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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 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

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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

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Comment by sk8eycat on August 27, 2013 at 2:04pm

Joan, I don't think I was particularly disciplined, I just couldn't stand still whenever I heard music. Some of my earliest memories are of making up my own "dances" to "The Nutcracker," "H.M.S. Pinafore," and whatever Glenn Miller or Andrews Sisters stuff was playing on the radio.  I had never actually seen ballet or any kind of dancing till I began taking lessons when I was six.

I first saw ice skating when I was eleven, after Dad bought a TV set.  I roller-skated on the sidewalks with all the other kids, of course, but it has snowed here only once in my lifetime.(We went bonkers.)  "Frosty Frolics" was a summer replacement TV show, broadcast live from a big rink in Pasadena.  I was HOOKED! Obsessed.  Gliding looked so much more graceful than tippy-toeing across a stage in those painful pink shoes. (I hated dancing en pointe.)
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Ian, I think most people are somewhat "mixed brain." I'm right-handed, but always hated sports that required hand-eye coordination...particularly soft(HAH!)ball. I never could catch the damned things...and I got hit in the face more than once trying.  They HURT! 

When I was in high school, my gym class had a short course in archery; I never managed to even hit any targets.  My arrows went all over the field. It was fortunate that I didn't hit a classmate, OR the teacher.

If I wasn't using my legs, I was a total KLUTZ!  (Never was able to touch-type, either...still can't.  For some odd reason, I became a whiz at using a 10-key...the numbers went directly from my eye to my fingers...may have been using my left eye at the time. I dunno. So I spent 40 years as a bookkeeper. I actually enjoyed it.)

Comment by Plinius on August 27, 2013 at 1:50pm

And I'm lefthanded -eyed and -footed but I have a squint in my eyes that prevented me from skating or ball games. I can see the ball well enough, but with the extra time I need to find out where it is exactly...  I NEVER caught a moving ball! But who needs a moving ball?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2013 at 10:39am

sk8eycat you must have had great discipline to learn and do all that you did. You must feel great self-respect and pride. I didn't have that kind of dedication. Your beautiful personality shines through. 

Carl, funny exaggeration! I guess "freedom" has many definitions and different priorities. I wonder what her reply would be. Perhaps, "You idiot, what about MY freedom!" I think I was pretty cross about cleaning up the cat-litter boxes. Don't want to do that again. 

Patricia, having trained rats to perform, I can just imagine someone spreading tasty food on the mouthpieces and letting the critters do their thing. 

Ian, your "mixed brain" sounds interesting. I wonder if the new research on brain/mind function will explore this phenomenon?

Mindy, I like learning of your pom-pom history! Do you still like to perform? Not everyone likes to ... perhaps we are born with the ability to stand in front of others. My daughter was terrified of public speaking, became a volunteer fire fighter and now she is a tiger when speaking to schools and groups about preparing homes for fire protection or when she is teaching safety and techniques to new fire fighters. I am amazed at her achievement.  

Comment by Lillie on August 27, 2013 at 9:17am

I am right handed and left eyed and so are most of my family.  My son was career military and had to learn to shoot with his left hand.

Comment by Lillie on August 27, 2013 at 9:15am

My cat puts the litter on the floor.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 27, 2013 at 12:50am

Chuckle, chuckle, chuckle, Patricia, Carl and Mindy.

Glad you're feeling better Joan.

I'm one of the world's most uncoordinated people. I didn't know why until an old Peanuts cartoon put me on the right track: mixed brain dominance. I'm right-handed but left-eyed. Couldn't catch a moving ball if my life depended on it. That made me a figure of fun at school because no-one there had ever heard of the phenomonen. Most people still haven't and don't believe me when I tell them.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 26, 2013 at 8:47pm

Comment by sk8eycat on August 26, 2013 at 7:26pm

When those pix were taken, I was 5' 4" plus skates. They numbered us from shortest to tallest  1 thru 12  Twelve girls each for stage left and stage right..  I was usually a five. Meant I had to skate pretty fast to catch the damn wheel, but not as hard as my roommate who was 4' 11".

The very tallest girls got to wear the really fancy costumes, and just glide around...showgirls.  I'm 5' 2" now.

Comment by Lillie on August 26, 2013 at 6:33pm

Wow, sk8eycat, sounds like great fun.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 26, 2013 at 8:29am

I enjoy the song "Singing in the Rain", and very much liked the ice & water skating to it.

I'm a definite morning person and hate DST.

 

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