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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

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 April 12, 2015 at 1:25am

Carl posted last on March 24, so it's been three weeks. I do hope he's allright.

Comment by kathy: ky on April 8, 2015 at 12:46pm
Does anyone know if Carl has posted lately? My signal is unreliable and I've only been able to get on sporadically. I am wondering how he is.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2015 at 6:25am

I knew there would be problems I didn't see, but I would still like to see us try to be more logical in the US, even if it caused problems for 2 or 3 generations.

There is another thing that bothers me more, and that's not going to the metric system.  It's very much easier to work with and reduces mistakes greatly.  For years now, I've tried to purchase tape measures that have metric marks on them, and often use metric when doing woodworking.

Comment by Plinius on April 8, 2015 at 6:15am

Spud, we have had a series of spelling updates in the Netherlands, all with the idea that spelling should be easier and the written word should represent the spoken word in a logical manner. It doesn't work at all. Even in this small country there are so many dialects that the written word NEVER represents the spoken word. I notice that people are confused about spelling, try to find out the correct spelling from the old and new dictionaries that hang about, and in the end they fall back on the spelling they learnt when young. It's a mess. Every spelling update costs money, new dictionaries, etc. Official texts should be spelled correctly but they aren't. And every spelling update means a breach with history: it becomes more and more difficult to read the texts from our own past - to me that's really a bad thing. I like the conservative spelling in Great Britain: it enables people to keep in touch with their past, and you know what they say: Forget your past and you'll have to repeat it...

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 7, 2015 at 2:25pm

@ Spud - It's interesting that Spanish and German are completely orthographically consistent -- the same letters and combos always make the exact same sounds. Definitely can't say that for English, I guess partly because we're such a mongrel hybrid, but that's also what makes it such a rich and pliant language, so no complaints.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 7, 2015 at 1:53pm

I would love to see pronunciation and spelling change to be logical and easier to remember.  I think most people would like to see that, so why don't we do it?

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2015 at 1:06pm

Randy, safe and pleasant journey. What a beautiful way to see that part of Europe. Can't wait to read your description. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2015 at 1:03pm

Ian, I am glad you were able to see the first posting of "Ode to Yahway". When I tried, I got an error message. So, I reposted it with that silly poem 43alley posted. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2015 at 12:58pm

He sacrificed … himself 

Unto himself

To pay himself

The price that he demanded

For any violation by a human

Of strict adherence 

To his perfect standard 

~ 43alley 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2015 at 12:48pm

 

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