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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

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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

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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

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Comment by Plinius on April 19, 2013 at 3:57am

I never stopped to find out which church they belong to, it's not important. And I won't argue - only reminded them that this apartment block is full of people who work night shifts and they've just woken them. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 3:12am

Excellent response Chris! Good for you!

Comment by Plinius on April 19, 2013 at 3:08am

They're early today; the people who knock on the door. I told them: Of course I won't listen to you. You never caught me on your doorstep telling you what to think!

Now I'll hug my cats so they can help me to lower my bloodpressure...

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 2:08am
The photos are dreadful! I don't want to even think of the repairs needed after this. Thanks Carl.
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 1:24am

Flying Atheist and Melinda, I am so very sorry to learn of your flooding. 

OK! It has started, all the chaos coming from every direction, flooding, the bombers, an explosion and as Ruth said, this is the new normal. People feeling out of control unable to make things right, feel frustration, depression, anxiety, fear, blaming, and get conflicting, unverified accusations. The job now is to stay calm and stay focused. 

The thermohaline circulation decline will make the weather unpredictable. Heavy rains on the Great Lakes area will make terrible hazards. You probably don't want to know what is happening there, but if you have information, you may be able to take measures to reduce damage to your property. If the main rain is north of the Great Lakes, the flow will be north. If south, it will flow into the Mississippi drainage system. 

During the last ice age, Ice scoured off the soils all across Canada and scoured out the Great Lakes, dumping the sand and gravels south of the USA/Canadian border, leaving huge sand and gravel mounds all across the moraine's southern edge. Sands and gravels become saturated and water rises to flood stage. If you are in a low spot of the moraine the probability of getting flooded is high. If you are on a high spot, you have better probability of escaping the floods. Make an analysis to decide where you are located in elevation on those moraine piles. 

The good news is, sands and gravels drain fast if there is a place for the water to go. If the Mississippi floods, it will take some time to drain. 

Ruth, your thermohaline circulation decline illustration is very helpful. At least we know what causes the outrageous weather, even if we can do little to stop it at this point. Let's hope everybody gets the message. 

I am so sick of delusional people telling us who is to blame when the fact is, they have a very faulty Ouija board.

 

Comment by Plinius on April 19, 2013 at 12:45am

What a lot of bad news! I hope Melinda and Carl - and all the other victims of course - can get back to normal soon!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 19, 2013 at 12:30am

Sorry to hear about your flooding Melinda and Flying Atheist. Thanks for your flood pictures. This is likely to be the new normal, so please do what you can to prevent future damage. We installed a sump pump in our basement, but it turned out to be a poor decision. Basically, it's a big hole in the cement slab floor directly in the ground. So now it works fine when there's a little rain, but if the water table rises during a really heavy downpour such as a hurricane or flood that's a giant welcome hole. Sewer systems will become floodwater pipes directly into your house too when a river rises. Water flows both directions in pipes. I saw water shooting out of a drainage pipe into a former ground floor apartment we had.

Yeah, I'm full of gloom and doom today. It's not so much the bombing, floods, and fertilizer plant explosion as the thermohaline circulation decline.

Though I did get a shock from that amateur video of the explosion from the car. The fire and muffled explosions seemed so far away, then wham the car was engulfed. We saw British news coverage, and they actually talked about the dangers to the public from regulatory capture. You never hear that on US TV.

Debra, I don't waste brain space scoffing at Xian blame games. They aren't worthy enough to even ridicule.

Comment by Steph S. on April 19, 2013 at 12:02am

Comment by Steph S. on April 18, 2013 at 11:54pm

Sorry to hear about your floods Flying Atheist.

Joan I hope for you to recuperate soon too.

Wow - all sorts of bad things happening lately.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 18, 2013 at 11:08pm

Melinda, sorry to hear about your flooding issue.  What a pain!  I hope it doesn't get any worse.  It rained here yesterday NON-STOP all day.  There's been major flooding in my neighborhood and around Chicago.  My best friend, who lives about 2 miles west of me, woke up this morning with about one inch of water in his basement. 

In my neighborhood, the Chicago River has swollen and caused considerable flooding just 4 to 6 blocks from my building.  I live in a ground floor unit but have been very lucky.  The sewer system must be working well on my street.  People who live closer to the river just a few blocks away from me aren't so lucky.  I've heard emergency vehicle sirens on and off all day today and an occasional helicopter....I'm sure from the news stations.  

These are news photos taken just 4 to 6 blocks from my apartment building.

This is a cemetery four blocks up my street:

 

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