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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 6 hours ago. 34 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 Plinius on July 23, 2016 at 11:39pm

Another reason never to go to Kuwait! Can you survive at 54C?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 23, 2016 at 11:11pm

Thanks, Randall, for reading my environment news. Joan, I much prefer getting news on the internet over other forms. I can focus on science and other topics of interest, without wasting time on crap like celebrities or trivia. I've come to appreciate having you guys to share bits of news I find particularly interesting.

Good point about avoiding unwanted attention with your real name, Plinius.

Heat index of 106°/ k.h. ky! Well, at least you don't live in Kuwait, where they just set a new record. Kuwait swelters in record-breaking 54C heat - the highest temperatu...

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on July 23, 2016 at 1:56pm

I don't use my real name anywhere if I can help it.

Googling my real name produces plenty of people with the same name, but none are me.

Comment by k.h. ky on July 23, 2016 at 12:32pm
Chris, I did the same.
Comment by Plinius on July 23, 2016 at 12:49am

Joan and Spud, there are so many people who are called Chris, I feel that my first name is safe enough. I just don't want you to use my family name. If you google your own first name and family name you can see how much you stand out. I tried that after some unpleasant attention, so I changed my name.

Comment by k.h. ky on July 22, 2016 at 6:30pm
Hot but overcast all day. Heat index 106. Humidity to match. Like Carl I prefer cold weather.
Comment by Randall Smith on July 22, 2016 at 8:46am

Several things: Joan, it's the opposite--AC prevents mold (dries the air). Carl, that was a fun video! My mother's diary often mentions how hot it was. And my parents never forgot the record breaking heat waves and dust storms of the mid 1930's.  

Spud, it's great you're back with us on a regular basis. I always enjoy your input. And the same to Chris--often different perspectives from across the pond.

And for environmental issues, we can depend on Ruth to keep us informed. Thank you.

And now that the Republican convention is over, I can turn the television back on!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 22, 2016 at 7:56am

Plinius, for some time, I've wanted to ask you the same question that Joan asked you an hour ago.  I've started calling you Plinius in case calling you something else does expose you to the unkind ones.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 22, 2016 at 7:53am

Yes Joan, I cook during hot periods, but not as often as during cold periods, and I just cook in the morning, when a fan in my window is bringing cooler air into the kitchen.  Also, I do a lot of cooking in the microwave oven, which doesn't produce as much heat as the stove.

Salads:  I know they're good for me, but I've never developed the habit of making them.  You can now hit me across the head & shoulders with a wet noodle : )

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 22, 2016 at 6:46am

Carl, that video is a jewel! Oh! Those days! Pathe News was the way we got our visuals of the news. You know, when radio was our source of news I used my imagination. 

I like today's internet source of news the best! 

Spud, do you cook during the hot periods? Salads taste refreshing. We were in the 90s yesterday and expect the 70s today.

If I use Chris does that expose you to the "unkind" ones?

May each one have a splendid day!!!

 

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