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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia on Tuesday. 1 Reply

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

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

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 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

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

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 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

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Plinius on June 14, 2016 at 1:29pm

What is "Flag Day", Randall? As far as I can see the people of the USA hang their flags everywhere, always. I don't understand why, we never do such things here, apart from some royalty nuts and football hooligans. So please explain!

Comment by Donald L. Engel on June 14, 2016 at 11:38am

Happy Flag Day, Randall !!  It's raining in the Pacific northwest, so I don't have to work in the yard.  That's beginning to be a good thing.  LOL

 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 14, 2016 at 7:10am

How's everybody doing? Just hung my flag up as it's "Flag Day" in the U.S.--an ignored holiday for the most part. Nothing else special to report.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 10, 2016 at 1:45pm

It's sad about Bernie. It looked for a while as if the U.S. was going to get a progressive in the White House.

Balconia is a good place for a holiday, Chris. Mine's going to be Sofastan.

I've been busy trying to learn to drive fork-lifts. It's not going well and I don't expect to pass the test. I'm so strongly right-handed/left-eyed that I have almost no spacial/depth perception and can't see if two surfaces are aligned or not. That's not good when trying to lift and stack goods on pallets or in crates using a 2-ton machine. Oh, well: the sun is shining, my balcony plants are thriving and it's the weekend. Good things are all around us.

A pleasant weeekend to you all.

Comment by Plinius on June 10, 2016 at 12:25pm

Very busy, Randall! I had to pull out all the stops to manage everything thanks to a double helping of colds and flu. I even managed my last lesson of the season in a village near here and they liked it: hugs and kisses and a book token! I guess the whole village will enjoy my virusses this summer. Three weeks of lessons to do in Rotterdam and then I'll have my holidays in Balconia!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 9, 2016 at 6:53am

It's either a slow news week or everybody is busy--not much activity here at A/N. And I don't have much to say either (pronounced "eye"ther here). Just doing regular house and yard chores with occasional golf or walking tossed in. 

I'm a little disappointed Bernie got hammered in the California primary and is "history". No more watching politics on TV because a) I'm sick of it all, and b) I can't stand listening to either Hillary or Donald. It's going to be a long 5 months.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 5, 2016 at 11:16pm

Wow!  500 quarts of strawberries.  They are one of my favorite fruits.  My grandmother often had them in her fridge when I was growing up.  She liked them as well.  When visiting her I would often ask if she had any strawberries.  It was a nice little treat I could help myself to when they were in stock inside her fridge.  And of course grandmother's can't say "no" to such a request. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 5, 2016 at 8:26pm

Thanks for the link, Donald. The insurance companies like Blue Cross are costing more, but I don't think it's a direct result of Obamacare. In his recent interview Obama made the point that medical costs were rising even faster before the ACA, although they continue to rise at a lower rate. He mentioned that part of it is higher costs for medicine.

In 2015, due in part to the ACA, health care spending grew at the slowest rate on record (since 1960).  Meanwhile, health care price inflation is at its lowest rate in 50 years.

ObamaCare Facts: An Independent Site For ACA Advice

Randall, aren't you too old to pick strawberries all day long?

Comment by Randall Smith on June 5, 2016 at 7:06am

Oops. It was 4 years ago I went to the Reason Rally. Time flies.

Bad weather and all, my kids sold all 500 quarts of strawberries yesterday. At $4 each, that's a windfall!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 4, 2016 at 7:00am

While not there in person, I'm at the Reason Rally in spirit. I did go to it three years ago, riding in a bus all night coming and going (Indianapolis--D.C.). Miserable trip and weather that day. Center for Inquiry has today's activities updated on their website.

I'm recovering from a day of picking strawberries for my farm kids. It's hard on the back and knees bending over for hours. The berries are luscious. Hopefully, they'll sell out despite a cool rainy morning at the Farmers Market in Indy.

 

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