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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Gerald Payne 41 minutes ago. 3 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

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Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

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Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2012 at 12:44pm

Ahah!  Verrrrrry interrressstinnnnng!

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I bookmarked the article so I can refer back to it as needed.  Thanks!

I had to laugh because my 250+ lb sister (the JW), who thinks she knows more about everything than I do, is still on the low-fat, high pasta, vegetarian diet, and can't figure out why I'm losing weight and she's not. She drinks about 1 qt of low fat milk a day (well, she pours some of that on her Shredded Wheat...Heh! Talk about processing!), eats non-fat cottage cheese, has cous cous or angel hair pasta EVERY night with her dinner, uses margarine, while I won't use anything but 100% butter.

She swims almost every day while I either sit here or lie around reading....and I eat *gasp!* meat!  And one of my faves is bacon!  I cook it in the oven when the weather isn't as nasty hot as it's been lately; less mess.

If I knew where I could buy beef I could trust, I would grind my own...I have always loved Steak Tartare, but haven't had any in about 20 or 30 years because of all the frightful stories in the media.

Oh, noes!  Now I'm hongreeee!

Comment by Steph S. on August 15, 2012 at 11:33am

hey sk8eycat!

My other discussion answers that question - the question on finding a middle ground.

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/healthfitness/forum/topics/the-pa...

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2012 at 11:03am

Oh, dear.  I thought whole wheat was okay.  Whole multi-grain?

How about Swheat Scoop cat litter?  LOL  (It's a helluva lot better than clay, no perfumes, and lightweight.  Also expensive.)

Comment by Steph S. on August 15, 2012 at 10:34am

Overview from Amazon: A renowned cardiologist explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems.

Every day, over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat. As a result, over 100 million of them experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes and high blood sugar to the unattractive stomach bulges that preventive cardiologist William Davis calls “wheat bellies.” According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter: It’s due to the whole grain wraps we eat for lunch.

After witnessing over 2,000 patients regain their health after giving up wheat, Davis reached the disturbing conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic—and its elimination is key to dramatic weight loss and optimal health. In Wheat Belly, Davis exposes the harmful effects of what is actually a product of genetic tinkering and agribusiness being sold to the American public as “wheat”—and provides readers with a user-friendly, step-by-step plan to navigate a new, wheat-free lifestyle.

Informed by cutting-edge science and nutrition, along with case studies from men and women who have experienced life-changing transformations in their health after waving goodbye to wheat, Wheat Belly is an illuminating look at what is truly making Americans sick and an action plan to clear our plates of this seemingly benign ingredient.

Comment by Steph S. on August 15, 2012 at 10:31am

Here's the book I was talking about earlier - sk8eycat mentioned the concept about carbohydrates earlier.

and a link to my discussion:

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/healthfitness/forum/topics/wheat-...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2012 at 10:20am

Oh, yes, the Russian amusement ride.  I'd go on it if it was in a different country.  I hate to paint with a broad stroke, but I don't trust the safety of Russian maintenance and engineering. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2012 at 10:16am

Good morning everyone!  I've been absent for one week because my laptop completely died and I was finally able to pick up a new one yesterday.  I hate not having internet access.  I've been so out of the loop (or should I say I've been a little loopy?)  Anyway, I just finished catching up on a weeks' worth of posts....and animal pictures...lol.  I can honestly say I missed you folks!  A few responses regarding your recent conversations:

I'm a morning person.  Nothing like finishing laundry or a movie with my coffee by 8AM.  There's something psychologically "unsettling" to me with sleeping the day away.  Makes me feel guilty and depressed.

I really enjoy kids....as long as they're well-behaved and well-mannered.  A child's behavior if a true reflection of their parents.  I actually started college as a music education major and had the pleasure of doing some student teaching.  It can be quite rewarding to work with children.  They really are sponges for knowledge and they freely absorb the atmosphere of their environment, which is why it's so important to raise them properly.  I can appreciate the hard work that good teachers do for the betterment of our society. 

I love the llama!

Tony, I had to laugh when you stated you were an honest thief.  It reminded me of one of my favorite phrases:  "I may be a liar, but I'm not a thief."  Sounds like something one of the Marx Bros. would say. 

Good to be back!!!

 

Comment by Steph S. on August 15, 2012 at 9:50am
Oh and I love your new words you created sk8eycat!
Cool!
Comment by Steph S. on August 15, 2012 at 9:49am
Hey everyone! So nice to come here and be with all of you!
I'm having my coffee too. It's chocolate truffle coffee.
I'm enjoying all the posts here!
Love the cat and human reading Booklover (Melinda). Good stuff.
Sk8eycat I agree on the low fat lie. It's carbohydrates that do the damage to the body. I have a book on that - I will come back and post about the book.
I hope all of you are having a great day!
Big hugs to all my friends!
Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2012 at 9:23am

Idaho: This whole "low fat" thing is a big fat lie!  The amount of fat in one's diet has absolutely nothing to do with the amount of cholesterol in one's arteries; it's simple carbohydrates that cause the damage by affecting the amount of insulin the body demands.  I don't understand all the details, and it is sort of counter-intuitive, but nothing we eat goes directly from the digestive tract into the bloodstream.  Bodies are very complex, and rather screwy, machines. And they certainly were not put together by any "intelligent" designer...as anybody with lower back problems will tell you, IF they are honest.

Steph: I forgot to tell that kitteh who loves McDonalds NOT to eat anything with onions on it. Ever.  It's poison for kittehs.

Everyone: I think I invented a new word last night, at least I've never seen or heard it anywhere:

Christianinny - self-explanatory.

There are also Mormoninnies.....and ElRoninnies.

Now I think I need to get busy and pay some bills...ack!

 

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