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The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

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Comment by Chris on January 27, 2017 at 12:32am

How to speak so that people want to listen | Julian Treasure

Published on Jun 27, 2014

Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help you fix that. As the sound expert demonstrates some useful vocal exercises and shares tips on how to speak with empathy, he offers his vision for a sonorous world of listening and understanding.

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Comment by Chris on January 27, 2017 at 12:31am

A landline is good to keep. When there is a power outage the landline should countinue to work unless the lines break. IP phones only have a battery time of about two hours. Plain Old Telephones (POTS) lines connect to the telephone central office have a battery back up and generator to keep them working.  The connection is generally good.

I don't talk on the telephone much so don't need, or want a cell phone.

I have several friends and relatives with cell phones. The connection to them is terrible. I can barely hear them much of the time. They go outside and walk around to get a decent connection. I don't know why they put up with that - and use it as their only telephone connection. Typically if they have a POTS line we will reconnect with that to talk.

My thoughts are force the telephone company to fix the landlines.

There have been numerous problems with my telephone internet connection and through the years. The telco replaced the line from my house to the pole twice, several sections of cable and fixed 12-18 connections with new splices. 

I understand that many places in Europe have fiber connections therfore their internet speed is faster, less expensive, and more stable.

Regarding cell phones. If you get in an accident, or need one in an emergency they are great to have.  Cell phones with 911 availability are nice to have when driving in the boonies.

Comment by Plinius on January 26, 2017 at 10:40pm

Thanks Bertold. I´ve seen it already, it´s a big hit here.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 26, 2017 at 7:43pm

Bertold, that video is HILARIOUS!  Passing it on to all my family and friends.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 26, 2017 at 6:44pm

A message to our new prez from . . . The Netherlands. (Plinius, this vid's for you.)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10028518819

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 26, 2017 at 2:39pm

I didn't think about Charlie.  I too think Charlie must also feel the loss.

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 k.h. 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.

 

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