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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Nov 30. 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 Idaho Spud on October 2, 2014 at 5:49am

Mindy, I'm so glad your daughter surprised you.  Sounds like a wonderful day.  Also like the encouraging news about Dale. 

Carl, thanks for the beautiful October forest.  I love forests.

Comment by Plinius on October 2, 2014 at 5:39am

And I really put the lights out!

Comment by Plinius on October 2, 2014 at 1:28am

Have a good trip, Ian! I begin to understand you better now that we've got two adults to take care of. There are good sides but it wears you out.

I'm glad Dale is doing better! I get the feeling he ate something that didn't agree with him - a piece of a toy perhaps? Then you get such a pattern.

Light grey autumn here and still high temperatures. But I feel ready for colder weather.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 1, 2014 at 11:00pm

Comment by Ian Mason on October 1, 2014 at 10:59pm

That looks like a really substantial pro-democracy movement building up in Hong Kong. I think Carl is right that Bejing has a terrible record as regards such things. The West will, of course, only make a token protest if shooting starts.

Glad to hear that Dale is perking up a little, Mindy.

Autumn. "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness". Every season has its beauties.

I'm off to England again tomorrow. A niece getting married and things to decide and sign about my dement Mum. To be honest, I'm getting tired of airports and 'planes. Although I've enjoyed this year's holidays and family visits, I feel that I've reached my limit for the time being.

Be well, everyone.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 9:02pm

I found this about the drone video Dramatic aerial drone footage of Hong Kong protests

"Aerial footage filmed by a drone shows the large number of people joining pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Protest leaders have threatened to step up their campaign if the region's chief executive does not meet them by midnight on Tuesday, after he insisted that Beijing would not retreat on limits to voting reforms."

I was in Hong Kong in the 1980s. The masses of people were everywhere. The tall buildings that we call apartment houses, they called estates. The estates I went to, to interview women, consisted of one room for each apartment. They had community bathrooms and elevators that stopped at every other floor ... If I remember correctly they stopped at every 4th floor, but memory could be fading. 
I had fantastic meals in these one room apartments; how they did it I cannot tell. They had fold down beds on all four walls, and these were fastened up to the wall during the day and a big table was unfolded out to the center of the room. Folding chairs appeared from nooks. In one room, it was not uncommon to have a family of one or two small children, a mother and father, and a grandmother and grandfather. Often there was another child of the grandparents.

I was told it took four adults to raise one child. Everyone worksed men and women of all ages. The elders assumed childcare duties as a normal situation. There were child care facilities paid for by the government and the business. These were called Crèche.

A working mother had a month off after the birth of a baby and then had a year of release time so she could nurse her baby while working. She was not penalised for that lost work.  Most women I talked to did not want more than one child. 

It was in China that I saw the first contraceptive inserts into the arms of young women. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 1, 2014 at 7:55pm

Happy October!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 1, 2014 at 11:53am

The Hong Kong video I posted was removed.  Here it is from another source.  Hopefully this one won't also disappear.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 11:30am

Bodily fluids include: 

During WW II, I and 2 or 3 other families sent us to live with our grandparents while the men were off building airfields in foreign lands and the women worked at Kaiser Aluminum. Grandma Whitehead had lots of work to do to feed and care for us. She emphasized cleanliness and insisted we wash our hands before touching food or coming to dinner. She taught us how to sneeze and cough into our elbows. We had a bunch of old rags that we would use to wipe our noses and then throw the rags into the wood burning stove in the kitchen. She boiled our underwear on the stove. During the summertime, sweat ran out of her hair, down her face, down her back and under her arms. 

My uncles, her sons, made fun of her for being so meticulous, as if she were doing something foolish. 

Well, her training prevented a lot of infections and upsets that we could have had, thus saving her time, effort, work and care. I am that strict with my grandchildren and great-grandchildren and they give me "lip". Oh! I remember so well, those days, long ago, when the winters were harsh and the house was cold and drafty. We had earaches and tonsilitis and measles and mumps and chicken pox and diphtheria, and polio and scarlet fever and flue and colds.

Remedies were such things as mustard plasters, mentholatum, caster oil, enemas, heads under a towel over boiling water, and quarantine. Those were the good old days. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 11:08am

Mindy, I am concerned about Dale, too. A precious friend of yours in trouble. It is just like all good things that come to an end, enjoy the present moment. Dale may enjoy some extra cuddles, or he may not. Whatever, just stay in the moment. What comes will inevitably come. I'm thinking about you and Dale. I know a lot of people can read the pain in your messages. We're here for you. 

 

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