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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 sk8eycat on January 11, 2015 at 4:42pm

L.A. TIMES Editorial:

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-plastic-bag-referen...

It currently applies to supermarket chains and pharmacies only; convenience and liquor stores have a year to comply.

There were attempts when the plastic bags first became ubiquitous to have them made of biodegradable plastic, but that didn't work well...and some were so flimsy that they ripped as soon as you lifted them out of the shopping cart. 

None of the pharmacies I am familiar with have ever used plastic bags, but they sure do get carried away with stapling the Rx tags to the outside of the paper bags!  Fortunately, we have plenty of staple-pullers in this house...left over from when Dad had his accounting office in the den.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 11, 2015 at 7:46am

I can sympathize with you, Ruth. My back "went out" a couple days ago which restricts everything I do. Hope you'll be improving soon.

Felaine, did I hear or read that California has banned plastic bags?

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 10, 2015 at 10:16pm

Sorry Carl, received this "Server Error. 404 - File or directory not found. "

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 10, 2015 at 9:43pm

I don't think I have enough field mice that would support an owl family. The  good mousers moved away, but I notice a new cat has been coming around. Of course, I encourage them, even as I hate to have my little mouse family attacked. Mice can take down the sturdiest sunflower, corn stock or other plants so quickly. While I sick, it was fun to watch them. I don't think I will be so forgiving now that I am back on my feet. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 10, 2015 at 9:35pm

Ruth, I am so sorry you have these persistent health problems. You seem to be doing all the things possible as preventives. I assume your health care providers have the latest treatments protocols and you read up on all the information available.  

Just a little eye candy for you. 

 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 10, 2015 at 9:03pm

We just had an hour of light rain...just as the Vons/Safeway truck delivered our grocery order.  They've actually gone back to using brown paper bags; sturdy enough to stand up to a few sprinkles, and recyclable.

Ruth does hot, mulled apple juice or cranberry juice help any?  Just as a cold weather "comfort drink"?  Or tea with a cinnamon stick? 

Comment by k.h. ky on January 10, 2015 at 6:55pm
Ruth, just more joys of aging. Not. I've been staying in a lot. Our temps are like what Mindy just described. I keep repeating to myself 'it's only 60 short days'. It__being the worst part of winter.
Sometimes I actually believe it!
Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 10, 2015 at 2:57pm

Geez, Ruth.  What a bad spell you're having right now.  Sorry it has piled up on you all at once.  I hope you get some relief soon.

Are you also having below normal temps in PA? 

Comment by Plinius on January 10, 2015 at 1:31pm

I hope you feel better soon, Ruth!

Comment by booklover on January 10, 2015 at 12:36pm

Hi Ruth! Good to see you posting.  I hope you feel better and better!

All my pictures are in picture-boxes now.  I will go through them one by one and find the pics eventually.  Too lazy right now.  They are not in any particular order.  They won in 2009, so it was a while ago!  Very cool (ha!) for them though! 

 

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