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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

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

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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.  

Comment by Plinius on January 25, 2017 at 7:31am

Dire straits, Randall! They could go on forever like that.

 

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