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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 9 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

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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 Grinning Cat on November 5, 2014 at 1:48pm

On the election and its aftermath:

http://act.credoaction.com/sign/10_things_obama/

It's a petition: (emphases mine; though it's hard to choose just a few of these to emphasize!)

Tell President Obama to take immediate action on these ten things: 1) No deals on cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; 2) Strengthen the power plant carbon rule to make it your boldest action yet on climate; 3) Immediately suspend deportations of millions of aspiring Americans until comprehensive immigration reform can be passed; 4) Commit no ground troops to Afghanistan, Iraq or Syria; 5) Reject Keystone XL, and apply the climate test to all federal decision making; 6) Save the Internet by making Net Neutrality the law of the land; 7) Empower your Federal Election Commission to enforce election laws and limit money in politics; 8) Fill all federal judicial vacancies before the end of this Congress; 9) Fight back against the Republican war on women with NO compromises; 10) Use federal powers to end abusive, militarized and biased policing targeting African Americans and Latinos.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 5, 2014 at 7:40am

We Hoosiers have never thought much of Kentuckians. It's now confirmed. They're a bunch of idiots--re-electing Mitch McClueless. Here in Indiana, we didn't have any major races, but Republicans swept all the locals. I'm so disgusted, but resigned, and will not get upset over the results. Like a good Cub fan, "wait'll next year"!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 4, 2014 at 4:27pm

Joan, you are absolutely right about how hard it is doing campaign and political work.  In years past I've volunteered for the election campaign of a city alderwoman.  That's very time consuming and you have encounters with every type of citizen and viewpoint imaginable. 

I've worked on election day at the polling place (that was fun.)  But the toughest job was going door to door getting enough signatures on a petition to have a liquor license revoked for a neighborhood skid-row tavern.  Pretty much everyone dislikes having unexpected visitors ringing their door bell, myself included.  It can be very difficult getting people engaged in the political and democratic process 

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 4, 2014 at 4:06pm

I've also participated in door-to-door campaigning, a few years ago, and more recently (including yesterday and today) with various progressive organizations that let you call voters from home.

The system makes one (long) call to your phone number, and connects you to different people. (To them, it shows an in-state number for caller ID, not your actual number.) You see the script and enter information in your web browser.

People react more positively to a live human being volunteering for MoveOn, or Democracy for America, or whatever, as opposed to those annoying robocalls. Some still don't want any political cold calls, but some will talk with you. Helping progressive voters have a plan in mind (such as driving to the school where the polling place is, in the evening after work) makes them more likely to actually vote.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 4, 2014 at 3:34pm

Before the primaries, I had a personal call from a candidate who was running as a "no-party"....we talked for about 15 minutes about a lot of things, and he fascinated me.  So I voted for him, and he beat the rethuglican challenger, but not the incumbent (who has been in DC too long).  Anyroad, he was on the final ballot, so I voted for him again.  The results will be interesting.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 4, 2014 at 3:19pm

Oh! I used to be the person who made personal calls on behalf of candidates I supported. I must say, there were other jobs I liked better. Some people liked the calls, some had questions, some needed rides to vote some had questions for the candidate for whom I would find the correct answers. 

I really like writing position papers for candidates. That was a challenge, because there were so many interests that had to be addressed.

I really liked doorbelling in neighborhoods. I got an ear-full and would get the information back to the candidates. 

The planning sessions with candidates were exciting, with a lot of debating and having to find options that were compatible with the candidate. Facing people who held opposing views was a challenge and good training. 

So, the next time you have a live call, or a person knocking on the door, think of me and my tiny little bits of effort to get a candidate elected. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 4, 2014 at 1:32pm

@sk8eycat - no, you're not overreacting. I used to absolutely hate those robo-calls too, for exactly the same reason. If the scumbags can't even be bothered to have a real human talk to you, they are cordially invited to go f*ck themselves.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 4, 2014 at 12:54pm

I am seriously considering sending a letter to the Los Angeles Times to let every politician and initiative supporter/opponent know that if I get a robo-call from ANY of them, I will vote against them, or not vote at all.  I don't know if the Times will publish it, but I'm worn out from running to catch the phone (and sometimes tripping over a cat running in front of me) only to hear an impersonal recorded voice.  If they can't be bothered to talk to ME, as a live person, I can't be bothered to vote for them, or their cause(s).  I may also include the tons of begging emails I've received from candidates in other states and congressional districts...I delete them immediately, but that takes up more of my personal time.

Am I over-reacting?

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 4, 2014 at 12:28pm

Almost funny Ian, but too close to the truth to get a smile out of me.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 4, 2014 at 12:25pm

Nice cat, Mindy. Hope she settles in.

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