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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

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If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by Plinius on November 14, 2014 at 1:16am

Thanks Joan, two lazy days and I'm all right again. The only problem is the stack of work...

November is quiet, grey, wet and mild, so far, temperatures about 12 °C - 50 °F. And I'm knitting a cowl for a cold day.

Friday morning - I'm off to the market: fish, cheese, fruit and veg. See you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2014 at 10:14pm

Chris, I hope your migraines have subsided. Are you having the cold that we northern US experience? I haven't looked at the weather map for the world yet. Hope you can stay warm!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2014 at 8:23pm

An interesting man, Thomas Hood, who seemed to have seen and felt the misery of the working poor. For example 

The Song of the Shirt (1843)

  • With fingers weary and worn,
    With eyelids heavy and red,
    A woman sat, in unwomanly rags,
    Plying her needle and thread—
    Stitch! stitch! stitch!
    In poverty, hunger, and dirt,
    And still with a voice of dolorous pitch
    She sang the “Song of the Shirt.”
    • St. 1.
  • Sewing at once a double thread,
    A shroud as well as a shirt.
  • No blessed leisure for love or hope,
    But only time for grief.
  • My tears must stop, for every drop
    Hinders needle and thread.
  • Work! work! work!
    While the cock is crowing aloof!
    And work—work—work,
    Till the stars shine through the roof!
    • St. 2.
  • Oh, Men, with Sisters dear!
    Oh, Men, with Mothers and Wives!
    It is not linen you're wearing out,
    But human creatures' lives!
    • St. 4.
  • Oh, God! that bread should be so dear,
    And flesh and blood so cheap!
    • St. 5.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 13, 2014 at 5:01pm

The actual title is November, with an alternate title No! It was composed in London in 1844.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2014 at 4:53pm

OK Bertold, I will credit Thomas Hood. This is what I have written to post with your approval: 

No sun - no moon!

No morn - no noon -

No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day.

No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,

No comfortable feel in any member -

No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,

No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! -

November!

~ A little something by Thomas Hood:

Thanks to Bertold Brautigan 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 13, 2014 at 4:04pm

@Joan - but be sure to credit Thomas Hood, the creator!

Comment by sk8eycat on November 13, 2014 at 3:31pm

Joan, we haven't really improved much since LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act in the '60s.  And most of the TP agitation is still about skin color....they have only added women's rights to their "enemies list."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 13, 2014 at 3:20pm

@ Joan - sure, glad you liked it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2014 at 3:16pm

Felaine, what a remarkable story. I hated driving the souther tier of the US because of all the signs, "Whites Only", "Blacks enter in back". Defacto slavery still existed and the whole nation suffers from it.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 13, 2014 at 3:13pm

Patricia, I suppose I should smear that sunscreen on as well, but at my age, I don't worry much anymore.  I keep buying the stuff, but never put it on.  Who says I'm always rational?

 

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