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Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by kathy: ky Aug 9. 4 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Jonathan Simeone Aug 5. 29 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 3. 3 Replies

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

Tags: mystery, Bourne, Brian Dalton, Mr. Deity

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory Institute

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Jul 31. 3 Replies

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory InstituteI have followed the Justin Rhodes family for many months and each videa is unique. this one is about their adventures in Colorado, and…Continue

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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

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Comment by Randall Smith on July 30, 2017 at 7:56am

Lots of stuff to comment on, but I'll restrict myself to reflect on my visit to Brugge 50 years ago (gulp!).

I recall the city walls and moat. I remember a hay cart being pulled by a horse through the city. And mostly, I remember how difficult it was to ride a bike on cobbled streets! Mercy! It would be fun to return, although I'm betting it hasn't changed much. I am curious about the streets, however.

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2017 at 7:43am

Joan, Brugge is a lovely town, very well-kept and beautiful. I've enjoyed my visits very much!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2017 at 6:27am

Ian, two hours before domestic flights is the rule of thumb in the US as well.  Depending on the airport and the time of day, you may be surprised how quickly you get through security.

For international flights leaving the US (your return trip) the general rule is to arrive three hours before flight time.

You're a seasoned traveler, so I'm sure you know all about the liquid restrictions for your carry-on bags.

https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/liquids-rule

One regulation which is brand new, and is expected to be implemented over the next few weeks and months concerns electronics.  Laptops were always required to be taken out of bags and placed in a separate bin for x-ray screening.  Now, any electronic items larger than a cell phone need to follow the same procedure.  This basically applies to iPads, tablets, E-Readers, etc.  

https://www.tsa.gov/news/releases/2017/07/26/tsa-raising-aviation-s...

https://www.tsa.gov/

I'm glad to answer any questions for you that I'm able to.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2017 at 5:48am

Joan, thanks for that picture of the Milky Way over Monument Valley.  I saved it.  It's beautiful and amazing.  I checked to see if it was photoshopped and it appears to be a real picture.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2017 at 5:31am

Chris, I enjoyed seeing your current home town of Schiedam. It looks so clean and well cared for. The narrow streets imply that horses and wagon probably moved through them at one time. Your home town is ancient, compared to mine. Yours was founded in 1309 whereas mine was in 1873. Of course, I like the windmills, the facads of the buildings, tile roofs, cobble or brick streets, and the water looks clean. 

If I remember correctly, my ancesters in Brugge, Belgium, used dogs to pull carts of coal and produce through their narrow streets. 

 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 30, 2017 at 5:29am

Chris, that looks like a lovely town. No wonder you thrive there.

Joan, what was LBJ like? I've seen a documentary that said where it not for the Vietnam war, he would have gone down in history as a more progressive president than Kennedy.

Carl, I'll make sure I see the Parthenon. I expect to come back from the trip tired and sated with experiences.

A practical question. How long should I allow for getting through airport security? In Europe people are asked to turn up two hours before their flight. Is that enough in the U.S.?

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2017 at 3:32am

No Carl, I wasn't born here and I grew up in Rotterdam, where I stayed for 50 years. But I like Schiedam better, although we have unattractive suburbs too. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2017 at 3:21am

The wondrous beauties of space never cease to impress and awe me.  But personally, I prefer Snickers over Milky Way.   he he

 

Ian, your upcoming trip sounds like a lot of fun.  Did you know there's a full scale replica of the Parthenon in Nashville?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenon_(Nashville)

I've not been to Greece, so for me this was the next best thing.  It's quite beautiful.

Washington DC is a beautiful city with all its iconic structures, monuments, and museums.  It has a wonderful vibe.  It's both quintessentially American and extensively international.  There's lots to see and do.

Regarding New York City, whatever you desire, you'll find it there.  New York is an amazing city of orderly chaos.  All your senses will be delighted and disgusted.  I say that with love and respect for New York City.

Chris, I'm glad Patricia, her husband, and their home are safe.  I can't imagine the stress and fear of having to evacuate, not knowing what conditions you'll return to.

Thanks for posting the article on Schiedam!  It's so quaint and visually charming.  It looks and sounds like a wonderful place to live.  The canals, bridges, bricked passageways, windmills; it's all there!  Is that where you were born and spent your childhood?

Joan, the more you talk, the more amazed I am with all that you've done throughout your life.  You're an incredible woman!    

Comment by Lilac on July 30, 2017 at 2:06am

Beautiful town.

Comment by Plinius on July 29, 2017 at 11:59pm

Someone sent me this, about the town I live in. Nice pictures.

https://dutchreview.com/dutch-reviews/living-in-schiedam/ 

 

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