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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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 Plinius on June 4, 2015 at 9:39am

Try it by all means! More parties is at least more interesting - coalitions can work very well. Of course no one is really content, but that is nothing new. Allowing very small parties in the senate is not always pleasant, but it works. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 4, 2015 at 9:23am

We need to change our voting system in the US! The current system of one vote, plurality winner takes all (no way to express preference or support for more than one candidate) creates plenty of wasted votes, and thus plenty of avoidable opportunity for rigging and gerrymandering. (And spoiler effects -- Nader anyone?) I've read that researchers believe that such "first past the post" systems in fact tend to lead to an entrenched duopoly.

Each voter would still cast one ballot, but on that ballot you could -- depending on the particular system -- rank them by 1st/2nd/3rd/etc. choice, or vote yes or no on each candidate separately, or give each one an independent score (like Olympic judges' voting).

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 4, 2015 at 8:11am

Randall - I'm with you in spirit. Sanders is far and away the best candidate out there and I have no doubt he would be a far superior president to anyone in the field. That said, however, because of our pathetic so-called two-party system that's really a one-party system of unscrupulous opportunists, there's no way in hell he'll ever get elected.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 4, 2015 at 7:35am

Now, to change gears. After watching Bernie Sanders (on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show), I decided he's the man for me--and my money! I gave a small donation for his campaign. Hey, it worked for candidate Obama!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 4, 2015 at 7:31am

Loren, the King Singers rendition brought tears to my eyes. I love the song (and them), and often play it on the piano experimenting with different chords. By the way, I have the Greatest Hits by Billy Joel. What a genious. Thank you, Loren.

Comment by Plinius on June 4, 2015 at 1:47am

Milky Way!

Comment by Plinius on June 4, 2015 at 1:46am

Climate and social ills often make me worry far beyond what I can do about them. Then I skip 4 billion years and think of the collision milke Way - Andromeda.

Wonderful music, Loren! I love harmony!

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 4, 2015 at 12:53am

Loren, that's an amazing arrangement -- and par for the course for the King's Singers! (I actually got to sing that arrangement in a community choir last year.)

Joan, (and Chris and Ian), I'll echo that we are all on this spaceship together. I just discovered Isaac Asimov's 1988 interviews on Bill Moyers' World of Ideas (transcripts: Part I, Part II; videos: Part I, Part II 1/3, 2/3, 3/3). In Part I, he talks about religion, science, and many other things including the global population explosion, and how equality for women worldwide is essential to our survival:

MOYERS: Why did you say that the price of survival is the equality of women?

ASIMOV: Because if women have full ability to enter into all facets of the human condition, if they can enter business, if they can enter religion, science, government, on an equal basis with men, they will be so busy that they won't feel it is necessary to have a great many children. As long as you have women under conditions where they don't feel any sense of value, no self-worth except as mothers, except as baby factories, they'll have a lot of children. Because that's the only way they can prove they're worth something. [...] if you could somehow raise the status of women, I am certain the birth rate would fall drastically through the choice of the women themselves.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 3, 2015 at 11:58pm

Loren, I love The King's Singers.  My parents purchased one of their vinyl albums at a garage sale back in the late 70's/early 80's.  I've been sold on them ever since.  They perform such a large variety of music genres.....and always so eloquently. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 3, 2015 at 11:46pm

Loren, this beautiful harmony amazes me. I close my eyes and pretend am one of the singers. (Ha! I can't carry a tune in a bonnet). Thanks!. "And so it goes!

 

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