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God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Feb 19. 14 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

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Comment by Randall Smith on March 13, 2017 at 7:35am

RE questions about the census taker: My letterhead says "U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Admin, U.S. Census Bureau. My address had een selected "in a nationwide process for participation in the Consumer Expenditure Survey". 

The reason I was perplexed about the questions is that I didn't get the explanation letter 'til the afternoon mail on the day the person interviewed me!   What a to-do!

Comment by Plinius on March 13, 2017 at 2:10am

Todo, to-do of course. In Dutch, like in German, we have the habit to stick words together into longer lorger words, and Sometimes I forget to check.

We'll have to wait for the elections on Wednesday. Because of those,  our politicians are on their most macho behaviour and Erdogan screaming abuse doesn't help at all. And I don't think that the support for populist parties is on the wane - this incident will give them more support.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 12, 2017 at 11:17pm

I would have spelt it 'to-do'. It means a commotion or fuss.

The support for populist, nationalist parties might be on the wane in several countries in Europe as they get caught misusing EU funding. That isn't the same as a change in attitudes though.

Comment by Daniel W on March 12, 2017 at 10:11pm

I thought census was done every 10 years on years ending zero.  Wasnt last one 2010?  Maybe Im demented.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 12, 2017 at 5:32pm

Plinius, I'll use that name since we have another Chris. 

I fear for what is happening between Turkish and Dutch governments, just as I am afraid for the U.S. 

I wonder if this chaos resembles in any way, The Netherlands before the start of WW II? 

I believed the propaganda about how noble the US has been throughout history, yet a reading of facts makes me understand how profoundly influenced I am because of not reading the actual history of our nation. 

I hope your country has enough memory of the pre-WW II era that they do not go to the right political spectrum.  

 

Comment by Thomas Murray on March 12, 2017 at 2:15pm

Plinius,

What does 'todo' mean? I've already checked on line but the definitions offered are vague.

Comment by Plinius on March 12, 2017 at 5:57am

What a todo! The Turkish and the Dutch government bitching at each other and Geert Wilders - our own little trump clone - adding fuel to the fire. Mind - we'll have elections on Wednesday and I hate to think how that will work out. I fear a shift to the right..

Comment by Chris on March 11, 2017 at 4:42pm

I was a census enumerator one cycle. People aren't chosen at random to receive a knock at the door from census enumerators. Enumerators only show up when a household doesn't fill out the census forms.

Perhaps the person at your door was a poll taker rather than a census taker. The census is taken to determine the number of legislators in the House of Representatives. The Census doesn't ask questions about consumer spending.

Comment by Thomas Murray on March 11, 2017 at 10:17am

Randal,

Did you have a choice to answer them or not? Supposed if you  had refused?

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 11, 2017 at 9:52am

Randy, who was taking the census?  The federal census is not for another 3 years.

The last federal census I completed on line, but a person came by a while after that and wanted to ask me some of the same questions, even after I told them I had completed it online.  I think I complied because she had identification, but if it happens again, I'll say no.

 

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