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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera 4 hours ago. 35 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Randall Smith on July 13, 2016 at 6:32am

Nothing much going on around here, although "The Donald" was nearby (30 miles away) doing his shtick in Indiana with our goofy governor (Pence) at his side. It all makes me want to puke.

I rode up near South Bend, about 100 miles, with my farmer daughter to pick up 600 lbs of already picked blueberries to sell to customers back on the farm, CSA, and farmers market.  Buy for $2.80, sell for $5.50. Not bad. We had a good time talking all the way.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 9, 2016 at 7:40am

So ... what happens when you cross belief in a deity with a children's book author?  You really had to ask, didn't you?

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 4, 2016 at 4:00pm

I can't think of a better starburst than Cat's Eye Nebula. Happy 4th of July dear friends. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 4, 2016 at 3:47pm

Ruth, I am very glad to learn you are feeling better! It was cheeky of me to give you information because you know so much about healthy attitudes. You understand what works for you as much as anyone I know. I am comforted to realize that you have your husband as a sounding board, and Grinning Cat has such good insights and a great sense of humor. 

There is only one thing of which I am sure; I will have a down time, and I have you and the Atheist Nexus community to shore me up. 

The political news is enough to drag all of us into the Black Hole!

Comment by k.h. ky on July 4, 2016 at 12:54pm
Ruth, happy you're feeling better. I also get depressed from bad news overload. I swear it's used as a distraction from the crappy political front. Climate change disturbs me more than other news.
On the good side the ozone layer is beginning to heal. I try to stay away from the news for a few days at a time but it's everywhere.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 3, 2016 at 6:27pm

Cat cat beard!

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 3, 2016 at 6:22pm

There are also dog beards.

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 3, 2016 at 5:17pm

Randall, too bad about the calf being too shy or afraid to take milk from you. The vet shows make it look easy too. Here's some advice from cattlemen and here. That doesn't sound easy either. There's one video, but the calf is probably younger than yours.

I'm already a chocoholic ( Lindt 85%). I can only eat 3 or 4 squares at a time, because of the sugar.

I'm feeling a bit more chipper today, thanks Joan and k.h.ky. <sigh> I've also shared my problem with my husband, and Grinning Cat, and got support from them too. Bergen suggested a hobby. I don't have much energy or time for one. Unless you count enjoying LOLcats.

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I appreciated your news about the Jet Stream. It is too soon to worry about that Equator crossing, unless a pattern develops over time. Don't forget the good Arctic Sea Ice news.

BTW, cat beard's whole genre.

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Comment by k.h. ky on July 3, 2016 at 11:49am
Thanks Ruth. I think the problem may be the sporadic, unreliable internet signal. I can rarely get through anything without some type of disruption.
Comment by Randall Smith on July 3, 2016 at 9:49am
Ever bottle feed a baby calf? Well, I haven't either, but not for a lack of effort. Being a holiday weekend (Sunday morning now), my farm kids went to "the lake". So I was asked to feed the calf, whose mother is milkless. No problem, I was told. "She'll come right up to you", blah, blah, blah. After 2 hours of cajoling, chasing, stepping in cow poop, getting rained on, bitten by flies and mosquitoes, I finally gave up. Lyla will just have to go hungry 'til momma (my daughter) returns. I never thought I was that intimidating to a cow.
 

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