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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller yesterday. 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 Bertold Brautigan on January 12, 2017 at 8:06am

Oh, a documentary about the new cabinet?

Comment by Loren Miller on January 12, 2017 at 6:29am

Not sure whether it's me or not, but I feel like a whole lot of "timely" content is showing up in the media these days.  Apparently Hulu wants in on the scene, too:



Because they are tackling a series based on Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 11, 2017 at 10:22pm

That should be a great experience, Carl as long as nobody starts looking for another child born in Bethlehem.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 11, 2017 at 10:10pm

On the topic of celestial events, I saw this today.  Awesome opportunity.

A new bright 'star' could appear in the night sky in 2022

A huge collision between two stars some 1,800 light-years away could add a bright new object to our night sky, say scientists – though this temporary star will only be visible for two or three years.

Remember though that technically this collision – should we be able to witness it – actually happened a long, long time ago, as the light we'll be seeing will be 1,800 years old.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 11, 2017 at 10:01pm

Ian, make sure you seek out some good crab cakes to eat when you're in the DC/Maryland area.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 11, 2017 at 3:36pm

"Social media attention economy" encapsulates it, Ruth! You wrote about how rage and fear memes are more attention-getting, and thus more profitable, and will tend to displace everything else unless we make significant changes.

Comment by Chris on January 11, 2017 at 3:32pm

The solar eclipse wil only be a day so if you want to view it Ian plan accordingly. The other eclipse may last at least 4 years.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 11, 2017 at 3:29pm

Hi, all! I've been lurking lately, rather than contributing. Too crazy, with all the political destruction - in the midst of and accelerating climate destruction. Trying to make sense of the emerging social media attention economy "Social Organism" as Luckett calls it. Finished The Social Organism but not coherent enough to post a review here.

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Comment by Grinning Cat on January 11, 2017 at 2:56pm

I'm still angry that after this very questionable presidential election, we squandered two chances to avoid the Putin/tRump/Pence slate: in the face of tRump's "unpresidented" conflicts of interest and lack of qualifications, on December 19 only two Trump electors voted for other people, and on January 6 not a single Democratic Senator joined seven Democratic House members in objecting to his electoral votes.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 11, 2017 at 2:06pm

At least 4 years.

 

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