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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly yesterday. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev on Sunday. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius on Sunday. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 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

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Comment by Plinius on November 16, 2014 at 2:33am

I know about the solar bike lane, but I fear it's no more than a show project - in climate change projects the Netherlands have slid down heavily in the last six years - thanks to our rightwing government.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 15, 2014 at 10:25pm

Putin acts a lot like a tsar. After the Romanovs, Lenin/Stalin and now Putin it seems as if the Russians prefer that kind of rule.

I think I've written this before but my Dad was the talented knitter of the family with my Mum second.

Have just finished "Survivor" by Chuck Palahnuik. The lone survivor of a religious sect becomes an overnight sensation and (steered by an agent and PR machine) a guru. A penetrating bayonet attack on cults, the religious kind and the cult of celebrity.

Have a great Sunday all. I'm going to have lunch with my daughter and her bloke and then going to see "La Boheme".

Comment by sk8eycat on November 15, 2014 at 8:53pm

Putin seems to have quite a lot of reptilian DNA... (sorry, snakes.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 15, 2014 at 1:43pm

Good for the Netherlands.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 15, 2014 at 1:37pm

@Plinius, well, here is a surprise for me. Our little invention by a N Idaho couple may be the inventor of the new bike trail in The Netherlands. 

The Netherlands Is Set To Open The World’s First Solar Bike Lane

I wrote to our local inventor to see if this is his design and haven't heard back from him. 

Solar Powered Highways with Built-In Heat Pads & LED Lights

Comment by Plinius on November 15, 2014 at 12:00am

I often tried to make or fix the things we needed ourselves, so I can knit and sew a bit, cover chairs anew, repair books, etc. The last thing I learned was knitting socks, but they wore quicker than I could knit, so I went back to buying good quality socks. This summer I knit a scarf with a meander pattern for partner.

That stingray is something to see! Too bad they didn't put that omg woman back into the water!

Comment by Plinius on November 14, 2014 at 1:16am

Thanks Joan, two lazy days and I'm all right again. The only problem is the stack of work...

November is quiet, grey, wet and mild, so far, temperatures about 12 °C - 50 °F. And I'm knitting a cowl for a cold day.

Friday morning - I'm off to the market: fish, cheese, fruit and veg. See you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2014 at 10:14pm

Chris, I hope your migraines have subsided. Are you having the cold that we northern US experience? I haven't looked at the weather map for the world yet. Hope you can stay warm!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2014 at 8:23pm

An interesting man, Thomas Hood, who seemed to have seen and felt the misery of the working poor. For example 

The Song of the Shirt (1843)

  • With fingers weary and worn,
    With eyelids heavy and red,
    A woman sat, in unwomanly rags,
    Plying her needle and thread—
    Stitch! stitch! stitch!
    In poverty, hunger, and dirt,
    And still with a voice of dolorous pitch
    She sang the “Song of the Shirt.”
    • St. 1.
  • Sewing at once a double thread,
    A shroud as well as a shirt.
  • No blessed leisure for love or hope,
    But only time for grief.
  • My tears must stop, for every drop
    Hinders needle and thread.
  • Work! work! work!
    While the cock is crowing aloof!
    And work—work—work,
    Till the stars shine through the roof!
    • St. 2.
  • Oh, Men, with Sisters dear!
    Oh, Men, with Mothers and Wives!
    It is not linen you're wearing out,
    But human creatures' lives!
    • St. 4.
  • Oh, God! that bread should be so dear,
    And flesh and blood so cheap!
    • St. 5.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 13, 2014 at 5:01pm

The actual title is November, with an alternate title No! It was composed in London in 1844.


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