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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

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

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

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 4, 2014 at 8:20am

Congrats Mindy! Happy days for Charlie and you!

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 4, 2014 at 8:20am

So true Mindy.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 4, 2014 at 7:30am

There was a film of The Handmaid's Tale with Robert Duvall back in the late 80s or early 90s. I actually can't remember whether it was very good though.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 4, 2014 at 5:22am

Haven't eaten (or seen) any smarties of 30 or 40 years.  I think I liked them though.  Haven't eaten any M&Ms for 20 years, even though I definitely like them.

Candy is way too expensive, so I seldom buy any.

When I buy candy for the halloween kiddies, I always buy my favorites, and they appreciate it.  I've heard at least one little guy say "Boy, he gives the best candy."

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 4, 2014 at 5:16am

Ian, I'm saving your statement of god's plan.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 4, 2014 at 1:12am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 4, 2014 at 12:09am

Yes, Ian and CLAWS, I discovered the different Smarties when I Googled them to find a photo.  That's when I also found out that they are made with Dextrose instead of sugar.  According to the Wikipedia entry the company changed from sugar to Dextrose in the 1970's when sugar prices skyrocketed.  They have two manufacturing plants:  one in the USA and one in Canada (where the candy is called "Rockets.")

The European chocolate Smarties are owned by Nestle but are not sold in the US because of the "Smarties" registered trademark name. 

Don't you just love the internet?!  A world of knowledge is at your fingertips. 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 3, 2014 at 10:55pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 3, 2014 at 10:46pm

Ian, I like Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" too. Hits a little too close to reality. Makes me shudder to think of what a society could become if there were not energies forcing radicalism back to center. 

I have not read Ann Radcliffe's "Mysteries of Udolpho".

Comment by Ian Mason on November 3, 2014 at 10:06pm

Nice one, CLAWS. Stealing.

So that's what American Smarties look like. In Britain they're the same thing as M&Ms.

Just finished Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale", future fiction where the U.S. has become a patriarchal theocracy and a polluted wreck. Damn good book. Before that, Ann Radcliffe's "Mysteries of Udolpho", one of the Gothic classics. Overlong and overwritten but still a pleasure. And all the "supernatural" events have logical explanations.

 

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