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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller yesterday. 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 Joan Denoo on October 15, 2017 at 4:14pm

Carl, thanks for the information about sizing videos.  I should have asked my great-grandkids how to reduce the size and retain ratios. I forget how to do it!

Ian, one of my cousins was born female and chose to turn male. He is as happy as can be. He had excellent support from his family and community. 

We need a neuter pronoun. According to Wiki

"The English language has gender-specific personal pronouns in the third-person singular. The masculine pronoun is he(with derived forms himhis and himself); the feminine is she (with derived forms herhers and herself); the neuter is it(with derived forms its and itself)."

Can you imagine Martin, who is now Marina, being addressed as anything but he or she, depending on the person's choice? Or, can you imagine a hermaphrodite being called "it"?

Comment by Patricia on October 15, 2017 at 2:10pm

Huge life changing decision. Hope all goes well for you friend, Ian.

Comment by Patricia on October 15, 2017 at 2:03pm

Yes, I'm having many issues with A/N, Thomas, as well as Atheist Universe.....& both are NING. Damn nuisance!

Comment by Ian Mason on October 15, 2017 at 1:42pm

One of my acquaintances, Martin, has decided to become Marina. I knew he was Gay but didn't know he felt like changing to she. Six months ago 'he' had a beard. There's a lot of paperwork involved but she says she's never been more at peace, so that's not a problem. Good luck and fair winds,I say. Good to get it sorted out while still young (early 20s). I'm going to have to think about my use of pronouns for a while.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 15, 2017 at 1:36pm

Bubble and burst. Marx was right about some things and that's one of them. From what I've been reading, a lot of ordinary people are trying out the Bit-Coin boom but who knows how long that will last.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 15, 2017 at 1:31pm

Yes, laissez fair capitalism benefits the owners of capital, not the owners of labor. When the owners of capital go on a free market spree, they create bubbles. Remember the 1920s Golden Age? The used labor to create vast fortunes while paying sub-living wages to the workers. The rich were careless with their wealth; they assumed huge debts to for the frills of life while the laboring class lost homes, property, and finally lost access to food. A spread between rich and poor grew until the bubble burst in 1929. 

We are now in the stage of laissez-faire capitalism of the 1920s. When this bubble bursts, mortgages become due, loans become due, debt holders demand payment. 

In the meantime, the laboring class learns how to manage on virtually no/low wages, they economise, sell the unnecessary things that keep them obliged, simplify standards of living and survive. Many learned how to grow food on city lots; they developed community food banks and gardens. 

When the Crash came, laboring people knew how to be self-sustaining; the many wealthies didn't know or understand survival life skills. 

So, wage-working people, hone your life skills, understand what happens and why. The silliness of the 1920s will reveal itself and we will recognize it and know what to do and why. 

 

ECONOMICS
abstention by governments from interfering in the workings of the free market.
"laissez-faire capitalism"

synonyms:

free enterprisefree tradenonintervention, free-market capitalism, market forces
"an agenda that embraces the concept of laissez-faire"
Comment by Idaho Spud on October 15, 2017 at 12:46pm

I've not noticed that.

Comment by Thomas Murray on October 15, 2017 at 12:17pm

...Anybody else having issues with Atheist Nexus web? For the past month the downloading of Atheist Nexus on my computer is screwy. There is no problem with other websites but now anytime I try to down load Atheist Nexus I get half pages or in a partly plain format.

Comment by Plinius on October 14, 2017 at 12:27am

Bad news, Ian! Another country where free market ideas hurt common people. Here early retirement has been cut, so we'll have to manage four more years until we're 67. Possibly on a minimal allowance since Luca's 'career' ended in a complete burn-out. So we're happily getting rid of anything that burdens our budget and hope for the best...

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 13, 2017 at 10:57pm

Bertold, is that related to proposals I'd heard about of a few states looking to replace highway taxes added to gasoline -- which penalize dirtier, less-efficient cars -- with taxing drivers or car owners directly, or even having a tracking device in your car to track your actual mileage if you don't want to pay the maximum tax?

 

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