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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller 2 hours ago. 0 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 2 hours ago. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 27, 2013 at 12:12am

That's good news, Ruth.  I'm glad you're doing better. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 26, 2013 at 11:22pm

Thanks you everyone for your support. "The Tooth" is finally out, and I'm on antibiotics. It doesn't even hurt much anymore. The oral surgeon demanded a panoramic X-ray. I'm planning not to go back to him for the implant. That extra radiation was totally unnecessary.

But for now, I'm happy.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 26, 2013 at 9:56pm

It's the weekend!

Comment by Ian Mason on July 25, 2013 at 2:54pm

Ruth, sympathy and hugs to you. I've been through all that too so I know how it feels, physically and emotionally. It's yet another proof of a lack of intelligent design. Hope it gets sorted out soon.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 25, 2013 at 10:09am

No apology necessary, Ruth.  Besides, if you feel the need to "take it out" on us, that's perfectly fine.  That's why we're all here under the label:  friends.  I hope you can finally get some relief from your pain.      

Comment by Plinius on July 25, 2013 at 8:49am

toothache is horrible, Ruth, not trivial at all! I hope the problem will be solved tomorrow!

Comment by Plinius on July 25, 2013 at 1:18am

I love those Grumpies! And I'm still doing the rain dance, temperatures are still around 30, that's over 80 for you, so far too hot! But there's a thunderstorm rumbling in the distance, yippee!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 24, 2013 at 11:58pm

That's a hotlink, not my work, booklover.

I've been absorbed today reading the controversy over how likely a methane release from the East Siberian Ice Shelf will be in the next ten years. If it comes out all at once from that shallow marine area the estimated cost is the equivalent to the global income in 2012. My discussion summarizes it.

Friday morning I'll get a tooth extracted. An old root canal failed and the tooth can't be saved. I've been in a soap opera for the past four months involving my regular dentist, three specialists, five X-rays, pain whenever I eat, and plenty of money out of pocket. When my regular dentist's office called this afternoon asking me to cancel the extraction and consult again with her before doing anything I shouted at the receptionist. I've been so angry about the delay in treatment for a third of a year, while a low grade infection smouldered in my jaw, that I had trouble sleeping last night. Sure enough I was shuffled to another specialist (twice more). This has been spoiling my mood for months, and is probably why my recent posts have been so gloomy. Repressed anger. Sorry I took it out on all of you.

It's so trivial compared to your challenges. I feel small being so petty. Most of you are far greater and wiser than I when it comes to coping with health. You present role models to which I aspire but fail in this regard.

Comment by Lillie on July 24, 2013 at 6:13pm

Grumpy cat's owner must be getting rich.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 24, 2013 at 3:43pm

Thanks for the laugh, Flying Atheist. Yes, Grumpy Cat seems to be the new avatar for some deep seated Jungian archetype.

 

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