Hang With Friends

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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev on Sunday. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius on Sunday. 27 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

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2016 at 11:17pm

Ruth, dreadful news, and so many things causing you a new normal; I know what you mean about tired, and you do remarkably well. I just am a slug, and I can enjoy it. 

I agree with you about the importance of unionization; more workers will understand the value as incomes decline and prices inflate. Not knowing what is happening cause some to work harder and not get organized with a union. 

Do you have a good support system to help and encourage you? 

It is brain-dead that is hard for me. A lot of things don't make any sense ... Oh! That isn't me; it's because a lot of things don't make any sense. 

I like the message from the grumpy, irritable cat. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 29, 2016 at 10:56pm

Oh, Flying Atheist, thanks for sharing the pictures of your parents anniversary. Very nice.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 29, 2016 at 10:55pm

Plinius, I empathize with your needing two days of rest and recuperation after working two days. I'm soooo glad I have adequate retirement from teaching. That was due to unionization. Since I left the profession, most teachers get short shrift in private schools and academies.

To update everyone on my situation: During August my husband got a shoulder replacement, and I only got to the gym 12 times. My blood sugar and blood pressure both got out of control. I'm on three BP medications now. My endocrinologist wanted me to see if exercise and diet would be adequate, with my current medication. I had to change my whole lifestyle around to go to the gym for an hour, 6 days a week, before breakfast. I'm not used to it yet, even after a month. My blood sugar keeps getting worse, in any case, and she's not returning my calls or email. Mostly I'm so achy and tired and brain dead that I've fallen behind in everything. Haven't lost any weight either. I've been irritable, grumpy.

image source, captions mine

Comment by Loren Miller on September 29, 2016 at 9:49pm

Best wishes to your folks, Carl!

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on September 29, 2016 at 8:59pm

Congrats to your folks, Flying Atheist!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 29, 2016 at 8:22pm

I've been very busy lately.  This past weekend we celebrated my parent's 60th (!) wedding anniversary.  Family started arriving in town the Wednesday before from Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa, California, and Washington states.  We had a very nice Italian buffet on Saturday and then dessert at an Aunt's house afterward.

My out-of-town family are Cubs fans, so attending a game is often on the agenda during the summer.  The Cubs won 9-2 over the Cincinnati Reds.  Wrigley Field is always a fun and festive ballpark.  We walked there from my sister's house which is only four blocks away.  Convenient with no transportation worries. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 29, 2016 at 7:57pm

Hello and happy Autumn to all of you.  I'm finally catching up here.  I think I've been missing in action for about one week.  I did try to sign on a couple days ago but was getting an error message.  I see that's already been discussed here.

Chris, I'm very sorry to hear about your recent health issues.  Is this all newly diagnosed?  I don't recall any mention of this in the past.  Of course I wish you well. 

I'm in the same situation of trying to avoid any falls.  I just saw my neurologist yesterday and he was quite surprised at my confidence, "normal" gait, and the speed of my walking.  I don't use a cane indoors because all the surfaces are flat.  However, I never go anywhere outside without it.  And I purposefully walk slower outside for safety.

Comment by k.h. ky on September 29, 2016 at 1:58pm
Thank you Loren. You always answer my question
Comment by Ian Mason on September 29, 2016 at 1:12pm

Comment by Loren Miller on September 29, 2016 at 11:39am

My apologies if I wasn't more clear, Kathy.  By "browser-dependent," I meant that the site may behave differently when accessed by different browsers, whether MS Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or some other application.  Right now, the more I look, the less I think that's the case, though I am not 100% sure.

I should also say that I don't think this is a malware issue.  I think that there are problems with the Ning engine (Ning is the base site which supports Atheist Nexus and a LOT of other websites).  A week or so ago, the problem got so severe that it took down, which took us and everyone else with it.  Right now, I think we're still looking at the fallout from that original incident.  Indeed, our little home here is currently behaving better, POSSIBLY because Ning woke up and smelled the coffee.  My problem is that I remember this past May, when things were a LOT worse.

All I ask is that, if you experience a problem, use the "Report an Issue" link and give me a shout as well.


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