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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 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

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

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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

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by Plinius on July 17, 2016 at 4:20am

Poor man. Any chance of a voluntary group who'll teach him?

And the other side of the problem is that the Danes in need of a job will feel someone has taken 'their' jobs.

I'm still thinking of the Swiss plan (rejected by referendum in the meantime) to give everyone a basic income. I think it would give many people the means to do necessary work they feel should be done, or they could up their income with a paid job. But I feel I can't figure all the consequences - what do you think?

Comment by Ian Mason on July 17, 2016 at 2:30am

A little gripe:

A month of practical work at a company finished. It went quite well and also explained something I had been curious about: where all the ordinary labouring jobs had gone. They’re now all filled by the unemployed who are being paid by the state. In short, taxpayers are subsidising capitalism and removing jobs from the labour market. One of the people I worked alongside will probably never do anything else. He’s a Syrian Kurd who fled the country when his son became a young teen and was in danger of being ‘called up’ by some militia or other. As a Kurd in an Arab-dominated country, he’s never had any schooling and is therefore illiterate so, even though he’s been a driver of everything except an aeroplane, he’ll never get a driving job in Europe. The authorities are not prepared to make an effort to help him to literacy as they would with a Dane who was dyslexic so the rest of his working life will be on the move from one subsidised scheme to another. He would be quite happy doing labouring work if only it was in proper employment with wages but no company will employ him while they can get work for free. They don’t want to admit that those basic jobs exist either, so the circle continues. I benefitted from my time as I gained experience in driving a forklift but the 4-5 others who had been placed there will just continue on the merry-go-round.

 

Comment by Plinius on July 17, 2016 at 1:03am

Congrats Carl! A happy day and healthy times!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2016 at 11:21pm

Balconia and Sofastan; I didn't get it at first and looked Balconia up. Dumb me!

You both got me!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2016 at 11:10pm

And the optimist and pessimist go, "Splat"! "Splat"!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2016 at 11:01pm
Comment by k.h. ky on July 16, 2016 at 10:39pm
Carl, have a great day and I hope you're feeling well :)
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 16, 2016 at 10:05pm

Carl - happy b-day!

Comment by Ian Mason on July 16, 2016 at 10:01pm

Joan, that's hilarious. Is it Pete Seeger?

Comment by Ian Mason on July 16, 2016 at 10:01pm

Happy birthday, Carl. 

 

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