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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 Plinius on December 2, 2016 at 12:35am

Great work, Daniel, and I admire the methodical way you ordered your plans!

Yes, people will discover all over again what patriotism does to people, but we can only encourage them to read their own history.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 1, 2016 at 1:32pm

Some good news. Last year in Denmark 56% of electricity came from renewable sources and use of coal fell by 35%. CO 2 emissions have been cut by one third since 1990. These are official figures but even taken with a pinch of salt things are going the right way here.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 1, 2016 at 12:32pm

I just noticed that the United States Postal Service has a lot of religious stamps.  In just a 30 minute search I found  5 christian stamps, 1 Hanukkah stamp, 1 Hindu stamp, and 1 Islamic stamp.  But of course, none about atheism, even though atheists comprise about 20% of the population.

Isn't the 5 christian stamps against the separation of church and state?

Comment by Plinius on December 1, 2016 at 11:30am

National expansion - they do it only to get a better grip on a few small islands in the Meuse. I have not the slightest national or patriotic feeling and I really hate Wilders. He makes money from rousing people's unhappy feelings and puts the blame on foreigners - and I'm afraid he will win the elections with his usual one liners like Trump did.

I see I have been slow in answering - I work too hard but the mountain of chores won't disappear...

Comment by Loren Miller on December 1, 2016 at 8:58am

Believe me, Randall, the difference between a stretched 480p signal (old NTSC) and a full HD 720p or 1080i is considerable, and the larger your screen, the more you'll notice it.

Hope you enjoy!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 1, 2016 at 7:24am

I bit the bullet and upgraded my television package. I talked the guy on the phone into a better rate, saving $16/mo. So, for an extra dollar a day, I'll have HD (high definition) and more programs--not that that is a positive(!). (PS, Q-M: I've tried all those screen adjustments. It only does so much.)

Happy December 1st. It suddenly turned cold around these parts.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 30, 2016 at 2:34pm

National expansion, Chris. Wilders must be extatic.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/29/belgium-and-the-nethe...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 30, 2016 at 2:16pm

Bad luck, Randall. That's a lot of extra money every month. Keep a lookout for holiday special deals, though at Dish network.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 30, 2016 at 12:59pm

My last TV was still working when I got rid of it after more than 20 years. I only changed because the cable went digital. The electronics shop nearly fell over with shock when I asked for the smallest possible flat-screen model (28"). I must admit that electronics etc drive me to distraction.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 30, 2016 at 11:26am
Making connections with all the different electronic types and models from different manufacturers, and then to get the "right" package to make it all work is a nightmare. I wish there was more universal uniformity with all of it.
 

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