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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Grinning Cat on August 20, 2016 at 7:51am

Joan, I hope the surgery goes well and brings you relief, with full use of your hand soon!

Comment by Ian Mason on August 20, 2016 at 4:39am

Good luck, Joan. 

I don't know if I've posted this before but this is Noah's story as it happened in Lancashire.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqHHzb1m4CM

Comment by Plinius on August 20, 2016 at 3:07am

I had a few years of carpal tunnel trouble, but I was told to use less salt and to wait some time until my hormones calmed down. That solved the problem - so far.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 20, 2016 at 2:37am

@The Flying Atheist & Kathy, Do you mean: 

Name: Pat

Location: Olmsted, IL

Country: United States?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 20, 2016 at 1:00am

Thanks for the good wishes. I know that not all surgeries are successful. I have lost all feelings in my hands, have terrible night sessions of waking up with asleep hands and jump around the bedroom waving my arms trying to get circulation back into them. The neurological studies reveal some severely blocked whatever it is that gets stuck. I sought a second opinion, and he confirmed the diagnosis, treatment and expected to have a good outcome. I wear night braces that help a lot. I tried chiropractic with the supervision of a neurologist and still have no finger feelings. 

So, this next step makes sense to me. I'll keep you informed about the outcome. It is nothing; I asked to have mirrors set up so I can watch ... we will see. 

Comment by Plinius on August 20, 2016 at 12:27am

Good luck, Joan! I hope the operation helps - it doesn't always lessen the trouble, as far as I know.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 19, 2016 at 10:27pm

Yes, Joan, good luck with your surgery.  Also, thanks for posting the video of Noah.  I've never seen them (parts 1 & 2) before.  Very funny.  Ahh...the exasperation of trying to make logical sense of the illogical.  

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on August 19, 2016 at 5:30pm

Good luck with your surgery, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2016 at 5:15pm

How To Make Sourdough Starter

I am a great fan of Peter Reinhart and have several of his books, unfortunately, packed away in my books to move north. 

I don't use plastic at all, although King Arthur does as does this fellow. I use glass from start to finish. 

I also don't cover the starter with a solid top; I use several layers of cheesecloth or a damp cloth.

I put the starter in a place where there is no draft. Sometimes, I put the jar on top of the frig or the furnace if they are convenient. Anyplace that is warm. Some people use the oven with the pilot light on, and no heat. 

Everything else is as he describes. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2016 at 4:56pm

I have a Monday AM surgery for carpel tunnel of the left hand and expect to be all wrapped up in bandages for a while. Just warning you that I will be typing with one hand next week. 

Daniel, Experimenting with sourdough is part of the fun; let us know how your AM starter works with the aid of sun. 

Spud, I have used all kinds of homemade starter and each one has a particular taste. I tried potato water, rice water, flour water. All these recipes can be found on the internet. Give some a try. 

The very best starter, by far, was the one I got 55+ years ago when I lived in Alaska. Every once in a while, I get a faint reminder of the smell or taste of that beast! It was just out of this world. Sadly, I let it die when I returned to the "Lower US". 

 

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