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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 9 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by Idaho Spud on November 23, 2016 at 12:05pm

Daniel, sorry to disappoint, but the map was just an example of optimistic programming; the developers obviously never applied a sanity check to their results:  http://www.ganssle.com/tem/tem317.html#article2

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 23, 2016 at 11:42am

...Is this supposed to be... the lake of fire?...

There was a "proof" using physics and Bible quotes showing that heaven is hotter than hell!

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on November 23, 2016 at 11:34am

Spud, all of those temps are the same.  Where did the map come from?  Is this supposed to be after Armageddon when we are all in the lake of fire?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 22, 2016 at 3:26pm

Grinning Cat, I'll tell you one thing....that geekier person is not me!

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 22, 2016 at 3:23pm

Spud, I doubt it too, especially since those temperatures are some 70 times hotter than the core of our sun! (Fahrenheit works for estimating ratios at such extreme temps that dwarf the difference between 0°F and 0°K.)

Someone geekier than I could undoubtedly tell us exactly what sort of data type overflow or misinterpretation we're seeing on that map.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 22, 2016 at 3:08pm

2 Billion degree temperatures in Portland?  I've got some doubts.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 22, 2016 at 3:05pm

Just finished reading Malamud's 'The Fixer'. More frightening than Kafka. I also have a suspicion that anti-semitism, particularly in Russia is still alive and as foul as ever.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 22, 2016 at 3:02pm

Well done, Kathy. Great that you show your true colours.

Joan, what you write about depression is wonderful. I'm going to keep a copy and I'm sure it will bring sunshine into my bad days.

News is something a take very lightly so as not to feel crushed under it all.

Comment by Plinius on November 22, 2016 at 1:50pm

You're special, saving things from your mother's time! I don't, but I treasure the things I bought and found forty years ago when I started  on my own. That was such an exciting time! Even the garlic press I bought then and still use reminds me of it. All the rest disappeared, the hand-me-downs of course but even most of the old pictures. Nice, that feeling that there's nothing left rotting in corners!

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on November 22, 2016 at 1:33pm

Carl, Ning is still trying to get me to just drill a hole in the wall and run in a line from a gas grill tank.  No, no, no!  Oh well.

There are aspects that Im not looking forward to.  Demolition is my least favorite thing.  Most of it in this case is careful deconstruction so that I can reconstruct it hopefully without breaking anything.  After that, it's OK.

I also love that Joan has her mother's pie dish.  Maybe that's part of why I go to yard sales and second hand store for pyrex bowls and baking dishes.  They are not from my mom, but of that time.  I love those old bowls and dishes and use them every day, literally. 

Carl, I think you are right about the feral cats not eating rats.  They might eat mice and birds, and scavenge scraps keeping them from rats, but rats are too big and vicious for a rat to eat them.  You reminded me of when I lived near a cemetery, about Western and Peterson on the North side of Chicago.  I rode my bike every day down Western to UIC.  Some nights,  people would be standing by the cemetery fence with loaves of bread, throwing bread into the cemetery.  I looked, and saw a pack of gigantic, obese raccoons grabbing the bread.  Very strange.

 

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