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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 21. 81 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

Richard Dawkins, Growing Up in the Universe

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 14. 2 Replies

Here is an oldie, the young Richard Dawkins teaching kids about the universe. I especially like the one demonstrating how the eye evolved. This should answer those who believe it was impossible to evolve an eye. Continue

Tags: universe, teaching, Dawkins, Richard

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Comment by Idaho Spud on April 7, 2013 at 4:57pm

Kind of funny Whorehouse vs church story.  Also, a very interesting dilemma for the judge.

If I were the judge, and thought I could get away with it, I would say there is no evidence that god exists or that prayers are answered, so, in spite of my conclusion that religion is a net evil, in this case I'm sadly going to have to rule in favor of the defendant.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 7, 2013 at 3:56pm

MT. VERNON, TEXAS … WHOREHOUSE SUES LOCAL CHURCH OVER LIGHTNING STRIKE!

 
Diamond D's brothel began construction on an expansion of their building to increase their ever-growing business. In response, the local Baptist Church started a campaign to block the business from expanding -- with morning, afternoon, and evening prayer sessions at their church. Work on Diamond D's progressed right up until the week before the grand reopening when lightning struck the whorehouse and burned it to the ground!
After the cat-house was burned to the ground by the lightning strike, the church folks were rather smug in their outlook, bragging about "the power of prayer."
 
But late last week 'Big Jugs' Jill Diamond, the owner/madam, sued the church, the preacher and the entire congregation on the grounds that the church ... "was ultimately responsible for the demise of her building and her business -- either through direct or indirect divine actions or means."
 
In its reply to the court, the church vehemently and voraciously denied any and all responsibility or any connection to the building's demise.
 
The crusty old judge read through the plaintiff's complaint and the defendant's reply, and at the opening hearing he commented, "I don't know how the hell I'm going to decide this case, but it appears from the paperwork, that we now have a whorehouse owner who staunchly believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that thinks it's all bullshit!"
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 7, 2013 at 3:55pm

I'll be thinking of you on April 16th, Joan. Good luck.

Thanks for introducing me to IZ. One thing that struck me, as the wife of someone with emphysema, was IZ wearing an oxygen cannula. Sharing this with your fans is coming out, for an entertainment celebrity, as bold as declaring oneself atheist or gay.

I try to avoid looking at needles going into my body. I did read that people report less pain when they don't look.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2013 at 1:01pm

“Justice is the only worship.

Love is the only priest.

Ignorance is the only slavery.

Happiness is the only good.

The time to be happy is now,

The place to be happy is here,

The way to be happy is to make others so.

Wisdom is the science of happiness.”

~ Robert G. Ingersoll, As quoted in Familiar Quotations (1937) edited by Christopher Morley, p. 603

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2013 at 1:00pm

"The Declaration of Independence announces the sublime truth, that all power comes from the people. This was a denial, and the first denial of a nation, of the infamous dogma that God confers the right upon one man to govern others.

"It was the first grand assertion of the dignity of the human race. It declared the governed to be the source of power, and in fact denied the authorityof any and all gods. Through the ages of slavery — through the weary centuries of the lash and chain, God was the acknowledged ruler of the world. To enthrone man, was to dethrone God."

Robert G. IngersollIndividuality (1873).

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2013 at 1:00pm

A very interesting discussion takes place that I want to share with you. 

"Dr. Allan H. Clark

"It has always seemed to me that Epicurus's riddle is the simplest way to raise the main problem of theodicy—how do you justify the belief in a good and just god in the presence of manifest evil? The standard Christian answer is that this world is a test and that the balance toward good is restored in the promised afterlife. To answer that there is Ingersoll's little verse:

 

Happiness is the only good.

The place to be happy is here.

The time to be happy is now.

The way to be happy is to make others so."

~ Robert G. Ingersoll, Variant, as it appears on a manuscript copy he jotted down for a fan (26 March 1897)"

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 7, 2013 at 10:10am

Felaine, can't see an injection in your rear?  Take a mirror. : )

I've watched many injections now, and I seem to feel more pain when I watch than when I don't.  But even then it's just a small prick.  No big deal.

I love the "Imagine no Religion" story.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 10:56pm

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 6:10pm

Felaine, a "lumbar laminectomy and fusion" sounds really serious. I hope you found relief!!! My procedure is a simple out-patient procedure so I won't be needing a room, but I like the idea of covering the Catholic Scarecrow with "Imagine no Religion" sign. Maybe I should go prepared for when I am in recovery. 

I will start looking now for a film of the procedure I expect to have. 

Happy cat-sitting, and thank you for your care. This is a snap compared to what you had. 

Needles don't hurt at all, now ... remember those huge things they used to draw blood? Reminded me of needles used on cows. Nothing has hurt so far, except I had to go off Aleve and baby aspirin for several days for one test, and my joints hurt. I am back on my regular Rx routine and have no pain now. 

My life-span is at a good time, except for the mess our political and economic system is in. I liken human thinking and behavior as appropriate for beasts, but Homo sapiens should be able to rise above a beak-and-claw existence and stop using violence to gain power. We now have the capacity to reason, negotiate, compromise, and to create a just world. For those who would terrorize, they could be hunted down, singled out, put on trial, and allow the population and cultures to live without fear of bombs, or bullets. 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 6, 2013 at 5:38pm

In '09, I wanted a video of my lumbar laminectomy and fusion, but Doc said it would be done with microscopic instruments, and he would be too busy to have a cameraman/woman in the OR, anyway.

I found out later that the procedure took FOUR HOURS!  I don't remember anything between being wheeled out of the prep room and waking up in my own room (utterly painless...I totally understand why/how some people become addicted), and the first thing I saw was the Catholic Scarecrow on the wall.  I asked to have it removed, but they refused, so as soon as I was on my feet (3 days later) I covered it with my FFRF "Imagine No Religion" T-shirt.  Doc (very young secular Jew) laughed so hard when he saw it that I thought he was going to literally ROTFL.

There are places on the net where you can see animated (bloodless) depictions of almost any type of surgery; you just have to hunt for them.

I'll be off the net...cat-sitting... when you have your surgery (April 14 to the 26th), so I'm wishing you the best of luck now, and I'll keep on thinking about you till I get back home and check in here.

Idaho: I've watched my own blood draws and injections since I was a teen; IMO it hurts less when I know what's going on. Of course I can't see an injection in my rear...

 

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