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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Nov 30. 9 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

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degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

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Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

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Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

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If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

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Comment by Idaho Spud on July 24, 2016 at 7:55am

Ruth, I also "much prefer getting news on the internet over other forms. I can focus on science and other topics of interest, without wasting time on crap like celebrities or trivia."

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2016 at 5:36am

Ian, Damn! 

"When Barack Obama visited EU headquarters in March, he had stern words in public – and even stronger remarks in private, according to senior diplomats – for Europe's leaders, telling them they had to risk the wrath of their voters and go for fracking and shale gas to help immunise Europe against Russian blackmail.

(emphasis mine)

Obama emphasized, "to help immunize Europe against Russian blackmail."

Obama should have emphasized getting off fossil fuel as fast as possible and developing renewable and sustainable energy sources. 

Well, the next thing is for the public to rise and insist the government make decisions based on science, not on profits!!!

We have got to get noisy, march, lobby like crazy. People will call us names; so what? I have been called every name in the book, and I still rise. I can't do what I did in 1968, but I surely can make noises.

During the 2012 Seattle riots, an old lady became too pushy, and the police maced her. That picture of an old woman, maced, went viral. 

Raimy was her name. I Googled, "Seattle riots old lady maced Raimy" and this is what I find: 

"Seattle Police Pepper Spray 84-Year-Old Activist, Priest, Pregnant Woman, Among Others

BY LEE FANG NOV 16, 2011 9:00 AM"

http://thinkprogress.org/special/2011/11/16/369544/seattle-pepper-s...

2012-12-05 Dorli Rainey 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2016 at 3:52am

Ruth, I am still staggering over the temperatures of Kuwait. I would not have been aware of these aspects of weather had you not pointed them out to me. Thank you for your excellent research and reporting. 

The thing that concerns me now is the realization that when Earth goes into cold or hot phases, there are abrupt changes, even if there are slow variations until their exponential rise or fall. 

Is this characteristic an example of an asymptote curve?

Comment by Plinius on July 24, 2016 at 2:15am

I think the same, Ian, we're democratic in name only. There are many people here who'd applaud a Nexit, but I'm not at all sure it would help to rid us of the parasites.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 24, 2016 at 12:55am

Thanks, Joan. That pic was taken on a sunny Spring day last year in Pompei.

No, the majority doesn't rule but I think the government is just a tool a lot of the time. Here's some statistics for the EU:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/08/lobbyists-european-pa...

30,000! That's almost an industry in itself. It's also been said that there are about 100 large companies/corporations that decide what happens in Europe. I feel sometimes that we're banging our heads against a brick wall.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2016 at 12:51am

Ruth, I get my news from the internet too, and I don't own a TV. 

Spud, I used to not eat as many salads as I do now. The difference is I make my salad dressings from scratch using a simple oil and vinegar dressing and lots of herb from my garden. I won't hit you "across the head & shoulders with a wet noodle : )" I do offer the idea. Oh, by the way, I am slowly cleaning the three years of neglect of my garden and I pulled a heaping wheelbarrow full of dill plants. They went into the compost. I thought of you as I pulled them out, remembering your photo of your dill patch. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2016 at 12:41am

Nicholas Kristof: Government vs. the people

“In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule. Majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts.”

~ Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin I. Page of Northwestern University found that in policymaking, views of ordinary citizens essentially don't matter. 

My two favorite cartoons on this subject:

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2016 at 12:18am

Ian, first of all, I like your avatar, you look smashing! 

When I was in Europe in the 1980s, the benefits in the Scandinavian countries were so generous, and people in Spokane could not believe the safety net your country provided for all its citizens. I am so very sorry to learn that those benefits eroded and continued to erode to the present. 

That tells me that oil when drawn out of oil deposits, whether on land or at sea, created great wealth and it was shared with the citizens. 

We know there will not be the wealth of oil for very much longer, and we have to make adjustments, but I do not think the working class is the one that has to lose benefits. 

For an individual to have extreme wealth may do good things for the receiver, in the short term. In the long run, a society that allows an extreme gap in wealth between rich and poor to develop has only weak and unsustainable results. The young, the elderly, and the infirm need to have goods and services to survive. If the family can't provide then society has to carry the expense. 

Comment by Plinius on July 23, 2016 at 11:39pm

Another reason never to go to Kuwait! Can you survive at 54C?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 23, 2016 at 11:11pm

Thanks, Randall, for reading my environment news. Joan, I much prefer getting news on the internet over other forms. I can focus on science and other topics of interest, without wasting time on crap like celebrities or trivia. I've come to appreciate having you guys to share bits of news I find particularly interesting.

Good point about avoiding unwanted attention with your real name, Plinius.

Heat index of 106°/ k.h. ky! Well, at least you don't live in Kuwait, where they just set a new record. Kuwait swelters in record-breaking 54C heat - the highest temperatu...

 

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