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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 8 hours ago. 37 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

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

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

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 20, 2016 at 2:11pm

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Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 19, 2016 at 5:06pm

Thanks for the update, Ian.  We left Germany in the late 70's, and I didn't know what had developed since then.  Say hello to the "Little Mermaid" for us.  I would love to get back over there for a visit.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 19, 2016 at 3:01pm

It's quite true, Donald that things in Europe have declined over the past few decades. The U.S. has become the model to emulate, unfortunately. I failed my British "eleven-plus" exam and ended up in skilled manual work but even so could attend evening classes and go to university at the age of 25. Tuition was free and there was a student grant that was just sufficient to survive on. This was in the 80s. My nephews in Britain are now having to run up debts to get an education as tuition costs a lot of money and there are no grants. Here in Denmark, however my daughter managed 5 years of university without getting into debt as the situation is still reasonable. She had to work part-time to earn a little extra to live on but that's all.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 19, 2016 at 12:57pm

Nice one Loren (although there could be a second anchor still attached to the other side of the boat labeled U S Senate).

Comment by Loren Miller on February 19, 2016 at 11:30am

Rather says it all, don't it?

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 17, 2016 at 11:25pm

Randall, Bernie Sanders has a good thought, but under our present circumstances it won't fly.  He says all the other industrialized nations have free college, and free medical for everyone.

I can only speak based on my two tours of duty in Germany, and what one of my German friends advised me last year. Bernie wants a generally speaking, modest income tax.  The Germans are playing 54% income tax, plus a 25% VAT tax.  (The equivalent of our Sales Tax)  What we pay for a gallon of gas, they pay about the same for a liter.

Their medical program is not just wide open to what you want, but, for lack of the proper term, I will say it is metered out.   For instance, the wife of my German chess opponent had her knee replaced.  A couple of years later, the artificial knee came loose from the bone, and it was painful to her in addition to her constantly loosing her balance.  She couldn't just go to the doctor and ask him to replace the bad knee.  She had to meet a government medical board to get approval for the knee replacement.

As far as college is concerned, every German child, at the age of 11 years takes a test.  How they do on that test determines whether they can go to college or not.  If they pass the test, they are given academic courses.  If they fail the test, they get courses aimed at the trades.  ln other words, it is only free if the child passes a test at 11 years of age.

If they are getting welfare, they have to work for it.  It is quite common to see old people sweeping the streets.

Bernie has a good heart, but that isn't what we need right now.

We need someone with a good heart and workable solutions.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 17, 2016 at 7:53am

When my piano tuner came yesterday, he commented very favorably to my Bernie Sanders sticker on my front door! Good fellow.

Comment by k.h. ky on February 16, 2016 at 10:23am
Sorry Grinning Cat. Thanks goes to you for the article below. My bad.
Comment by Plinius on February 15, 2016 at 11:04am

Nice! Reading aloud, even if I don't know the pronunciation, I find the rhythm, and words from Dutch, especially the northern dialects, and from German.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 15, 2016 at 10:52am

I must go hunting chocolate tomorrow.

A bit of pointless information: originally, in Mezoamerica "chokolatl" (bitter water) was a drink reserved for warriors. Women and peasants weren't allowd to taste.

 

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