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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on September 3, 2013 at 11:18pm

Ian, I left a reply to your post in the "NEWS" group. 

In the myth, the good big guy isn't supposed to hit the bad little guy FIRST.  If at all.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 3, 2013 at 8:25pm

Just my twopenn'th of opinion re the big issue in the news.

It seems to me that countries continue to believe in their own myths, no matter what evidence there is to the contrary.

America: if the "good" cowboy stands up to and shoots the "baddies" at high noon on Main Street the grateful townsfolk will come running to thank him as their problems are now solved forever.

Britain: send in a gunboat or a few planes, fire off a few shells and the ignorant "darkies" will run back to the hills and stop causing trouble.

Denmark: the issue doesn't matter, just as long as we get picked as a makeweight by the Big Boys for their team. We've been noticed!

Oh, one more thing. Poison gas in Damascus? That's what Winston Churchill suggested in 1919 as a method for keeping the uppity natives in their place

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 3, 2013 at 6:40pm

Single payer is definitely the way to go. The nonsense of it all ... I have type 2 Diabetes and I control it with Rx, diet and exercise. I don't need to test unless I don't feel good and then I usually find my blood sugar is too high. An easy fix, and I get back on track. I know when I need to check

My medical insurance sends me a new supply of strips and other supplies every month. It is usual for me to use three or four in a month. If you can use my style of strips, I will send them to you gladly. I suspect mine are mickey mouse compared to what your son needs.

  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 3, 2013 at 6:09pm

LOL sk8eycat.  We all have our moments of relapse from time to time.  I've been known to yell, "Oh God" during sex. 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 3, 2013 at 5:46pm

Mindy, I did something out of character a little while ago...I sent a friend a pomegranate e-notecard with a prayer on it for Rosh Whatever.  Pomegranates are an integral part of the second day's dinner/ceremony, or something, and Lori takes this stuff seriously, so I thought I'd "make nice" on her.

I really surprised myself.  (And damaged my Lucretia MacEvil image.)

Comment by sk8eycat on September 3, 2013 at 1:57pm

Insurance companies and certain people in our federal and state government(s) want everyone to die as soon as we reach retirement age, or before that if we have conditions that can't be fixed with a couple of aspirin. They have panic attacks at the mere thought of anybody ceasing to pay into whatever fund, and needing them to pay out (as they agreed to do when we bought the insurance, or spent our working lives paying into Medicare) , instead.

I have a friend who has both Crohn's Disease and fibromyalgia, and it seems like every month she is fighting with the insurance company that Medicare or SSI arbitrarily assigned her to.  They tell her they can't allow her to become "dependent" on the only pain meds that work for her.  WTF! She is never going to get well, so she should be allowed to live the rest of her life in relative comfort, if not totally pain-free. (That's impossible.) It's all about money...they have it, and they want to hang on to it.

Makes me so angry I want to scream, but not at you guys.

Single-payer insurance is the only way to go.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 3, 2013 at 10:48am

Booklover, I sympathize with you over the self-defeating short-sighted insurance company. Making it harder for type 1 diabetics to monitor their blood sugar will increase health costs later. That's the opposite of what insurance is supposed to do.

I don't watch shows that humiliate contestants. I don't get a kick out of seeing people publicly fail. To me it's painful, not funny.

My favorite dance performances are by Pilobolus. Here's a 30 second sample.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2013 at 8:15am

Oh, Felaine, at first I thought you said you loved the gong show, but then I saw you hated it.  Even though I loved it, I did feel sorry for some of the dummies that didn't know they were bad.

Well, everyone has different tastes.  I wasn't going to say it, but after you said you hated the gong show, I hope you don't mind me saying I hated Bob Hope.  

I can't stand egotists, and he stuck me as a big one.  Seems like every time he made a "joke", he would stop, give the audience a sideways look that to me looked like he was saying "OK, I'm waiting for you to recognize me as the funniest human ever, and start laughing."

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2013 at 8:05am

Thanks for the reminder FA.  I loved the gong show and Gene Gene, the Dancing Machine.  Great fun!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 2, 2013 at 9:41pm

Oh, I LOL'd at the awful comedian with the paper bag over his head, too.

 

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