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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller 4 hours ago. 0 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 4 hours ago. 2 Replies

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 Plinius on November 9, 2016 at 12:57am

Such news! And we can do nothing but wait what happens.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 9, 2016 at 12:45am

Agreed, Ian. This looks like the tipping point where US politics pushes Climate Destabilization and every other kind of destabilization into high gear. I really expect tRump will start a nuclear war within a year. It never crossed my mind that I'd live to see the US controlled by Nazis and gamergate trolls. More than half our citizens appear to have lost touch with reality.

Immediate impact - stock market crash. I'll wake up with less retirement income. But then we all probably won't live as long as we'd imagined.

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Tomorrow I wear black to mourn. Actually I'm feeling Johnny Cash on the outside. One day means nothing when the entire world veers sharply toward surreal wasteland scenarios.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 8, 2016 at 11:27pm

Condolences to U.S. friends first but this will affect us all. Europe now sits between two demagogues, Putin and Trump. The future does not look bright.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2016 at 5:01pm

Carl, that is a beautiful sight and perfect for a walk. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 8, 2016 at 4:50pm

I've been meaning to post a photo of the Autumn colors by my house. I just remembered today on my walk to my voting location. I'm a little late. Many trees are already bare but there's still a lot of color remaining.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 8, 2016 at 3:35pm

I've been on one of my days out with a good friend. A gourmet lunch at the cafe where student chefs train, then a really breathtaking art exhibition (link follows) A wander round some charity shops where I picked up a few books and DVDs. Evening, lasagne and a film, "Dr Strange". Good special effects but no real story. A good day.

http://en.aros.dk/exhibitions_/2016/joana-vasconcelos/

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 8, 2016 at 3:34pm

At my polling place this morning, there were about 10 times as many people voting as there usually are.  I've never had to stand in line to vote before.  I wonder if it's because of all the ruckus about trump.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 8, 2016 at 3:29pm

Good luck, USA. I hope you escape the Orange Monster.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2016 at 10:56pm

Besides, I don't trust people to do what they say they are going to do. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2016 at 10:56pm

It sounds like those schemes some use to avoid paying bills on time; sending an empty envelope and then claiming to have sent the check; or check kiting to falsely inflate the balance of a checking account in order to allow written checks to clear that would otherwise bounce; or credit card kiting; or ...

I am too lazy to pull any of these shenanigans. 

 

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