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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia on Tuesday. 1 Reply

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 Loren Miller on August 21, 2017 at 1:20pm

I've been watching eclipse coverage on The Science Channel, and they've laid out a number of projects in process:

  • A number of amateur astronomers in the eclipse path, all calibrating their telescopes in the same way to record observations in the eclipse totality.
  • Two specially equipped WB-57 aircraft chasing the moon's shadow across the US at 50,000 feet, making specialized observations which are not possible any other time.
  • A number of weather balloons with cameras and other instrumentation being released to do studies of "Bailey's Beads" and other effects from 100,000 feet!

The excitement about the eclipse is palpable, and what is REALLY encouraging is the total LACK OF WOO TALK in evidence ... at least so far!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2017 at 1:15pm

"Religion is an idea, and, as an idea, it should be eligible for criticism, discussion, and yes, mockery. The only reason so many believers demand special exceptions be made for religious ideas is because they know full well that their ideas don’t hold up well under scrutiny."

~ Amanda Marcotte

Marcotte is a quotable lady, thanks for finding her for me, Bertold!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 21, 2017 at 1:09pm

Cloudy and overcast skies by me so I'm doing the next best thing.  I'm watching live coverage by NASA on my computer.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 21, 2017 at 1:01pm

From Pocatello.  Neighbors were out with their glasses.  I with my welding goggles.  The neighborhood became dim for a few minutes.  At only 99% eclipse, it was no big whoop.  For one thing, the sun was much smaller than I expected.  If I ever see one again, I'll use my telescope with a sun-safe filter on it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2017 at 12:53pm

Eclipse report from Newport, Washington: the light from the sun turned yellow, the yard light went on; the sun light returned to full force and the yard light went off. Birds seemed a little "twittie" and Dominic gave out a series of "woffs!" It was all over.

Comment by Plinius on August 21, 2017 at 7:14am

I love that quote, Loren! 

And the 20s eclipse video!

Comment by Loren Miller on August 21, 2017 at 7:03am

And, thinking of Ms. Marcotte's quote (though this is NOT the quote of the day group!):

If it takes the threat of hell to make you a moral person, then you are not at all moral, you are just a coward who responds well to threats.
-- Leo Wolf

Comment by Loren Miller on August 21, 2017 at 7:01am

Bertold, your Amanda Marcotte quote is freaking BRILLIANT ... and I'm stealing it! [grin!]

Comment by Ian Mason on August 21, 2017 at 6:00am

Happy viewing and/or relaxing everyone.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 21, 2017 at 5:59am

Bertold, that's a very valid point about religion and morality. Perhaps some people turn to religion because they're frightened of their own impulses. That doesn't seem to work for the Catholic clergy though.

 

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