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The End of the World ... Again?!?

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Uh, guys and gals?  Hate to tell you, but the world ended the other day.  And the hell of it is, I MISSED IT!  Yeah, too busy with other stuff, mowing the lawn, enjoying the company of my wife, and taking care of puddy-cats, and I just MISSED it!One…Continue

Tags: AronRa, prophecy, end of the world

Sam Harris The Case Against Christianity

Started by dudaboli yev. Last reply by Donald R Barbera on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Sam Harris The Case Against Christianity Sam Harris offers his case against the Christian god conceptSamuel Benjamin "Sam" Harris is an American author, neuroscientist, philosopher, the co-founder and chief executive of Project Reason, a non-profit…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

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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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2013 at 10:20am

Melinda, hope you can start feeling better like Lula.  

How big are your blocks?  They're 300 feet here, so 10 times around would be 2.27 miles.  Since the winds have died down and the temperature is in the 50's, I've been working in the yard and walking more, but I'm only up to a mile or so before my knees start complaining.

The cat peeking-out from the cabinets is funny!

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 27, 2013 at 10:17am

Sentient, here's one more voice hoping that you're doing well and recovering smoothly!

Booklover, glad to hear Lula's acting like herself!

(And yes, Steph, cats are liquids.)

Spud, I hardly watch any TV -- actually a few people in my circle of musician friends share that trait! -- but on the commercial AM radio station I turn to for news and traffic when public radio doesn't have it, an ad for a cheap clothing chain stands out because their name is always SHOUTED -- I'd prefer not to repeat their name, but it's the audio equivalent of

'BUY OUR STUFF!!!' with annoying blinking(Oops... that should've been in allcaps as well. :-)

I remember some study showing that even when the text of an ad was clearly manipulative, leaving people with a bad conscious impression, weeks later those people nevertheless had positive memories of the brand. Ruth, you might have seen it in ScienceDaily or someplace, maybe two or three years ago?

Flying Atheist, thanks for telling us about Budapest's Cat Cafe! (Here's another video article about it, and a YouTube video with a background song, "My pussycat is everybody's cat...".)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 27, 2013 at 9:55am

Good news about Lula, Melinda.  Glad to hear it.  I also hope you can feel 'normal' yourself.  Maybe one of these days you'll finally get a Goldilocks medication......the one that's just right.  Better living through science, as they say.  I wish you well.  

Ruth, I don't own a Kindle, but I understand you can adjust the print size.  Perhaps that's an option for you if you still like reading.  Or.....have you thought about audio books?    

Oh, Melinda, that cat under the kitchen counter is funny.  It reminds me of a real estate listing I saw the other day.  I'll try to find it and post it. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2013 at 9:53am

Steph, I love the Grumpy cat on Time.  Reminds me of someone I know......  Lets see,,,,who is that?  ........   Oh! now I remember.  It's me!  "I didn't even want this" sounds like something out of my mouth.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2013 at 9:46am

Ruth, I'm with you on reading easily enlarged screen text instead of books.  

December 13, 2012 a law went into effect that limits the average volume of TV commercials to that of the programing.  It seems to be that way on all of my channels except one that has an extension.  However, they can (an do), manipulate the sound of commercials so they stand out, and often sound louder, or at least more annoying (Why they think annoying me will make me want to buy their product or service has always escaped me).  There's a place that a complaint can be lodged with the government if a commercial sounds louder, so I may do that in hopes that they will be able to further reduce the annoyance factor.

Comment by Steph S. on March 27, 2013 at 5:43am

oh how cute Ruth!

So glad to hear from you!

Seems like something is missing when you aren't here.

Comment by Steph S. on March 27, 2013 at 5:40am

Good morning everyone!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 27, 2013 at 12:49am

Thanks for asking about me, booklover. I fell behind here, and then was overwhelmed trying to catch up yesterday. Today my brain is back for a while.

The Vulcan death grip LOLcat is great! And the dog snuggling the white kitty. Sorry to hear about your need for a gastroenterologist.

I’m a bit envious of all the interesting books you’re sharing. I don’t do well with dead tree books anymore. I can’t even keep up with magazines. These days I enjoy news and stuff on the screen where print size can be easily enlarged.

Thanks for the peppy music, Flying Atheist. However I found the jumpy editng style a touch surreal, as if time wasn’t flowing normally but getting stuck repeatedly. We just watched a TV program on our TiVo where a similar effect occurred over a 5 minute segment from a recording flaw or something. Somehow I have trouble stepping back and seeing it just as an artistic  technique. Instead it feels as if time actually is jittering. Maybe I watch too much time travel sci-fi. When I was young and still brainwashed by the culture, I actually slept with giant hair rollers, but not a face mask.

Idaho Spud. We jump out of our seats every evening because the commercials can come in much louder than the programming. Every time we watch YouTube on our TV, it’s very much louder too.

Ian, the butterfly effect started in complexity science, and only later spread to popular media. It’s about extreme sensitivity to initial conditions. Joan, that’s a good link, thanks.

Sentient Biped, get well please.

Steph, that Time cover is a hoot.

Napoleon, that’s a cute photoshop hybrid. We have a thread of them somewhere here.

Thanks for the Lawrence Krauss link, Joan. But I don’t agree that we’re insignificant. Why define significance as something arising outside of ourselves? After that, he’s better and clearer.

Patricia, great graphic! Really made me laugh.

Smile, folks! It's Spring (or Fall if you're Down Under).

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 27, 2013 at 12:38am

We are all thinking about Sentient Biped.  I hope his surgery went well for him today.  He is a very warm and kind person and a great asset to our community.

Joan, I'm glad to pass along my list of books.  They were all highly recommended to me and I'm looking forward to reading them.

I also hope you enjoy listening to Vivaldi's Four Seasons.  Reading the corresponding sonnets will make the music come to life with images. 

Well, it's late here in the mid-west.  Time to get my beauty rest.

Goodnight, All.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2013 at 12:01am

TFA, thanks for the recommendations of 

Wikipedia: Vivaldi's Four Seasons (

Wikipedia: The Four Seasons Sonnets (


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