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I've had it out with these guys before, but I just really had to express this view:I will never, ever, ever join a political party called "The National ATHEIST Party"I think that naming a political…Continue

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Why are Christians conservative?

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By Elizabeth Pennisi Dogs may be social butterflies, but wolves are top dog when it comes to working together as a team.  That’s because unlike dogs, wolves haven’t evolved to avoid conflict; instead, members of a pack “sort things out” as they forage together, according to a new study. The work calls into question a long-held assumption that domestication fostered more cooperative individuals. “This study is a fabulous first go at experimentally comparing the ability of wolves and dogs to cooperate with their groupmates,” says Brian Hare, a dog cognition expert at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, who was not involved with the work. “Wolves run circles around dogs.” We tend to think of dogs as team players because they work with us to hunt, rescue trapped people, herd livestock, and play. But though  dogs can be easily trained to work with people, it’s much harder to get them to work with fellow dogs. That’s especially true of village dogs, free-ranging canines with no owners or training that make up some 80% of the world’s pooches. They hang out in loose packs, surviving primarily on garbage and scraps. And there’s very little study of them, says Clive Wynne, a comparative psychologist at Arizona State University in Tempe. Continue reading by clicking the name of the source below.

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By Aylin Woodward It is almost a month since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, yet nearly 80 per cent of the island is still without electrical power and more than 30 per cent of people there don’t have access to potable drinking water. The US Environmental Protection Agency reports that some citizens are so desperate for drinkable water that they have resorted to obtaining it from wells on a contaminated site, despite signs warning of danger. The Dorado Ground Water Contamination site, which lies west of capital city San Juan on Puerto Rico’s northern coast, contains wells that once provided water to nearly 67,000 people. The EPA added it to its Superfund list of hazardous sites last September, but had not started cleaning it up when Maria struck. EPA information from two years ago shows that some wells in the western part of the site are contaminated, whereas some of those in the eastern part meet drinking water standards. On Sunday, the agency said it had taken samples from three western locations that people had used for drinking water and expected results “by the end of next week”. The EPA says it has also reinstalled fences to secure the contaminated wells so people can’t access them. Continue reading by clicking the name of the source below.

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Why are Christians conservative?

Posted on August 12, 2011 at 7:00pm 2 Comments

Whether it's a well-known concept or not, the hypocrisy of modern Christians is startling. Well, not startling when you realize (to even their admittance) that they do not read their own Bible. But startling to us who have, and have gleaned from its pages some positive things.


Don't get me wrong, the Old Testament is worth being burned (and as a hard-core reader, who faints when the page of a book is torn, that's something for me to…


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At 7:42pm on November 26, 2012, Earther said…


At 7:28am on August 20, 2012, Loren Miller said…

Glad I was able to help!  Enjoy!

At 12:31pm on August 15, 2012, Loren Miller said…

Eeek, I think you broke yer browser!

Seriously, something's not right here.  I can see from your screenshot that you're logged in.  If you have any pop-up blockers, you might try disabling them.  One other alternative is to try a different browser.  I use Firefox, and have had no problems with A|N.

The other thing you could do is to Report An Issue to A|N and see if you can get some more detailed technical support than what I can provide.

Best of luck!

At 12:13pm on August 15, 2012, Loren Miller said…

Hi, Ava.

Here's what a typical photo page looks like for me:

Note the OPTIONS button next to the ADD button.  If you don't have that button, you may not be logged in, or there may be additional add-ons for your browser that are not loaded.  I think that, at minimum, you should have Adobe Flash, which runs the photo slide show on your profile page.  There may be others.

Hope this helps!

At 2:42pm on August 12, 2012, Loren Miller said…

Look under the OPTIONS button.  The DELETE function is there.

At 11:29am on August 9, 2012, Joseph P said…
Heh, so no bodice rippers for you, huh?  I tend to read a lot of science-fiction and fantasy, but I also catch a few courtroom dramas, horror/suspense novels, generally @#$%*& up novels (Chuck Pahalniuk), and other difficult-to-classify stories.
I've also been reading more religion, philosophy, and science books lately, for some reason. Go figure.

Hmm, is that Eagle Scouts group somehow associated with Scouting for All? Or is that ex-Boy Scouts who are opposed to the bigoted direction that the Boy Scouts are headed in?

Hmm, sounds like a cousin of the chai that I know. The Tazo, Bigelo, and such are a bit heavier on the spices and don't have the citrus added to them. I think they mostly have pepper, ginger, cardamom, star anise, and one or two others, in addition to the spices you mentioned ... then are sweetened with honey, instead of sugar.
At 12:38pm on August 8, 2012, Joseph P said…
Sorry, that wasn't entirely clear, was it? I meant genres of reading. Which sort of drawing do you do though, too? I used to do mechanical drafting, but I can't do much, freehand.

Hmm, how does Russian chai vary from the generic sort? I mostly drink Tazo, Celestial Seasonings, and Bigelo chai, but I mix it up with other kinds of tea, to keep it from getting monotonous for my tastebuds. I drink them all as lattes with about half milk and honey.
At 11:57am on August 8, 2012, Joseph P said…
Ooh, which sort of tea?
And which genres do you frequent?
At 7:06am on February 25, 2012, Richard Hatch said…

Hi Ava... Well, I'm nearly giddy at the thought of finding any group of humans who even respect rather than eschew rational thought.

Have a lovely weekend,


At 6:16pm on November 27, 2011, Steph S. said…
Nice to have you back!


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