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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

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

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Comment by sk8eycat on March 22, 2013 at 2:40pm

TFA: When I worked for JCPenney Advertising in the early 1980s, I was a "Research Associate." Glorified file clerk; we dug up information, photos, and mdse samples for photography for the Copy and Art departments.  Bottom of the totem pole, with no chance for advancement.  We did get stock shares after being there a year or two...and group medical insurance was $7.80 a month in those days...before HMOs.  It was actually a pretty good company to work for, except when the New York brass came to LA to check on us, and the buyers in another section of the building...the usual boring "meeting," which was nothing but a pep talk. I had the impression from their attitude that they thought we weren't to be trusted with sharp objects.

About Jerry...I haven't been able to get him to the vet yet...I ned to draw $$$ out of a CD first, and that has to be done in person, which means taking taxis since I quit driving more than a year ago.  The whole thing freaks me out so much that I can't sleep, pull myself together, and get it all done. Anything to do with money freaks me out. Makes me afraid to leave the house; I just want to crawl into a hole, and pull it in after me. 

I really need somebody to drag me out of here and drive me to two different banks, and then the vet.  All my friends that I could have called on for help have retired and moved out of the state. Southern California is just too expensive for retirees..unless they're filthy rich. (Can't sell the house now because we have a tiny reverse mortgage on it...wish we'd done it five or six years ago, but my sister would never stand for it, and she's co-owner according to mother's trust deed.)

Oh, no!  I'm whining again.  sorry.  I need to straighten up my act.  FAST!

Joan, I don't think my occasional "sk8eycaticisms" would fill even a small pamphlet, but thank you.  (Years and years ago, before email, I was exchanging notes with Marion Zimmer Bradley about a possible silly short story concerning an ice show that gets stranded on her fictional planet, Darkover.  Sort of a "coals to Newcastle" plot [on Darkover it only snows at night... in the summer].  Of course it was unpublishable, but she enjoyed communicating with her fans, and encouraged us to play in her "yard.")

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 22, 2013 at 1:39pm
Spud, your curmudgeonliness works for me.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 22, 2013 at 1:37pm

sk8eycat, You describe a style of writing that brings personalities alive for you. Your sk8eycaticisms are priceless.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 22, 2013 at 1:34pm

sk8eycat, yes academic writers write in a different language and unless exposed to it, I suppose it makes no sense. To me, it is my mother tongue ... sometimes ... it depends on who writes. I cannot make head or tail out of some, even as others seem to make sense out of the bunch of words piled together in sentences, paragraphs, chapters and books. 

My son and I had a disagreement yesterday about Newton's Laws of Motion and inertia. I went to the encyclopedia and could not make any sense out of it. I was more frustrated then ever. So, I went to Newton's Laws for Kids and I had evidence I was correct in my definition. Oh! I can understand such concepts when put simply. I am not bragging, just saying. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 22, 2013 at 1:18pm

Sk8eycat, how's Hairy Jerry doing?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 22, 2013 at 1:13pm

Madison Avenue is always trying to pretty-up our language.  You notice that no one sells used cars anymore.  They are all pre-owned vehicles.  And all the employees at retail stores are all 'associates' even though everyone is underpaid, under-insured and under-respected by the heads of the corporations. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 22, 2013 at 1:03pm

Oh, I love Dog and Friend.  The raccoon looks like a youngster...about half-grown. 

I used to have some friends who had a pet raccoon...named TrashCan; every time we would get together they would have another hilarious tale about his behavior.  (They built an enormous enclosure for him...took up half the back yard...but they also would bring him in the house on a leash.  Until the night he ate one of their parrots.  LOL)

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 22, 2013 at 1:03pm

WTF indeed.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 22, 2013 at 12:57pm

Spud, another word that has made my teeth itch ever since it was coined is "wellness."  The first time I saw it, I wondered "WTF is wrong with 'health'? Or 'healthy'?"  It's a simple word that everybody should be able to understand, so why invent a non-word that smells of Madison Ave. semi-cuteness?  It is now acceptable even in university publications, and it makes me want to scream.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 22, 2013 at 9:40am

Haha!  Sorry Rover, no way!

 

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