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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 Idaho Spud on December 1, 2016 at 12:32pm

I just noticed that the United States Postal Service has a lot of religious stamps.  In just a 30 minute search I found  5 christian stamps, 1 Hanukkah stamp, 1 Hindu stamp, and 1 Islamic stamp.  But of course, none about atheism, even though atheists comprise about 20% of the population.

Isn't the 5 christian stamps against the separation of church and state?

Comment by Plinius on December 1, 2016 at 11:30am

National expansion - they do it only to get a better grip on a few small islands in the Meuse. I have not the slightest national or patriotic feeling and I really hate Wilders. He makes money from rousing people's unhappy feelings and puts the blame on foreigners - and I'm afraid he will win the elections with his usual one liners like Trump did.

I see I have been slow in answering - I work too hard but the mountain of chores won't disappear...

Comment by Loren Miller on December 1, 2016 at 8:58am

Believe me, Randall, the difference between a stretched 480p signal (old NTSC) and a full HD 720p or 1080i is considerable, and the larger your screen, the more you'll notice it.

Hope you enjoy!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 1, 2016 at 7:24am

I bit the bullet and upgraded my television package. I talked the guy on the phone into a better rate, saving $16/mo. So, for an extra dollar a day, I'll have HD (high definition) and more programs--not that that is a positive(!). (PS, Q-M: I've tried all those screen adjustments. It only does so much.)

Happy December 1st. It suddenly turned cold around these parts.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 30, 2016 at 2:34pm

National expansion, Chris. Wilders must be extatic.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/29/belgium-and-the-nethe...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 30, 2016 at 2:16pm

Bad luck, Randall. That's a lot of extra money every month. Keep a lookout for holiday special deals, though at Dish network.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 30, 2016 at 12:59pm

My last TV was still working when I got rid of it after more than 20 years. I only changed because the cable went digital. The electronics shop nearly fell over with shock when I asked for the smallest possible flat-screen model (28"). I must admit that electronics etc drive me to distraction.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 30, 2016 at 11:26am
Making connections with all the different electronic types and models from different manufacturers, and then to get the "right" package to make it all work is a nightmare. I wish there was more universal uniformity with all of it.
Comment by Plinius on November 30, 2016 at 9:13am

Bad news, Randall, you'd expect a well working set. I keep my 16 year old set going as long as possible...

Comment by Randall Smith on November 30, 2016 at 7:18am

I was surprised my new television set arrived yesterday! My daughter helped me set it up and running. Come to find out, unless I upgrade my DISH channel package, I can't get HD. The entire screen is not used, either--more like 38" rather than 48". I called DISH about it, but got the run-around. Upgrading would cost me another $50/mo!! Not worth it. Disappointing.

 

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