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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 Bertold Brautigan on August 10, 2017 at 8:02am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 10, 2017 at 7:23am

I've begun eating a lot more eggs recently.  It's a cost effective way of getting needed protein.  I still eat meat, mostly chicken and a little bit of beef.  But with eggs priced at 89-cents per dozen at Aldi, you can't go wrong at that price.  I'll make a four-egg cheese omelet with a side of potatoes.  It's a very filling meal I'll make about two or three times a week.

Now I'm seeing articles and videos saying it's better to eat beef instead of chicken if you care about the issue of animal cruelty.

https://www.vox.com/videos/2017/5/27/15701168/save-animal-lives-eat...

On the other hand, there is debate as to which animals, chickens or cows, cause the most environmental problems.  Whichever side you take, you have two options:  bad or worse.

Comment by Plinius on August 10, 2017 at 3:10am

I stopped eating that one-a-month egg some time ago, not for the fipronilscandal, but for the animals. What they have to endure takes my appetite away. I can accept that every animal on this planet eats other animals, so I'm not really against eating animals, but I want nothing to do with that disgusting and cruel industry we fatten other animals in. 

Comment by Ian Mason on August 9, 2017 at 11:44pm

Chris (Plinius): I hope you're not eating too many eggs. The same thing is creeping into DK now, despite official assurances that there was no problem.

http://http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40850460

Comment by Chris on August 9, 2017 at 11:18pm

Thanks for the  links Carl.

I recall seeing shadows like this during the  Transit of Venus. It might have been viewable with the small blockage of the sun from Venus because the sunlight was filtered throuth leaves of tall trees in the later part of the day. I should have take photos as evidence.

Comment by Chris on August 9, 2017 at 9:26pm

@Kathy,

I can't drive nine miles up there road to a tiny town called Central City. Totality is 100%. Or I can stay home and have over 99% totality. I don't know if the few extra seconds would be worth the crowd.

The crowds are why I was hoping to find an accurate map. There are many places along the route  where totality would be viewable without the crowds. 

Unfortunately, it was too late for me to get a flight into Harrison AK. He doesn't want to deal with the crowds and traffic either. I'll try to visit him within the next few months. I'd like to be able to point him to an area without crowds. He has a cousin that has a telescope.

I was going to bring my telescope with me. Without a telescope so you could watch  solar flairs seeing totality doesn't matter much.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 9, 2017 at 8:44pm
@Carl, you are correct. Matt continued to live and work in ky while his husband did the same in Az. But they both took jobs in Ca in May. They were married a year ago in AZ and had a bicoastal marriage until this year. I miss Matt but I'm happy that they finally get to live in the same state : )
Comment by Ian Mason on August 9, 2017 at 2:26pm

Things change quickly when there's money involved, Thomas.

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 9, 2017 at 1:57pm

....Back in 1969 our boy scout troop went to Disneyland in Anaheim. It was a lot of fun for us lasted all day. Fast forward to sometime in the 1980s I moved a family to Anaheim and it was a miserable experience. It was during the Summer and the air quality was bad and brownish orange color. When I got home I was coughing and pounding headache. At that time Disneyland was suffering loss of visitors.

  I think it has improved since then and one reason was because of Disneyland effecting the city counsel to improve the air quality.

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 9, 2017 at 1:40pm

   I can't remember but are many session musicians the cream of the top and often find some are multi-instrumentalist ? And I think Steely Dan were, at at time, studio players.

 

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