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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 19 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 Bertold Brautigan on September 9, 2015 at 10:54am

Spud - Glad your setup is working out. You could always just use a thumb drive to print anything you need off one of the library computers.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 9, 2015 at 10:27am

Never been to Craigs's list Ruth.  I'll check it out.  I

'm at the library again on my iMAC, and it's working fine.  Carrying this big 20 pound computer in wasn't as hard as I thought.  Just put it it a large strong Home Depot bag.  Now to find a place with a comfortable chair by a desk that doesn't have sunlight on the computer and this will be much better than the library's computers. 

I can now read so much better on this large screen, and I can save things on the computer.  I don't yet know if I can print things like I can on the library's computers.  I can't at home because since upgrading my operating system, it won't recognize my printer, and I can't find a driver that will work. 

OK, I think I'm through complaining (for the time being).

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 8, 2015 at 6:17pm

You could try looking for an inexpensive laptop on Craig's list, Idaho Spud. People upgrade and sell their old one.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 8, 2015 at 11:10am

Thanks Plinius, Bertold, Pat, Joan, Randall, and Ruth.  I'm back at library.  They're not open Sundays or holidays, so today is the first time since Saturday that I could get back here.

Using the library computers is a hassle, so I'm trying to save enough  to get a laptop.  In the meantime I'm going to see if my 12 year old windows laptop will work here at the library. I haven't tried it yet because it's battery is shot and I can't find It's power supply.  I have power supplies that will work, but I don't know the polarity yet.

I will also plan on bringing my 20 pound iMAC to see how that works.  I'll put it in a large bag to carry it in.   I don't know if the library will have a problem with that or not.  I'm not going to ask.  I'll just try it.  I would prefer to use it, as it's large screen and keyboard are easier to use than a laptop.

Comment by kathy: ky on September 7, 2015 at 12:34am
Ruth,it's Kathy if you like. And the older l get the more l take a firm stand. Two weeks ago it was a difference of a price quoted twenty dollars cheaper on an order. Last week it was the extra fee's AT&T charge. Fifteen dollars a month that ,by law,you don't have to pay! Taxes, yes. The fee's, no. Read your phone bills and it's printed on them. Call and ask them nicely and they will led you to believe you are required to pay them. I'm beginning to enjoy this. It surprises me how often l win.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 6, 2015 at 9:16pm

Thanks for the cute song, Joan. I liked the ivy-covered round trellis over the path.

I didn't know about Rip Off Report, Pat.

Idaho Spud, thanks for sharing your internet provider horror experience. I'd keep looking for a while. maybe you'll find a better one.

k.h. ky, I admire your chutzpah.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2015 at 12:01pm

Make a loud noise! Make firm conditions and stick to them! Stand up, speak out, sit in, join others to form coalitions! These are the things we did in the 1960s movements against white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant-Roman Catholic, privileged, dominant, oppressive controls. 

Comment by kathy: ky on September 6, 2015 at 11:24am
I refused to pay for a new satellite box for the TV. They wanted forty five dollars to replace it. I told them they could either send a new one or l would change providers. It made no difference to me. After they agreed to waive the charge on the box they told me it would cost twenty dollars shipping. I said'again, I'm not paying you a nickel. Send it or don't'. They sent it :)
Comment by Randall Smith on September 6, 2015 at 6:56am

Way to go, Spud. Sometimes, one just has to take a stand.

I'm supposed to pay a $25 "rental fee" for my propane tank, but refuse. I tell them I'm going to switch providers, and they then relent. Happens every year.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2015 at 1:10am

Spud! I loved those old songs:

Mairzy Doats. 

My kids loved them too. 

 

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