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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 sk8eycat on November 6, 2014 at 10:48pm

Nick, years ago I read a great line in one of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City books: I'd rather have five good friends than one casual lover....  

Or something like that.  I lasted less than a week on Flakebook.  It was "gag me with a spoon" time.  I don't know how anyone can tolerate it.  I'm not crazy about Twit, either.

The Nexus suits me just fine; the people here are REAL....and more intelligent and understanding...and interesting....than the average "social network" geeks.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2014 at 10:48pm

Thanks to all of you for your well wishes for me.  I'm meeting tomorrow with a kidney surgeon, giving blood samples for testing and learning more about the timeline for my transplant surgery.  I'm hoping that from here on the process will proceed quickly.  I'll know a lot more after tomorrow. 

I've never been on Facebook or any other social website other than Atheist|Nexus.  I agree with you Nick, I'd rather have a few great friends than a huge group of acquaintances. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2014 at 7:07pm

This from my granddaughter, Laurie, the one who is so concerned about making friends on Facebook. Maybe she is growing up.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2014 at 7:02pm

Ruth, what a terrible experience you have with installing alternative power sources. The technology just hasn't reached the consumer yet. I would continue to look for a reputable installer and product.

I called the owner of the company that installed my, wonderful furnace and asked him when they are going to start installing and performing the maintenance on them. He said is it is still our of the price range of most homeowners, but the cost is coming down. The problem is storage ... meaning batteries ... and when that is solved, the solar systems will be affordable for middle income families. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2014 at 5:43pm

Randy, I enjoy your writings about your family gathering. The food you describe sounds so good. I have probably had a persimmon, but I don't remember it. I will have to go on a hunt to get one. I await your description of your family's activities and hope your health doesn't dull the edges for you. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 6, 2014 at 3:52pm

If you wondered where I've been the past month, we tried to getr a solar panel installation for back up power. <sigh>

I made the mistake of buying a system really meant for a remote cabin, not a suburban townhouse. We tried to get a solar contractor to install it, and an electrician, and finally the electrician recommended personally by the seller. None would install it. They all said, "Send it back."

Tomorrow FedEx is supposed to pick up the boxed generator, batteries, and solar panels for return to the seller. We lost over $100 in various fees, plus tons of time, energy, and stress.

We then looked into gasoline generators. Totally wrong for someone with a microscopic yard, and no place to safely store either the generator or spare gas. <sigh> We're too far from gas lines. Finally we've given up on getting emergency power.

Just spent my entire day boxing the damned system up, setting up a Fed Ex account and getting mailing labels. Naturally I forgot one wire, which I'll have to mail separately.

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Anybody have positive experience with back up power?

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 6, 2014 at 3:09pm

So do I, Carl!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 6, 2014 at 2:39pm

Carl - I also want to wish you luck tomorrow!

Comment by Pat on November 6, 2014 at 2:29pm

@Carl. Good luck on the appointment tomorrow. If it's any source of comfort, my daughter was the victim of a hit and run in Chicago about 6 years ago, and her leg was broken in about 4 places. She went to Northwestern, and to this day, walks and runs without a limp, and bicycles about 15 miles a day. The care she received was absolutely excellent.

@Randall. Persimmon pudding sounds mighty tasty. Sorry about the cold, but persimmons are high in anti-oxidants; especially vitamin C. You may be multi-tasking. Enjoying great food while at the same treating the symptoms. Enjoy the time with your family.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 6, 2014 at 11:17am

Glad to hear that Charlie is adapting and having fun.

 

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