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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

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

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 20, 2017 at 8:14pm

My husband had a knee replacement. It's great now, all fixed. Just surgery recovery to endure and physical therapy.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 20, 2017 at 6:11pm

Plinius, like Joan said, I'm sorry about your walking troubles.  I can relate a little because my knees are giving me a hard time going up & down stairs.  Not nearly as bad as yours, but I may get there someday.

My dad's knees gave him a great deal of pain in the last few years of his life and so he mostly just sat.  He didn't want to have his knees replaced with artificial ones, as a friend scared him about it.  But dad had a hip replaced and it gave him good pain-free service.

If my knees get bad, I'll definitely consider artificial ones.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 20, 2017 at 6:04pm

Carl, I was looking for a phrase to use instead of "I hope", and I like what you said: "my best to you".

I don't like using "I wish", and other such terms anymore because since leaving religion, I don't really wish anymore, but have a hard time thinking of what to substitute for them.

I hope is not as bad as I wish, but still sounds a little too much like daydreaming.  Maybe I'm wrong.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2017 at 5:52pm

Chris, I am sorry to learn of your continuing problems with your knees, walking, and climbing stairs. You are wise to see an orthopedic specialist. Hopefully, they will find a remedy for you. 

If I remember correctly, you have an elevator to your apartment. Do you have to use a stairway to climb to get to your garden?

Life seems to offer more stairs as we get older than when we were youngsters.

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 20, 2017 at 5:35pm

Pinius....Lets hope you do not have kneasles....crossing my fingers for you....

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 20, 2017 at 4:39pm

Chris, my best to you for you medical appointment.  I know all too well the difficulties of stairs...and also being out of balance when I walk.  Do you have many stairs to get into your home?  I'm quite lucky I don't have any in my current location.  Any future apartments of mine will have to have an elevator.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 20, 2017 at 2:27pm

I hope to hear good news about your knees Plinius.

Comment by Plinius on January 20, 2017 at 2:21pm

At last I made an appointment at an orthopedic clinic, high time I get some help with my poor knees. Walking is difficult, climbing stairs more difficult.... you all know stories like that. So I can sit back, wait for the appointment and allow them to help me.

Comment by Chris on January 19, 2017 at 11:59am

Thanks for the information about Nat Geo Joan.

I havent seen the GIZMODO web site before.

Comment by Chris on January 19, 2017 at 11:11am

Some say canabinoids are part of the human brain.

Alcohol, as I understand it was historically used because water wasn't safe to drink.  W.C. Fields said many things about the advantages of drinking alcohol over water including: "Fish f*ck in it."

 

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