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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

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 Plinius on May 16, 2013 at 12:44am

Good news, Sk8eycat! Wonderful to hear!

Comment by sk8eycat on May 15, 2013 at 11:56pm

PS: Melinda, I absolutely LOVE "Daisy Cat"!  Such a studious look on his face!
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To everyone, I am finally getting some help from the Beautiful Downtown Burbank DWP!  A Green Home inspector came yesterday AM to check the plumbing, electrical outlets, and the attic.  I was scared that he would take one look, and recommend that I lose my Lifeline eligibility.

NO WEIGH!

He replaced showe heads, and faucet thingies with much better ones, Gave us some LED 12.5 Watt light bulbs that are as bright as(or brighter than 60 W bulbs), set up an appointment for us to get decent insulation installed in the attic, and set up another appointment for us to get a brand new Energy Star fridge in exchange for the one I bought in 1984.

At NO CHARGE TO US AT ALL! 

Why do I cry when someone does something nice for me?

Comment by sk8eycat on May 15, 2013 at 11:41pm

Re: wasting tomatoes. 

How many of you have read The Missionary Position; Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens?  He describes an incident in Rome one summer when everybody seemed to be having bumper crops of tomatoes, and many donated the extras to one of her convents there. They couldn't even give them away (because nobody needed them), so the nuns prudently canned them to save for winter. 

MT pitched a fit and fell in it, saying that preserving food demonstrated a lack of faith in the ability of their imaginary friend to provide for them.

The woman was nucking futz...even the most fanatic fundamentalist would figure that preserving the overabundance, to be used during a time of shortage, and giving thanks, was the proper thing to do with a gift from what's-his-name.

If you haven't read the book, DO!  And then whenever someone uses the old bitch's name as an example of caring for the poor in your presence, give them a good slap upside the head. And tell THEM to read the book.

Comment by Plinius on May 15, 2013 at 11:34pm

You're right FA, it's so strange to see people waste good food so senselessly. Here food is wasted too, but people start to come to their senses. I see more Transition Town ideas coming up now, but perhaps that is because I read a little about it. A very nice project is a vegetable garden where volunteers grow food for people on benefit. I regret that I cannot take part in it, my bad back won't allow it.

And finally I'm getting into a holiday mood! Next week we're off to Naples for a few days!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 15, 2013 at 5:21pm

I just don't get it.......

Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Tomatina

Of course we waste much food here in the US as well.  We live in an era when food has never been so plentiful or readily available, yet still, millions of people around the globe are starving.  (Sorry to bring down the mood.)   

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 15, 2013 at 4:26pm

I also hate seeing good food wasted.  Especially once I started putting a lot of time and resources into growing my own.  

The hardest for me to watch is watermelon being smashed because I love eating them so much, and can't grow many on my small property.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 15, 2013 at 4:09pm

Here I am, Melinda.  I've been busy working and doing this and that.  Thanks for thinking about me.....I'm humbled and flattered. 

Joan, something you said in an earlier post about not wasting lemons hit a nerve with me.  I hate seeing good food wasted.  I am deeply saddened every year when I see that tomato throwing festival that occurs, I think, in Spain.  What a waste of precious food!!!

I love cats in boxes...and I guess so do they. 

On an unrelated topic, a friend sent me this video.  I thought I'd share it with all of you.

Comment by Steph S. on May 15, 2013 at 11:14am

I pose cats for fun.

Nope - these are all Internet pictures Tom.

How's everyone today?

Comment by Steph S. on May 15, 2013 at 11:13am

Comment by Plinius on May 15, 2013 at 5:40am

I remembered I had this picture of Napoleon:

 

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