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God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Feb 19. 14 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 11, 2016 at 12:13am

To everybody here (but especially to Chris) I just saw this post and had to share.  It's beautiful.  Enjoy.

20 Photographic Proofs That Netherlands Is Europe’s Wonderland

Comment by Donald L. Engel on March 10, 2016 at 11:35pm

Isn't country life fun?  We've been living it for 25 years now, and we were only a little worried once, when a bobcat came out of the driveway just as we headed in.  The coyotes don't bother us much.  They eat the rabbits that eat our garden.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 10, 2016 at 11:29pm

Sad story, Joan.  You don't mention it, but can we assume no one in the car was hurt?  I hope you're all OK.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 10, 2016 at 10:48pm

Sadly, about a mile down the road on our way to Spokane, we hit a deer. The poor thing writhed in the road and we stopped, called Larry and we waited. Two men came along and they used a knife to kill her. Just then, Larry came with his gun and finished taking her out of her misery. Her back was clearly broken and she struggled mightily to get off the road and back into the forest. 

I'm having trouble with the forest, the coyotes coming right out in front of us to grab a goose or a chicken, and finding a beloved pet attacked by a clawed animal. 

We have three wonderful dogs that keep the cougars, coyotes and occasional bear away, but some wildlife kill and eat beloved animals. Poor old Rooster Cogburn was killed and One-Egg-a-Day Banty Hen was eaten by a raccoon.

Country life, with beak and claw, puts one close to nature. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 10, 2016 at 9:54am

Yes, Randy.  The demographic difference between collecting polling data information from land-line only phones definitely is known to skew results.  I have both a land-line number and a cell phone.  All the annoying calls I've been getting are on my listed land-line number.  I guess I didn't notice it as much in the past as I was constantly out of the house traveling.  I'm home all the time now. 

The recorded messages from politicians pleading for my vote or endorsing others has gotten so numerous and obnoxious.  I get calls for judges, state representatives, city alderman, board members for the Water Reclamation District, mayor, governor, county board, states attorney...the list goes on! 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 10, 2016 at 7:29am

I've never been called to answer a poll of any sort (excepting brands of liquor, which I ignored). Once I got a cell phone and discontinued my landline, I receive virtually no calls (to which I'm most grateful!). I'm wondering if that's one reason why the Michigan polls were so inaccurate in forecasting the outcome in the Demo primary. Perhaps mostly old people were being called on their landlines, while the younger generation, having cell phones, weren't being polled. Afterall, the only persons being called are those who have listed numbers, right? That's one reason I'll never be called. Just a thought.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2016 at 11:33pm

I like Paul Jay, Senior Editor, The Real News. 

TRN's story for today, March 9,

"Miracle Technology" Isn't Needed to Stop Climate Change

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 9, 2016 at 10:57pm

I agree Carl. The most irritating thing about the robocalls is you can't tell them to fuck themselves.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 9, 2016 at 10:47pm

Our election primary in Illinois is this coming Tues. March 15.  I can't wait for it to be over.  I'm all for being involved in the political process, but the non-stop robocalls from politicians has been akin to telephone harassment. 

When the "Do Not Call" lists were started years ago I didn't have a problem with political calls being exempt.  I figured they were an important communication tool in the political process.  I've completely changed my mind.  There's no reason a person should be subjected to such an annoyance in their own home. 

Times have changed.  We can obtain our political information on the internet.  Using telephones for political communication has gone the way of the punch-card and hanging chads.  

[rant over]

Comment by Plinius on March 9, 2016 at 5:09am

Thank you Carl!

 

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