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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 16 hours ago. 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 sk8eycat on December 17, 2014 at 10:36am

Carl:  All I want to do is {{{{{HUG}}}}} you!  Would a fat black (very soft) kitty help?

Ian: The phrase that used to make me grit my teeth is/was "top doctors say..." or "top experts..."   I always think of a pyramid of people with some doofus balancing on the apex. 

Stewart Moskowitz - THE CORPORATION Penguins

WHO decides who should be listened to , anyway?  I mean, if the Nobel committee fell for the "Mother Teresa" myth, and gave the selfish old bitch a Peace Prize....(for WHAT?  Founding convents?) ...and they DID!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 17, 2014 at 7:48am

Ian, perhaps you can't drive yet, but at least you are able to post a cartoon--something I don't know how to do! Your problems are probably caused by having to drive on the wrong side of the road!

Carl, what can I say? Bummer, my friend. Here's hoping medications will help.

Comment by Plinius on December 17, 2014 at 7:19am

Good luck driving, Ian! They say that you need two lessons for every year you're old - I really can't face 120 driving lessons, so I'll keep on walking.

The Neolithic in the Netherlands left not so many traces as in England - in the North East are some stones left from the last Ice Age, and there are some dolmens. In swampy areas some bog bodies, there are band ceramics, stone and bone tools and a few leftovers from hamlets.

https://www.google.nl/search?hl=nl&site=imghp&tbm=isch&...   

Palouse Canyon looks wonderful!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 17, 2014 at 3:24am

A bit like "latest research shows........"

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2014 at 10:54pm

Ian, I can't remember where I was, either. I will have to get my passport out to see where all I was. The first research project was in western Europe. I wanted to learn about seven factors, birth, death, family life, child care, elder care, health care, and family violence. The embassies set up meetings for me in working class facilities and interviews with people. 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 16, 2014 at 8:14pm

OUCH!  Sorry to hear it, Carl, but glad it was caught.  You stay well, dude!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 16, 2014 at 7:44pm

Sorry to hear your bad news, Flying Atheist. Good luck with that medication.

Comment by Pat on December 16, 2014 at 7:39pm

Carl, don't let this stuff get you down. Stay strong.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2014 at 7:31pm

Ian, Don't worry, you will get the hang of driving with practice. Glad to learn you drove on a practice spot with only cones to bump into. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2014 at 7:27pm

Chris, I love your lesson plan! and the song choice! What a treasure you are for your students, 

I'm sure you are aware of Terry Meaden's groundbreaking work in England and the Neolithic Age artifacts. I wonder what kind of artifacts exists in The Netherlands? Because the land was claimed from the sea, there may be few.

My part of the world has some scattered artifacts because of the Ice Age and The Great Missoula Floods that washed everything in its flow to the sea. There is Marmes Rockshelter that yielded thousands of Stone Age artifacts. Sadly, flood waters covered it when new dams went in to produce electrical power. 

You might be interested in seeing the effects of the Ice Age floods o Lake Missoula in the Palouse area of my state. Much of the land is scabland, some of it is rich farmland and these are photo of Palouse Canyon, ripped away by flood waters some 12,000 years ago. 

 

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