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The End of the World ... Again?!?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by The Flying Atheist 1 hour ago. 13 Replies

Uh, guys and gals?  Hate to tell you, but the world ended the other day.  And the hell of it is, I MISSED IT!  Yeah, too busy with other stuff, mowing the lawn, enjoying the company of my wife, and taking care of puddy-cats, and I just MISSED it!One…Continue

Tags: AronRa, prophecy, end of the world

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by The Flying Atheist 1 hour ago. 5 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

Sam Harris The Case Against Christianity

Started by dudaboli yev. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 30. 1 Reply

Sam Harris The Case Against Christianity Sam Harris offers his case against the Christian god conceptSamuel Benjamin "Sam" Harris is an American author, neuroscientist, philosopher, the co-founder and chief executive of Project Reason, a non-profit…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan Sep 2. 13 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2015 at 9:03am

Ian, I wonder if there will ever be an appreciation of the aging population. We do present a dilemma for the "Sandwich" generation. 

I marvel at how Laura can get me to my medical care, help my granddaughters and fill in to care for my great-grandchildren and manage her own business. She would not be able to do these tasks if she worked for wages. 

Not everyone is entrepreneurial. It is interesting to observe her with her children. As young adults too often do, they get into financial troubles with their credit cards and then come to her for help in budgeting to get free of debt. She coaches beautifully, never blaming, always encouraging and offering sound advice.  

Young people need to learn how to manage their financial matters. They have closed ears to any advice until they get in over their heads, and then they welcome information. Laura knew that and handled her girls beautifully. Even the great-grandkids learn from her. I am so very fortunate to have these individuals in my family. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2015 at 8:50am

A crow pair lives in a maple tree on the property SE of my place. They crow with great vigor! I try to put meaning to their voices unsuccessfully. I assume they had babies, but I haven't seen any sign of young crows. I have a feeding box with peanuts in shells for the squirrels, and they have to lift the lid to get the peanuts. These two crows discovered the box, lift the lid and fly off to the top of a telephone post, crack and eat the peanuts. I imagine some of their raucous squawks are "thanks" for the delicious peanuts. 

Comment by Randall Smith on July 1, 2015 at 7:49am

Felaine, I would be greatly saddened if you left. I love your biting humor and wit.

Thank you, Richard, for your explanations. Your willingness to listen and "do the right thing" is appreciated. We all know, you can't please everyone. I do agree that, at least, a smaller "badge of honor" would be an improvement.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 1, 2015 at 5:52am

Felaine, Joan and many others: the 'use and discard' society is alive and flourishing. The new Danish government is preparing tax cuts for the well-off, to be financed by cutting funding at the bottom. Child care, elderly care etc. will be reduced again. The handicapped for example 'cost too much.' By the time it's my turn there won't be anything left.

Yes, Joan, I'm building up a store of good experiences to treasure later on. Something to tell the grandchildren until they think I'm a boring old fart.

Comment by Plinius on July 1, 2015 at 1:24am

I've been struggling with bad health all my life and I was very lucky that I was born here. I have had healthcare and an allowance I could live on. With help from my partner I could even complete my education and make myself useful to others. I never managed to get to the point where I was no longer dependant on my allowance, but it wasn't from trying. It hurts me very much that the "haves" waste money on weapons, religion and other stupid things and look down on the "not haves". The government in this country is breaking down our social security system (US influence?), as if 100 % of the population should be able to take care of themselves at all times. Ha!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2015 at 12:51am

Chris, I agree! That is the big fight now. I do not perceive our President and certainly not our Congress doing the right things to keep a safety net under those who need it. I also agree that each one needs to do the best he or she can and also contribute to society through volunteer work and taxes. 

Comment by Plinius on July 1, 2015 at 12:44am

By which I do not mean that the government should nanny everyone. It is right and honourable for everyone to do as much as possible - not just paid work but voluntary jobs too. But when people are at the end of their tether they should have a right to help - no charity - but healthcare, housing and enough money to live. For me it's shameful that your country won't take care of you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2015 at 12:23am

Ian, glad you safely returned to Dublin with all those fine memories added to your Memory Mind. They will serve you well when you are too old and feeble to make the trip. 

Comment by Plinius on July 1, 2015 at 12:14am

Felaine, we know how difficult your life is! Your poverty is not your humiliation, but it all belongs to a government that refuses to take care of people! We are honoured to have you with us!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 30, 2015 at 11:43pm

Felaine, I can't pay, either, so we will both be without a badge. We will have our own little club of too old to work, too poor to pay club. There is no shame in our situation. We continue to have something to offer, even if it comes in the form of ideas. If you feel humiliated, then I will have to feel humiliated. So, do us both a favor and read the incoming Atheist Nexus with pride and contribute attitudes with pride. 


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