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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

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If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by Plinius on September 11, 2016 at 4:24am

Many textiles for the home take longer to catch fire, due to new regulations.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on September 11, 2016 at 3:30am
More data, again reassuring that despite flimsy furniture, home fires have decreased significantly in the past 15 years. Cooking is largest cause - frying maybe? - although that's only half.

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/
Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on September 11, 2016 at 3:21am
house fires and deaths from them are much lower than 1977. Fewer smokers?

http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/f...
Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on September 11, 2016 at 3:16am
I guess there's an advantage to hlving in an older home, and antique, or just old, furniture, minimal clutter, solid floors. i wonder if they had to discontinue old fire retardant upholstery due to carcinogens. I have driven 30 miles to check on whether I left coffee pot turned on - I did - and did it have auto shut-off - it didn't. Some think to think about when doing home improvements. We changed from carpet to bamboo due to easier to clean, fewer allergy, less flea hiding places - but bamboo might burn faster, I don't know.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 11, 2016 at 2:02am

I'm up in the middle of the night, thinking about what it means to have to leave 3 to 4 minutes after a fire starts. When our smoke alarm goes off, the two cats head to the basement. We would die if we tried to save them. We had an apartment fire decades ago. We were at ground level in a garden apartment, so had easy escape through the sliding patio door. Still, it took us a long time to evacuate. No pets yet. I had a terrible time waking my husband up. We both got some smoke inhalation, and left shoeless in our bed clothes. I'm sure our belongings today would produce toxic smoke.

Given my state, I'm not going to watch the passenger video. I'll have enough trouble getting to sleep again.

Yes, Plinius. In an emergency we operate from our primitive brains, not our higher brains. That's why fire escape doors can't have door knobs.

Comment by Plinius on September 10, 2016 at 11:58pm

Strange how frightened people cling to the things they'd normally do.

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on September 10, 2016 at 11:14pm

Have you had any close calls yourself Flying Atheist?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 10, 2016 at 11:01pm

Remember the Emirates airplane that crash-landed in Dubai last month on August 3rd?  I shake my head in disbelief at passengers retrieving their luggage while the plane is on fire.

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 10, 2016 at 10:48pm

Randy, enjoy your time up in Michigan.  That's a beautiful area.  I used to go to Boy Scout camp a bit south of there.  Of course that was in the 1970's.  We used to pick and then make sassafras tea. Make sure you have your mosquito repellent!

Ruth, we are using many more made made products to build homes these days which are full of toxic chemicals, especially when ignited and burning.  If you cannot escape you'll most likely die from asphyxiation from deadly chemical fumes before the actual fire reaches you.

Flight attendants are trained and required to be able to evacuate a full airplane using only half the exits in 90 seconds or less.  This is for the same reason.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 10, 2016 at 5:52pm

Happy vacation, Randall.

Here's disturbing "trivia", today's houses and furniture are so flimsy we have only 3 to 4 minutes to escape a fire.

 

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