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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 Chris on June 7, 2017 at 4:58am

Ancestory (and religion) was a basis for the Rwandan Genocide (1994), and the Bosnian/Kosovo war  ~1998's. 

The same thing happened after the Iraq debacle and continues today with the multiple conflicts between the Shia, and Sunni's.

The Middle East is a firestorm.

One doesn't have to go back to WWII and Hitler to see how tribalistic humanity is.

Without the need for oil  and the West's imposted artificial boarders of the Middle East and Africa perhaps the cultures would be able to establish their own boarders without the West's military intervention.

Comment by Chris on June 7, 2017 at 4:37am

I agree with what your are saying Chris (P).

Pre-existing conditions are a big deal for medical insurance here in the States.

I  wonder if DNA testing and new the data collection is may result in medical insurance companies proclaiming subscribers have a 'pre-existing condition' because of DNA results. 

A while back I read an article about a guy who had DNA showing he would be bald. He wasn't bald

It wasn't  long ago where ancestory was used for Progroms

Comment by Ian Mason on June 6, 2017 at 3:38pm

Just for fun.

Comment by kathy: ky on June 4, 2017 at 11:38pm
Chris, our prior insurance carriers offered a twenty percent discount if the customer would take a DNA test. But they called it a biometric screening or something like that.
We never took the offer. It just seemed far to invasive and downright creepy. I felt that was giving them far to much information. Not only about health issues but about anything they cared to use them for.
Comment by kathy: ky on June 4, 2017 at 11:30pm
Ian, that's a good one :)
Comment by Ian Mason on June 4, 2017 at 11:20pm

Instead of praying, sacrifice a chicken. It doesn't work  either but at  least you  can eat the chicken.

Comment by kathy: ky on June 4, 2017 at 2:17pm
And there's a crazy Matt Bevin gov of KY. He thinks we can pray crime away. The crime is he's gov. And he just bought a multi million dollar home for 350 thousand if I remember correctly. Details on KOS or any reputable news organization.
Comment by Plinius on June 4, 2017 at 4:39am

We're all mutts, Carl, it's impossible to have a 'pure blood' group. 

! Another Asian looking baby! I was suspected of being an adopted Korean child in 1954. But I'm probably from Dutch/German farmers stock.

I know insurance companies would love to get their hands on your genetic profile, with a view to profit. When they can see you're likely to get disease X, they want to sell you insurance except for disease X. 

Be careful of your personal info!

Comment by Chris on June 4, 2017 at 2:49am

The Flying Atheist

Thanks for posting David Packman talking about his DNA results.

Going back a couple generations in my family there were a bunch of bastard children and adoptions.  My Aunt told me that I looked Asian as a toddler.  I don't think the DNA profile matters as much as the culture that permeates families. 

My mom and her cousine traced the maternal family back to ~1620. Because of documents that may have been easier to explore than tracing back the paternal lineage which as far as I know is Eastern European  and Scandinavian.

What is the value of learning your genetic profile?  A friend said that the insurance and research company Kaiser Perminte is offering free genetic testing.

From what I read -even for finding out the potential for medical problems the current knowledge is just beginning.  For example I read about a village in Scandanavia (?) that was remote so many of the families who lived there dind't move around much. In the study (sorry I don't remember the title or have the link)  the survivors of the black plague also had a resistance to HIV.  

Another national, or international study I read said that some genetic diseases may skip several generations so If you were Scandanavian for example and there was a drught it would effect your children and grand children, but you great grandchildren  would be more tollerant of famine.

So there  value in studying DNA for medical research. As a hobby it might be worth getting a DNA profile. I don't think the DNA companies provide enough information to dive in that deep. I'm probably incorrect thinking the DNA companies only provide superficial results.

Going back far enough we are all from the Rift Valley, or other parts of Africa.  As far as I've seen DNA testing doesn't know much about Denisovians, or other groups that branched out.

What are the advantages of being 1%-3% Neandrothol?  What's the advantage of having Denisovian DNA?

Many people I come across think that I'm a secular Jew because of the throughts I express.  Here in lies the Nurture vs. Nature anthropological question.  Sometimes Nature and Nuture are combined to make someone who they are.

I'm fine with being a mutt.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 2, 2017 at 10:38pm

I wonder what it was like for the Germans before Hitler came to power? Were there cautionary tales? Were people seeing abhorant behaviors? Did those who opposed him suffer the death penalty or did that penalty come later? 

"Why, then, did the highly educated Germans embrace a lunatic like Adolf Hitler?  The short answer is that bad policies caused economic, military and political crises – chow time for tyrants.  German circumstances changed for the worse, and when people become angry enough or desperate enough, sometimes they’ll support crazies who would never attract a crowd in normal circumstances."

How Dictators Come To Power In A Democracy

How Dictators Come To Power In A Democracy

Who were the people who voted Hitler into power? Who resisted him? What can we learn from history? 

If it took WW II to stop Hitler, will it take WW III to stop tRump? 


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