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The End of the World ... Again?!?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by The Flying Atheist yesterday. 11 Replies

Uh, guys and gals?  Hate to tell you, but the world ended the other day.  And the hell of it is, I MISSED IT!  Yeah, too busy with other stuff, mowing the lawn, enjoying the company of my wife, and taking care of puddy-cats, and I just MISSED it!One…Continue

Tags: AronRa, prophecy, end of the world

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

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

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

Sam Harris The Case Against Christianity

Started by dudaboli yev. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 30. 1 Reply

Sam Harris The Case Against Christianity Sam Harris offers his case against the Christian god conceptSamuel Benjamin "Sam" Harris is an American author, neuroscientist, philosopher, the co-founder and chief executive of Project Reason, a non-profit…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

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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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2015 at 11:51am

@Chris, I just watched a news report of a storm in Norway on Jan 10 that showed houses, streets, trees, and seawalls falling into the sea. Did the Netherlands get hit by that storm? Even though you have the dikes, what problems do you experience from the change in climate?

Comment by Plinius on February 5, 2015 at 2:42am

Good info, Ian, thanks. It seems to me that at least part of the problem comes from people claiming land, a nationality and privileges because of ancestors  who could perhaps have lived in an area. I wouldn't think of doing that, even if I knew where my ancestors camped 3500 years ago. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 11:11pm

I also want to say that I think it is time we get over nationalism. After all, we all part of the planet, we have the same threats of weather, drought, famines, epidemics, natural disasters and we all can benefit by working together in a partnership way. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 11:09pm

Ian, thank you for that information. It just seems so odd to me that peopl from that area must be at least cousins. I like your statement: 

"Genetic research in most parts of the world indicates that the DNA of populations doesn't change much over millenia. It's just the dominant ruling elite that changes. The sooner people realise that, the better. Then perhaps the danger of nationalism will wither away.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 4, 2015 at 10:55pm

Chris, thanks for the solidarity. There have been a few famous non-drivers, John Entwistle for one who(!) like me, also collected tea pots.

During my trip to Israel last Spring I went to the Israel Museum and found out the following: the Hebrews were, in the "Mosaic" period, an east.Canaanite tribe living as herders in what is now Jordan. They took advantage of a power vacuum when the Hittite empire collapsed and invaded what is now Israel. The Philistines were the notorious "sea people", a bunch of pirates who ravaged the eastern Med. before settling in Gaza. They brought with them knowledge of iron working and were dominant in their little area for some years. All of this happened about 3,500 years ago, according to current archeological/historical thinking. Genetic research in most parts of the world indicates that the DNA of populations doesn't change much over millenia. It's just the dominant ruling elite that changes. The sooner people realise that, the better. Then perhaps the danger of nationalism will wither away.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 6:05pm

OK it was a joke, it seems odd to me that a senator would make a joke like that with so many around him that do not get his humor. 
The Ken Ham joke, I got. You and I were not at the place that Moses was, nor was Ken Ham at the place where Adam was. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 4, 2015 at 5:48pm

Some of my molecules or atoms may have been there, but "Moses" was in fantasyland.  (I forgot about that part,)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 4, 2015 at 3:41pm

Yes, it was a joke, as was my quote from Ken Ham (who honestly uses that question in an attempt to dispute evolution.) 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 3:23pm

Patricia, as usual, I do not see the joke ... it isn't funny. I don't know if it is me, not having a funny bone or the one telling the story has a warped funny bone. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 3:20pm

“As a matter of fact I think this is one where I think I can illustrate the point,”... “I don’t have any problem with Starbucks if they choose to opt out of this policy as long as they post a sign that says we don’t require our employees to wash their hands after leaving the restroom. The market will take care of that. It’s one example.”

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)

"(Is requiring a sign not a regulation?)"

~ author unknown

Well, my answer to Senator Tillis is that with regard to "employees washing their hands" as a policy, is a health issue, not a free-market issue. I far prefer an "employees wash you hands sign" than an "employees do not have to wash their hands." There are some things the market cannot control. If there is a violation with either sign, if there is an outbreak of contagious disease traced to that place of business, who would be responsible and accountable to pursue the unhealthy conditions. ? 


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