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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 12 hours ago. 39 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 sk8eycat on March 22, 2014 at 8:27pm

*cackle!*

Comment by sk8eycat on March 22, 2014 at 7:30pm

This is cute, and relaxing.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/VRgQaOOZRo4

Comment by Plinius on March 22, 2014 at 1:34pm

I don't Carl, it's what I get from being too busy - I can't concentrate and express myself precisely enough. Still struggling to do the necessary organising for our two grown-up children.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 22, 2014 at 10:05am

Chris, I hope you don't think that I am the person who created the "500 Years of Female Portraits" video.  That's the wonderful artistic handiwork of some other person.  I cannot take credit for it.  I'm just passing it along.

I did, however, get the inspiration yesterday to compose the quote about music and art that I posted after watching that video once again.  If I may pat myself on the back, I thought it was good.  lol  

Hi, Mindy.  Yes, you may use my quote!  I'm sure your daughter will have fun dog sitting.  When I was in high school I would dog sit occasionally for a family who lived down the street.  They had two dogs who were ecstatic to see me when I arrived to check up on them and feed them.  They were so appreciative and loving.  I used to also babysit for the two children that lived there, so the dogs knew me well.

Randall, I whole-heartily agree with you about Django Reinhardt.  He's one of the icons of jazz guitar.    

Comment by Randall Smith on March 22, 2014 at 8:28am

I'm not familiar with this Tina you all are raving about. But, if you want to hear somebody that can blow everybody out of the water, that would be Django Reinhardt. And he did it with missing fingers on his chord making hand! I'm a jazz fan.

Comment by Plinius on March 22, 2014 at 5:15am

Thanks Carl, the portraits are wonderful! Make up some more things, I wonder what comes up! I was thinking on this oldie, and it fits your description exactly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3CHi_9sxj0

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 22, 2014 at 2:44am

If there is an entity in existence that truly is the human soul, it's music and art.  --Me  (I just made that up!)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 22, 2014 at 2:34am

Speaking of the Bach cello suites, I know I've posted this before but it's been awhile and it's so beautiful and worth repeating.  Now that I think about it, I wish I had remembered this for the recent International Women's Day.  

 

Comment by Plinius on March 22, 2014 at 1:38am

Thanks for the cello suite, Joan! I grew up with Bach and can still sing along with his Kaffee Kantate. I read about Justin Bieber just now, and I'll forget it a.s.a.p. - non-famous people are much more interesting to me. Early Saturday here: we'll be busy with our two patients today - a beautiful spring day! Have a good time!

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 21, 2014 at 5:22pm

Gabriela does have a unique style.

 

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