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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia yesterday. 1 Reply

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by kathy: ky on December 6, 2016 at 11:59pm
Head and shoulders? Is got to try that. Sweet E has allergies bad. Scratches constantly. I give her a benydril (sp?) every six hours. And lots of exercise chasing the ball. Weather permitting.
The vet put her on a pill that totally stopped the itching for about a month. Then I had to take her off of it because of the side effects. She started vomiting around week three. Then lost her appetite and started losing weight. Became lethargic. Within a week of stopping the med she was back to scratching but otherwise healthy.
Comment by kathy: ky on December 6, 2016 at 11:47pm
Lol Carl. That's a good one. I can't figure out how she got them in her little, squashed, mouth :)
Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 6, 2016 at 11:26pm

Kathy, I suppose you'll know when your boston is finished collecting eggs when you have an even dozen?  :)

Comment by Daniel W on December 6, 2016 at 10:57pm

Ruth, GC, where are you?

Kathy, Baigo appears totally comfortable, but is losing a lot of weight and cant get up at all without help.  We are considering our home a doggie hospice now.  Charlie really responded to a new flea pill, antiinflammatory med, and spa baths consisting of generic selsun and generic head and shoulders with conditioner.  He quit scratching, sleeps through the night, and can walk 8 blocks.  He is also weak, its a matter of time but no pain that I can see.

Your dog is amazing.  I have never heard of a dog doing that.

Comment by kathy: ky on December 6, 2016 at 10:44pm
Ruth has been missing the last few days. And grinning cat too.
Comment by kathy: ky on December 6, 2016 at 10:41pm
She brought up two more unbroken eggs today. I'm sure that's all of them now. Because she went out in the pouring rain to get the last one and she hates rain :)
Comment by kathy: ky on December 6, 2016 at 10:34pm
This is my second boston and both have been the most gentle dogs I've ever been around. With everyone and everything. I had Rottweiler's when I was younger and they were wonderful too. And, with the exception of one, also very gentle.
Daniel, how is Charley doing? I hope he's still well and comfortable.
Comment by Daniel W on December 6, 2016 at 10:02pm

Wow Kathy, what a good dog, and smart!

Comment by Daniel W on December 6, 2016 at 9:57pm

You know its bad when a snow plow loses control.  And plows into a cop who lost control.

Portland has about one ice storm every winter, with treacherous black ice. Black ice matters!  In a hilly town like Portland, there are lots and lots of sliders.

That reminds me of when I was a student.   lived uphill from the hospital.  During one ice storm I couldnt stand up, so I crouched on the slippery street and slid 3 blocks downhill, stopped by veering into a snowbank.  Those were the days :-)

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 6, 2016 at 11:40am

Carl, what a facinating pile-up!  I found some of it amusing, but I've slid out of control on ice before, and the loss of control and worry about the what I might hit was the opposite of amusing.  Luckily, I never hit any vehicle or person.  Just broke a barb-wire fence once, and ended-up in a deep ditch once.

 

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