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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller 2 hours ago. 0 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 3 hours ago. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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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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