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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 37 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 Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 6:00pm

Patricia, http://www.weareatheism.com/atheists-giving-aid/ looks like a perfect solution. How did you find out about them? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 5:59pm

sk8eycat thanks for the alternative view of earthquake activity. I have it Bookmarked. 

I am very relieved you are not in the hard shaking and are OK. Your sister is very fortunate to have you there even if you can't do anything about power outages. You can comfort her and reassure her. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 29, 2014 at 5:51pm

Sorry, Napoleon, but the video of "Viking Trance - Transfuseit" is uncomfortable for me. It continually evokes orienting responses. I never like to surrender control of my mind ( control of attention) that much. I even find that their less frequent use, as in CSI Miami, crosses my threshold for being manipulated.

Joan, I'm glad the earthquake didn't harm you.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 29, 2014 at 4:33pm

Joan, I use this web site because I find it easier to  navigater, and this page has a lot more info right up front:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

To change the details, click the gear wheel in the upper right corner to get another drop-down menu, select your choices, and click the wheel again.

WE, my sister and I, did not feel anything.  That's unusual because Brea/La Habra is less than 35 or 40 miles from here as the proverbial crow flies.  NObody in the Valley seems to have felt much. 

BUT at about 2AM my sister woke me out of a sound sleep, all freaked because the power was out. (As if there was anything I could do about it.) It took her a while to look out a window and see that the whole neighborhood was dark. Everything was back on by 3AM, and I came in here, and went right to the link above to see if there had been a quake.

There was also something on Yahoo "News" but since there was no photogenic damage (blood & guts and fallen-down buildings), they pushed it to a back page, and went for the usual gossip and unscientific diet "advice" after a couple of hours.

I went back to bed.  [shrugs]

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 2:42pm

The former version of Google Earth had a date and time stamp on the photo. I don't see one here. This shows the large quake, but it was more than an hour ago. Todays are in orange, the past week is yellow. The size of the dot indicates the size of the quake. Press on the dot and it should tell you its Richter scale. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 2:32pm

Red dot means within last hour

Orange dot: past day 

Yello dot: past week 

This photo was taken at    ?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2014 at 10:21pm

How intriguing! Mary had twins, Jesus (Good) and Christ (Scoundrel).

I like the idea of re-telling myths. I wonder how long it will take for someone to tell the new myth and a group forms in support of that story line. Oh Jeez, then we'll have another one to refute. 

I wonder, Mother Mary was a prostitute and didn't know who the father was, and .... Oh! it's too late to imagine. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 28, 2014 at 10:13pm

While looking for something else, I found Ian Mason's comment a year ago recommending a few books.

I'll heartily second the one for Phillip Pullman's book "The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ". In this retelling, Mary has twins, Jesus, who teaches, comforts, and does good works, and Christ, who's more intent on starting a powerful institution than on recording the truth.

As Ian described it: "One of a series where established authors are commissioned to re-tell various myths. Pullman describes his book as being about 'how a story becomes a story', the distorting jump from a few simple events to a told account of them that spreads and spreads."

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2014 at 8:56pm

Napoleon, you have done it again. Just when you redeem yourself in my eyes, you invite me to look at those photos of two newborns and the video, "Viking Trance - Transfuseit" I could only tolerate if for about 10 seconds. I can't image watching for 7+ minutes. 

Comment by Steph S. on March 28, 2014 at 8:42am

I had to take that cat pic Booklover- I love it

 

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