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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

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.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 Ian Mason on March 26, 2013 at 10:45pm

Sentient Biped, thinking of you and hoping things go well.

There's something obviously fishy about that porcine/piscine. Excellent Photoshop skills though.

Interesting videos Ruth. I didn't know that the "butterfly effect" started as a jokey aside that the moron media took seriously and turned into a headline. I agree with Krauss, that we make our own meaning in life.

Comment by Steph S. on March 26, 2013 at 10:14pm

Hey Ruth! Miss seeing you on here. I hope you are doing OK.

I'm enjoying all the videos and pictures that have been posted.

Yes, Grumpy Cat is famous. He's even on TV with Anderson Cooper!

Comment by Steph S. on March 26, 2013 at 9:53pm

Sentient Biped I hope you get good doctors and they remove all the cancer. You are in my thoughts.

Comment by Steph S. on March 26, 2013 at 9:50pm

Comment by Steph S. on March 26, 2013 at 9:43pm

Wow - that is an interesting pic Napoleon.

So .. looks like I am behind again - reading back through.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 26, 2013 at 9:15pm
Per my handy online Bing Translator:
A mutant fish, with ears and pig face, was found in the Black River between the cities of Santa Catarina Rio Negrinho and Mafra. the fact left baffled fishermen and has arousing the curiosity of many people.According to the fisherman and teacher Josef w., this mutation is due to pesticides used in the region.The case will be investigated, so that the fish was sent to exam ictiopatológico in Sao Paulo.
Scary to think what harm and other horrors we are causing. 
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2013 at 1:41pm
I like knowing that I am responsible for my meaning and purpose. I don't need to seek for direction from some external energy, the energy resides within.

Lawrence Krauss - We Provide Our Own Meaning
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaWyNZxJqwg
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2013 at 1:09pm

Have you ever heard of the "butterfly effect" in quantum physics? It states the flapping of its winging in the jungle of the Amazon, has small effects that can accumulate into much larger effect. By using fractal geometry, the principles can be demonstrated. I know, it sounds outrageous, but quantum physics is outrageous; just listen to physicists talk about it. It does not fall under Newton's laws of motion; it has its own laws. 

If anyone is interested in learning more:

An Introduction to Chaos Theory with the Lorenz Attractor

Don't let the geometry get in your way, just follow the visuals and feel the meaning. 

Our current climate change can be defined as having a human-made change in our atmosphere that may be small, but has an effect that is unpredictable and unstable. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2013 at 1:07pm

Good morning friends. I suspect we had our last frost last night! That is more of a hope than reality, however we have a week of above freezing temperatures according to long-rang forecasting.

I know it will not come as a surprise to those of you who have known me for a while, I did a thorough review of literature on breast cancer after my positive diagnoses two weeks ago and ran across this film that has a promising story to tell. Women and men, please watch.

TED: Deborah Rhodes: A tool that finds 3x more breast tumors, and w...

She tells of how painful mammography is; I say, was! It was as though being squeezed by clouds, no discomfort, absolutely no pain. Even the biopsy was without pain for me.

I have no concerns about long term outcomes of this next procedure tomorrow. There is 99% expectation of full recovery. 

Now, on to more serious concerns, Sentient Biped should be in surgery this morning for removal of abdominal cancer. Our positive thoughts go with him. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 26, 2013 at 11:14am

Chris, we're all waiting very impatiently for Spring!!  It's been so cold here as well.

The Kaffir Lily is beautiful.  Do you grow it indoors or outside? 

I have a Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera) as a houseplant.  My original plant was beautiful and had about a 16" radius.  During the summer I would keep it outside in a partially shaded area.  During the fall, the cooler nights outside would help it bloom for December after bringing it indoors before the freezing temperatures.  The flowers were just magnificent.  A couple of years ago, some kind of critter kept gnawing at it and destroying the leaves.  I don't know if it was a squirrel or a cat doing the damage.  It was never the same since and ended up dying.  I'm now nursing a new cutting from my mother's plant that she gave to me.  It's very small, about 3" in radius.  I'm looking forward to the time when it's big enough to bloom.    

 

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