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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky on Saturday. 20 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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 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 Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 21, 2016 at 9:29pm

When I was growing up it was quite ordinary to be out in the sun for long periods of time.  I had countless sunburns in my youth.  People didn't take the issue of sun overexposure as seriously then. 

I think the Coppertone ads from that era certainly speak that sentiment.  We always had Coppertone available in our house during the summer.  Ironically I rarely used it.  To me and other kids it seemed like an adult product for sunbathing....and kids didn't sunbath.  We just played outside exposed to the sun.

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 21, 2016 at 9:06pm

Just read today the heat wave encompasses many states and is affecting around 80 million people.  For me, air conditioning is a necessity.  Without it I feel sick, I don't eat, and my concentration gets muddled.  I basically start shutting down in weather like this.

I actually had my air conditioner off from this morning until mid-afternoon.  My apartment was able to stay cool enough from running it while I slept during off-peak usage hours at night which are billed at a lower rate per kilowatt.  It lowers my bill and takes some stress off "the grid."  

A couple or a few heat waves is common here during the summer, so this is not extraordinary.  However, which each passing year the overall average temperature is steadily increasing.

Right now as I type this there is loud thunder and lots of lightening as a severe thunderstorm has just arrived.  Tomorrow will feel worse with all the additional moisture.  But we do need the rain!

Comment by Plinius on July 21, 2016 at 10:00am

Good news, Joan, glad to hear!

The weather seems more or less average, with some highs and lows, hard to note a change when it's your environment. The winters are softer, not much frost and a lot of rain.

No air conditioning here...

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 21, 2016 at 7:54am

Joan, I'm glad to hear the good news about your eyes.  I'm curious.  What do your glasses correct for?

I never did sunbathe, but 50 years ago, when I was in California, I often went to the beach, and 2 or 3 times, got a bad sunburn.  That's probably the main reason I've had 5 skin cancers removed in the last 20 years.

I don't remember if skin cancer was mentioned much 50 years ago, but I'm sure It's more common knowledge now, so young people today have less excuse for damaging their skin than I did.

But, young people don't pay much attention to the harm they can do to their bodies that won't bother them until they're 50 or 60 years old.  What happens to them at that age seems to be of no concern.  I think I was also not much concerned when I was young.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 21, 2016 at 6:17am

Good news, Joan. 

Yes, it's hot. My old farm house stays cool in this heat, but with the humidity, I may turn on the AC. I'm concerned about mold.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2016 at 1:01am

@The Flying Atheist, @Plinius has the temperature been unseemly warm this year? I hope you have air conditioning! 

The people who fail to realize the risks they take by sunbathing may have to go through some harsh treatments as a result. I feel toward them as I do toward smokers, if they know the risks and take them, then I have little sympathy for them. For those who don't know the risks, I wonder under what log they have been sleeping? 

We have unseasonably cool weather and light rain showers, very pleasant. I wonder how the wheat and pea fields do in these weather conditions?

I had my yearly eye exam today, and all is well. Eye pressure, good; cataracts not needing surgery yet; no sign of damage due to diabetes; need a new prescription for my glasses. Good to go for another year. 

Comment by Plinius on July 20, 2016 at 10:51pm

We've just had two days like that, Carl, horrible! But still people go to the beach to get skin cancer - I really can't understand that! Today (not 6:00 yet) starts with light clouds, so I hope it will be cooler.

Happy Thursday to all!

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on July 20, 2016 at 2:23pm

Agreed, Flying Atheist.

Much better in cold, at least a person can add layers, but stripping completely still isn't cool enough in that kind of weather.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 20, 2016 at 2:02pm

Well, an excessive heat wave warning has been issued for my area starting tomorrow.  Temperatures will be in the 90's with high humidity and it will feel like between 105 and 115 degrees.  Ugh!  This is the kind of weather I absolutely hate the most.  I'd rather deal with 0-degrees with a foot of snow.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2016 at 11:22am

Carl and Chris, I agree, job splitting is one option and one that makes sense if the income is enough to sustain a family. Otherwise, a wage-worker would have to have two part-time jobs in order to maintain a home, food, health care costs, trasportation, etc. Two part time jobs present problems for scheduling and transport to and from work. 

 

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