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Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan 10 hours ago. 13 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Idaho Spud on August 28, 2014 at 1:54pm

Joan, I usually ride on the road with my recumbent trike for several reasons.  One, there's less snow and ice on the road.  Two, the road is less bumpy than the sidewalks.  

Three, when riding on the sidewalk, I don't like stopping at each intersection, and waiting for all traffic to disappear before I go again.  When riding on the road, I actually feel safer, because cars can see me better.

My ride to work was uphill but was at 6AM, so not much traffic.  My ride home was downhill, so I could keep up with traffic, and rode fully in the roadway just like a car.  Again, I was more visible that way.  I increase my visibility by having a multicolored twirling windsock type of thing on a pole.

My trike does well on ice as long as I didn't push too hard, and it does well with snow, which is usually less than an inch.

With a trike, the 3 wheels means you won't fall over if you slip on ice or snow (or gravel).  

I've only fallen over twice.  Both times were when I was learning and turned corners too sharp and fast.  It happened on dry pavement when there was enough friction to keep my tires from skidding.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 28, 2014 at 7:40am

GC - you reminded me of Woody Allen's crack that if there is a god, he must be an underachiever.

Comment by Plinius on August 28, 2014 at 7:14am

It's our BS-detector, Randall.  "innocent" also irritates me - should I be overjoyed when someone dies who is not innocent? Innocent of what?

Comment by Randall Smith on August 28, 2014 at 6:55am

When I read or hear about "innocent" people being killed (or whatever), I often transfer my sad feelings to a rationalized expression of "See--what kind of god would allow such a thing to happen? Ha. Showed you." I'm not proud of feeling that way, but it helps deaden the sadness.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 28, 2014 at 1:25am

Here's another fun song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9bMi4s_yOE&list=PL4F31A2E482D6...

I found a whole slew of Atheist songs on YouTube...don't know why I never looked for any till tonight.
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Grinner, I am SO Mac illiterate that I don't know how to do anything but look at my own ugly face on the screen, and click icons just to see what happens. 

I NEED to learn to use that Mac because this Dell is 10 years old, slowing down, and crashes or freezes at least 4 times a day.  I actually do two small jobs via the net...I don't get paid for them, but it's something to keep me busy for one week a month.

I'm effing BORED!
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When everyone was talking about swearing, I realized that I don't "swear" at all, I just cuss (use dirty words).  I'll say "ohhhhhh sh*t" and the F-word occasionally, but my hyper-religious sister is the one who says "godammit" when she drops a spoon or something equally trivial. I think Homer Simpson is her role model since she has Asperger's Syndrome, and doesn't really understand how real humans behave.  She will be 70 in November....

Comment by sk8eycat on August 28, 2014 at 12:57am

I found a couple of shortened versions of Dan Barker's atheist songs on YouTube (Hallelujah!  *snicker*)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIoXPlGwois

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 28, 2014 at 12:49am

The good but quite limited god Harold Kushner posits in When Bad Things Happen to Good People, who's just as outraged as we are over tragedies and injustice, makes much more sense than the traditional version. (Then again, people here would agree that any god is imaginary and unnecessary.)

Kushner, a rabbi who had a traditional view of God, was moved to rethink his beliefs when his son died of progeria, literally dying of old age in his teens. He absolutely rejects "mysterious plans" bullshit as profoundly immoral.

(The "moral supporter" sort of god Kushner came to believe in reminds me somewhat of the idea of "avatars" I read about somewhere else: characters -- like Lady Liberty, Santa Claus, or the Geico gecko -- who exist only in our cultural consciousness, but who, unlike those examples, speak and advocate for the well-being of all of humanity, and know they're fictional.)

When Bad Things Happen to Good People might be worth recommending to all those Facebook theists!

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 28, 2014 at 12:46am

Felaine, I too love that password, and how your sister will have to use it! (Just make sure she doesn't figure out how to change it! Or... does MacOS have a feature similar to that of Windows, where it can create a special "password reset disk" using a flash drive, that'll let you log in without the possibly changed password?)

Comment by Plinius on August 28, 2014 at 12:36am

I love that password! And your intention!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 28, 2014 at 12:30am

Can you post, "Nothing Fails Like Prayer," and get away with it? That is a quote by Anne Nicol Gaylor, co-founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. 

I made it the log-on password for the MacBook that I still haven't learned to use.  I want to see my JW sister's face when I tell her that's what she has to type to turn the thing on.  LMAO

 

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