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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 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

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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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 12:57pm

Ice Witch, I hear you and sadly too many people live with their heads in the sand and don't know what is happening to society and why. This period of history is very much like the Roaring 20s when everyone thought they had a good life, when, in fact, the economy and society was headed for very tough times. I know this statement doesn't help you or meet your needs. But, the facts are, we, as a nation, are not preparing for what is coming. 

That said, Felaine, it means you and I and all the others who can see the future will not be surprised when the collapse occurs. 

As to your health problems, I am really sorry you hurt, don't have resources to help solve some of the problems, and society does not respond to human needs. "Greed is good" never works out for the long-term benefit of society. 

We have a few choices. We can
"leave the building", 
Take a strong look at reality and create a life full of positive thinking, 

Complain, cry, bitch, blame, accuse, regret, lament, whine, criticize, etc. 

Learn, explore options, examine feelings, look around you, investigate, consider alternatives, observe, celebrate, etc. 

Will life get better as we age? I don't think so. Too many organs to malfunction, to many aches and pains that cannot be treated, not enough resources to do what needs to be done. 

Your wonderful sense of humor, your interesting way of seeing the world, your insights into the foibles of life, your compassion, your attention and concern for others all blend together into a person we know as sk8eycat, Felaine, La Bruja del Hielo and Ice Wich. There is an old Chinese proverb, "She with many names has much love!"

sk8eycat 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 31, 2015 at 12:27pm

Pliny and Joan, thanks for asking.  I effing HURT!  And I'm angry; my doctor doesn't give a damn, congress wants to cut MedicareLess....and the whole country is too busy breeding to think about where and how all these people are going to live and feed themselves.

I lost some skin from my knees in last night's fiasco (I was wearing bicycle shorts 'cause the weather was hot yesterday)...and I think I need to have a spinal MRI, but it ain't gonna happen.  I can't afford the co-pay.  I would "leave the building" right now, but I can't even consider the thought of abandoning my cats and my autistic JW sister...  (I hope you've noticed the order of my priorities...Heh!)..

La Bruja del Hielo

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 12:00pm

Felaine, I am sorry to learn of your dizziness and fall. Those bumps and bangs to the body hurt, a lot! I hope you have no damage that slows you down! The decade of the 70s is very different than the decade of the 60s. I will soon reach 80 years old and expect to pay attention to the challenges that decade holds. 

Do be careful, take good care of yourself and enjoy each and every minute you can. 

Comment by Plinius on May 31, 2015 at 11:53am

How are you now, Sk8eycat? I hope better than Aunt. She is black and blue all over, loose teeth, and VERY scared. I hope you do better!

Aah! The gardens and ice mines of Luna City!

Comment by sk8eycat on May 31, 2015 at 11:39am

Dear Pliny, what a coincidence!  I had a major dizzy spell last night, and landed on my knees and hip on the hardwood floor.  Took me 10 minutes to crawl to a chair and haul myself upright again....still dizzy.  I was too angry to be scared. 

I'm 75, and sick and tired of fighting gravity....in 1969 I had hopes of retiring to 1/6 G, but Tricky Dick Nixon wiped out that dream. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 11:18am

Ian, your description and history of "hotbed" makes gardening and sharing such a healthy hobby even as it produces something useful. 

Now, if we can all eat strawberries at Xmas time, I will be happy. Too bad the peasants couldn't enjoy the benefits of fresh fruit during the cold weather of Elizabethan England.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 31, 2015 at 9:40am

Lovely team-work, Joan. A family to be proud of.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXo6G5mfmro

The garden bed resembles something I know as a 'hotbed': dig a hole, fill with horse manure, top off with soil. Brought from the Nederlands by Protestants fleeing Catholic persecution, it revolutionised vegetable and fruit farming in England. I've read somewhere that Elizabeth I ate strawberries at Xmas that way.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 31, 2015 at 7:39am

Ditto, Joan (to what Chris said). And don't worry about your repeat sentences. We know about the glich. Just keep writing!

Ian, I've never been to Ireland. Eager to hear about your trip.

Comment by Plinius on May 31, 2015 at 3:34am

That's quite something, a whole family working together in joy and harmony! Thanks for the story! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 3:04am

Ian, I remember Dublin with very fond memories. I was there during peony blossom time and I was sad that I could not be in my garden with these lovely colors. I went to a botanical garden in Dublin and discovered a most lovely peony garden, complete with tea room and biscuits.

 

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