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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 37 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 Joan Denoo on November 1, 2015 at 7:54pm

Have you seen the video just released by Nasa? NASA releases stunning 4K video of the sun as you’ve never seen it ...

It is a meditative piece lasting about 30 munites. Looking casually at it seems to have no motion except for the solar flares, but a careful look reveals little bits of action, then ribbons, and other intereting events happening. 

It is a splendid way to just look and not think or do anything. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 1, 2015 at 6:04pm

Ian, I'm jealous - he is an extraordinary actor. One of the best Sherlocks ever (next to Nicole Williamson in The Seven Percent Solution) despite Netflix having transplanted him into the 21st century and plagued him with irritating video effects.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 1, 2015 at 5:59pm

Wonderful! Marvelous! Just seen Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet via a live stream from London. The best Hamlet of my Shakespeare-loving life. It ended with an appeal for donations to refugee children, Cumberbatch quoting a poem:

"You don't flee your home unless home is the mouth of a shark.

You don't put a child in a boat unless the sea is safer than the land"

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2015 at 3:07pm

Ruth, a dreadful way to spend a day! Hope you feel better and have no reoccurrence. You wrote, "probably pinched nerve syndrome". what is the remedy for that?

Your Halloween photo perfectly catches the mood of the night. 

Randy, Living in Honduras must have some interesting events, do you plan to visit her there? I think optometry must be a good profession for a woman. Do you remember when there were no, or few, women in that profession? 

probably pinched nerve syndrome

Comment by Randall Smith on November 1, 2015 at 7:07am

Good news, Ruth! There's much good news going around these days.

I had two trick or treaters last night, that's all--my grandchildren! So cute. 

My oldest daughter (age 42) is home from Honduras (where she lives) for "continuing education" in optometry. Looking forward to seeing her tonight.

Comment by Plinius on November 1, 2015 at 1:21am

Looks like you had a very bad day, Ruth! I'm glad it wasn't thrombosis!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 31, 2015 at 10:49pm

Only got nine trick-or-treaters this year. Love this cat costume.

from cheezburger

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 31, 2015 at 10:30pm

Good news about your successful cataract surgery, k.h. ky!

Thanks for the update on your health, Flying Atheist. I look forward  your successful kidney operation.

Joan, perfect Mark Twain quote for today's US political scene.

Sorry I missed a couple of days. I spent a day in the ER, ruling out deep vein thrombosis. Hubby sat there in an 83 degree room with me all day. Well, the room was down to 77 by sunset, when I finally got discharged. The ultrasound was clean. I was very very happy. In retrospect the pain was probably pinched nerve syndrome. Didn't know it could manifest as an isolated pain in the back of the knee for hours. It took me another day to catch up with daily life.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 2:42pm

"The glory which is built upon a lie soon becomes a most unpleasant incumbrance. How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and how hard it is to undo that work again."

— Mark Twain

Mark Twain's Own Autobiography: The Chapters from the North, American Review, Page 87

 By Mark Twain

Comment by k.h. ky on October 30, 2015 at 10:57am
Carl; wonderful. That's also the date of my last cataract surgery so I'll be thinking of you! Still have the patch on from yesterday's procedure but I'm amazed at what I can see through the pinholes. I haven't seen this well since I was a child.
 

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