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Descartes' OTHER Job

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara yesterday. 4 Replies

Trying to keep your head above water financially as a philosopher must have been hard for Rene Descartes.  Got to make ends meet SOMEHOW, so...!Continue

Tags: Descartes

The Party of Lincoln Goes South (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 1 Reply

And so they have, in a big way, since Lincoln did his thing 150 years ago.  This business hasn't escaped the attention of American's Best Christian, either, and Ms. Bowers has no problem in holding forth with observations of her own about this…Continue

Tags: south, GOP, Republican, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover Apr 14. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

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Comment by booklover on January 29, 2014 at 2:24pm
Where is everybody? Well they still haven't called to give me the results from the heart-monitor I wore last week. They haven't scheduled my son's MRI for his knee either. Doesn't anyone do their jobs in a timely manner anymore? Just frustrating. I called, and they had reasons.
A young man my so works with, and his girlfriend had a baby girl yesterday that died at birth. She was full-term, and didn't even weigh 5 lbs. I am thinking there had to be something wrong, and not just low birth- weight? Anyway it was sad. I could tell my son was upset. The company he works for is family- owned, and they are religious. His co- worker and his girlfriend are catholic. My husband told my son to tell his friend a simple "I'm sorry." My son is an Atheist (yay), and probably has no experience dealing with religious people regarding something sad like this.
Comment by booklover on January 28, 2014 at 5:40pm

Good comic Ian!

Comment by Ian Mason on January 28, 2014 at 10:41am

It could have been different.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 27, 2014 at 11:46pm

"Smarty Pants Phones" -- heh!

And that "Oatmeal" on "doing religion wrong" is good! "...constantly trying to convince others to believe the same thing? / This is why I'm a fan of Buddhists and Jews. There's no such thing as a door-to-door Jew." [There are Jews by choice, but they sought it themselves.]

and "Are you so dangerously extremist that even a silly web cartoonist can't draw a picture of your prophet without fearing for his life?  (There's no drawing here.)"

Two Cult Survivor on here wrote about comparing atheism to a hairstyle: "It's not. But it is. But it's not." (Which is what inspired my graphic.) If we accept freedom of religion, then not following any religion deserves equal respect and noncoercion.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 27, 2014 at 9:11pm
Comment by sk8eycat on January 27, 2014 at 8:29pm

I was thinking about getting the least expensive phone available, no contract, etc., but I gave up driving, instead.  If I were still driving, I would need a phone for emergencies, to call the auto club, etc.  But I noticed a long time ago that when we have a little (or not so little) earthquake here, the electricity usually goes off for a while, but not the land-line phone, so I'm keeping that.

Ew...and I just received a new modem from AT&T that I have to install myself.  It's sort of like all the TV services switching to HD. AT&T is doing something like that tomorrow, and the old modem won't work anymore.  I can't wait to pull this away from the wall and start messing with all the effing wires.  [sarcasm off/]

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 27, 2014 at 8:08pm

I'm also annoyed by "Like us on Facebook" every where I look.

I don't have a Smarty Pants Phone (made me smile) either, but I do have a cell phone from Verizon that only costs me $8.33/month.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 27, 2014 at 7:39pm

I have never been comfortable with FB, and that's why I unsubscribed less than a week after I first signed up with them (some of my  classmates wanted to start a BHS '57 page)...many years ago.  I am also beginning to resent seeing "Like us on Facebook" every-bloody-where....on web sites, printed on products I buy from a supermarket, Awful Depot, Schwan's...you name it.

My frriend lori, who publishes The Pet Press, has to keep reminding rescue organizations, and other non-profits that we will announce their fundraising and adoption events FREE iin every issue.  Just posting something on FB isn't enough to get a good turnout because they are only "preaching to the choir." Not everyone who has a computer uses FB, and *gasp!* not all of her readers have computers....or even SmartyPants Phones.

People, especially younger ones, think that if they have the latest gadget, everyone must.  Sorry, Charlie...I don't even have a cell phone.  (And try finding a pay phone to call a taxi anymore... .they're gone!)

Comment by booklover on January 27, 2014 at 3:23pm
It seems like more and more companies are requiring you to like them on Facebook in order to get their samples. I have other reasons I'm on FB, but I am only comfortable on it with the very few people I keep as friends.
Comment by Patricia on January 27, 2014 at 12:19pm

I use ''none'' as well, but I may start tick marking ''other'' & then say ''atheism is NOT a religion, & atheist is what I am, not my ''belief''!

Thinking about it anyway.......

This is for other sites, because I don't do facebook, & never will! I get plenty of coupons, & free samples from other means, & facebook is NOT going to dictate what I can or can't have! 

 

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