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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 23 hours ago. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Chris on November 27, 2017 at 6:58am

Blood Thinners.

Warfran bleeding can be kept under control with potasium while other new kinds of medicine such as pradaxa may cause uncontrolable bleeding  complications.

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/29/business/international/german-dr...

Comment by Chris on November 27, 2017 at 5:05am

A couple of years ago I attempted to look up last names.  All I came across were commercial web sites for "Coat of Arms," and other nonsense.

Last names may not be peternal.  With wars, displacement, adoption and other conflicts a last name shouldn't matter, nor should DNA.  

The story of the family should be more important than last names, or dna.

I'm guessing that people, such as the maternal side of my family desire and look for remote relatives related to Kings and Queens - while  ignoring murderes and rapists.

If one goes back far enough it's obvious we are all related to amoeba.

Regarding cinematography. I enjoy Independent films.

I haven't seen "The Hippotamus".  I'll try to check it out.

This evening I watched a Danish Independent film "Adam's Apples"

with English subtitles that was interesting.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 26, 2017 at 3:32pm

Chris, as I understand it, Danish records are fairly good and there are a lot of websites that will help. There's a period in the mid1800s when the law was changed so people had to have a permanent family name. The tradition before that was 'father's name + sen/datter'. There was a short period of free choice and many took the name of the family farm, leading to a lot of ****gaard last names. Some people among the posher classes chose something Greek or Latin. Those with inherited titles (Rosenkranz, Guildensterne etc) just carried on. The -sen suffix remains the most common though.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 26, 2017 at 3:23pm

An evening of sophisticated, cinematographical entertainment. 'The Hippopotamus'. From a novel by Stephen Fry, an unemployed, whiskey-soaked theatre critic gets sent on a stately-home whodunnit where there isn't a murder. In fact, quite the opposite. Some great one-liners:
'Wordsworth! He's a tea-towel poet'

Comment by Chris on November 24, 2017 at 5:12pm

Ian,

I thought It may have been about Sisyphus. The tranlation I looked up on the internet wasn't clear.

Is ancient Greek literature taught in grammar school?  My favorite book as a child was Aesops fables.

How are ancestorial records in Denmark (churches) maintained?

If someone were to go back into family history from the arrival to Ellis Island If the name wasn't mispelled how would  one be able to find archival records in Denmark, or elsewhere that Americans call the Old Country?

The Mormons don't have a monopoly on anthropology or family ties anymore than other goofy religions about religion, the resurection or eternal life.

I wonder if Mormon's drive for ancestory vs. family ties is based on their belief  about  aliens from another planet.

I'm likely incorrect about my misconception of Mormons.  It doesn't seem to be a big jump from Mormonism to Scientology, Ralijenism, or other kookie ideas including Abrahamic's factions  Bhudism, or etcetera.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 24, 2017 at 2:28pm

A little extra. I 'adopted' Sisyphos as my guiding light when I first dried out and got sober. Taking each day as it came.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 24, 2017 at 2:25pm

Per ardua ad cælum: Through great labour/up steep hill to the heavens/heights. My own invention. 'Cæl' is the root of the English word 'ceiling'. I take it to mean 'as far as possible'. My own interpretation of the motto is 'I will try hard to have the best life I can'.

I'm also influenced by Camus's 'we must imagine Sisyphos as happy'. He (Sis) took life as he found it and went to work to get up the hill.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 24, 2017 at 1:25pm

Thanks for the belly laugh, Chris. I enjoyed the part of your video where a pair of Atheists reverse door-bang Mormons. The rant part - meh.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 24, 2017 at 7:23am

For real, Ian? Gutsy.

I'm lucky. Living in "the country", I don't get many solicitors or proselytes. I like the idea of charging them by the minute.

Comment by Plinius on November 24, 2017 at 4:10am

I like it, Ian, a good realistic idea and image.

 

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