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The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G on Wednesday. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Tuesday. 4 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

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Monday. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

NBC News Gives Ken Ham Free Advertising

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jul 2. 13 Replies

Ordinarily I toggle between CBS News with Scott Pelley and NBC News with Lester Holt in the early evening, mostly to avoid commercials, but I'm wondering if I should give ABC's news division another chance after this evening's broadcast.  NBC…Continue

Tags: advertisement, Ken Ham, Ark Encounter, News, NBC

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Comment by Randall Smith on May 17, 2016 at 6:59am

Q-M, perhaps it was Yanni. Soprano sax by anybody grates (on) my ear, brain, and senses. That's especially true of so-called "smooth jazz".

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on May 16, 2016 at 1:41pm

Good to see you back safe, Randall. 

Kenny G? Shouldn't it be Yanni's music playing in Greece?

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2016 at 11:06am

Randy, glad to have you back and read a little about your trip to Greece!!! Your daughter as companion sounds invigorating mentally and physically. I don't remember the city of Thessalonika, but the holes we dug and the artifacts we found in the outskirts were memorable. 

Our A/N down time has been a bummer, hopefully, it is all cleared up. 

Comment by Donald L. Engel on May 16, 2016 at 10:33am

Welcome back, Randall.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 16, 2016 at 7:25am

I'm back, and it's good to be able to read and comment here at A/N. I understand there's been some problems. Glad to have missed them.

My trip to Greece with my daughter (age 42) was all I expected it to be, with a few exceptions: the Acropolis was closed due to Greece's Easter (May 1); there was a public transportation strike for 4 days that disrupted travel; airports play nothing but Kenny G (whom I loathe); and airplane travel is no fun.

Other than that, northern Greece and Corfu was spectacular. Thessalonika is a very large city (unexpectedly so), Mt. Olympus and the Pinus Mts. are massive and snow covered (ditto). Hiking in deep gorges and up steep mountains was rigorous and long (up to 10 miles). Scenery is incredible! The guides were terrific. Accommodations and food wonderful.

There were ten of us--all Sierra Club members, plus the leader and two guides. Some went rafting. Not me. I fell backwards earlier when fording a stream and hurt my tailbone making it difficult to sit down. We had time to explore on our own, especially in cities. Corfu--island and city proper, for example, was much more densely populated and urbanized than I expected. Every Greek sits around drinking lots of coffee and smokes (and stares at Americans).

Overall, it was a great experience. And spending quality time with my daughter was priceless. We had a blast. Still, it's nice to be home.

Comment by Plinius on May 14, 2016 at 3:08am

We'll see. I've spent hours trying to post messages this week, I hope thing will go back to normal.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 13, 2016 at 2:37pm

And once again, Atheist Nexus is back up.  Question is: how long will it STAY that way???

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 13, 2016 at 2:07am

I share this book cover with you, not because I have read it, but the cover makes me laugh! Looks like some great contributors to the edited volume. 

What to Think About Machines That Think

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on May 10, 2016 at 7:48pm

Beautiful animals.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2016 at 7:43pm

 

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