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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 on Thursday. 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 Plinius on August 23, 2014 at 7:00pm

I'd love to experience a totally different body, just for the different treatment you get. And Spud, you can spell my name anyway you like, even if the FSM doesn't agree.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 6:56pm

And, only $25.  You save 4 cents.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 23, 2014 at 6:50pm

Once while riding the people mover train between terminals at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, a large, big-breasted woman in her 40's got on the train wearing a T-shirt with the following picture:

http://www.amazon.com/Think-Money-Coming-T-Shirt-XX-Large/dp/B006MP...

Very classy.  The epitome of having good taste out in public. [sarcasm]

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2014 at 5:06pm

I'm a denim and T-shirt person, myself. My old support shoes with orthotics are for the garden, my new ones are new support shoes with newer inserts. Cary cut off all my wire hair and it came back in soft as can be.

Carl, I imagine you have seen just about everything in the airports as far as fashion is concerned.

As far as a new body is concerned, Jeez, I would hate to have to train a new one! I suppose, if we still had our brains, we could use our experiences and do better the second time around.

There are those parents who claim the head of the first child should be snipped off because so many mistakes are made the first time around. We learn by doing, I suppose. 

I'm making a batch of pickled beets today; they won't be ready for at least a few days. 

The squirrels are extra busy today bringing horse chestnuts into the garden to store for their winter food supply. Such industry. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 4:50pm

GC, sounds like good SiFi.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2014 at 4:37pm

We had a tremendous lightning, thunder and rainstorm yesterday. Today is beautiful blue skies with tiny puff balls of cotton-clouds. It is 2:30 here in Spokane and the temperature is a lovely 77 degrees. Perfect for puttering, reading, writing, and napping. All big project are completed and I have some little projects in the planning stage. Autumn is the perfect time to make changes.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 23, 2014 at 4:18pm

Speaking of body transplants, one bit of SF I wouldn't mind having in the real world is the medical technology in John Varley's Steel Beach. Not only are most ailments handled as uneventfully as when we take a car to a (competent, honest) mechanic, but in that world many people routinely get new bodies every decade or two in adulthood.

But Wait, There's More! It's not uncommon for people to switch genders when they simply feel like a change. In addition to getting "original equipment" with full sexual and reproductive functionality, they obviously benefit from tech to successfully shape gender identity too. Anyway, it's noteworthy that in that society you're only considered a full adult once you've lived as a woman and as a man. (Goodbye sexism!)

(One short story set in that world featured a teenage boy with the knack of recognizing people across body changes, by their mannerisms, speech patterns, and so forth. One day his doorbell rings and he finds someone he's never seen before... except he recognizes her as his best friend, who'd been a guy but managed to get a body and gender change earlier than usual. Now she's intent on getting into the sack with him, and he's freaked out by the prospect, having never thought of his friend in those terms!)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 23, 2014 at 3:37pm

I try to look decent when I leave the house as well.  I do have some self-respect. 

I see people at the airport ready to board planes in outfits I wouldn't wear to walk out to the alley to take out the trash. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 3:34pm

Carl, The Big Bang Theory makes me laugh out loud quite often, something that rarely happens with other shows.  The first season was especially hilarious.  Knee-slappers one after another the whole 20 minutes.

Comment by booklover on August 23, 2014 at 3:31pm
I hope that helps you, Patricia!
Carl, we had a LOT of rain, but not much lightening, no wind, etc. Just pouring rain. I had to drive home down a different neighborhood road because all the cars on the road I usually take had water covering their tires. And it muggy too.
 

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