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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 Joan Denoo on January 26, 2017 at 2:25pm

Daniel, I don't see my comment about Baigou and want you to know that I read your statement, I responded that day, and am very sorry for your loss of Baigou. Charlie must feel the loss as well, and I hope he can ease the grief a bit for you.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 26, 2017 at 2:11pm

Here, I've not heard of a 911 connection on a disconnected landline.  Of course, I disconnected mine about 17 years ago, so it may have changed since then.

I keep all my old cell phones charged in case of emergency because they all can still call 911.  That's true in 96% of all locations in the USA and Canada.

Comment by kathy: ky on January 26, 2017 at 1:25pm
Carl, I don't know if it's true for all state's but here even if you terminate your landline att must leave service connected to call out to 911. Ours has a dial tone for that purpose. I believe your cell bill would increase. The problem in this area is at&t has the only cell towers available. The only other option is net 10 which is also an at&t provider but it's a prepay plan at $40 a month. That's all I know about it.
Comment by Idaho Spud on January 26, 2017 at 11:46am

Randall, does the receiver box have a power cord with a protector on it?  They usually look like a short hot dog.  They eliminate a lot of that kind of thing.

Something you might try is positioning the receiver away from the TV.  I would even try putting a piece of steel plate between it and the TV.

You may already know those things, or the tech may have suggested them.  If so, delete the above comments.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 26, 2017 at 7:16am
Update: The DISH technician concluded the problem is in the television itself. The power surge when turned on disrupts the receiver box. Solution? Get a new TV or unplug the cable before turning on the telly. Brother. I shouldn't complain about such trivial matters--no big deal, I reckon.
Carl, I can't help you. I'm helpless and hopeless on those issues.
Comment by kathy: ky on January 25, 2017 at 2:01pm
On medical cannabis I get a good deal of pain relief from it. It's especially good for muscle aches and pain. But so much of it depends on the strain and what it's purpose is. As Carl said edibles are much more difficult to judge the dosage than vaping is.
And I completely agree that anyone under twenty five shouldn't use it in any form. There are some very small studies, not done in the US, that have proven benefits in many diseases. They were ran as several episodes on CNN a couple of years ago. Im sure they were hosted by Dr Sanja Gupta.
Comment by kathy: ky on January 25, 2017 at 1:46pm
Randall, dish is a poor provider and even worse about fixing problems. I'm sure you remember what I wrote a few weeks ago about dish trying to charge me for their worn out equipment. Anytime we have a storm, or even heavy rain, we loose signal. If it's not to late I would suggest you change providers now. Only a suggestion.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 25, 2017 at 11:20am

I heard inklings Verizon was interested in purchasing Comcast.  What a disaster that would be.  I have Verizon cellular service fifteen years or more and I've been extremely happy with the coverage and service.  

Although I despise how all these huge telecoms gouge you of money, you have to pick your poison.  I've never been a customer of Comcast but have heard nothing but horror stories about them.  And they consistently rank at the bottom or near bottom for customer service ratings and at the top of lists for the most hated companies in the US.  

I've been thinking about getting rid of my AT&T landline to save money but have been hesitant to do so.  The voice quality is superb but I don't use it much.  I'm not a big telephone talker to begin with.  I also like the fact that in an emergency 911 call, dispatchers can trace your location immediately without you saying anything.  Perhaps I'm letting fear override my decision.

I don't have cable TV and don't want it.  I have AT&T for my home wireless internet.  It would be nice to only pay for AT&T internet and Verizon cellular.  If i got rid of my landline my cellular bill would definately increase.  Hmmm.  Decisions.  Any suggestions?

Comment by Loren Miller on January 25, 2017 at 9:21am

We have Spectrum cable here (formerly Time-Warner) and just negotiated an upgrade to our service which will save us a TON of bread.  The only casualty is our old landline phone, which we kept around mostly just-in-case.

Times change, I guess.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 25, 2017 at 8:54am

Big bummer Randall.  

 

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