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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 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

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 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

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

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

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Lary9 on July 20, 2011 at 11:00pm
I watched "Mindwalk" had Sam Waterston, John Heard and Liv Ulmann. I thought it was very interesting. But some of the science was taken beyond the outer edges of quantum theory and the uncertainty principle into a pretentious, forced mysticism.
Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 20, 2011 at 6:14pm

A US politician visits his poet friend in Mont. St. Michael, France. While walking through the medieval island discussing their philosophies of life they happen upon Sonja, a scientist in recluse, who joins in their conversation. The two men listen to the ideas of this brilliant woman and discuss how her ideas can work in their own politician and poet lives. Written by Heather Classen


To watch this film you must abandon conventional wisdom about movies. This is not a film for people who watch Duece Bigalow and Armageddon. Not only is the movie an intelligent exploration into the human mind and science, politics, and poetry. But it is also an exploration into the mechanics of conversation and the meaning of life. The addition in the title of A Film For Passionate Thinkers rings completely true. The musical score is a relaxing piece. The conversation flows naturally from topic to topic, point to point person to person.

Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 20, 2011 at 11:23am

I read an article in Scientific American that Denmark was working toward a conversion to solar - I do so hope that is true. 

I watch very little TV other then Jon Stewart and Bill Maher and the occasional movie.  I watch a series for about a year before I get bored and crawl back into my books.

With all the accolades given this show I will give it a try.


There is one very good movie - that should not be missed.  Older and

for those who don't mind a very real "think piece"  it's called "Mind Walk" and I can not recommend it enough. Only three actors, Sam Waterston, John Heard and Liv Ullmann - made in the early 90's it's a walk through science, societies, politics, philosophy, history and is riveting.

We have the Bill of Rights. What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities.  --- Bill Maher

Comment by Ian Mason on July 20, 2011 at 11:11am

Hi Kit. The dominant renewable source in Denmark is wind. It accounts for about 20% of power here. The net CO2 emissions are, however, pretty bad as the other 80% comes from coal.


Yes, I do watch Family Guy and American Dad when they're sent here and I really enjoy them.

Comment by dr kellie on July 20, 2011 at 9:57am
Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 20, 2011 at 9:52am

Yes, Texas does get ample amounts of sun, but even Sweden and Denmark are working on full on Solar projects.  We can't think in the mode of the propaganda but rather in what is actually possible through science today and tomorrow.

Since WWII, America has gone far beyond the scope of protecting our citizens.  We have delved deeply into the politics and management of other societies for our own gain.  To say that we do this for only assisting in humanitarian needs is simple a fallacy.  We do and have done this for the minerals and other gains.  We do this by making deals that keep other countries deeply in debt while we have allowed our corporations to reap the profits.  Take a look around we now live in an open corporatocracy/plutocracy that uses religion to rally the uninformed and label this patriotism.

Comment by Susan Stanko on July 20, 2011 at 7:18am
@Kit There is the Atheist Experience.
Comment by tom sarbeck on July 20, 2011 at 2:16am

Ian, it was once that way here.

The change began in 1953 (the year after I returned from the Korean War) when Eisenhower gave the CIA his okay to overthrow Iran's elected government. Iran wanted England to pay more for Iranian oil and for the English-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (which became BP) to treat its Iranian employees better.

The US of A installed a friendly tyrant and we taxpayers paid to train the Shah's secret police to frighten Iranians into obedience. In 1974 the Iranians overthrew the Shah. The US of A let him enter (allegedly for medical treatment),which so outraged young Iranians that they took over the American embassy.

A case can be made that 9/11 was payback for American foreign policy in the Middle East.

When someone says we acted in Iran to prevent a takeover by the Soviet Union, I ask if that was our reason for overthrowing elected governments in Central and South America (Guatemala and Chile).


Comment by Ian Mason on July 20, 2011 at 1:50am

At least one political commentator has described the difference between American and European government this way: In the U.S.A. it's the right-wing that runs up deficits (tax cuts, defence, prestige projects) and the Democrats that have to get things straight when they get into the White House. In Europe it's the opposite. The (vaguely) left-wing use a lot of money on social services that then are cut when the conservatives are in power in order to balance the budget.

Example: Reagan: big money for "Star Wars" etc: Thatcher: close or privatise anything that wasn't making a profit.


This may be a simple view but I've found it convincing.


Comment by tom sarbeck on July 20, 2011 at 1:47am

I once saw a proposed balanced budget amendment. We can count on such an amendment to allow unbalanced budgets in crises, or when our elites want to support the military-industrial complex.



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