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The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 16 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

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 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

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 The Flying Atheist on July 22, 2014 at 11:20am

I like that religion post, Mindy.

Today is a good day to stay inside and relax with the A/C.  Hot and humid outside.  I will be going out to get my hair cut, stop at Walgreens, the dry cleaners and then the grocery store.  All are within 1 block of my house.  Nice and handy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 4:47pm

When the fire fighting crews return from a blaze, many of them have lost so much water that their eyes look sunken. They wear very heavy protective garments and in high heat with extreme physical exertion, they are exhausted, literally. 

Firefighters on the front lines of Carlton Complex

This is the Okanogan Forest fire in central WA state. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 4:39pm

Felaine, re: Rare Florida forest set to be leveled for a Walmart and Chik-fil-A, I wonder if Walmart and Chik-fil-A are aware of the rising ocean? Wouldn't that be a great joke on them if they got flooded out. I hope no one sells them sea level rise insurance. They should accept all the risk, not the people who pay the bills when things go wrong. But a tragedy to squander such a forest on stuff and junk. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 4:32pm

However, the smoke is dreadful!. The Okanogan Forest is in the middle of the state. Spokane is very near the Idaho border in eastern Washington state. The prevailing winds come from the west. However, with these variable winds, Williwaw". This is the correct spelling. Our situation doesn't fit the definition of 

"In meteorology, a williwaw is a sudden blast of wind descending from a mountainous coast to the sea. The word is of unknown origin, but was earliest used by British seamen in the 19th century. The usage appears for winds found in the Strait of Magellan, the Aleutian Islands and the coastal fjords of the Alaskan Panhandle, where the terms outflow wind and squamish wind are also used for the same phenomenon."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williwaw

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 3:43pm

Ruth, no, the Spokane area isn't close to the Okanogan Valley where all those fires are burning. We do have close fire allegedly started by three men in a yellow pick-up shooting off explosives. The wind is like what my grandmother called a "Willowa", winds that shift and come from all directions. I can't find it by Googling, and I may have misspelled it. However, that is exactly what is happening. 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 20, 2014 at 2:45pm

You beat me to it, Ian.  I was about to post that edition of Non Sequitur until I saw that you already had it up.

Anyone here get the feeling that Wiley is an atheist?!?

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 2:43pm

Ruth, what an awful looking heat map. Makes me want to crawl underground and stay there until the smoke clears. That is a tremendous amount of the country under threat of drought and fires. 

My electric bill has gone down substantially since installing the new furnace. My water bill will be higher than last summer. Oh well, win one, lose one. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 20, 2014 at 2:26pm

Have a great time with your family, Joan. I was looking at the extent of the Carlton fire. Is your home anywhere close to the perimeter?

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 1:50pm

I have a description of my water problems and solutions in Godless in the Garden. Here is the rest of the story. 

Task done, everything is on timers, and I am off tomorrow to spend a week with my daughter and son from Littleton, CO and his two sons. All my grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be there and I should have some photos to share next week.

All the adult members of Laura's family are on the volunteer fire dept. and we are all prepared to provide back up for those who go to fight the fires. We take water, healthy sandwiches and fresh fruits and vegetables. We also take along plenty of buckets and basins and towels so the firefighters can splash themselves down to cool off.  

Added to this excitement, my granddaughter's baby, Brooklyn is expected to be born on Monday. I won't be wanting for entertainment and excitement.

Laurie, my granddaughter, already told me she didn't want me in the room when she delivered. I am sure glad to know that because I don't like to watch pain, even it has such a fine outcome as a new great-granddaughter.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 20, 2014 at 1:23pm

Here's an image of how the jet stream wave bringing me cooler weather brought you fire-prone conditions at the same time, Joan.

 

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