pm

Hope that's all you get Felaine.

In the 11 years I lived in California, I can only remember one earthquake.  I was in a phone-booth talking to my girlfriend when the booth started rocking, but not enough to scare me.  I just told her the booth was rocking and kept on talking.  I don't know how much it would take to scare me, but I think it would take a lot.

The only other one I felt was in bed in northern Idaho.  I thought one of the other boarders in the building had crawled under my bed and was rocking it as a practical joke, but finally figured out it was an earthquake.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 17, 2014 at 8:47am

Well, we had  "our" earthquake this morning; it wasn't much, just enough to rattle the doors and windows...and wake me up. And scare the cats.   A 4.4...I hope that's ALL we're going to get.

Going back to bed.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 16, 2014 at 7:35pm

Joan, about all the quakes off the coast...there will likely be aftershocks for months...even a year or so after such a big jolt.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 16, 2014 at 5:10pm
RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD

The People's Temple: this Kool-aid tastes like shit.
Comment by sk8eycat on March 16, 2014 at 4:32pm

When Daad died in 1985, I made a miatake, and called Forest Lawn...we did eventually have him cremated with no ceremony, as he had wished.  Cost a LOT!  When Mother died in '92, I called the Neptune Society...cost about half of what Forest Lawn charged six years earlier.  So...I decided to buy a contract with them in advance.  My sister has to do nothing but call them, and they will do the rest.  I specified no prayers or songs when they scatter my ashes.  Unless they want to sing "Springtime for Hitler," or "Let Me Entertain You"...or "Gellicle Cats"  or even..."Happy Holidays"...my Alma Mater.  Really...That was ALWAYS played before the overture, and the very last part of the finale...every show.

"Happy Holiday, Happy Holidays,

 May the calendar keep bringing

 Happy Holidays to you!"

Yeah.  I still like it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 4:25pm

Ruth, the photos of the fellow in conflict with his father didn't come through on this site, however, I ran across it in my incoming mail. The poor guy has a demanding father. Sadly, the father has a medical profession ... pretty difficult for a child to live up to those expectations. 
I wonder what the son does for a living and what his films are? Obviously, "shit" was not of any interest to him. 

Funny!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 3:59pm

Here is a lovely piece of furniture: 

 

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