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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 Thomas Murray on July 30, 2017 at 6:50pm

In Southern California , where I grew up, there is a town called Solvang. The town was built using traditional Dutch style architecture. The Danes bought the area and founded it in 1911.

As a kid, it was a magical place to visit. My family visited it about 5 times a year. Here are the links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solvang%2C_California

http://www.solvangusa.com/

http://cityofsolvang.com/

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2017 at 5:18pm

Since Loren recently brought up the topic of June Foray and the Bullwinkle cartoon, I thought I'd throw these two items out here for anyone who's interested.  These are from one of my guilty pleasure newsletters I subscribe to.

http://metv.com/stories/rip-june-foray-the-voice-of-rocky-the-flyin...

http://metv.com/lists/10-things-you-never-knew-about-rocky-and-bull...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 30, 2017 at 4:29pm

I can't see Ian's pictures. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2017 at 2:38pm

Me also.  I can't see the last 4 photos Ian posted.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2017 at 2:26pm

Interesting science behind red clay tiles.

Ian, the photos you posted are not showing for me.  

Is that the case for anyone else here?

I'm having a relaxing LONG weekend.  Friday felt like Saturday.  Saturday felt like Sunday.  And today, Sunday, feels like Sunday.  I guess my brain needed a little break.  Happy weekend to you all.

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2017 at 10:24am

The roof tiles are made of fired clay, and the sort of clay and the firing process (with or without oxygen) accounts for the colour, as far as I know. Most houses here have red or grey roofs.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 30, 2017 at 9:10am

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2017 at 8:27am

Brugge has an interesting look from the air.  I wonder why most houses had red roofs.

Those roofs are so steep, I would guess they get lots of snow there.  I would hate to be a roofer there.

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2017 at 8:22am

Still cobbles, I think, Randall. And it's quite different from cycling on asphalt. When I grew up there were cobbles everywhere, and you had to prevent that your bicycle wheel got stuck in the tramrails, or you made a nasty fall.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 30, 2017 at 7:56am

Lots of stuff to comment on, but I'll restrict myself to reflect on my visit to Brugge 50 years ago (gulp!).

I recall the city walls and moat. I remember a hay cart being pulled by a horse through the city. And mostly, I remember how difficult it was to ride a bike on cobbled streets! Mercy! It would be fun to return, although I'm betting it hasn't changed much. I am curious about the streets, however.

 

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