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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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 January 29, 2017 at 8:57pm

Thanks for the microwave tips. I'll look for one that contains a convection oven so I can get rid of the toaster oven to clean up some of the kitchen clutter.

I purchased a referigerator from Sears. I don't remember the brand name. I understand that there are a few referigerator manufactures in the U.S. that sell under different brand names. It only lasted about five years.

My dentist told me to brush my teeth with baking soda. He said that neutralized the acid in the mouth which decreases cavaties. It also helps with acid reflux. He also said to sleep with a sativa soft lozenge between my cheek and gum. That prevents dry mouth and bacteria eats the sativa rather than attacking the teeth. I use Salese brand. An additional benifit is no morning breath.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 29, 2017 at 6:23pm

I thought of Speedy Alkaseltzer not long ago. Belief is just, a swallow away.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2017 at 1:48pm

My old microwave oven is Whirlpool, and has been running for many years.  Of course that's only a sample of one.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2017 at 1:45pm

Amusing add.

I tried it.  I liked it.

When I was living at home, I used lots of Alka-seltzer, because I liked the taste, and Dad was paying for them.  Now, I use Tums.  Much cheaper and works just as good or better.

Actually, I just stopped using Tums because they stopped making sugar free Tums, and my supply just ran-out.  I get acid reflux most often just before bedtime when I've brushed, flossed & etc, so I don't want to put any sugar in my mouth at that time.

I finally found some Kroger brand (Fred Meyer) sugar free replacements for Tums, and will be trying them out the next time I need them.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 29, 2017 at 1:38pm

I have to agree with Kathy, good microwave ovens can be purchased for far less than hundreds of dollars.  The one I got a few years ago from Best Buy was right around $100.  It's large capacity with a rotating plate and high wattage.  It's General Electric brand.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2017 at 1:33pm

The one place I'm more unhappy with than Sears, is Walmart.  I've had most appliances and electronics from them go bad way before they should.  I bought a microwave oven from them once, and it went bad in a matter of weeks.  The one they gave me to replace it went bad just as soon, so I took a money refund that time.  I've just about given up buying anything from them.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 29, 2017 at 1:31pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2017 at 1:26pm

OK, you did replace the rectifier too, so that does sound like a new microwave is needed.  Sounds like you know as much or more than I do about microwaves.

Sorry I don't know which brands are best.  I've not purchased a microwave from Sears, but I've been unhappy with several things purchased from them, a compressor for one.

I usually consult Consumer Reports to find which brands have the least troubles.

Comment by Chris on January 29, 2017 at 1:10pm

My neighbor has a whole house warranty. That also seems like a waste of money. Her 30 gallon gas water heater went out. The contractors that replaced it did a terrible job replacing the chimney. It's not perpendicular (level). The cap is even with the gutter so leaves that collect in the gutter will block the chimney flow. The chimney isn't fastened to the wall well and they didn't seal the joints.

She should have gotten a tankless water heater. It would have saved her on the utility bill and she would have gotten a tax rebate.

I guess people who don't know anything about houses, or house repair a whole house warranty may be worth it. 

Comment by kathy: ky on January 29, 2017 at 1:07pm
I can't tell you what to look for but I bought one at Walmart for less than 69.99. It holds a twelve inch plate easy. I've had it for three years without problems. Although it does seem to take a minute or so longer to warm a cup of coffee than it used to.
If we had any other option than wmart I wouldn't use them on principle.
 

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