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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 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 Joan Denoo on November 16, 2017 at 11:26pm

Randy, an interesting photo. Getting to meet the man who discovered the site is something I didn't do; how fortunate! I assume he was happy to share his find, after all these years.

Yes, I had not noticed the word "xian." If I were one who believed in such things, I would claim it was an omen. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2017 at 11:13pm

Carl, I am sorry you missed this exhibit!  What a  beautiful brochure!              

To my Atheist Nexus friends, do take a look at the brochure, you will be amazed at its design and as well as the story it tells.

"China's First Emperor, Qin Shihuang, planned to spend his afterlife buried in a palatial tomb, surrounded by all his worldly treasures. To guard his mausoleum, he commissioned an army of terracotta warriors unlike anything seen before or since."

Thanks, Carl, I am happy to have both sites. 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 16, 2017 at 10:49pm

No Adam, Thomas although I am fond of fruit.

I've seen a couple of documentaries about that tomb,Chris. It sounds like it would require the combined expertise of Laura Croft and Indiana Jones to get in there. I wonder if oral transmission over generations has led to the stories of booby-trapped tombs that began to turn up in the West a few centuries ago and which Hollywood loves so much.

Comment by Chris on November 16, 2017 at 9:43pm

My understanding is some teach that no one should board a train.  That way  no one has to jump off before hitting the stop at the end of the terminal.

Is It  (Political) progress?  "Accidental' procreaction  may feed an empire of workers and soldiers, while prohibiting freedom from the burden of pregnancy and raising children couples may not have the resources for.

I'm often crurious why birth controll is banned.

Comment by Chris on November 16, 2017 at 8:35pm

Interesting Mercury river.

http://www.thebestquest.com/undiscovered-tomb-100-rivers-mercury-te...

“Mercury was used to simulate the hundred rivers, the Yangtze and Yellow River, and the great sea, and set to flow mechanically”, wrote the ancient Chinese historian Sima Qian about the tomb of emperor Qin Shi Huang built 2200 years ago.  He also mentioned that the ceiling was decorated with heavenly bodies and the ground modeled after the regional geography.  Furthermore, “workmen were instructed to make automatic crossbows primed to shoot at intruders”.

The Chinese have been hesitant to open the tomb even though they have known about it for years.  But their reasons may be other than fearing a booby-trapped tomb navigable only by an ‘Indiana Jones’.  Recently they sent probes into the tomb and determined that Sima Qian’s writings could be true – mercury levels were 100 times the normal level, an atmosphere which could prove dangerous to archeological excavators.

Famous to most people are the terracotta warriors, 0.9 miles east of the tomb, a clay army mandated for construction by the emperor to protect him in the afterlife.  Although mostly unexcavated, by 2007 estimates they are an ‘army’ in formation, of 8000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses, and 150 cavalry mounted horsemen, along with musicians, acrobats, officials and even muscle-men – but the astonishing aspect is that craftsmen designed the facial features to match each living soldier.  Delicate ornamentation was added to their armor and colors such as purple, yellow and red were meticulously painted.

But when they were first excavated the great colors flaked off and faded within seconds and minutes upon exposure to air – yet another reason why the Chinese may not yet be opening the tomb.

There are even more outstanding facts about the tomb.  It is thought to be about a soccer field in size, the interior space appears to be hermetically sealed, and evidence points to it likely still being fairly intact.  The pyramid-shaped mountain is at the foot of Mount Li which is said by Sima Qian to be rich in gold on its north side, and in jade on it’s south side.

And once one makes it past the rigged crossbows, according to Sima Qian, there are palaces, scenic towers, generals (clay figurines?), “treasures” and “rare artifacts”.  He went further to explain that Qin Shi Huang had also buried alive his wives that had not produced sons and sealed off any exit for the craftsmen and other people who had knowledge of the treasures inside so that the details of the hidden world would never be known.

 

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Comment by Chris on November 16, 2017 at 8:28pm

Hi Patricia,

You may have friend in places you don't know about - in the medical industry, or eslewhere.

 " I have several friends here, Chris, & you are definitely not one of them, here or on any other site!"

Take care of yourself Patricia.

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 16, 2017 at 3:46pm

Ian,

That is interesting.....Soooooo no hint of Adam and Eve in your DNA?

Comment by Ian Mason on November 16, 2017 at 12:39pm

Just read my DNA results from 23andme and their lab i Scheidam (!)

100% percent NW European, mostly British/Irish. Under 4% Neanderthal. So far, so good but 'muscle type: elite power athlete' is funny, as is the 'hair colour: likely light'. 9,000 years ago I shared a common ancestor with the Irish king 'Niall of the nine hostages.' There's no need to bow, commoners.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 16, 2017 at 7:25am

Joan, those terra cotta photos you posted are identical to mine. I'll add one more to show the complexity of putting Humpty Dumpty back together again. The site has so much more work to do. By the way, we met the farmer who discovered the soldiers. He signs books now.

And, Chris (Plinius), I noticed a coincidence in your spelling of Christian (xian) and the city where the soldiers are found: Xi'an !

As for the other Chris (Napa), no further comment. My mother would say, "If you can't say anything good about somebody, don't say anything at all." However, apology accepted.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 16, 2017 at 7:04am

An exhibit of the Chinese soldiers just came through Chicago last year. 

https://www.fieldmuseum.org/discover/on-exhibit/warriors/ 

 

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2016/03/17/chinas-ancient-terra-cott...

This is something I wanted to see but with all my medical issues at the time I wasn't able to make it.  It ended in January of this year.  

Coincidentally, my sister and her husband just got back from China (about one week before you, Randy.)  They also visited the terracotta warrior site.

 

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