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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 9 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

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If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by Ian Mason on February 21, 2016 at 3:30pm

That is the impression I get, Carl. A slide into a 'every man for himself and the Devil take the hindmost' mentality.

Nice one, Bertold.

The Little Mermaid has been decapitated a couple of times as a protest over the years.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 21, 2016 at 7:16am

To both Bertold and Carl, good posts.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 20, 2016 at 10:10pm

Excellent, Bertold ... could not be said better!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 20, 2016 at 8:04pm

Ian, it's surprising to hear from you that the US is the model to look to.  I'd agree the US has been a good model for various reasons throughout our history, but for all the progress we've achieved it seems as though we are now entrenched in a current period of stagnation and dangerous retrograde policies.

Our current economic model is unsustainable and is only getting worse. 

Our current health care system generally works if you have the money to participate, but much is still broken and costs are astronomical.  I won't even mention the countless people who fall through the cracks.

Any social progress we've achieved is under constant attack from fringe religious zealots.  That would normally be something to laugh and scoff at, but these same people are elected to public office via a corrupt election redistricting method that does not represent the real majority opinion.  As a result, they enjoy great power and influence and must be taken seriously.

We've ended slavery and (in theory) have given equal rights to all, but this is on paper only.  There is so much more progress to achieve to meet this goal, yet we have people (many holding public office) fighting daily to reverse what many have fought and died for. 

Our current political and social model systemically suppresses all, but at a exponentially higher percentage if you are anything other than white. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 20, 2016 at 2:11pm

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Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 19, 2016 at 5:06pm

Thanks for the update, Ian.  We left Germany in the late 70's, and I didn't know what had developed since then.  Say hello to the "Little Mermaid" for us.  I would love to get back over there for a visit.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 19, 2016 at 3:01pm

It's quite true, Donald that things in Europe have declined over the past few decades. The U.S. has become the model to emulate, unfortunately. I failed my British "eleven-plus" exam and ended up in skilled manual work but even so could attend evening classes and go to university at the age of 25. Tuition was free and there was a student grant that was just sufficient to survive on. This was in the 80s. My nephews in Britain are now having to run up debts to get an education as tuition costs a lot of money and there are no grants. Here in Denmark, however my daughter managed 5 years of university without getting into debt as the situation is still reasonable. She had to work part-time to earn a little extra to live on but that's all.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 19, 2016 at 12:57pm

Nice one Loren (although there could be a second anchor still attached to the other side of the boat labeled U S Senate).

Comment by Loren Miller on February 19, 2016 at 11:30am

Rather says it all, don't it?

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 17, 2016 at 11:25pm

Randall, Bernie Sanders has a good thought, but under our present circumstances it won't fly.  He says all the other industrialized nations have free college, and free medical for everyone.

I can only speak based on my two tours of duty in Germany, and what one of my German friends advised me last year. Bernie wants a generally speaking, modest income tax.  The Germans are playing 54% income tax, plus a 25% VAT tax.  (The equivalent of our Sales Tax)  What we pay for a gallon of gas, they pay about the same for a liter.

Their medical program is not just wide open to what you want, but, for lack of the proper term, I will say it is metered out.   For instance, the wife of my German chess opponent had her knee replaced.  A couple of years later, the artificial knee came loose from the bone, and it was painful to her in addition to her constantly loosing her balance.  She couldn't just go to the doctor and ask him to replace the bad knee.  She had to meet a government medical board to get approval for the knee replacement.

As far as college is concerned, every German child, at the age of 11 years takes a test.  How they do on that test determines whether they can go to college or not.  If they pass the test, they are given academic courses.  If they fail the test, they get courses aimed at the trades.  ln other words, it is only free if the child passes a test at 11 years of age.

If they are getting welfare, they have to work for it.  It is quite common to see old people sweeping the streets.

Bernie has a good heart, but that isn't what we need right now.

We need someone with a good heart and workable solutions.

 

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