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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by tom sarbeck 3 hours ago. 4 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray 11 hours ago. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

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

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

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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

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Comment by Chris on February 15, 2017 at 3:59am

Oregon and Washington used to be connected to Asia.

A small town had a "One Room" School house near

John Day Fossle Beds

where after an elementary school student went on to college and realized that one of the fossles found when he was in elementary school was a fossleized banana.

Other fossiles from the area were found in Asia and no place else leading to the theory that the NW used to be connected with Asia.

Oddly a "Born Again" Christian with a geology background told me about Pangea.  I don't know how a fundamentalist xtian can reconcile his religious beliefs with science.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 15, 2017 at 1:46am

Tom, you are silly! You know who called (named) it Pangaea! How do we know? Look at the shapes of the continents and how they pulled apart. At the edges were flora and fauna that matched, even though they were hundreds or thousands of miles apart with a sea between them. Even the rock structure itself often matched across the ocean. Any first-year geology student learns these things. It is the uneducated who don't understand how the continents drifted and continue to drift. 

You know all this, Tom! Have you been taking your medications properly? You aren't thinking! Are you OK? 

Comment by tom sarbeck on February 15, 2017 at 1:34am
May I stir some mischief?

So many people tell us that super-continent was called Pangaea.

Who 500 million years ago called it that, or anything?
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 15, 2017 at 1:09am

Spud, I just read your question about my new living conditions. Northeastern Washington state and northern Idaho have been hotbeds for radical religious and political bodies for years.

White Nationalists, Christian Identity Movement, General Hate Groups, and those who feel they have been left out or overrun by "foreigners" gather in the mountains and valleys of this beautiful country. They come, build their homes, grow their food, gather for meetings of solidarity, and commit mischief if not crimes to get back at society. 

Along comes me, asking questions, writing articles, testing the waters. 

The partners that come into my family all have some religious and political differences with me. One granddaughter's partner is from a christian family of some strict denomination, the other granddaughter's partner comes from a Jehovah's Witness group, many of the neighbors and friends of the family are Mennonite. 

I am getting a lot of practice talking with people who think differently than I and who want to convince me with their rules and bible as their authority. I just keep asking questions: 

"Do you really believe ...?" or "Why are there so many wars between religious people?" or "How can you claim to love when there is so much hate-talk?" or "Do you think it is possible to be good without g-d?" or "Where do you get your authority?" or "How do you account for the ancient fossils in Gardner Cave? if the Earth is only 6,000 years old?"

The geology of the region has many features that stand out. On a mountain north of here is a cave, Gardner Cave, that was formed about "500 million years ago when all of the continents were one super-continent called Pangaea. During this period much of North America was covered by an ocean. When the sea creatures died, their shells, bones, and coral settled to the bottom, forming limestone ooze. This mud eventually turned into a rock called the Metaline Limestone. About 70 million years ago, as mountains were forming, this rock was folded and uplifted, and during this process, it developed cracks and voids. To form a limestone cave water must be present above the limestone as in a stream, rains or in this case mostly glaciers.

"Limestone will dissolve in acid, such as the acid formed when rainwater absorbs carbon dioxide, mostly from seeping through the soil. Even though carbonic or sulfuric acid is a weak solution, when it seeps into the ground and limestone over millions of years it will cause small cracks to enlarge as the limestone is carried away in solution. This process will enlarge the cracks and then produce larger and larger voids. If the source of water is a stream, it may disappear above ground and find an exit through the limestone downhill. The erosion of both the acids and water will carve out significant passages, vast caverns form."

I enjoy the banter. The people believe sincerely in their religious and political traditions. They are polite and civil and mystified by my thinking. They are great cooks; love potluck get-togethers, and are excellent storytellers. Their exaggerations are an art form! 

Comment by BenGee on February 15, 2017 at 12:38am

Bertold

I quite agree with you on every point of your comment without exception.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 15, 2017 at 12:35am

Joan - you made this comment in another thread that's thankfully closed.

  • Do we want more math, physics, astronomy and electrical engineering and conflict or more care, compassion, commitment, humanities, and peace? 
  • Oh! by the way, some girls excel at math, physics, astronomy, and electrical engineering and some boys excel at care, compassion, commitment, and humanities. 

You're a national treasure.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 15, 2017 at 12:22am

Glad to hear that you're still ticking along, Joan. The dinner sounds tasty. As you like fish, try trout poached in cider.

I've faked Zip codes before to sign petitions but I doubt I'd get away with ringing a congress man/woman.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 14, 2017 at 10:41pm

Joan, I'm glad you're OK!

Ruth, I appreciate your letters in Writing to Congress; they help me make timely, coherent phone calls to our senators and my congressman.

Carl, Democrats who have good positions still appreciate knowing that a certain number of constituents approve of them, and are likely to want to see them reelected. You can also push them for leadership on crucial issues.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 14, 2017 at 10:17pm

I'm very lucky that my two Senators and my House Representative are Democrats.  I usually don't need to contact them about issues because they're already on board with my thinking.  Of course, Barack Obama was my Senator for four years before he became President.  I will, however, write or call my Representatives if their positions are unknown to me.

Daniel, it is my plan to incorporate my laptop into my new desk.  However, I have a desk now that I really like, but with my new desk I could hide away the "clutter."

Joan, I'm so glad to hear your replacement pacemaker procedure went well.  You have a new heart for Valentine's Day! 

Comment by kathy: ky on February 14, 2017 at 7:40pm
Chris, I like the tips you posted and I'm going to start using them. For the fourth week there is no answer at the senators offices :)

I'll ky trying until I can at least get the machine.
McConnell sucks.
 

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