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Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan on Wednesday. 13 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 2, 2013 at 4:20pm

Your hypoglycemia episode was scary, sk8eycat. Please watch your blood sugar and eat high protein snacks often when you're busy. As a diabetic, I often drink 1% milk if I've gone without eating for a few hours. Eating a few nuts can also be helpful. I keep a bag of nuts next to my chair, easy to reach without getting up or interrupting what I'm doing. It's safer to snack often on low carb high protein stuff, so you have a steady trickle of blood sugar, instead of plunging too low and then using sugar or honey to compensate (which can make your blood sugar soar). Dr Bernstein recommends using glucose tablets so you know exactly how much you're taking, instead of guessing with sugar or juice. You can calculate how many tablets to take (in advance) for severe hypoglycemia due to forgetting to eat, based on your body weight, and write it in the container. Your doctor or dietician can help with this calculation. Small fluctuations are the key to health, the damage from diabetes happens when the blood sugar is very low or high. He says be quantitative, measure.

Thanks for the flooding news in Kimbele, Joan. Local video is helpful to understand what people face. Unfortunately similar events will continue to happen often as Climate Destabilization escalates.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 2, 2013 at 11:31am

Ooooooh!  I luv teh pole-dancing kitteh.  IMO he's doin' it rite!  Aifinkso.

I've been doin' it rong 4 a few daze; I put off working on the Pet Press Events Calendar till the last split second, got so busy I forgot to eat, and ended up flat on the floor...unconscious.  My sister panicked and called 911, and they dragged me to the ER where I wasted an entire day trying to talk them into letting me come home.  (The law here is that once you call the EMTs, they can't release you; an MD has to sign you out.)

All my sister had to do was pop a glucose tablet, or a teaspoon of honey, in my mouth, but she's so afraid of taking any responsibility for anything.  Always has been.

When I finally got home, I discovered the cats hadn't been fed for 12 hours, their litterbox hadn't been scooped, and I still had to finish that damn Calendar.  I did it, but that's why I haven't had anything to say in here for a few days.
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I love the Robert G. Ingersoll quotes!  He's one of my heroes; HE knew 150 years ago that the Israelites were never enslaved by the Egyptians, nor that they had anything to do with building the pyamids.

The Egyptians themselves worked on the pyramids during the annual inundations of the Nile when they couldn't plant their crops, or do any other agricultural work. They were able to float those giant blocks into place on rafts during the floods... didn't take rocket science to figure that out.
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My favorite Ingersoll line is:

"Hands that help are better far than lips that pray."
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And then there's a tribute to Margaret Sanger (with additions by Dan Barker):

Margaret Sanger - Reproductive freedom was her goal.
She said, "No gods, no masters."
She fought to let each woman take control.
Powerful enemies tried to keep this flaming redheadin her place.
When they couldn't talk her out they tried to lock her out.

She said:

"No gods, no masters."
No popes no pastors.
Think for yourself.
No more dictators
Resist those woman-haters
And decide for yorself.

I wish I knew how to transfer the entire song from my hard drive to this "board."  I love it...I have it set as my "wake up" music on my CD player. I also have the entire "Friendly Neighborhood Atheist" CD copied to my Music file, and I want to share it with everyone here.  It's really "cool."

In the meantime, I need to eat something ASAP, or I'm going to crash on the floor again.  Diabetes isn't much when compared to cancer and other life-threatening conditions, but I must be doing something wrong!

*splat!*

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 1, 2013 at 3:41pm

Ian, I look forward to another of your great travel pictures, from Crete this time. Enjoy!

Steph, your picture of Darth co-worker hits home. I’m sure many of us have had co-workers for whom this symbol resonates. I remember on who took great pride in playing the stock market, and felt superior to all of us who were not uber-capitalists.

Thanks for the interesting dramatic memories of Crete, Joan. You live with intensity! Chemo-humor. Yeah, I get that.

I have “sanity’replies” moments too, booklover.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 2:13pm

Loren, I just can't get this girls face and the women draped out of my mind. I understand it is a funeral, and that even modern women wear ... I can't think of the word ... for funerals. However, there is a deeper story to this photo. If women as a group refused to wear ??? and stood tall, proudly, confidently, strongly, resiliently, resourcefully,and  intelligently, that little girl could grow into a fully functioning human being and be a real asset to herself, family and community. 

A Bahraini girl is carried by her mother during the funeral of Sayed Omran Sayed Hameed in the village of Karzakkan, south of Manama, May 28, 2013. 

"Hameed, 26, died at hospital after developing respiratory complications and his relatives claim that his death is due to the inhalation of poisonous tear gas that riot police used during a protest in May 2013."

CREDIT: Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 1:41pm

This man is a gold mine for quotes. 

"The history of intellectual progress is written in the lives of infidels, political rights have been preserved by traitors, the liberty of mind by heretics."

~ Robert Green Ingersoll

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 1:26pm

from Loren Miller:

"I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.
-- Robert Green Ingersoll

I offer: 

"The great men (and women) are the heroes who have freed the bodies of men (and women); they are the philosophers and thinkers who have given liberty to the soul; they are the poets who have transfigured the common and filled the lives of many millions with love and song."

-- Robert Green Ingersoll

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 12:09pm

Serious Flooding In Kilembe Uganda. Humanist School Spared But Many...

I shared some photos from 2011 of this Humanist School, and this report shows the horrid devastation taking place in this community. 

There have been at least nine confirmed fatalities and approximately 25,000 people have been economically impacted by this event. 

Climate change not only impacts the USA and the horrid deaths and destruction in Oklahoma, and "The Nyamwamba river, which runs from the mountains north of  Kasese and alongside the school's new land to the southeast, burst its banks on May 1st, 2013, and has flooded the Kilembe region again more than once since then. It has lead to chaos in the Kilembe valley.  It has caused extensive damage to houses and crops and has left many completely homeless."

Comment by Loren Miller on June 1, 2013 at 10:47am

Joan, your Ingersoll quote reminds me of another of his which I posted as a status yesterday:

I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.
-- Robert Green Ingersoll

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 10:37am

What happened to the "T" and " ?  Can we get them back?

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 10:36am

The infidels of one age have often been the aureoled saints of the next.       The destroyers of the old are the creators of the new.       As time sweeps on the old passes away and the new in its turn becomes old.       There is in the intellectual world, as in the physical, decay and growth, and ever by the grave of buried age stand youth and joy.       The history of intellectual progress is written in the lives of infidels, political rights have been preserved by traitors, the liberty of mind by heretics.       To attack the king was treason; to dispute the priest was blasphemy.       For many centuries the sword and cross were allies. Together they attacked the rights of man. They defended each other.       The throne and altar were twins -- two vultures from the same egg.       James I. said: "No bishop, no king." He might have added: "No cross, no crown." The king owned the bodies of men; the priest, the souls. One lived on taxes collected by force, the other on alms collected by fear -- both robbers, both beggars.       These robbers and these beggars controlled two worlds. The king made laws, the priest made creeds. Both obtained their authority from God, both were the agents of the Infinite.       With bowed backs the people carried the burdens of one, and with wonder's open mouth received the dogmas of the other.       If the people aspired to be free, they were crushed by the king, and every priest was a Herod who slaughtered the children of the brain.

Robert Green Ingersoll - Voltaire

 

 

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