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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 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 Plinius on October 29, 2013 at 7:20am

Thank you, Carl and Joan, how kind you always are! I'm all right. Got a lot of fresh air and a new hairdo. The streets are full of leaves, torn off branches and dead umbrellas, but the cleaning has started and life goes on as if nothing happened. The storm made wonderful pictures and happy cats - and victims, yes.

And here comes Luna: she supports the "Freeze all work until cat decides to move" so that gives me a good excuse to sit at the pc and NOT start household chores.

Best wishes for your surgery, Ruth!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 28, 2013 at 10:53pm

Rest and renewal with autumn colors. Hope all goes well. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 28, 2013 at 10:13pm

Take care, Ruth.  Wishing you well and a smooth procedure. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 28, 2013 at 10:08pm

Joan, your windows vs Ford had me in stitches. I was like, "Right!", "Oh yeah!", "That too!" #3 (rebooting) is the best.

That storm's scary, Flying Atheist.

Thanks for the cute LOLs, Steph and booklover.

Speaking of CAt Ladies. I do this (often).

Tomorrow I'm in for dental surgery. :( Might not be online much.

Hugs, all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 28, 2013 at 8:52pm

Thanks Carl, for this report. I join in thinking about Ian and Chris. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 28, 2013 at 4:42pm

Thinking about you Ian and Chris.  I hope all is well with both of you. 

Amazing video footage in this BBC news article.

Eight die as storm whips across northern Europe

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 28, 2013 at 1:53pm

Joan, glad you got a good deal on a MacBook.  As for price, I always thought Macs were only slightly more expensive than Windows computers.  Is that what you meant?

My iMac is 7 years old and doesn't do some things anymore, so I'm trying to save $400......No, $600 for a Mac mini.  Comes without a monitor, keyboard, or mouse, but I already have those.  I thought I remember the Mac mini was $400 a few months ago,  but just now I looked-it-up and ouch!

My mini-van is old, but keeping it running is way less expensive than buying a new vehicle, especially because I can repair a lot of it's problems myself.  I hate banged knuckles and grease under my fingernails, but it beats the horrible prices others charge to repair vehicles.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 28, 2013 at 12:10pm
Spud, I know, Macs are really expensive; over time they save money and frustration. Some years ago, my computer tutor found me a reconditioned MacBook for $400.00 when the going price was $1,000.

My son-in-law converted their businesses to Mac several years ago and just this week, the Pend Oreille Co Fire District #8 bought their first Mac and Laura transferred all the files over to the District's computer.

Hope you can afford a new car before 40 years. Kind of hard to drive a Mac around town.
Comment by Idaho Spud on October 28, 2013 at 11:12am

Good one Joan.  I agree with what both Gates and Ford said.

That's why I switched from Windows to Apple 7 years ago, and why I haven't been able to afford a new car for 40 years.

Comment by Steph S. on October 28, 2013 at 1:01am

 

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