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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 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

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

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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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 30, 2014 at 9:17am

I also like my music so that I can hear it without straining.  I like having music on when cleaning as well, usually some upbeat jazz.  I couldn't live without my music.  Jazz and classical make up the majority of my listening, but I have many other varied and quirky musical avenues too. 

I subscribe to commercial-free Pandora Radio and have found a lot of new music that I like listening to.  Lately I've been listening to a lot of South American and Spanish contemporary ballads.  Even though I don't speak or understand Spanish, they are very beautiful and romantic. 

Comment by Plinius on September 30, 2014 at 8:12am

Earplugs don't help, Joan, when you want to sleep and the basses interfere with your heart rhythm. But luckily it's only some five days a year. Normally I love music, and also silence. When I'm home alone I very often concentrate on things I've heard and enjoy them again in silence - music, sounds, poems.

I like the Da Vince text very much, Ian!

Comment by Randall Smith on September 30, 2014 at 7:44am

I'm lucky not to have any nearby neighbors. I have the radio on all the time, both indoors and out (mostly classical).

Speaking of dusting, I've had to triple my cleaning duties due to having a dog inside much of the time. She (Dot) shakes, rolls, and scratches (fleas?) a lot. I think it's a cause of my throat tickle and cough. Ugh.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2014 at 1:57am

I can see you jiving with your dust cloth, shining wood and metal to a high gloss, and pushing that Hoover with such vigor, no dust mite has a chance to survive. I need to dust ... haven't worked up the ambition. 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 30, 2014 at 1:20am

No I don't, Joan. Living in a flat, there's not much point. About an hour every 14 days doesn't seem too much. It's during the day, not late at night. I do have tinnitus, as a result of working with large machines for several years so I restrict my exposure to loud noise but I can't live without music of some sort. My everyday listening is more classical and jazz than rock these days but some electric guitar is still wonderful.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maD5k-vUI4o

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2014 at 12:46am

@Chris, I feel for you living near a "festival" street. Just too much commotion. Do you wear earplugs for those events? 

@Ian, do you keep your windows closed to spare the sound bothering neighbors? Hope you aren't hard of hearing. That could create some problem. 

Spokane has a powwow every year in our Riverfront Park. I like to stand near the big drums where several people are drumming. I can feel the vibration of the drum through my feet. 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 29, 2014 at 11:36pm

Oh dear, I'm one of the "noisy". I usually listen to loud music while I do my housework, quite often The Who.

This popped up on FB and I thought I'd share.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 29, 2014 at 8:03pm

I'm both annoyed at and mystified by drivers who loudly share their music with the entire neighborhood. If it's disturbingly loud to people driving or walking in the same block, it's got to be deafening to the driver (and anyone else in the car)! How can they hear anything going on around them?

Mindy, I hope for the best for Dale!

Comment by Plinius on September 29, 2014 at 7:55am

Have fun Randall!

Strange how people force other people to "enjoy" their music and noise - I wish they kept the lot to themselves with earphones and soundproof walls.

How's Dale, Mindy?

Comment by Randall Smith on September 29, 2014 at 7:37am

Chris, I'm glad the weekend is over also. I get tired of listening to loud motorcycles roar down the highway (half mile away). Cyclists were out in full force, and the wind blew noise my way, disrupting my peace and quiet.

Loren, we get gorgeous sunsets around here, too. Dust from harvesting this time of year enhances the colors.

I'm spending the day with my five year old grandson, visiting people and places, eating out, and highlighted with us riding a golf cart while I play 9 holes. (I usually walk 18.) Hope he enjoys it all. Next year, I'll get him started on golf.

 

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