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God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Feb 19. 14 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

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Comment by Ian Mason on April 16, 2013 at 3:56pm

As an enthusiastic jogger/runner, I'm saddened deeply by what's happened in Boston. For me such events are a celebration of life and it is a tragedy to have one marred by sadistic violence. I wish there was something I could do.

Something I can do (Joan, take note) is to attend the "I love the Arctic" rally in Copenhagen on Sunday, the "Human Banner". It's an attempt to keep the oil companies away from the Arctic. I've been to Greenland once and would hate to see that beautiful, rugged nature murdered.

Comment by Steph S. on April 16, 2013 at 5:45am

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 16, 2013 at 1:54am
I hope you won't mind, Ruth, that I post this on "Hang with Friends" as well as "Thermohlaine Circulation". I just want to say to my friends: No! I don't "like" this that is taking place in Boston. However, there have been those warning us for years. I first learned of the potential problem in 1959 on a flight to Alaska with a glaciologist seat mate who told an incredible story of ice changes taking place. Who would listen to him then? I just thought it was an interesting job.

Hubris! Human beings think Earth is here to serve humans, and to use water, soils and air as sewers. Well, the chickens have come home and it isn't a pretty sight. We clearly are not going to be able to stop this process taking place now. Because we can't stop it, scapegoating has already begun in earnest. Not being in control of our lives, not being able to predict what will happen ... the formula for depression and anxiety as well as inducing crazy thinking.

So, we can be afraid, angry, helpless, hopeless and worry. What good will that do anyone?

It seems to me the first thing to do is be flexible, go with the flow type of thinking, marshall resources and prepare for a ride of an eon.

In the meantime, I'm off to see the wizard tomorrow. You schedule a mammogram, please.
https://www.google.com/search?q=Breast+Cancer+ribbon&source=lnm...
Comment by tom sarbeck on April 16, 2013 at 1:40am

Are we expecting better from ourselves, not specially created but descended from pond scum, also known as blue-green algae or cyanobacteria?

That's easy for me acknowledge; I have no children whose future concerns me.

I am saddened a bit; we homo semi sapiens are just beginning to get a handle on crimes against humanity. I'm annoyed that our own recent offenders might get away. Do you think any of them are staying in the US of A because they fear prosecution if they go to Europe?

Some of us will survive, but dammit I won't be able, decades from now, to look in on those who survived our feckless ways.

Hm-mm, during all those hours I was hearing nuns talking about heaven; I was imagining myself rocking away and looking to earth to see what folks are doing. Like Mark Twain, I thought their idea of heaven was no place I wanted to spend any time.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 16, 2013 at 1:22am
Actually, she is pretty well behaved. We will trap her as soon as we know she doesn't have tiny babies under there.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 16, 2013 at 12:47am

What a day! The southern branch of the thermohaline circulation is faltering. We're suddenly at a major Climate Destabilization tipping point. Is it in the news? Of course not.  A couple of small bombs killed and injured people in the Boston Marathon. Some numbnuts needed to make headlines, and every media outlet obliged them.

*sigh*

As sk8eycat says, "It's crazy."

So you have a regular skunk yard resident, Joan. I don't envy you.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 15, 2013 at 11:06pm

One othmer thing that bothers me is that readers are already commenting on the Yahoo "news" pages that it's the President's fault, or that Muslims did it, or that the uncostitutional Patriot Act is/was Obama's doing (when that piece of obscenity was passed during Cheney's administration), and on and on and on.

Yet they want to keep their semi-automatic assault weapons...to "protect" themselves.  From WHAT?  You can't stop a bomb with a gun.  You can't even stop a bullet with another bullet.

As for who has died (so far) in Boston, I don't think whoever did this was targeting any particular persons...he/she/they just wanted to cause as much damage and panic as possible. The weirdest thing is that airports all over the country (even LAX) are laying on more "security." What good does THAT do?

Reminds me of the old saying about "running around like a chicken with its head cut off."  We've been doing that since 9-11-01, and what have we accomplished?  Two futile wars, and how many thousands of dead civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq...not to mention our own dead and maimed military personnel.

It's crazy.

Sorry.  I'm ranting, and it's time for Hairy Jerry to get his meds.  I love this trans-dermal stuff!  It's so much easier than trying to stuff a pill down his poor throat.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 15, 2013 at 5:47pm

Our society is sick, sick, sick.  I don't want to know who did this nearly as much as I want to know WHY!  (Lack of serious mental health services for one thing.)

We need more of these everywhere:

http://laist.com/2013/04/15/therapy_dogs_roaming_lax.php

Comment by Steph S. on April 15, 2013 at 5:30pm

I took a smile Grinning Cat.

Love those cat commandments booklover.

I am reading the news about the Boston Marathon bombing.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 2:58pm

Boston Marathon bomb explosion Tweeter reports: 

Boston Marathon bomb

 

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