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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

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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

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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


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 Daniel W on January 28, 2017 at 8:56pm

 Carl, pizza sounds like a great choice for Chinese pizza.  Im thinking they could put on the toppings with a yinyang design.

Ruth, nice colorful greeting for the year of the rooster!

Comment by Daniel W on January 28, 2017 at 8:53pm

Chrid, my parents' Chambers gas range was a kitchen standard.  They bought it in 1945 and were still using it when they died 4 years ago.  I still worked fine.  The electronics on the Maytag gas range at my old place broke down after 3 years.  The repairman said most energy star appliances are basically disposable due to shoddy digital controls.  What you say about earthquake safety makes sense.  I got a horizontal LP tank so it is more earthquake stable but did not know that about shutoff valve.  Maybe it tripped on its travels to my house.  I installed the appliances and fixtures, so I know about some of their features.

Comment by Chris on January 28, 2017 at 8:38pm

Chinese New Year back ground.

I find Confucious and the Buddah  interesting.

Comment by Chris on January 28, 2017 at 8:19pm

I don't feel much like an Ox or water snake as I traverse the lunar calander.

It's unfortunate that many don't understand basic principals for husehold appliances or connections.

Insurance options for basic appliances seem to indicate the company making them are peices of shit.

There used to be a time when appliance companies made things that lasted for at least two years.

Now - just looked at microwave ovens from Sears - they cost $400-600 each. The insurance was ~20% so an addition al $200 for two years of coverage.

There seems to be something fundamentally wrong with that model.

Strange that consumers purchase an insurance policy for a product that should come with a basic guarantee.

Is that conspicuious consumerum and planned oblescence at it's best, or at it's worst?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 28, 2017 at 7:42pm

Glad you got that stove installed without "fireworks", Daniel. Thanks for sharing the picture.

Pizza for Chinese New Year's, go for it Flying Atheist.

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Comment by Chris on January 28, 2017 at 6:51pm

Here in California with earthquakes there is a motion sensor that will shut off the main gas line to the house to prevent uncontrolled fires.

Each appliance should have a valve so the appliance can be remeoved and repaired without turning off the gas to the entire house.

The same goes for all appliances such as sinks.

Sadly maybe many don't know how infrastructure even to their house works.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 28, 2017 at 5:05pm

Happy New Year to all.  Hope you're having a nice weekend.  I had dinner out last night with my friend at our favorite spot for super thin crust pizza.  Half pepperoni and half Italian sausage for me.  Today's meals are all meatless.  


Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 28, 2017 at 4:57pm

Fantastic job, Daniel.  Looks great.  After all the frustration and extra work you went through, I'm glad you're not only happy with the result, but that you have some unexpected perks. 

Comment by Daniel W on January 28, 2017 at 3:49pm

Spud, in my frustration I wondered if the manufacturer designed a lockout mechanism to prevent do-it-yourself installation, either digital or mechanical.  At least one state, Massachussets, requires professional installation by law.   Maybe that's the point.  The gasline itself uncludes a shutoff valve as required in the specs and builders code.  So there are 2 shutoff valves within about a foot of each other.  Regardless, it works!  I do have an alarm that detects CO and propane, and it is reading 0 so that is reassuring.  Plus the LP supplier also checks for leaks.

I did speak to an appliance repair tech, who told me there is no shutoff valve.  hmmmm.... 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 28, 2017 at 10:32am

Nice looking kitchen.

Why would the stove have a hidden, undocumented shut-off valve?  Crazy! 


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