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How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

the value of offence | qualiasoup & theramintrees

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Mar 3. 3 Replies

To me, this is a big deal (though it may not be to them): two great YouTube video producers have joined forces to deliver one very powerful message on an important subject.  TheraminTrees and QualiaSoup (brothers, I believe) have recently released a…Continue

Tags: offence, offense, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Idaho Spud on October 11, 2016 at 9:29am

I like your update Randy.  Interesting facts about your reunion.

I've never been to any reunion except for family ones.  I could see no reason to go to my High School reunions because In High School, I was very shy and introverted, so didn't have any friends there, and kew very few people.

My college trade and technical electronic school never had any reunions.

I never got around to going to my Scottish missionary reunions when I was still a believer, and now, I wouldn't be caught dead there.

I will also not go to anymore family reunions because they are all mormon zombies.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 11, 2016 at 7:07am

The last time I saw Paris was 49 years ago, sometime between your juxtaposed snapshots, Carl. fun to see.

Since last I checked in here, I did survive my class reunion. We had an Elvis "impersonater" for entertainment. Good, but I was never an Elvis fan (or any rock and roll, for that matter). There were 12 single women attending, and I was the only single man! 40 total classmates out of 186 in my class (1961). Many dead.

Watched football rather than the debate, thankfully. Babysat for 5 hours (4 and 1 year old grandkids). And, I went to the dentist where my daughter cleaned my teeth. One cavity, darn it.

That's my update. Be well, all!

Comment by Plinius on October 11, 2016 at 12:52am

Beautiful, Carl!

Comment by Plinius on October 11, 2016 at 12:46am

Panic before closing time - I love that, Ian!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 10, 2016 at 8:59pm

Nice, Flying Atheist! Idaho Spud, I too noticed his skulking and taking domineering postures behind Hillary as she was talking.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 10, 2016 at 7:32pm

For your pleasure here's some cool photos of Paris, old and new, juxtaposed.  http://golem13.fr/paris-fenetres-histoire/

A sample:

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 10, 2016 at 5:21pm

I haven't watched the debates for the same reason you gave Ian.  Oh, out of curiosity, I did scan through the channels to see how many had the last debate on, and saw a few seconds of it.  I saw Trump standing half way between the podiums glaring at Hillary while she was speaking, and thought what a juvenile bully!

If I were Hillary, I might just say "What are you doing skulking around behind me?  Trying to intimidate me?

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 10, 2016 at 5:12pm

Welcome April.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 10, 2016 at 2:19pm

I haven't watched the debates - too afraid of kicking the TV and breaking it. The thought has occured to me though: what happens if a substantial minority vote "independant"? If no candidate gets a clear majority? Can there be a president who only gets 45% (or whatever)?

I do try to have fun and good experiences. It's panic before closing time. I'll be 60 next birthday. I'm also aware of all the time that's been wasted during all those years as a depressive alcoholic.

Today I've been to an event at the local library, part of Mental Health Day and it's been great seeing so many young people who are coping with their problems and living full lives despite a psychiatric diagnosis. There are still a lot of problems with the health service in that area but the subject is no longer taboo so many more are seeking help at an age when help is more effective. There was even a high-school class that turned up and were invited to ask the panel of three any question at all. So much openness was unheard of when I was a teenager. And there was live music, coffee and cake (Big Smiley Face)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 10, 2016 at 1:56pm

Glad the site is back online.  These outages are frustrating and more frequent these days.  Something needs to be done.

Hi, April.  Welcome to our friendly group and to Atheist Nexus.

Randy, my high school class had a ten-year reunion and it was pretty much a waste of time for me.  We haven't had another reunion since.  At the time I was still in contact with my classmate friends and didn't much care to mingle with the folks a didn't like in high school. 

I agree with others here.  Ian, you're always doing fun, varied and interesting activities. 

Kathy, the dismal state of our political race is beyond words.  When the debate ended last night I actually felt sorry for Hillary Clinton for being subjected to such a maniacal display.

 

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