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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 2 hours ago. 34 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 Ian Mason on February 3, 2013 at 2:40pm

Thanks, everyone. It's good to know you're here and that you understand. I'll try to use the frustration as an energy source for a daily work-out.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 3, 2013 at 12:46pm

Melinda, your daughter ought to be fairly safe driving today...all the crazies will be glued to a TV somewhere watching the Stoopid Bowl.

The cat in the "he-did-it" photo looks a lot like my friend Duncan...such a handsome devil. I'll be staying with him next week, and off the net.

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 3, 2013 at 10:40am

Ever get the feeling that you're surounded by highly-educated, overpaid idiots?  Yes.  Am I familiar with bosses making bad decisions?  Yes.

Patricia, thanks for the Separation and Superstitions posters.
Comment by Plinius on February 3, 2013 at 10:28am

Steam away Ian, I know that sort of struggle. Husband and I have been curators for an old demented aunt for some years now... and it's only recently that things have calmed down a bit. We got a lot of ugly insinuations from family who wouldn't lift a hand to help; then we had to rescue aunt from a ´friend´ who was after her money; we organised the help aunt needed; we moved her to a care home in this neighbourhood; sorted out her administration -  thinking all the while that we could have worked a lot better and quicker without the highly-educated overpaid idiots... not entirely true, there were some people who really did a neat job, so we were lucky there. But the whole process cost buckets full of frustration!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 3, 2013 at 9:59am

TFA, that's the one.

I want to let off a bit of steam :-(

Have recently been in England to visit my Mum, who's now in a care home. We, the family, were originally told that the home would be organising her dementia assesment. Now they say that isn't the case and that it's our responsibilty and trying to get a local doctor interested is an uphill struggle.

On top of that, I thought that I had signed all the paperwork for joint power of attorney with my brother. Now I've got a message saying that the solicitor "forgot" half of it and the rest will have to be done by registered, international post, which costs a lot of money.

Came back to Denmark to a repaired computer that has started playing up again within a few days.

Ever get the feeling that you're surounded by highly-educated, overpaid idiots?

Thanks for the space for a little rant.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 3, 2013 at 9:10am

Goooood morning, Everybody. 

Ian, I also have a T-shirt with "I have a personal relationship with reality" on it.  It's from 'The Thinking Atheist.'  Does anyone listen to his (Seth Andrews) podcast?  He's really does a great job.  

Melinda, I LOVE the 'he-did-it' pic.  I LOL'd. 

Comment by Ian Mason on February 3, 2013 at 12:51am

Melinda, it sounds like you're having a great time. Enjoy the warmth :-)

Yes, great billboard. I've got the T-shirt.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2013 at 12:16am
sk8eycat, thanks.
Comment by sk8eycat on February 2, 2013 at 11:49pm

"7 Hours ago"...cartoon (drawing doesn't matter) 

"When a woman says 'What?' it's not because she didn't hear you.  She's giving you a chance to change what you said."

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"1 hour ago" 4-panel cartoon of 2 elderly cheerleaders (again, the drawings really don't matter)

"What do we want?"
"Better memory!"
"When do we want it?"
"Want what?"

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2013 at 11:38pm
sk8eycat 7 hours ago. I couldn't open this one either.
 

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