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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 The Flying Atheist on October 21, 2017 at 12:53pm

Speaking of being awake during surgery, here's a fascinating story.

Warning!  Parts of this video may be a little disturbing for the medically squeamish. 

Music is not only a major part of Dan Fabbio’s life, as a music teacher it is his livelihood. So when doctors discovered a tumor located in the part of his brain responsible for music function, he began a long journey that involved a team of University of Rochester physicians, scientists, and a music professor and culminated with him awake and playing a saxophone as surgeons operated on his brain. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 21, 2017 at 11:43am

When I had my kidney transplant the nurses had me up, out of bed, and sitting in a chair later the same day.  It's the recommended practice these days to start moving around after surgeries for quicker healing.  The old method of just laying in bed to recuperate is no longer suggested.     

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 21, 2017 at 11:34am

Chris, I join the others here who are expressing relief that you are safe and back home.  It's good to hear from you.  You've raised questions on some very serious issues.  I hope this event will prompt government action to correct these failings.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2017 at 11:10am

Chris, glad to hear you're surviving the fires.   I've not kept up with the news on them.  It sounds much worse than I thought.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2017 at 11:08am

Patricia, hope your sugery and recovery goes well.  My dad had very little problem with his hip replacement.

Ask them about music and headphones.  If they don't have them, ask if you can bring your own.

I can imagine your desire to not know what's going on.  I've never been much afraid to be awake, but I've never had major surgery like you're going to have.

Comment by Chris on October 21, 2017 at 10:50am


My understanding is the faster you get up if immediately after surgery the better your new joints will set.   Ignore my suggestion about a self rising chair - don't get one.

Physical therapy is needed numerous times throughout the day post surgery until the patent is ambulatory. If you aren't able to walk after the implant your surgeon needs to know. Maybe something didn't fit right.   Get your hip fixed so you can walk and live a somewhat normal life.  The initial pain you may suffer with will relieve you of long term discomfort and  lack of mobility.

Comment by Chris on October 21, 2017 at 10:21am

I'm inclined to follow up.  I wrote the Chief of Police and Fire Chief a year or so ago about the earthquake early warning system. 

I also sent my federal congressman asking about availability of self contained water purificification systems a month or so ago in response to the hurricanes. Water purificaton systems should be available in numerous quantities. 

Unfortunately as seen with Hurricane Katrina and G.W. Bush's sucessfull attempt to privatise FEMA  many resources, by that I mean skilled people were dismissed. With that went  equipment.   People I knew who worked on  the aftermath of Katrina said most of the equipment was unusable.

I'm curious about the reverse 911. My neigbor called me because she had some sort of application on her cell phone.  People with landlines should have been notified too.  People who were home bound/disabled, or without transportation may have unfortunately died becuse of lack initial coordination.

Some of this emergency planning makes me angry.   The lack of follow up makes me more angry. 

The military has shipping containers with a wall  splitting them in half to make a kind of miniture studio appartment.

Why is Haiti still suffering with a cholea outbreak?  Puerto Rico is suffering from water contamination too.     

Rapidly deployable water purification systems are under a GSA contract and would be availalbe if FEMA  had the money and other resources to deploy them.

There in lies the problem. " If FEMA had the resources."

With climate change mass catrastopies will continue.

The Don says his response to Puerto Rico was 10 of 10.   Ignoramous who denies reality and climate change will never be prepared for emergency management.

When I evacuated the fire near my house was only 2% conained.  Four days later the fire was ~27% contained.  My understanding is firefighters arrived from Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Australia, New Zealand and BC.  At first the smoke was so dense that ariel's couldn't be used to help extingush the fire.  The response was quick and well managed.

The fire wasn't bad here.  In Sonoma County 20,00 people are homeless.

I think I'll follow up on some of this stuff..

Comment by Plinius on October 21, 2017 at 10:20am

Good to hear you're back and safe, Chris!

Comment by Ian Mason on October 21, 2017 at 7:43am

I'm glad to hear you're safe, Chris. I can't even imagine what it must have been like.

Comment by Chris on October 21, 2017 at 3:31am

The fire burned so hot that many will never be identified.  Implants with serial number are being use to identify remains.

It's unfrotunate that a evacuation plan for disabled people, or people without transportation wasn't in place. I heard about the recommended evacuation from a neighbor. A reverse 911 system is available but apparently wasn't used.

I also wonder why self contained water filtration systems aren't available for Peurto Rico, Hati, U.S. Virgin Islands and elsewhere.

or why an earthquake early warning system isn't in place.


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