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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 Patricia on December 5, 2017 at 12:39pm

I agree with the poverty/weight issues with many. Nutritious foods are expensive compared to the cheaper starchy filler foods, as well as eating too many times per day, in between snacking.

I don't over-eat, snack, or enjoy sweets but come from a long line of short heavy people. In the last 4 years, I have managed to unload about 33 lbs., but unfortunately I am still 5 ft. nuthin......

Comment by Ian Mason on December 5, 2017 at 12:39pm

I'm 90kg = 198 pounds. That is slightly overweight as it gives a BMI of 26.7. I keep trying to lose that little bit but it's stubborn and won't go away. I'm reasonably fit though. My recent DNA test said that I would tend to weigh about 4% above average because that's how my ancestors survived the last Ice Age. I'm also an enthusiastic eater, even though I have a healthier diet that most people.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 5, 2017 at 11:23am

Hi from just north of Philly. Our thermometer says 63°F, and a mosquito is trying to get in through our sunroom window.

My 206 lbs is way above the U.S. average. But my mother looked very much my shape at this age.

The tabloid/gutter press, Faux News, and the right wing echo chamber muck is swallowed whole here too, Ian.

Comment by Plinius on December 5, 2017 at 10:38am

I shouldn't say anything because I've got weight trouble too, but this is horrible. And I think that people are not overweight from the good life but from poverty. Here you can see the same trend.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 5, 2017 at 7:29am

I recently read (from Zero Sugar Diet) that the average U.S. adult male weighs 195.5 lbs, female, 166. Whoa! 69% adults are "overweight" whatever that number is.  In 1961, a man averaged 165. Talk about inflation!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 4, 2017 at 10:59am

I've just come home from visiting some family in England. Very nice indeed.

One of the things I saw was the tabloid/gutter press and how many people swallow the muck whole. Quite frightening, really. Any view that's more intelligent and balanced is regarded as left-wing propaganda.

Comment by Chris on December 4, 2017 at 8:22am

I just found this :

Myth: the word “news” derives from the four cardinal directions.

While this potential origin of the word news seems plausible enough, it isn’t true.  The truth is, the word news can be traced back to late Middle English around the 14th century as a plural for the adjective “new” or “new thing”.  This is a somewhat rare instance of an English adjective becoming a noun when made plural.   Making this leap from “new” to “news” in English is thought to have been influenced by the Old French “nouveau”, meaning “new”.  “Nouveau” in its plural feminine form becomes the noun “nouvelles”, meaning “news”.

Before the 14th century, instead of using the word “news”, English speakers typically used the word “tidings”, more or less meaning the “announcement of an event”.  This Middle English version started before the 11th century and stems from the Old English term “tidung” meaning “Event, occurrence, or a piece of news”.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2017 at 3:43am

Chris, I couldn't find a Franklin statement but I did find this: 

“NEWS is that which comes from the North, East, West and South, and if it comes from only one point of the compass, then it is a class publication and not news.”

~ Benjamin Disraeli British prime minister [1804-1881] 

Comment by Chris on December 4, 2017 at 2:58am

News is so important for democracy that  after the founding of the U.S. mailing news is was subsidized - almost free for the publishers.

The USPS still has a discount rate for books and other publications.

I heard that Benjamin Franklin, the first Post Master General of the of  U.S.  said NEWS stood for North East West South.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 1, 2017 at 7:30pm

Ian, I like your response, and it bears repeating: 

"Principles are like stars. We may never quite reach them but, like the mariners of old, we use them to steer by."

Ian Mason

 

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