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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 The Flying Atheist on July 31, 2013 at 11:21pm

Hi, Dr Kellie.  Long time, no see.  Good to have you check in.

Chris, those snowy pictures were from 2011,  I didn't take the photos, though.  But you can see, after a big storm there can be a lot of work shoveling out a car.

Joan, thinking of you and spreading some cheer your way visually with Monet's Water Lilies.

 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 31, 2013 at 10:06pm

Nice one, Mindy.

There's a lot of us out there, Dr. Kellie but most keep quiet.

Cheering you on, Joan. How about having David Attenborough make a documentary about the view from your window? It sounds very entertaining.

Comment by dr kellie on July 31, 2013 at 3:48pm

Good point about editing, and that actually came up this morning.  The boys are college age roommates and one of them said fuck and then apologized for it.  I smiled and said, "What the fuck are you apologizing for?"  It was cute.

I'm looking forward to seeing them again.

Comment by dr kellie on July 31, 2013 at 11:14am

Greetings to everyone!  I wanted to report that I just met two new darling young (and atheist) clients through an atheist referral.  Absolutely refreshing.  Doesn't happen every day, but I do rejoice when it does.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2013 at 11:12am

This crazy roller coaster ride I'm on gives me a terrific day followed by not so terrific ones. Today is my eleventh treatment, only five more to go. By Jove, I will make it. My energy level sits on zero and if I do any task, it takes me three or four days to complete it.

All my blood tests show excellent results, no problems as far as red or white cells, no problems at all with mouth sores as so many people report. A little problem with neuropathy, which doctors monitor and treat aggressively.
I start radiation next week, and I feel a bit anxious about that.

@Patricia, I forgot, did you have radiation? Oh yes, my lack of memory is a problem. That will change when I get through.
I have been impressed with how patient Cary has been with me because he has to deal with the daily ups and downs. He keeps me encouraged and makes me laugh at myself as this weird creature that is temporarily sharing our household.
My great amusement is watching Fat Tail Squirrel build her nest in an Arborvitae in my back yard. She cuts off small branches, carries them to her construction site, causing the whole shrub to shudder, then goes for some grape leaves and does the same thing. We wonder why she doesn't gather Mullein leaves, they are so soft.
The hummingbird group has grown to many birds. They flit so fast I can't count them. Some critter, perhaps a skunk or raccoon plows through the huge Monarda patch knocking them over. The hummers bravely stick their tongues into even those billions of blossoms near the ground. So far visiting Siamese Cat has not bothered them. He is more interested in the bird watering area under the Blue Spruce tree. Nothing grows under the tree and I have it limbed up so I can walk under it to fill the feeders and not hit my bald head. Cat has to cross a wide area to get to the birdbaths. I see no signs Cat has caught any birds ... no feathers, for example. Usually we see signs of a killed bird. The good hunter cat owners moved away this summer. Sadly, so did their children. I have no young children visiting me this summer. 

Comment by Plinius on July 31, 2013 at 7:40am

Is that your neighbourhood, Carl? It looks good. We almost never see snow that high, if we do it's often gone in a few days.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 31, 2013 at 7:17am

Chris, I don't own a car either, so I'm very reliant on buses and trains...and the occasional taxi.  I'm very lucky to live right around the corner from 2 bus lines that run 24 hours and each of those bus lines is a 10 minute ride or less away from two different train lines.  It's all very convenient. 

And I don't have to shovel out snow for a parking space in the winter!

    

Comment by Plinius on July 31, 2013 at 1:29am

I love that video Joan! Saw "Dancing with wolves", can dance with cats myself.

I do love public transport FA, I have to, because I've got no car. But sometimes I wish I had no nose either!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 30, 2013 at 11:34pm

Well, Flying Atheist, I'm a big fan of flossing. Had I a vote on the matter I'd support the right to public flossing with pride. Assuming people take lessons on how to not shoot tiny bits of old food at those nearby.

Love the Scottie Pinwheel and dancing pet raccoon. Thanks Joan

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 30, 2013 at 11:22pm

Thanks for your stories of falling-apart tooth, kitten seeping in a napkin holder (pics?), talking to yourself (I do that all of the time too), the koi ponds and news. Sometimes your shared stories are just what I need to get out of my own head.

Thanks booklover for the kitty Bill LOLcat.

 

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