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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 3 hours ago. 39 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 Grinning Cat on June 22, 2015 at 5:25pm

Or perhaps the beaker is twice as big as it needs to be. :-)

I don't have your education, Joan, but do appreciate the power of framing! For example, at the senior center where a local community group holds contra dances, a poster offered free workshops with one-on-one help to "Update your computer skills". (It listed a wide range of areas, along the lines of email, web, Facebook, smart­phones, and ebook readers). That title caught my attention as a way to invite people at any level of familiarity and expertise, even if someone's never had a computer or never used email before. It did not mention "beginners" or "seniors", no implication of "we'll help you geezers join the 21st century."

Another example: if you're trying to reassure someone that shark attacks are astoundingly rare, and not something to be afraid of, saying that you're 3 1/3 times more likely to drown than to be attacked by a shark is small comfort if it evokes fear of drowning. But we generally aren't afraid of deer, and don't worry about deer accidents. Yet you're 300 times more likely to be killed by a deer (if your car hits it) than by a shark.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2015 at 3:24pm

We have an eight-ounce beaker with four ounces of water in it.

Is the glass half full or half empty? 

Yes, the way we use language makes a big difference on how we experience life, does it not?!

Do you remember in college learning about neuro-linguistic programming? It was part of my training in education, to phrase my comments in positive frames. 

So, Summer Solstice means the beginning of summer and the days starting to get shorter. My neuro-linguistic programming didn't work for me with that thought. If I had depression it was on the day that began to get shorter. I didn't have depression on the shortest day of the year, I knew spring was on the way. So much for fancy words and ideas. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2015 at 3:16pm

Randy, I took what information you supplied: 

"'15 Toyota truck," "pyrite mica".

 

I Googled these words and came up with some leads. I chose "Images" and received a page of photos of '15 Toyota trucks, pyrite mica. 

I did a "Control + Click" and a drop down menu appeared. 

I chose "Copy Image URL". 

I pasted it into the photo box at the top of the Comment. 

As if by magic, it appeared in my comment. 

I am using Google Chrome with a MadBook Pro, if that makes any difference. 

'15

Comment by Randall Smith on June 22, 2015 at 7:28am

Upon reflection, I thought my "days will be getter shorter" statement of the solstice was a "glass half empty" view. I should be more upbeat. Or is it the other way around (half full)? I never did figure that one out!

Joan, yes, that's the color of my new truck! Nice work. Wish I could learn to do that.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2015 at 7:32pm

Felaine, that is a beautiful picture for Summer Solstice. Thanks!

Comment by sk8eycat on June 21, 2015 at 7:15pm

Comment by Ian Mason on June 21, 2015 at 1:15pm

Happy Father's Day and Solstice one and all.

Had a senior moment today that's becoming a habit. Go to supermarket, take goods to check-out, pay and then leave one or two items behind. To be fair, my mind was on other things and I had been at work all night but this never used to happen.

I'm packed and ready (I hope) to leave for Dublin very early tomorrow. Nice :-) Return late on Saturday/early Sunday having enjoyed the cultural highspots. Be good and stay safe.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2015 at 12:33pm

Randy, if this is the color of your new truck, I like it very much. Will it be easier to keep looking clean than the red? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2015 at 12:24pm

No Surprise here. "I side with.com" I am "strongly left wing", more liberal than other Spokane voters. 

I side with Democrats, then Green Party, then Socialist. 

I side with Green Party on Social and Domestic issues, with Democrats on all others. 

I vote more in line with Washington State Congressional District 7, which is part of Seattle, Vashon Island, Edmonds area. 

Oh Oh! I live in a conservative city in a conservative state, with a conservative family and moving to a more conservative town. Not only am I more liberal, I am more anti-religion than the place where I am moving. I will have my work cut out for me. Actually, No! I have been able to ask questions of my family and their friends and not get blown away, literally. It is the young hot heads that give me a pause. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2015 at 11:08am

Happy Fathers' Day to all the Dads on this site. May your day be full to overflowing of people you love and who love you, of delicious food, beautiful sights, pleasant sounds and delightful aromas. 

Today, in 31 minutes the Summer Solstice occurs. I'm harvesting garlic and soaking up the longest day of the year. Randy, I too feel a twinge of sadness that the days will now begin to shorten. 

 

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