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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 19, 2017 at 11:03am

Hopefully National Geographic won't turn into something like TLC (The Learning Channel).

Sister Wives, Kate Plus 8, Little People, Big Wrold, Paranormal Lockdown, Say Yes to the Dress, My 600-LB Life. and etcetera.

Why is it called "The Learning Channel?"

Comment by Randall Smith on January 19, 2017 at 7:21am
WOW! What a great "welcoming back" response--totally unexpected! Thank you. To answer Kathy's query, I stayed overnight in Hopkinsville where it rained a little. But otherwise, I dodged it all and had dry pavement 99% of the way.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2017 at 3:02am

Randy, Welcome home to the Indiana air after all that hot air of Florida. I'm delighted to learn you had a very good time. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2017 at 2:56am

" that Australian media mogul and climate change denier Rupert Murdoch has purchased a majority stake in National Geographic, a magazine and scientific organization that has been staunchly non-profit since its first issue in 1888."

"National Geographic is going commercial, partnering with 21st Century Fox to create a new for-profit venture: National Geographic Partners (NGP). NGP will gather under a single umbrella not just the magazine, but also the cable TV channels, studios, maps, digital media, and pretty much everything else associated with the venerable brand. At least the National Geographic Society will remain firmly in the non-profit sector (for now)."

National Geographic Is Now Owned by a Climate Change Denier

"In exchange for $725 million, the National Geographic Society passed the troubled magazine and its book, map and other media assets to a partnership headed by 21st Century Fox, the Murdoch-controlled company that owns the 20th Century Fox movie studio, the Fox television network and Fox News Channel.Sep 9, 2015"

Comment by Ian Mason on January 19, 2017 at 2:10am

Welcome back, Randall.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 18, 2017 at 1:05pm

Bertold, speaking of alcohol, one of the weekly podcasts I listen to is the BBC's "In Our Time" with Melvyn Bragg.  Last month his panel discussed "The Gin Craze" that occurred in Britain during the 18th Century.  Very interesting listening.  Here's the link if anybody is curious.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b084zk6z

By the way, I highly recommend the "In Our Time" podcast in general.  It covers a vast array of subjects and time periods.  I really look forward to new episodes. 

Comment by kathy: ky on January 18, 2017 at 12:46pm
Randy, did you come home to rain? It won't let up here. This is the second week of it and more rain in the forecast for the coming week :(
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 18, 2017 at 11:20am

From National Geographic--

Our 9,000-Year Love Affair With Booze

Alcohol isn’t just a mind-altering drink: It has been a prime mover of human culture from the beginning, fueling the development of arts, language, and religion.

Drinking is such an integral part of our humanity, according to McGovern, that he only half jokingly suggests our species be called Homo imbibens.

Comment by Plinius on January 18, 2017 at 10:19am

Hello Randy!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 18, 2017 at 9:20am

Good to have you back, Randy. Two more days of normalcy before all hell breaks loose!

 

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