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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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 22, 2016 at 10:19pm

Joan, I have had excellent care throughout all my recent medical episodes.  In addition to my kidney surgery there is a tremendous amount of post-surgery after care and treatment, so it continues.  When I left the hospital in November I had a two-page list of all my future scheduled appointments going all the way into 2017.  I just had my 3-month follow-up kidney biopsy last week.  Constant monitoring of my condition is critical.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2016 at 7:57pm

Randy, which day will we ring out celebrations of your birthday?

I am very grateful for our modern medical care. I have regular checkups and had early diagnoses of any of my ailments that in my parent's day would have caused their deaths much sooner. My doctors have all been outstanding educators, explaining options, pros and cons, and had data to show effectiveness. I made informed choices; I was in charge of my health care. They also offered information about alternative treatments. I feel very confident in my medical care, both from the doctor's diagnosis and choices of surgeries, radiation, chemo and medication, and the outstanding care of the nursing and assisting staff members. 

Carl, how do you feel about your care? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 22, 2016 at 5:44pm

In Darwin's era living to 73 was quite an achievement.  Just think about the difference in available medical treatment between now and in the 1800's.  There's no doubt Darwin died a sickly man at 73.  He was born in 1809.  Life expectancy was approximately 40 years at that time.

Randy, I'm sure running a farm kept you quite physically active.  Although I've always read that farming ranks high as one of the most dangerous professions. 

Comment by Randall Smith on February 22, 2016 at 7:34am

I try not to think about my age (or my children's). However, I just read that Charles Darwin died "a very old and sick man" at age 73. Guess who will be that old in one month?  State of mind, right?

Comment by Ian Mason on February 21, 2016 at 8:57pm

Agreed, Joan. Western capitalism seems to have reached its moribund stage. Let's hope that coming generations can find solutions that benefit the people rather than the elite. For the time being, enjoy your nesting.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 21, 2016 at 8:09pm

Joan, you know I'm the same age as your kids.  I'll be 52 in July.  Hard to believe. 

Thinking about you as you settle into your new surroundings. 

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 21, 2016 at 7:53pm

Good luck in your new home, Joan. It should be quieter than Spokane  Our oldest is 56!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 21, 2016 at 5:58pm

Three bookcases came north to my new home via the L & L's horse trailer.  Boxes of books wait to be put in their proper places. The snow lingers only in the deep forest. No sign of major wind damage on the property. 

I am very happy in my new home and enjoy Laura and Larry; they have as many problems as most property and business owners, and they have the attitude of "Let's get 'er did!" No whining or bellyaching about how much work they have to do or how they hate their jobs. 

Today is Laura and Craig's 52nd birthday. Those years since their birth went by so fast, I can hardly believe it. Now, all three of my kids are 52 years old. I am too young to have 52-year-old children!

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 21, 2016 at 5:40pm

Thanks for the info on Carl, Joan,

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 21, 2016 at 5:03pm

Note To Joe Stiglitz: Banks Originate, Not Intermediate, And That's...

My quote was from this article:

"the period from 1945 till 1965 is now regarded as the “Golden Age of Capitalism

 

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