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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev 15 hours ago. 2 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 yesterday. 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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 25. 11 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 Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

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Comment by tom sarbeck on April 21, 2013 at 4:39pm

How did UG get added to the Pledge (which my pals, all of them veterans, know I don't and won't recite)?

The short, partly true story is that in 1954 some submissives (Nietzsche slave morality types) wanted to advertise their slave morality so no one would think they are commie atheists.

The longer story (to be documented soon in a book by a history prof) is that early in the 1930s Depression some business types feared that Americans would lose their faith in capitalism. They hired conservative preachers to plant connections in their followers' minds between capitalism and xianity. The campaign continued through the Depression, WW2 and into the early years of the Cold War. In 1954 Congress added UG to the Pledge.

I have the details on the book title and its author in a SF Chronicle story but to post it I'll have to find it in the stacks of paper on my desk.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 21, 2013 at 4:24pm

Do any of the people who say "god bless america" know the background story of conflict, oppression, domination, and exploitation of our nation? Do you have any idea why there is such hatred going both ways? Who are the hate-monger citizens of this country? Who are the hate-monger citizens of other countries? To claim america is #1 does not know our history or our reality. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 21, 2013 at 4:21pm

Patricia, thanks for the poster. For those who look into such things, 

Greg Graffin is correct, you know!

Comment by sk8eycat on April 21, 2013 at 3:44pm

I've been (again) scanning Yahoo "news" articles, and the comments following them, about the Boston Marathon bombing last week, and I can't express how sick I am of seeing GBA in capital letters over and over in the comments.  Does that mean their imaginary friend (who invented a place called Hell) should not bless any other country?  Or is it just whistling in the dark?  Or what?

I do know one thing for certain, too many Americans are sadly lacking in creative imagination. The link below isn't new, but there is the loud ring of truth in it (did I post it earlier?  I'm still suffering from Brain Fog)

www.upworthy.com/meet-the-horrifying-demon-that-has-crept-into-our-...

It also seems that undergodders are severely lacking in language, spelling, and typing skills.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 21, 2013 at 3:34pm

Ian, I SEE you!  ;>)

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 21, 2013 at 3:09pm

Here is a treasure from Terrance Meaden, 

"Has the face of the creator of Stonehenge been staring at us unrecognised for more than 4,000 years?

A British archaeologist claims to have seen a face carved into the side of one of the mighty stones at Stonehenge.

[ image: The face can be seen on the side of a standing stone]
The face can be seen on the side of a standing stone

It is the first face ever seen on the Neolithic monument and one of the oldest works of art ever found in Britain.

It was recognised by Terrence Meaden, an archaeologist with a fascination for the ancient standing stones of the British Isles.

"I just happened to be there at the right time of day because only when the light is right can you see it properly. During the summer months it is only obvious for about a hour each day around 1400."

~ Terrence Meaden 

Sci/Tech Stonehenge face mystery

"Several papers in this collection demonstrate how certain, well loved, traditional symbols and practices have a noted tenacity for surviving the ages of time. The concept of Earth Mother—or ‘Goddess’ or ‘Dea Madre’, using related definitions encountered in the Mediterranean lands—is associated with some sites and symbols for which we have knowledge through historical scholarship or anthropological interviews with current believers. For others, an Earth Mother attribution—as similarly with ideas of a Universal Ancestor—is for many prehistoric sites only a theoretical concept. This explains why the Earth Mother hypothesis has been put to the test by some of the researchers in this book. Indeed, a new era of rigorous testing has begun. Prof. Gheorghiu closes his timely essay by concluding: “the processes of anthropomorphization, as well as that of epiphany and hierogamy, which were specific for traditional societies, were not totally withdrawn by Modernity, and still could exist unrevealed within contemporary imageries”."

G. Terence Meaden, "Sanctuaries through the Ages: Rethinking symbols and images, art and artefacts from history and prehistory"

http://www.stonehenge-avebury.net/Meaden1.pdf

Comment by Ian Mason on April 21, 2013 at 2:22pm

Home at last from the nation's capital. Here's a pic of the "Human Banner" organised by Greenpeace. I'm near the point of the "M" at the top of the heart, bright blue jacket and bright red cap.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 21, 2013 at 1:00pm

The dolphin birth was interesting Patricia.  I was surprised that the baby could swim immediately, and amazed at how quickly the baby was able to swim by the mother's side.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 21, 2013 at 10:44am

Thanks for the dolphin birth, Patricia. Lovely way to start today.

Nice vacation flavor picture, Ian.

Yes, please do share a picture of your cat tea pot, sk8eycat. *sips tea*

Hugs to all

Comment by sk8eycat on April 21, 2013 at 10:29am

Ian, speaking of musicals, if you have the opportunity, DO see "Billy Elliott - the Musical."  The Northern UK accents were difficult for me to understand, but it didn't matter...it's one brilliant feelgood show.  I was on clouds for weeks afterward, felt like dancing, myself, and I have difficulty just walking these days. (Maybe I could do the opening number from "The Producers" with my walker...heh!)

I love the Ocean Advice; and added  "Whistle a Happy Tuna" in my head.

PS: I'm such a lazy slouch...I need to photograph my only cat teapot, and post it here.  I saw it in a store window years ago, and couldn't bear the thought of somebody else owning it, so I bought it.  I've never actually used it; I just look at it and smile. A LOT.

 

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