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Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Aug 10. 7 Replies

Okay, gang ... when is the last time you saw Seth Andrews do an animated video on his YouTube channel?  Seems like donkey's years ago, don't it?  Well, apparently Jeff Sessions and his "religious liberty task force" got Seth's nelly up enough that…Continue

Tags: religious liberty task force, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 2 Replies

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

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Comment by Idaho Spud on July 29, 2016 at 4:58am

I don't know, but a quick look with Google netted this statement:  "Since warm air rises, a home with high ceilings is hard to keep warm in the winter, but not as hard to keep cool in the summer. However, a room with high ceilings is always more expensive to keep cool than a standard-height room because of the additional volume. There are ways to cool the air more efficiently, however, and keep your electric bills lower."  http://homeguides.sfgate.com/better-cool-room-high-ceilings-34854.html

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2016 at 9:31pm

My brother's house does have high ceilings but I'm not sure if that's just a coincidence or if high ceilings are indeed a preferred recommendation for swamp cooling.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2016 at 9:10pm

My brother lives in the Mohave Desert in California where the temperature is routinely above 100-degress in the summer.  They have a swamp cooler only and it seems to be enough to keep their house cool.  Dry outside air is key.

I had high hopes for what Obama was proposing to accomplish when first elected.  He had a big agenda and, of course, politics is (mostly) about compromise.  But we all know what happened.  Not one single Republican was willing to compromise and to allow legislation to be passed....even on bills containing issues they agreed upon or that Republicans had originally proposed! 

We have all suffered because of this abhorrent behavior by Republicans.  It's been this way since Obama's first day in office.  I can't blame the President for many of his broken promises.  Like I said, the Republicans weren't even willing to compromise one iota.  I even wonder how much longer we'll have a vacant chair on the Supreme Court if Hillary is in the Oval Office.   

Actually, I think it's surprising how much President Obama was able to accomplish on his own without any help from a useless Congress and a heavily Scalia-influenced Supreme Court.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 28, 2016 at 4:32pm

Spud, when we lived in Los Vegas, we had a swamp cooler and it felt really good. That was in 1942! I still remember the freshness of that little machine. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 28, 2016 at 4:26pm

 54°C = 129.2 degrees F? I was suffering sitting in my garden with the sprinkler going behind me in today's temp at 92 degrees F or 33.3 degrees C.

One of these days I will feel comfortable with reading Celcius, if not the high temp. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 28, 2016 at 12:06pm

Joan, my swamp coolers have never caused mold as far as I could tell.  I live in a dry climate.  It may in a moist climate.   I know if there is much moisture in the air, it does not work well.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 28, 2016 at 11:27am

Randy, thanks for the lead to Rachel. She is right more than I wish she were, but she is only the messenger, not the message.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 28, 2016 at 11:22am

IMHO you eel frustration for good reason. Hillary is a different school of thought than she portrays when she speaks. She knows what the public wants to hear and says it with conviction, fire in her eyes, fire in her belly. However,  go back and check her voting record and the bills she supported. Hillary is a bankers-pawn. 

Oh! I wish they could see that she is doing the same thing as Obama did. He rose my hopes; he said everything I wanted him to say. ON THE DAY OF HIS INAUGURATION HE REVEALED HIS actual CHARACTER. He was part of that gang of thieves that are thieves, i.e. Rahm Emanuel, ON DAMN I can't find the piece I wrote on Obama's first inauguration day. Here is a later piece when he replaced two cabinet members:

"This is how I read Obama. He is a bright, well-brought up a black man who feels comfortable with blacks and whites. His ambition is to break the color barrier and was a perfect sort of fellow the king makers wanted. Smart enough to speak intelligently, ambitious enough to toe the line. His appointments of his cabinet do not match his statement of raising the poor out of poverty and raising the uneducated into informed citizens."

I also had the feeling that if he didn't toe the mark, he would be shot, and he knew it. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 28, 2016 at 11:02am

Bill Maher's after show was brilliant as usual, including none other than the eminent (or is it immanent?) Anthony Wiener, who was actually hilarious (or was it Hillarious?)

Comment by Loren Miller on July 28, 2016 at 10:58am

Obama got it done big-time, no doubt, and I enjoyed Kaine's approach as well, never mind his send-up of the orange nightmare.  Actually, I'm looking forward to Hillary's speech tonight, at least in part because we need an anodyne to the utter bilge which Drumpf dumped on us a week ago.

 

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