For a while now I have been totally freaking out about work. As is typical of my family I tend to obsess about certain items and my obsession is work.
Today however I found this quote from Bertrand Russell "One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."
And you know I am going to print that out and put it over my desk. I need as many reminders as possible that I need to chill out, this is NOT the end of the… Continue
Added by Seven Crows on July 22, 2008 at 6:00pm —
While stalking The Chive (on Gather.com) today, as is my wont, I came across a sickening diatribe against gay people that included the word "Bible". As I skimmed, I saw a shadowy little word appear under the B. word that said "block". As I pointed my cursor at it, it amplified into the message "click here to block this object".
Firefox is as atheist! They know an ad when they see one! They have for some time been protecting me from all the banner garbage that clutters this and other… Continue
Added by Ruth Dickson on July 22, 2008 at 4:17pm —
Yeah, it's an hour and a half long lecture on the origins of the Bible, but it doesn't even seem to matter since it's so very interesting. I'm hoping to go down to my favorite (read that as 'only decent') book store in this podunk town and pick it up.
Hopefully because it has the word 'Jesus' in the title, the bookstore will carry it. This town is full of fundies. There are 4 or 5 churches within walking… Continue
Added by Parallax on July 22, 2008 at 11:55am —
Every country has its vegetables; in the South African religious culture, July seems to mark the month of the potato – 70 000 potatoes to be exact. All of these vegetables gathered in all their disparity at the well-known Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria on the 7’Th of this month to heed the mash that is the message of one of their insidious leaders in vegetable kind; Angus Buchan.
Buchan, who thought it apt to write a book entitled ‘Faith Like Potatoes’ – let’s just appreciate… Continue
Added by Johnathan Botha on July 22, 2008 at 11:21am —
Many people believe both that (i) there is an all knowing God, and that (ii) we humans can rightly be held responsible (praised, blamed, rewarded, punished) for at least some of the things that we do. But some contend that i and ii are incompatible — that if i is true then ii must be false (and vice versa).
Consider these six propositions (a-f) . . .
(a) There is an all knowing God.
(b) Someone knows and always has known everything there is to know.
(c) Long before I… Continue
Added by DaVinci on July 22, 2008 at 10:34am —
From Wrong in Their Mind Tanks
(note: links to Atheist Revolution on blog):
This morning, vjack over at Atheist Revolution posted an interesting question regarding the possibility, or consideration, of picketing. I responded in my usual long-winded manner, but then upon posting, I realized I had more to say. So, rather than double post, I'll blather on here (that's what blogs are… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on July 22, 2008 at 8:09am —
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Outside the Asylum
It's a humble gathering of stories and bits of information that support Wonko's decision to build the asylum. If you don't know who I'm talking about, there's more information there. :) Enjoy!
Added by Wonko's Apprentice on July 21, 2008 at 9:22pm —
Earlier this year Pope Benedict XVI said, "hell is a place where sinners really do burn in an everlasting fire, and not just a religious symbol designed to galvanise the faithful". By contrast, in 1999 Pope John Paul II said hell was, "the ultimate consequence of sin itself. Rather than a place, hell indicates the state of those who freely and definitively separate themselves from God, the source of all life and joy".
According to the catholic dogma of papal infallibility, which… Continue
Added by Rosa on July 21, 2008 at 9:11pm —
Fos those who may NOT know (jeez - you people really exist?) Cthulhu is an invention of H.P. Lovecraft in his many stories of the Elder Gods. Cthulhu was the prophet/preacher for the 'Old Ones' or may have been and Elder God himself. He is described in 'The Call of Cthulhu' as " a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind." How cool is… Continue
Added by Brad Feaker on July 21, 2008 at 8:30pm —
I'm sure you've heard the arguments before: that religion has produced great art and should therefore get more respect, or even that the production of art, at all, requires religion. It's true that, before the nineteenth century, much of the greatest art was religious--although this speaks more to the social structure at the time, than to a supposed necessity for religion in art: one might equally allege that, because just as much of the great art of centuries past was made for the royalty, it… Continue
Added by Maria on July 21, 2008 at 6:22pm —
Catholic health system to become one of VA's largest.
I work for Bon Secours and can say with an insider's perspective that this merger is only the beginning of the growth of Bon Secours across the region. Off the record, there have been attempts the merge with (smallish) secular organizations as well but those seem to have mostly fallen through for now.
I'm not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, they have… Continue
Added by Audrey on July 21, 2008 at 4:41pm —
In an article found here
, an interesting side note has occurred to me, perhaps late.
Read the artilce before commenting. There are other threads on this forum as well, but I don't see anything addressing my points.
The Islington council doesn't have the power to decided whether Lillian Ladele's beliefs warrent special… Continue
Added by DaVinci on July 21, 2008 at 4:28pm —
Added by Rowan on July 21, 2008 at 4:12pm —
If god is omniscient he knows everything, including my disbelief. If god is immutable the he cannot change his mind. So why would a Christian pray in the first place, especially for a heathen like me? If god has these attributes – he can’t change his mind about anything. This is also where the Bible contradicts the very nature of the god who inspired it. So message to the Christians – no thanks on the prayer thing.
Added by Brad Feaker on July 21, 2008 at 1:11pm —
Over at Pharyngula on July 11th.doc
Full version with links.
Over at Pharyngula on July 11th, a post brought something to my attention. It was a post about incomplete mediastinum in Bison. Mediastinum is a separation device for the lungs of an animal, simply. It allows each lung a separate cavity, but in the case… Continue
Added by DaVinci on July 21, 2008 at 10:40am —
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The Central Valley Alliance of Atheists and Skeptics
Added by Calladus on July 21, 2008 at 2:12am —
My grandmother passed away quite suddenly at 3am on Friday. She was in her mid-90's, had a good run.
The funeral is Tuesday. My mother comes to me asking of my music collection (which is somewhat vast) to see if I have any gospel tracks.
She, apparently, doesn't know me as well as I'd like to think.
Long story short, she asks me if I can "find" some particular songs she'd like to have played at the funeral. I suggest i-Tunes, she suggests I pirate them… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on July 20, 2008 at 11:30pm —
First, I feel like I need to address the comments about responding to Christians on their own turf.
Okay, I grew up heavily Xian. I read the Bible over and over and over. I'm sick of it, and I'm just not going to use it, even when responding to Xians. It is not part of my governing meme anymore, and I feel like using it, even as a response to an argument, is silly. I feel silly doing it. I will discuss some things from the Torah (Old Testament = Torah) with my husband, partly because… Continue
Added by Your girl Friday on July 20, 2008 at 2:30pm —
For ten days the constant diesel hum had drone on, never a break as the generator did its job. It didn't take long, though, before it was as invisible as the sound of central air in your home. We shut it down on the tenth night when we got the “end ex” call. I was on roving guard as I heard Mac call out from the system door that it was finished. A few minutes later I heard the fast fall of the rumble of the generator ending with a gasping sound.
The quiet fell over me like a… Continue
Added by Robert on July 20, 2008 at 7:25am —
Like all on this site, I am not a religious person. I did not grow up going to church. Instead, I was left to read and learn about anything I wanted on my own and with questions. There was no dogma given to me. While I am very thankful to my family for this, I also realize there is a gap in my life experience that is often filled by religious affiliation and the extended-extended family that is provided by peers in religious associations.
I've often heard the radio report that… Continue
Added by Josh Gough on July 20, 2008 at 4:30am —