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The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 4 hours ago. 21 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

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Jul 20. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 3:20pm

Booklover, glad to find another goal-hater :)

I never liked the smell of cigarettes, but I enjoy a small whiff of gasoline, skunk, and a sewerage treatment plant.

Coffee is another thing I enjoy smelling.  When I was mormon, I often thought of indulging in the "sin" of drinking coffee because it smelled so good.  When I finally escaped the Morg, I tried several kinds, but was disappointed.  I don't like it at all.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 1:43pm

Congratulations to you too Patricia.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 1:37pm

Joan, I got some rain & snow here as well (1/2 inch H20), but the snow is mostly melted now.

About setting weight-loss goals, with my personality, It seems to be counter-productive for me to set goals.  I've not set any goals for many years now because I often fail to meet them, and it depresses me when that happens.  That depression makes me quit trying, so it seems to me to be better to just try my best without any goals.

If you want to do something like brag to each other about what we've accomplished each week, I'm willing to try that.  I imagine it would be best to do it in the health section of Atheistnexus.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 1:27pm

I think you should be proud of kicking the cigarette habit Chris!  I've read that it's harder to kick than any other drug, so I'm glad I was raised in a non-smoking family and never touched any tobacco product.

Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2012 at 12:35pm

! Good news for you, Booklover, I'm glad! I hate those mammograms.

You're lucky never to have started cigarettes, Joan! I grew up among chainsmokers - they probably thought that the temple of the lord must be tarred inside and outside - but I kicked the habit at last and haven't smoked for over twenty years, I'm still proud about that.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 9, 2012 at 11:50am

Truly amazing. Thousand Hand Guan Yin.

http://youtu.be/7vs-H7xLnrs

Comment by Ian Mason on November 9, 2012 at 11:29am

Hope the mammogram went well, Melinda.

Sagan's experience with MJ fits almost exactly with my first experience with tobacco! I experienced synaesthesia -I could SEE music - and felt that, for the first time I really understood harmony deep down in my soul. Probably why I got hooked for the next 39 years.

As far as mj goes, I loved the first few times and wanted to stay stoned all the time but then it turned nasty on me and caused severe panic attacks. That was probably for the best, otherwise I would have become a chronic stoner.

Weather here typical autumnal: mild, wet, windy and changes twice an hour.

Good weekend all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2012 at 10:55am

It is now official, my winter hibernation starts today; we had 2+ inches of snow last night and the garden is absolutely gorgeous! 
I have never had a cigarette in my mouth, nor have I tried MJ. My only experience with it was while in graduate school, every night students got high and acted so silly I just didn't want to participate. I still don't like second hand smoke, whether tobacco or MJ. That old victorian upbringing holds a tight hand, but at least I can disregard its chatter when I want to. 

I really am looking forward to winter, even if it predicted to be a "cold/hot" one. Last time we had such a winter I lost a couple dozen roses to the freeze/thaw patterns over and over. Everything was well protected, but it could not stand up to the fluctuations. So, perhaps more will die this winter. It's OK because it will open up room for more vegetables and fruits. 

Hope everyone is warm, well fed, doing something you like to do with someone you like to be with, and content. 

Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2012 at 10:43am

It's true, I had the same experience with cannabis; it's really wonderful to smoke a joint and look at art. But I've also seen a lot of people who used whatever they could find as an escape from the problems they should have faced, and there are more reasons to be careful with cannabis. Tobacco is a much nastier addiction, by the way.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 10:32am

I take it elated-cat is being sarcastic.  Hehe :)

 

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