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The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G on Wednesday. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Tuesday. 4 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Monday. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

NBC News Gives Ken Ham Free Advertising

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jul 2. 13 Replies

Ordinarily I toggle between CBS News with Scott Pelley and NBC News with Lester Holt in the early evening, mostly to avoid commercials, but I'm wondering if I should give ABC's news division another chance after this evening's broadcast.  NBC…Continue

Tags: advertisement, Ken Ham, Ark Encounter, News, NBC

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Comment by Ian Mason on April 19, 2013 at 4:22am

Sounds like you're back on form, Joan. I hope the discomfort is minimal and the prospects good.

I get new JWs at regular intervals. The majority of people (about 98%) of people in this block of flats are pensioners and the God Squad must think that they're easy converts, what with The Reaper sharpening his scythe close behind them. They've got me out of bed in the morning after a night-shift too and I've slammed the door on them.

I read somewhere recently the comment that the news isn't getting worse. It's just the coverage of it that's more comprehensive. As far as climate change is concerned, I don't think that's the case. New records seem to be set every year: hot, cold, drought, rain, snow. There's a lot of evidence for those who care to take notice.

I hope the flood recede soon for those affected and that the insurance companies pay out without pulling the "act of God" number.

Have a great weekend all.

Comment by Plinius on April 19, 2013 at 4:14am

I grew up in a fundie church myself, so I know that nothing anyone says will make an impression on a xtian. If I used agressive language they'd only hope to get a cushion on their chair in heaven because of that. But I just want to be left alone.

Comment by Plinius on April 19, 2013 at 3:57am

I never stopped to find out which church they belong to, it's not important. And I won't argue - only reminded them that this apartment block is full of people who work night shifts and they've just woken them. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 3:12am

Excellent response Chris! Good for you!

Comment by Plinius on April 19, 2013 at 3:08am

They're early today; the people who knock on the door. I told them: Of course I won't listen to you. You never caught me on your doorstep telling you what to think!

Now I'll hug my cats so they can help me to lower my bloodpressure...

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 2:08am
The photos are dreadful! I don't want to even think of the repairs needed after this. Thanks Carl.
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 1:24am

Flying Atheist and Melinda, I am so very sorry to learn of your flooding. 

OK! It has started, all the chaos coming from every direction, flooding, the bombers, an explosion and as Ruth said, this is the new normal. People feeling out of control unable to make things right, feel frustration, depression, anxiety, fear, blaming, and get conflicting, unverified accusations. The job now is to stay calm and stay focused. 

The thermohaline circulation decline will make the weather unpredictable. Heavy rains on the Great Lakes area will make terrible hazards. You probably don't want to know what is happening there, but if you have information, you may be able to take measures to reduce damage to your property. If the main rain is north of the Great Lakes, the flow will be north. If south, it will flow into the Mississippi drainage system. 

During the last ice age, Ice scoured off the soils all across Canada and scoured out the Great Lakes, dumping the sand and gravels south of the USA/Canadian border, leaving huge sand and gravel mounds all across the moraine's southern edge. Sands and gravels become saturated and water rises to flood stage. If you are in a low spot of the moraine the probability of getting flooded is high. If you are on a high spot, you have better probability of escaping the floods. Make an analysis to decide where you are located in elevation on those moraine piles. 

The good news is, sands and gravels drain fast if there is a place for the water to go. If the Mississippi floods, it will take some time to drain. 

Ruth, your thermohaline circulation decline illustration is very helpful. At least we know what causes the outrageous weather, even if we can do little to stop it at this point. Let's hope everybody gets the message. 

I am so sick of delusional people telling us who is to blame when the fact is, they have a very faulty Ouija board.

 

Comment by Plinius on April 19, 2013 at 12:45am

What a lot of bad news! I hope Melinda and Carl - and all the other victims of course - can get back to normal soon!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 19, 2013 at 12:30am

Sorry to hear about your flooding Melinda and Flying Atheist. Thanks for your flood pictures. This is likely to be the new normal, so please do what you can to prevent future damage. We installed a sump pump in our basement, but it turned out to be a poor decision. Basically, it's a big hole in the cement slab floor directly in the ground. So now it works fine when there's a little rain, but if the water table rises during a really heavy downpour such as a hurricane or flood that's a giant welcome hole. Sewer systems will become floodwater pipes directly into your house too when a river rises. Water flows both directions in pipes. I saw water shooting out of a drainage pipe into a former ground floor apartment we had.

Yeah, I'm full of gloom and doom today. It's not so much the bombing, floods, and fertilizer plant explosion as the thermohaline circulation decline.

Though I did get a shock from that amateur video of the explosion from the car. The fire and muffled explosions seemed so far away, then wham the car was engulfed. We saw British news coverage, and they actually talked about the dangers to the public from regulatory capture. You never hear that on US TV.

Debra, I don't waste brain space scoffing at Xian blame games. They aren't worthy enough to even ridicule.

Comment by Steph S. on April 19, 2013 at 12:02am

 

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