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concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 8 hours ago. 3 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

Liberal Redneck - Climate Change the Game (Trae Crowder)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

Trae Crowder isn't just about atheism.  He has a deep and abiding concern about what's going on with this planet's climate and the all-too-probable catastrophe we face from a fundamental change in weather patterns.  That said, Trae is thinking about…Continue

Tags: climate change, Al Gore, Trae Crowder

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27. 20 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

CBS News Treats Uri Geller as Actual ESP Talent?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25. 1 Reply

CBS Sunday Morning is beginning to piss me off.  This morning they presented a story on the US governments foray into…Continue

Tags: espionage, fraud, ESP, Uri Geller, Sunday Morning

Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Aug 10. 7 Replies

Okay, gang ... when is the last time you saw Seth Andrews do an animated video on his YouTube channel?  Seems like donkey's years ago, don't it?  Well, apparently Jeff Sessions and his "religious liberty task force" got Seth's nelly up enough that…Continue

Tags: religious liberty task force, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 2 Replies

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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 27, 2013 at 10:31am

Found it.....here's a funny story about a Craigslist apartment listing here in Chicago.  Make sure you click on the "See More Photos."

Photobombing Dog in Lakeview East Apartment Listing Goes Viral

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2013 at 10:20am

Melinda, hope you can start feeling better like Lula.  

How big are your blocks?  They're 300 feet here, so 10 times around would be 2.27 miles.  Since the winds have died down and the temperature is in the 50's, I've been working in the yard and walking more, but I'm only up to a mile or so before my knees start complaining.

The cat peeking-out from the cabinets is funny!

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 27, 2013 at 10:17am

Sentient, here's one more voice hoping that you're doing well and recovering smoothly!

Booklover, glad to hear Lula's acting like herself!

(And yes, Steph, cats are liquids.)

Spud, I hardly watch any TV -- actually a few people in my circle of musician friends share that trait! -- but on the commercial AM radio station I turn to for news and traffic when public radio doesn't have it, an ad for a cheap clothing chain stands out because their name is always SHOUTED -- I'd prefer not to repeat their name, but it's the audio equivalent of

'BUY OUR STUFF!!!' with annoying blinking(Oops... that should've been in allcaps as well. :-)

I remember some study showing that even when the text of an ad was clearly manipulative, leaving people with a bad conscious impression, weeks later those people nevertheless had positive memories of the brand. Ruth, you might have seen it in ScienceDaily or someplace, maybe two or three years ago?

Flying Atheist, thanks for telling us about Budapest's Cat Cafe! (Here's another video article about it, and a YouTube video with a background song, "My pussycat is everybody's cat...".)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 27, 2013 at 9:55am

Good news about Lula, Melinda.  Glad to hear it.  I also hope you can feel 'normal' yourself.  Maybe one of these days you'll finally get a Goldilocks medication......the one that's just right.  Better living through science, as they say.  I wish you well.  

Ruth, I don't own a Kindle, but I understand you can adjust the print size.  Perhaps that's an option for you if you still like reading.  Or.....have you thought about audio books?    

Oh, Melinda, that cat under the kitchen counter is funny.  It reminds me of a real estate listing I saw the other day.  I'll try to find it and post it. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2013 at 9:53am

Steph, I love the Grumpy cat on Time.  Reminds me of someone I know......  Lets see,,,,who is that?  ........   Oh! now I remember.  It's me!  "I didn't even want this" sounds like something out of my mouth.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2013 at 9:46am

Ruth, I'm with you on reading easily enlarged screen text instead of books.  

December 13, 2012 a law went into effect that limits the average volume of TV commercials to that of the programing.  It seems to be that way on all of my channels except one that has an extension.  However, they can (an do), manipulate the sound of commercials so they stand out, and often sound louder, or at least more annoying (Why they think annoying me will make me want to buy their product or service has always escaped me).  There's a place that a complaint can be lodged with the government if a commercial sounds louder, so I may do that in hopes that they will be able to further reduce the annoyance factor.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 27, 2013 at 12:49am

Thanks for asking about me, booklover. I fell behind here, and then was overwhelmed trying to catch up yesterday. Today my brain is back for a while.

The Vulcan death grip LOLcat is great! And the dog snuggling the white kitty. Sorry to hear about your need for a gastroenterologist.

I’m a bit envious of all the interesting books you’re sharing. I don’t do well with dead tree books anymore. I can’t even keep up with magazines. These days I enjoy news and stuff on the screen where print size can be easily enlarged.

Thanks for the peppy music, Flying Atheist. However I found the jumpy editng style a touch surreal, as if time wasn’t flowing normally but getting stuck repeatedly. We just watched a TV program on our TiVo where a similar effect occurred over a 5 minute segment from a recording flaw or something. Somehow I have trouble stepping back and seeing it just as an artistic  technique. Instead it feels as if time actually is jittering. Maybe I watch too much time travel sci-fi. When I was young and still brainwashed by the culture, I actually slept with giant hair rollers, but not a face mask.

Idaho Spud. We jump out of our seats every evening because the commercials can come in much louder than the programming. Every time we watch YouTube on our TV, it’s very much louder too.

Ian, the butterfly effect started in complexity science, and only later spread to popular media. It’s about extreme sensitivity to initial conditions. Joan, that’s a good link, thanks.

Sentient Biped, get well please.

Steph, that Time cover is a hoot.

Napoleon, that’s a cute photoshop hybrid. We have a thread of them somewhere here.

Thanks for the Lawrence Krauss link, Joan. But I don’t agree that we’re insignificant. Why define significance as something arising outside of ourselves? After that, he’s better and clearer.

Patricia, great graphic! Really made me laugh.

Smile, folks! It's Spring (or Fall if you're Down Under).

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 27, 2013 at 12:38am

We are all thinking about Sentient Biped.  I hope his surgery went well for him today.  He is a very warm and kind person and a great asset to our community.

Joan, I'm glad to pass along my list of books.  They were all highly recommended to me and I'm looking forward to reading them.

I also hope you enjoy listening to Vivaldi's Four Seasons.  Reading the corresponding sonnets will make the music come to life with images. 

Well, it's late here in the mid-west.  Time to get my beauty rest.

Goodnight, All.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2013 at 12:01am

TFA, thanks for the recommendations of 

Wikipedia: Vivaldi's Four Seasons (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Four_Seasons_%28Vivaldi%29)

Wikipedia: The Four Seasons Sonnets (http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Four_Seasons_Sonnets

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2013 at 11:57pm
TFA, I can also recommend Susan Jocoby, Bart Ehrman, Oliver Sacks, and Steven Pinker. I put the others on my reading list. Thanks so much.
 

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