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The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W 14 hours ago. 10 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud 18 hours ago. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G on Wednesday. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

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

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Idaho Spud on September 12, 2014 at 2:39pm

I do remember being fascinated with trains as a child, and spending quite a bit of time by the tracks.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 12, 2014 at 2:37pm

Carl, I don't remember riding a train, but I probably did once or twice when I was young.  As an adult, I'm sure I would enjoy the experience a great deal.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 12, 2014 at 2:31pm

Mindy, I very much like "Suck On What?".  Very good response to the nutbags.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2014 at 2:19pm

Carl! That is a wonderful bit of news about restored railroad cars! We travelled between Spokane and my birthplace, Tekoa, WA by railroad; I remember them fondly. Those railroad tracks have all been pulled up now, made into nature and bike trails in some places. 

We didn't have meals, it was only a 50 mile trip, but it was nice to rock along and look at the territory. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 12, 2014 at 10:28am

@sk8eycat - so true. I can understand hating someone because they've done something to you, but I don't understand hating people for who they are. It makes absolutely no sense. I did not put in an order to be born of an alcoholic father and a black sheep mother in 1950 in the beefheart of the Midwest. No one gets to choose who they are; we're all "thrown" into this world.

A big part of the problem is certain manipulative types are masters at deflecting blame and getting the public to attribute all the ills of the world to people unlike themselves. It's a sad state of affairs.

Comment by Plinius on September 12, 2014 at 10:27am
Comment by Plinius on September 12, 2014 at 10:25am

Some people are working hard to spread the hate, but we keep on weeding...

Comment by sk8eycat on September 12, 2014 at 10:18am

Joan, I think that racial nastiness is coming to the surface again...it's never really gone away...because certain bigots a) never expected Obama to be re-elected 2 years ago, and b) DID expect him to fall on his face trying to clean up the Cheney-Bush mess. (And I also suspect they expected him to be assassinated long before now.) 

They are taking their frustrations out on anyone with dark skin... especially the helpless ones.  And they have never, ever figured out that neither skin nor culture have anything to do with intelligence and ability, no matter what their eyes and ears tell them.

It's going to take several more generations to weed out the hatefulness, if it can be done at all.  We won't live to see it happen.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 12, 2014 at 9:54am

It's seems most everybody loves trains so I thought I'd post this story about new limited train service between Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin on restored Pullman railroad cars.  Very cool. 

Pullman Cars Connect Madison, Chicago by Train for First Time in 40...

https://www.travelpullman.com/Varsity

Comment by Plinius on September 12, 2014 at 9:48am

They call them vari-focals here, and they're easy to get used to. I've had them for some years, and the only fault I find is that the ´window´ for reading is very small, so I use reading glasses too. I got my first pair of glasses when I was three: astigmatism and a ´lazy eye´. With good glasses you don't notice my squint, and I have to use less energy to see well.

I hope you get used to your glasses soon, Carl!

 

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