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Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan on Wednesday. 13 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Steph S. on December 4, 2012 at 11:56am

Felaine - I hope you get better soon. I am glad you came here to keep up posted.

Comment by Plinius on December 4, 2012 at 6:40am

Get well soon, Felaine!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 4, 2012 at 12:59am

Joan, how lovely for you. You must have started young to have a great-grandson :-)

Comment by Ian Mason on December 4, 2012 at 12:57am

Off to England tomorrow, a visit planned some time ago that just happens to fit that my Mum's in hospital.

As regards the virus: for me the knowledge of religion and its texts acts as a vaccine. No matter how much believers try to window-dress their faith as nice and sweet, I can remember what cruel things the founders have commanded.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2012 at 12:40am

I spent the weekend with my daughter and her families in the north woods of eastern Washington celebrating my great-grandson's tenth birthday. He is such a man. Time flies by and a decade passes without my even noticing it. It is so much fun for me to see the world through his eyes as he has grown, a fine young man in the making. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2012 at 12:34am

Ian, I am sorry to learn of your Mom's illness. How are you doing? Seeing what is happening and trying to do the right thing for her is not an easy thing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2012 at 12:28am

‘We Need A Radical Plan’

Not good news, I am sorry to report. "the journal Nature Climate Change: carbon dioxide emissions will rise by 2.6 percent this year, fueled by major increases in China and India. This follows a record year in 2011, when countries pumped 3.1 percent more global warming pollution into the atmosphere — making it very likely that the world will blow past the 2 degree C warming threshold that scientists and international negotiators agree is needed to avoid catastrophic consequences.

"Some even call global warming of 2 degrees C, which is on the lowest end of projections, a “prescription for disaster.”

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2012 at 12:19am

It has been almost a year since Ruth posted this piece: 

"RELIGION MEMEPLEXES ARE A PARASITIC INFECTION!

"Quoting scripture to criticize it, satirizing Jesus, they're alternative ways to pass the poo. It's still infected poo. The only defense is "Call it infected poo and don't pick it up." Don't give it a place in your brain. Don't make it come out of your mouth, or type it out with your keyboard. It's a mind virus. VIRUS!

I've been trying to use this image since then, but continue to fall into the "poo" pile! So, as a refresher, the image of infected poo gets reinstalled. I like the image as a "kick the habit stimulus".

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 3, 2012 at 9:51pm

Felaine.  Good to hear from you!  Thanks for the update.  Sorry you're having difficulties at this time.  I wish you well and hope that you're back to your lovable feisty self soon!  I've missed you.  Be well.  --Carl 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 3, 2012 at 9:30pm

I have no idea, Chris.  I just got this JPEG from my wife, and I posted it.

 

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