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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by sk8eycat on January 12, 2015 at 1:54pm

Joan, I had severe sciatic pain for more than 20 years after a fall when I was trying to get back into skating just for fun.  At that time, surgery prognosis was 50-50, so I delayed and denied, and kept working at the Cat Hotel till one night my legs just gave out while I was climbing the stairs, and I had to yell for help.

I had MRIs and CT scans, and finally, in 2009, I had a spinal laminectomy & fusion....instant relief!  Forever.

BUT I still have problems with my neck...it's crooked, and the spinal canal is slowly closing in on the nerve (stenosis)...I have 50% normal feeling in my hands, and I am just waiting for the "final pinch" when I can stop breathing.  That's why I have "DNR" on my MedicAlert bracelet.

Plus....diabetic neuropathy in my feet and lower legs.  I am just effing tired of it all.  Today.  Tomorrow might be different.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 12, 2015 at 1:38pm

Spud, Spokane supplies tubs for recyclables. That worked for a couple of years and now they have recycle bins where all recyclables go with no sorting. They look the same as regular trash bins except they have a different color. 

When we lived at Ft. Hood, my Cub Scout group got 5-gallon barrels at the Motor Pool, painted and labelled them "Paper", Glass", "Cans" and used them for each Cub members' family. That idea caught on and we started making them for other families for a small fee to pay for the paint and any costs we had. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 12, 2015 at 1:29pm

Randy, hope your back gets back o normal soon. You probably have seen this or something similar: 

Low Back Pain

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 12, 2015 at 1:19pm

Comment by sk8eycat on January 12, 2015 at 10:53am

City of Los Angeles has that same rule about not bagging recyclables...IMO its only purpose is to eliminate a simple step in the sorting process.

I am often thankful for gazillion reasons that my parents chose Burbank to settle in.  Better public services all around.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 12, 2015 at 9:44am

I think I'll send the new mayor an email with my thoughts.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 12, 2015 at 9:39am

Spud, sounds like a good problem to take to the city council or whatever form of government you have. Putting paper in paper bags and plastic in plastic bags seems a reasonable thing to do. I certainly would not want paper and plastic flying all over. 

I spent a month at Mata Ortiz, Mexico, and they had a forest of plastic bags, blown by the wind and caught by cactus and mesquite. At first, it looked like a new species of desert plant. Oh! plastic trees! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 12, 2015 at 9:18am

My city doesn't allow us to put recyclables in any bag, so paper flies all over town.  Isn't that wonderful!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 11, 2015 at 4:45pm

Oh, and we put our recyclables in the paper bags for trash pickup.

Store2Door still uses plastic...it's part grocery and part deli.  And they DELIVER! 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 11, 2015 at 4:42pm

L.A. TIMES Editorial:

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-plastic-bag-referen...

It currently applies to supermarket chains and pharmacies only; convenience and liquor stores have a year to comply.

There were attempts when the plastic bags first became ubiquitous to have them made of biodegradable plastic, but that didn't work well...and some were so flimsy that they ripped as soon as you lifted them out of the shopping cart. 

None of the pharmacies I am familiar with have ever used plastic bags, but they sure do get carried away with stapling the Rx tags to the outside of the paper bags!  Fortunately, we have plenty of staple-pullers in this house...left over from when Dad had his accounting office in the den.

 

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