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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 Idaho Spud on September 12, 2016 at 8:47am

That only adds up to 75%.  Something wrong somewhere.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 12, 2016 at 8:43am

Joan, your fire posts got me interested, so I went to https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/res_bldg_fire_es... and they say in 2014, the causes of residential fires were:

cooking = 50%

Heating = 13%

Electrical malfunctions = 6%

Other = 6%

Comment by Plinius on September 12, 2016 at 8:16am

Glad your op went well, Joan!

Comment by Plinius on September 12, 2016 at 8:13am

Well done, Ian!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 7:29am

Ian, you look just splendid! Like a man who loves life. 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 12, 2016 at 7:22am

I'm feeling rather tired and sore. On Saturday I took part in a ½-marathon on a new stretch of motorway. That hard asphalt is a difficult surface to run on and seems to drain the energy out of your legs. The weather was hot to with temperatures in the mid 20s C, which is the same as mid 70s F. Tough going, particularly on the long hills. Still, glad I did it and I'm doing another one this coming weekend in a more rural and scenic setting.

Me, post 21km/13 miles:

Comment by Ian Mason on September 12, 2016 at 7:12am

I hope your op goes well, Joan.

The number of people dying in accidents in the Western world has fallen. For example, traffic deaths in Denmark are at an all-time low with the exception of motorcyclists. They don't have seat belts, airbags or crumple zones. I think modern technology prevents  many serious injuries and fatalitieswhile medical expertise increases the chances of survival and recovery.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 7:06am

This is an interesting set of data: 

Causes of fatal residential building fires (2014): Cooking 8.9%

Causes of residential building fires resulting in injuries (2014): 372%

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 6:47am

How is that working for you, Qiana? I live in a family of nighthawks, and I am an early bird; well, I used to be. Since I returned to my home, I have become more of a night hawk and life flows a little smoother when our days match up. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 2:45am

Thanks, Qiana. What are you doing up this late? Or are up up for the day?

I can't go to sleep:

The population of the US has risen +43.1% from 1977 to 2013. 

The number of home fires has declined -48.9%.

Good night. 

 

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