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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 8 hours ago. 34 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2015 at 1:04pm
Ian, that's wonderful news! Congratulations.
Comment by Ian Mason on November 6, 2015 at 12:40pm

Glad to hear that you'll be seeing soon, Kathy.

Condolences with your loss, Bertold. Yes indeed, as good as it gets.

Northern Europe is having a pleasant mild spell at the moment. Rather grey with drizzle but above-average temperatures.

And so: It's happened at last. I'm going to make it into print. A publisher has just accepted 10 of my (in Danish) poems for a 'new talent' yearbook in 2016. I don't know how many will make the final cut but I'm floating on air just now. The letter contained some compliments and constructive criticism. Very nice.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2015 at 11:57am
Bertold, sorry you lost one of your furry family members. Nice to hear she made the most of her final days.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 6, 2015 at 11:19am

We lost #1 doggie yesterday. She was just shy of 15, played till her last day and made her final exit at home in bed. As good as it gets.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2015 at 11:17am
I'm really happy to know that you're getting your vision back, Kathy.
Comment by k.h. ky on November 6, 2015 at 9:48am
I'll be able to see the birds again!!
Big bonus.
Comment by k.h. ky on November 6, 2015 at 9:47am
Ky set a record nighttime high at 68°. It was 80° yesterday. I'm ready for cooler temps. Just a little cooler. Low sixties would be nice
Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2015 at 9:09am

I grew up in a household with two parents who were birdwatchers and who kept lists of birds seen in our backyard.  Their bird books are well worn and still used today.  You may be surprised at the vast array of birds there are in a major urban setting, especially during migration times. When I was a kid I could identify many birds myself, but like most things if you don't continue to use "it" you lose "it", which is were I am today.  

I also have to say that one of the benefits of back yard bird watching is the added joy of watching squirrels.  Yes, those cute rats with the fluffy tails are very comical and can provide outright laughter at times.    

Comment by Randall Smith on November 6, 2015 at 7:22am

What, no bird book, Joan?! You gotta get one. I use mine (and trees) all the time. The Sandhill cranes should be flying overhead to their winter homes pretty soon. Love that sight and sounds.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2015 at 12:03am

I woke up this morning to snowflakes as big as quarters that quickly covered the forest and ground. Jared left for work when it was 21 degrees F, or -6 C according to my handy gadget. I bundled up to get to the greenhouse and found it quite pleasant, altho I forgot to look at the temperatures while there. I won't be filling birdfeeders when it is this cold. I just scattered bird seeds around under the big red fir outside my window. A new bird flock arrived today. I still don't have a bird book. The one I have in Spokane is for Texas birds. It remained cold all day and I sat and read for a big part of the day. The snow was all gone when I went out to gather salad greens at about 5:00 PM.  

I tell Dominic I am going to the greenhouse and he leads me there, or I tell him I am headed for the tool shed and he leads me there. 

I wonder what our new normal will turn out to be, if there ever is a normal season again. Spokane had a snifter of snow this morning that didn't stick, according to Cary. 

 

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