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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 20 minutes ago. 3 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 17 hours ago. 2 Replies

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 Joan Denoo on August 25, 2017 at 3:24pm

Update from Patricia Aug 25, 2017

We're doing ok Joan, thanks. 

When its smoky, we just stay inside with windows shut, & the air conditioner running. Wearing a mask to go out is a must when its bad but I only go out for the necessary food shopping, & keep the trip as short as I can. It has been better the last couple of days, but we take what we get.

We seem relatively safe right now but electrical storms or winds can turn that around in a hurry so we're still packed to go if needed.

We never get much rain here, so we have to rely on the snows to help, but due to the (denied) global warming, we sometimes don't get snow now, or very little.

I wrote a letter to the newspaper to thank everyone in Prince George, the firefighters, the Red Cross, the bus drivers, & volunteers, for being so generous with their time, effort, & help to us through this. I also made a post in Twitter. Many Prince George citizens opened their homes, campers, trailers, etc. to help house so many people, & we intend to do the same should the need arise in the future. 

Fires like these are now not in the distance, but right at our doors, & its only going to get worse. I often think of Laura & Larry when we hear of new starts, even if its not in your area.

Rick has to see his cardiologist in Kelowna next month for his yearly check up, but another new aggressive fire has started near there. No way are we allowed to put this into the backs of our minds yet. I have also still heard nothing about my hip replacement.

P.  (Patricia)

Comment by Plinius on August 25, 2017 at 2:23pm

I think Patricia has lots of trouble. She can't unpack after the evacuation, because the fires can flare up any moment, she has to wear a mask when going out, and the pics she sent show a thick smog. I wonder if climate change will leave a habitable place to live over there... 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 25, 2017 at 2:14pm

A horrific column by Charlie Pierce--

Freedom Means Shooting Bear Cubs While They're Hibernating

  • In this case, the Trump administration is going to bat for the National Rifle Association and sporting groups that have close ties to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Donald Trump Jr. and Trump himself. "Expanding access to National Parks and public lands for hunting, fishing, and recreation is and remains a top priority of this administration," said Swift. The NRA and hunting and fishing organizations have lobbied Congress for years to pass versions of the "Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act," also known as the SHARE Act. According to the NRA, the legislation is aimed at improving hunting access on public lands while removing regulations promoted by "animal rights extremists."
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2017 at 1:58pm
Comment by Grinning Cat on August 25, 2017 at 11:15am

Or do without nonhuman animals entirely, as in The Most Dangerous Game.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 25, 2017 at 10:59am
Cat, that would be a fun sport :)
Comment by Grinning Cat on August 25, 2017 at 9:28am

I never understood how guys going hunting or fishing called themselves "sportsmen".

(Maybe it'd be more "sporting" if the animals had guns and could shoot back...)

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2017 at 2:31am

How it can be called 'sport' is beyond me. I was very pleased when fox hunting was banned in the UK.

Good move, Chris. I would have loved to see that.

Comment by Chris on August 25, 2017 at 12:40am

I went to a restaurant where a trophy animal head was hanging on the wall and hung my coat on it.   

The look the proprietor gave me was amusing. 

Comment by kathy: ky on August 25, 2017 at 12:32am
Killing animals for sport is sick imo
 

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