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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 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

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Comment by kathy: ky on August 14, 2015 at 2:19pm
I found it oddly funny that Ian didn't get the T word.
No offense Ian. It just one of the peculiarities of american politics.
Each party is expected to fix the problems of the world Without raising taxes. It's a damned fine trick. And one that cannot be pulled off. But for a repub to mention a tax increase is political suicide.
Comment by Loren Miller on August 14, 2015 at 12:50pm

Ba-da-bing, Carl.  At times I think Grover Norquist doesn't EVER want to meet me ... mostly because I'm so pissed at his BS that I doubt he'd be able to walk away from that meeting.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 14, 2015 at 11:03am
Ian, I'll take the liberty of answering for Loren about the 'T' entity: raising taxes.
Comment by Ian Mason on August 14, 2015 at 10:48am

Sorry, Loren but I don't understand that. What's the "T" entity?.

Oddly, Denmark didn't modernise/electrify its rail system when the rest of Europe did in the 80s and 90s. We're paying for that error now. The new high-speed, inter-city trains that were due to come into service 4-5 years ago are still waiting and rotting in the sidings. They're custom.made diesels with computer systems that don't work, brakes that fail and axles that crack. New electric trains can be bought almost 'off the shelf' with all teething troubles ironed out a long time ago.

Chris, I like that expression. I think you're right that the car is America's Holy Cow that musn't be slaughtered.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 14, 2015 at 9:01am

Some of 'em may see it, Chris.  The problem is that paying for it would require mention of the "T" entity, which is verboten in the Republican party and has been for too freaking long.

Comment by Plinius on August 14, 2015 at 8:56am

Can't they see that they need lots of public transport now because in a few years all those cars are no longer sustainable? Or is that cursing in church? (translated Dutch expression)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 14, 2015 at 8:40am

For Congress to act appropriately regarding our rail and road infrastructure would indeed take, dare I say, a miracle.  

Comment by Loren Miller on August 14, 2015 at 8:26am

One thing to keep in mind about the trains in the US.  Unlike almost everyone else, we did NOT get the crap bombed out of our rail system during World War II!  As a result, we didn't get the chance to update it from a standard which I suspect was a product of the mid-to-late 19th century!

Ordinarily I'd say it'd take an act of Congress to pull our rail system into the 21st century, but considering Congress' performance lately ... it'll take a lot more than that!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 14, 2015 at 8:04am

I hardly finished reading a book about our (USA) lagging transportation system when my sister's 3 hour Amtrak trip from Chicago to Lafayette IN took 7 hours. Not very convenient for the person picking her up, either. That would be me. She got in at 2 AM last night.  Pres. Obama hasn't been able to "fix" our infrastructure. Bernie says he can!

Comment by Plinius on August 14, 2015 at 6:50am

Perhaps her sister won't miss her very much and go on with her life. But I wonder if she is able to take care of herself and the cats - I've seen horrible neglect of self and cat with Asperger brother-in-law. 

 

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