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Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jan 22. 13 Replies

It seems as though some numb-nuts New York pastor by the name of Stephen Kim has written two marriage advice pieces for christian men and women.  Not surprisingly, his suggestions come straight out of his never-fail magic book.  Seth Andrews of The…Continue

Tags: advice, marriage, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Stephen Kim

Living in the Answers

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Patricia Jan 18. 13 Replies

I am weary of those who declare they understand all the answers to the creation of the universe and Earth. They claim they know the answers to the questions of life, meaning, death, and the afterlife. Those with all the answer speak with confidence,…Continue

Tags: confidence, education, government, family, afterlife

Twin terrorists caught

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jan 11. 7 Replies

Canada: twin terrorists caught before going to Mideast Saturday, January 10, 2015 By Martin Barillas L-R: Carlos and Ashton Larmond The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested and charged a pair of 24-year-old identical twin brothers on…Continue

Betty Bowers Best of 2014

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jan 4. 33 Replies

Happy New Year, everyone!  Now that we're off on another 365-day stint of sniping at believers, leave it to America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, to sum up the year past from her holier-than-EVERYBODY point of view! Have You had YOUR Betty today?!?Continue

Tags: 2014, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover Dec 28, 2014. 23 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 24, 2014. 11 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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Comment by Grinning Cat on November 1, 2014 at 12:39am

An apropos juxtaposition:

Scariest. Pumpkin. Ever. [message carved into jack-o-lantern] THE WIFI IS DOWN(from cheezburger)

You never see churches with free wifi because no church wants to compete with an invisible power that actually works.(similar to a tweet by Will Ferrell)

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 1, 2014 at 12:07am

I hope you all had a happy Hallo­ween! Tomorrow Today (Nov. 1st) is also some­thing to cele­brate: All S Half-Price Chocolate Day! (For those who do Facebook, there's a Facebook page.)

About DST, I found this article at National Geographic interesting: "Time to Move On? The Case Against Daylight Saving Time". Air conditioning, and energy used during darker mornings, end up making DST waste energy. And that's not all...

Part of the story that is often ignored... is the energy required to get people from place to place—gasoline. In fact the petroleum and automobile industries have always been huge supporters of DST....

"When you give Americans more light at the end of the day, they really do want to get out of the house. And they go to ballparks, or to the mall and other places, but they don't walk there. Daylight saving reliably increases the amount of driving that Americans do, and gasoline consumption tracks up with daylight saving."

They also mentioned the golf and barbecue industry among others that have been huge supporters; and write about possible health effects of disturbing our circadian rhythms.

DST has been credited and blamed for all kinds of things, from rational to wacko: "Daylight saving has been ... blamed for ... browning out lawns unaccustomed to so much sunshine. As you can imagine, the Congressional Record on daylight saving constitutes the great comic novel of the 20th century."

Comment by booklover on October 31, 2014 at 1:33pm

Good ones, Carl and Ian!  Happy Halloween to all of you!  I bought candy I don't like, so I won't be tempted!  My husband and son "stole" some of it though!

Comment by Ian Mason on October 31, 2014 at 12:33pm

Thanks, Carl. haven't seen that in years.

Happy Hallowe'en all. Hope the Great Pumkin brings you something.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 31, 2014 at 7:46am

Carl, that animation is still clever after all these (those?) years.

Enjoyed all the DST comments/explanations. Indiana was with Arizona up until about 8 years ago. Boo hiss.

Comment by Plinius on October 31, 2014 at 3:24am

Thanks Carl! Must have been fifty years ago that I saw the Silly Symphony! Happy Halloween, all of you!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 31, 2014 at 1:19am

Comment by booklover on October 30, 2014 at 9:23pm
That's neat, Joan!
Got our new water softener installed today, bought our son a new bed with all new bedding, and got it set up, ordered new countertops and a sink for our kitchen... Time to get some things taken care if around here, so when my husband can retire from his job in just under 4 years, it will all look nice, and be paid for! He can retire from his current job at 52. He will have 30 years in there and we'll get full benefits. But he will get another job. One that's not so physically taxing. :)
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2014 at 8:45pm

During the summer, when staying in the garden all day, I have marks on one of the boxes to indicate the daytime hours. I get so I can look at the shadows cast by a stick stuck in the ground, or look at shadows of the chairs and I can pretty well tell the time. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2014 at 8:41pm

My memory of daylight saving time comes from being a child during WW II. It was claimed to save energy for production of goods and services, that day light was needed to reduce the use of alternative light sources. 

"The energy saving benefits of Summer Time were recognized during World War II,"

Rationale and original idea

Of course, I am not meeting any schedule these days ... one of th benefits of retirement. However, since my retirement, I wake up with the sun and go to bed with the sun. It works for me just fine. No involvement with the clock at all. 

Let us remember that time is also a construct of man's mind. It is all relative to the seasons. Having GMT sets a standard for all to follow.  

When I lived in Alaska for two years, we had two hours of daylight in the winter and two hours of night in the summer. Living in southern Texas was quite different, but I can't remember if it caused me any distress or not. I think not. Some people had to put window covers to prevent daylight in summer. I didn't have a problem, but then, I didn't have to be any where on time.

 

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