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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia yesterday. 1 Reply

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Chris on March 11, 2017 at 4:42pm

I was a census enumerator one cycle. People aren't chosen at random to receive a knock at the door from census enumerators. Enumerators only show up when a household doesn't fill out the census forms.

Perhaps the person at your door was a poll taker rather than a census taker. The census is taken to determine the number of legislators in the House of Representatives. The Census doesn't ask questions about consumer spending.

Comment by Thomas Murray on March 11, 2017 at 10:17am

Randal,

Did you have a choice to answer them or not? Supposed if you  had refused?

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 11, 2017 at 9:52am

Randy, who was taking the census?  The federal census is not for another 3 years.

The last federal census I completed on line, but a person came by a while after that and wanted to ask me some of the same questions, even after I told them I had completed it online.  I think I complied because she had identification, but if it happens again, I'll say no.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 11, 2017 at 7:13am

Yesterday, I heard a knock on the door and saw who I first thought was a dreaded J.W. But no, she was a census taker. I'd been forwarned last month about being interegated, chosen randomly.

The questions asked were bizarre. The theme of the census was my spending habits, basically. "Since Dec. 1st have you bought any clothing", for example (I bought socks the day before!). Furniture, car, TV (yes), etc. Did I go on any trips? Where? How much did you spend on lodging, gas, food, entertainment? Property taxes, utility bills, house payment--no page went unturned. I almost felt violated. But, I complied. The interview took about 30 minutes, and I was glad when it was over. Whew!

Comment by Chris on March 10, 2017 at 11:18pm

Do conservatives believe babies are chattle for economic growth?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 10, 2017 at 5:30pm

I thought it was quite good too.

Comment by Thomas Murray on March 10, 2017 at 10:06am

BB,

The woman is funny and clever!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 9, 2017 at 7:10am
Wonderful stuff below!! Thanks, all, for sharing.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 8, 2017 at 11:20pm

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 8, 2017 at 3:41pm

A nice one from Pratchett, Ian.

 

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