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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 15 hours ago. 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 July 16, 2015 at 3:36am

Felaine, in 1941, construction recruiters went to the farming areas and to the cities of great migrations after the Dust Bowl to recruit builders of a massive railroad and highway system across the southern tier of the USA. The construction companies wanted poor farm men who knew how to work, had skills and were teachable, to create this gigantic project for moving men and material from coast to coast. We found out later that the preparation was for the Asian part of WW II. Dad got a job and we moved with him in a 12 foot long trailer to follow him as he moved across the Southern tier. My uncles were also part of that building project, but not at the same camps as Dad. Dad often talked about the many construction skills he learned from the Arkie and Okies with whom he worked.

Conditions were awful, as my mother described them years later. I had fun with all the Mexican and Blacks and Arkies and Okies. We sang songs, played games, shared meals, and generally had a dirty, poor, hot time of it. The Southern Tier was a motley crew if ever there was one.   

Comment by Plinius on July 16, 2015 at 2:04am

I know a little bit of that story from history books, The Grapes of Wrath, pictures by Dorothea Lange, but the reality must have been much harder.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 16, 2015 at 12:40am

My Mom's family were "Okies" who moved west to escape the Dust Bowl..  She could never bear to talk about it.  Nor could her sister and 4 brothers.  The brothers could talk about WW2 (they were all in it), but not the ghastly migration.

Comment by k.h. ky on July 16, 2015 at 12:27am
Randall, that is wonderful about rebuilding the soil.
I'm concerned about such things. The environment that is. The horror stories of the dust bowl aren't that far in the past.
And the recent rulings against the EPA...
Comment by Ian Mason on July 15, 2015 at 12:00am

Two of you now cultivating the soil, Randall and Joan. Exciting.

Got back from England yesterday evening. A very pleasant visit, although my sister-in-law has been very poorly. She has severe spinal problems and has been stuffed with painkillers to the point where they do more harm than good which meant going through the horrors of morphine and benzo-diazapam withdrawal. Fortunately she's improving now and will be sent on a pain-management course in a couple of months. She also feel more clear-headed than she has done in years. I tried to do my bit to help by doing a lot of listening plus cooking, ironing etc. My brother has to work full time and having to be her carer as well has been very wearing for him.

Comment by Plinius on July 14, 2015 at 9:02am

That ís exciting, Randall!

Comment by Randall Smith on July 14, 2015 at 7:17am

I'm not sure if I'm weird (although I've been called that), more like different. Nonetheless, I think I belong in that group.

I had my daughter, son-in-law, and their two kids over for fetticini two nights ago. I wanted to discuss the future of my farm, since they're taking it over (sustainable vegetable/animal crops). This will be the last year any acreage will be in corn or soybeans (cash rented). 150 years is enough. The soil is depleted of natural minerals. It's going to take a long time to restore it back to health. And it won't earn any money. But that's what we all want. I've taught conservation, and now I get to practice what I've preached--on a large scale, not just my own personal garden. Sort of exciting.

Comment by Plinius on July 14, 2015 at 1:29am

I have no idea what's that about, but my pc surprises me very often. Why does Always Always begin with a capital letter? Did I do that? How?

When I'm old and retired I'll take my first computer course...

Comment by Loren Miller on July 13, 2015 at 7:34pm

Tip of the Day for Ruth: An ALT-ernative is ALT-2-4-8 for the trusty ° sign!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 13, 2015 at 7:20pm

I forgot to tell you I also made from Larry's starter two sourdough breads, one with jalapeno peppers and the other loaf with rosemary. Both seemed to pass muster. 

The greenhouse arrived in two bundles this morning. The building begins. 

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