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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 19 hours ago. 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 sk8eycat on March 14, 2014 at 12:15pm

PS: My sister bought 2 (small 5") "no sugar added" pies for today...one apple,and one cherry.  Vons/Safeway is actually having a "Pi Day" sale!  I'm always amazed when Marketing people actually do something clever instead of the same-old same-old.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 14, 2014 at 12:11pm

I LOVE crossword puzzles!  When I worked a few years in an advertising office in downtown Los Angeles, there was always a mad rush when our copy of the Sunday NY Times arrived.  We Xeroxed the crossword, and then everybody spent their lunch hour doing the puzzle.  I have found several sites that offer free printable puzzles, but I've never found the Sunday NY Times one. Anyroad, it requires larger paper than my printer can use (IF you want to be able to  read the clues.)  But it's always been the best, and hardest, puzzle published in the US.

British-style Cryptic Crosswords can fry your brain, but they're fun...even if you only get a few words right.

http://www.poinscrosswords.com/

Comment by Plinius on March 14, 2014 at 10:59am

But shrinking starts early! I know, because I wanted to be tall and I kept track of my height.

I was 1.62 m. when I was 18, but only five years later I was back below 1.60 m. Now at 60 I'm 1.57 m.

And now how to convert that to inches... 61 inches, but I can't find the feet.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 14, 2014 at 9:40am
Mindy, I think I've shrunk in height also. For years and years, ever since 8th grade, my height was measured at exactly 6 feet. Several years ago I had a work-related physical and they measured me at 5'10". I was really surprised. Then my own doctor confirmed that measurement as well. It seems very strange, since I'm only approaching my 50th birthday this year.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 14, 2014 at 8:56am
I'm sorry, Randall, but changing the subject away from cats is not acceptable. But we'll make an exception for you this one time since you offered some good advice about crossword puzzles.
Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2014 at 8:34am

As Loren reminded us, Happy Pi Day, everyone! (3/14)

instructables.com has a cute pirate pie rat (pi rat) pie:

Comment by Randall Smith on March 14, 2014 at 7:35am

Not to change the subject (from cats), but does anyone work crosswords? I kept up my newspaper subscription for the daily, but cancelled when I discovered a good crossword--free, I might add--over the internet. For my intellect, it's the perfect difficulty. FreeDailyCrosswords.com. Printers ink is cheaper than a newspaper. I work on a puzzle while eating meals. Not only does it sharpen my mind, but it slows me down. Double win.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 13, 2014 at 11:34pm

"Tortoise Shell" I like the sound of that. 

Carl, love you cat who gives baths. Nice way to earn one's keep. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 13, 2014 at 11:21pm
Joan, I'm glad you liked the comic.  See!!  You DO have a sense of humor!  :)
Comment by sk8eycat on March 13, 2014 at 6:45pm

Patricia, they're both beautiful.

We've had torties, and orange cats, and right now I have Pumpkin (or he owns me), and Fred, the Tar Baby, who has adopted my sister.

They are both silly, in their own ways.

 

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