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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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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 Randall Smith on October 1, 2014 at 7:50am

Let me get this straight. We now have one confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S. It's only contagious through bodily fluid contact. The public is assured that there's nothing to be concerned about. YET, it's the number one news item of the day in all the media sources! No reason to panic, they say, but we're getting the message "the sky is falling". Little wonder I'm such a "news cynic".

Comment by Plinius on October 1, 2014 at 5:58am

 I hope production of a vaccination soon starts. 

I hope so too, Ian! But I'm afraid the money grabbers will stop all that because of patents, and will drown us in legalese instead of helping people. I expect nothing good - but I still hope.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 30, 2014 at 11:04pm

My favourite radio stations: BBC Radio 3, classical plus some jazz and "world music". Radio Mozart, all Mozart all the time. KCSM, jazz, commercial free. Mozart and KCSM ask for voluntary contributions.

It seems that Ebola is more and more likely to spread outside a few areas at some point. I hope production of a vaccination soon starts. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2014 at 9:43pm

If I am correct, there are 5 Atheist Nexus members from Nigeria and one from Senegal. 

Guinea

Sierra Leone 

Liberia 

Nigeria   5 A/N members 

Senegal  1 A/N member 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2014 at 9:19pm

Mapping the Spread of Ebola

"The current situation

Five West African countries are battling the outbreak—Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Senegal, and Nigeria. Bordering countries are on high alert. Unlike previous outbreaks that primarily occurred in remote villages in Central Africa, this one includes urban areas. Inadequate medical facilities and distrust of health care workers exacerbate the crisis."

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2014 at 9:08pm

Ruth, your post Columbia Prediction of infections hit me like a ton of bricks. One death in two infections. So I Googled for the most recent infections and read

CDC: Ebola confirmed in Dallas patient

"Ebola has infected 6,553 people and has killed 3,083 in the three countries hit hardest by the epidemic — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — the World Health Organization says. The number of cases has been doubling every three weeks, and the CDC estimates that the disease could affect up to 1.4 million people by January if it's not quickly put under control."

Yes, those are the number of infections and deaths ratios. 

I agree, we have state of the art health quarantined facilities; this article reported:

"Hospital officials also said the patient will not be given ZMapp, the experimental serum given to Dr. Kenneth Brantly and Nancy Writebol, American aid workers who caught the virus in Africa and were later treated in the U.S. The supplies of ZMapp have run out. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2014 at 8:53pm

If I am reading that chart correctly, that means for every two infections, one results in death. Is that correct? 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 30, 2014 at 7:12pm

Dallas hospital sends Ebola patient home on Sept 26th.

Yeah, we don't have to worry because US healthcare is sooo superior.

Comment by Plinius on September 30, 2014 at 1:50pm

So Dale has a chance to go on! I'll keep my fingers crossed for him - although I don't think that could help.

That is a beautiful painting, Joan! Thanks!  At times I feel helpless but I won't let it get to me. First I try to think what I can do, after that I amuse myself with fantasies about power shutdowns, Molotov cocktails or other things I would never do.

Today I'm singing falsely:"Rejoice, rejoice, we have no choice but to carry on.."

Comment by Ian Mason on September 30, 2014 at 12:00pm

Don't you believe it, Joan. I do what I really have to do and no more.

 

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