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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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 3, 2013 at 8:28pm

sk8eycat, the drama cat video was mildly amusing, but disturbing too. Just imagining such self-inflicted suffering in cats is uncomfortable for me.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 3, 2013 at 7:07pm

You don't have to belong to Flakebook to see & hear this video...it's cool.

Cat Diary Entries:

 
PS: I'm okay, but I still rarely feel like eating anything...I think I'm going to stir fry some veg later.  I have a kit with everything I need, plus I bought some extra bell pepers and snow peas...my faves!  We'll see how it turns out.
 
Comment by Steph S. on June 3, 2013 at 11:20am

sk8eycat so glad that you are OK. So happy to have you back here with us.

Mindy I love the pole-dancing cat.

Just busy here will school-work.

Off to a slow start.

How is everyone doing?

Comment by Plinius on June 3, 2013 at 1:03am

Take care, Felaine! I'm glad you're back!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 2, 2013 at 8:44pm

Mindy, love your Pole dancing Cat. It is a keeper. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 2, 2013 at 4:29pm

My goodness, what an ordeal. You must be able to concentrate if being diabetic, you don't eat regularly. Concentration is a good thing, in your case, gone too far. My body begins to shake so badly I can't type, and even have difficulty walking. But I have never gotten to the point of passing out. For me, diabetes is not bad at all because I can keep my blood sugars below 100 very easily with diet and exercise. 

You have a great dedication to your Pet Press Events Calendar; a great way to contribute to your beloved felines. 

Love your quotes of Ingersoll and Sanger. Also you comment about Egyptian pyramid builders. Here is an example of the pen being as strong as the sword. Someone wrote a tale to pass on to generations, the tale became "common knowledge" without regard for truth. Seems I've heard those kinds of stories before. Well, we just have to out fox the foxes and learn history at a greater depth and breadth. 

I'm downloading "Friendly Neighborhood Atheist" CD now. Thanks so much. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 2, 2013 at 4:20pm

Your hypoglycemia episode was scary, sk8eycat. Please watch your blood sugar and eat high protein snacks often when you're busy. As a diabetic, I often drink 1% milk if I've gone without eating for a few hours. Eating a few nuts can also be helpful. I keep a bag of nuts next to my chair, easy to reach without getting up or interrupting what I'm doing. It's safer to snack often on low carb high protein stuff, so you have a steady trickle of blood sugar, instead of plunging too low and then using sugar or honey to compensate (which can make your blood sugar soar). Dr Bernstein recommends using glucose tablets so you know exactly how much you're taking, instead of guessing with sugar or juice. You can calculate how many tablets to take (in advance) for severe hypoglycemia due to forgetting to eat, based on your body weight, and write it in the container. Your doctor or dietician can help with this calculation. Small fluctuations are the key to health, the damage from diabetes happens when the blood sugar is very low or high. He says be quantitative, measure.

Thanks for the flooding news in Kimbele, Joan. Local video is helpful to understand what people face. Unfortunately similar events will continue to happen often as Climate Destabilization escalates.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 2, 2013 at 11:31am

Ooooooh!  I luv teh pole-dancing kitteh.  IMO he's doin' it rite!  Aifinkso.

I've been doin' it rong 4 a few daze; I put off working on the Pet Press Events Calendar till the last split second, got so busy I forgot to eat, and ended up flat on the floor...unconscious.  My sister panicked and called 911, and they dragged me to the ER where I wasted an entire day trying to talk them into letting me come home.  (The law here is that once you call the EMTs, they can't release you; an MD has to sign you out.)

All my sister had to do was pop a glucose tablet, or a teaspoon of honey, in my mouth, but she's so afraid of taking any responsibility for anything.  Always has been.

When I finally got home, I discovered the cats hadn't been fed for 12 hours, their litterbox hadn't been scooped, and I still had to finish that damn Calendar.  I did it, but that's why I haven't had anything to say in here for a few days.
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I love the Robert G. Ingersoll quotes!  He's one of my heroes; HE knew 150 years ago that the Israelites were never enslaved by the Egyptians, nor that they had anything to do with building the pyamids.

The Egyptians themselves worked on the pyramids during the annual inundations of the Nile when they couldn't plant their crops, or do any other agricultural work. They were able to float those giant blocks into place on rafts during the floods... didn't take rocket science to figure that out.
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My favorite Ingersoll line is:

"Hands that help are better far than lips that pray."
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And then there's a tribute to Margaret Sanger (with additions by Dan Barker):

Margaret Sanger - Reproductive freedom was her goal.
She said, "No gods, no masters."
She fought to let each woman take control.
Powerful enemies tried to keep this flaming redheadin her place.
When they couldn't talk her out they tried to lock her out.

She said:

"No gods, no masters."
No popes no pastors.
Think for yourself.
No more dictators
Resist those woman-haters
And decide for yorself.

I wish I knew how to transfer the entire song from my hard drive to this "board."  I love it...I have it set as my "wake up" music on my CD player. I also have the entire "Friendly Neighborhood Atheist" CD copied to my Music file, and I want to share it with everyone here.  It's really "cool."

In the meantime, I need to eat something ASAP, or I'm going to crash on the floor again.  Diabetes isn't much when compared to cancer and other life-threatening conditions, but I must be doing something wrong!

*splat!*

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 1, 2013 at 3:41pm

Ian, I look forward to another of your great travel pictures, from Crete this time. Enjoy!

Steph, your picture of Darth co-worker hits home. I’m sure many of us have had co-workers for whom this symbol resonates. I remember on who took great pride in playing the stock market, and felt superior to all of us who were not uber-capitalists.

Thanks for the interesting dramatic memories of Crete, Joan. You live with intensity! Chemo-humor. Yeah, I get that.

I have “sanity’replies” moments too, booklover.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 2:13pm

Loren, I just can't get this girls face and the women draped out of my mind. I understand it is a funeral, and that even modern women wear ... I can't think of the word ... for funerals. However, there is a deeper story to this photo. If women as a group refused to wear ??? and stood tall, proudly, confidently, strongly, resiliently, resourcefully,and  intelligently, that little girl could grow into a fully functioning human being and be a real asset to herself, family and community. 

A Bahraini girl is carried by her mother during the funeral of Sayed Omran Sayed Hameed in the village of Karzakkan, south of Manama, May 28, 2013. 

"Hameed, 26, died at hospital after developing respiratory complications and his relatives claim that his death is due to the inhalation of poisonous tear gas that riot police used during a protest in May 2013."

CREDIT: Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images

 

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