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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 10 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

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

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

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

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

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

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

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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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

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 1:41pm

This man is a gold mine for quotes. 

"The history of intellectual progress is written in the lives of infidels, political rights have been preserved by traitors, the liberty of mind by heretics."

~ Robert Green Ingersoll

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 1:26pm

from Loren Miller:

"I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.
-- Robert Green Ingersoll

I offer: 

"The great men (and women) are the heroes who have freed the bodies of men (and women); they are the philosophers and thinkers who have given liberty to the soul; they are the poets who have transfigured the common and filled the lives of many millions with love and song."

-- Robert Green Ingersoll

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 12:09pm

Serious Flooding In Kilembe Uganda. Humanist School Spared But Many...

I shared some photos from 2011 of this Humanist School, and this report shows the horrid devastation taking place in this community. 

There have been at least nine confirmed fatalities and approximately 25,000 people have been economically impacted by this event. 

Climate change not only impacts the USA and the horrid deaths and destruction in Oklahoma, and "The Nyamwamba river, which runs from the mountains north of  Kasese and alongside the school's new land to the southeast, burst its banks on May 1st, 2013, and has flooded the Kilembe region again more than once since then. It has lead to chaos in the Kilembe valley.  It has caused extensive damage to houses and crops and has left many completely homeless."

 

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