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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 Ian Mason on May 23, 2014 at 12:59am

Glad to hear your check-up went well, Patricia. It reminds me that I ought to have my prostate checked again. It's been at least 5 years since the last one.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 22, 2014 at 3:45pm

I don't like Verizon because of the lies they told me when I wanted internet service from them, plus I keep getting bills from them with someone else's account number on it even though they said they would correct it 5 months ago.

However, I've never had a problem with their phone service, so I keep it.  I pay $100 every year which comes to $8.33 per month.  25 cents per minute comes out of the $100, but I never use it all by the end of the year, and it accumulates. 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 22, 2014 at 2:03pm

I have kept my land line phone service because I get a Lifeline discount on it, and when the power goes out (rarely...usually when the earth does a dance) the phone still works...in case I "fall down and can't get up" I or my sister can still call the EMTs for help.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 22, 2014 at 8:55am

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 22, 2014 at 8:50am

Yesterday, there was a tornado about 30 miles from me.  A rarity for idaho.  Especially a reasonably large one like this one.  No one was hurt and no damage was done.

But, I thought the warnings the media gave were amusing and overdone.  Things like get under a table, cover yourself with blankets & pillows, and don't come out until we give you the all clear.

The chance of being hurt in a car accident is probably a million times more likely than being hurt by a tornado in idaho.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 22, 2014 at 6:04am

I found this Wikipedia article on Bill Evans, which might help, Joan.

Interesting that I haven't collected any of his music, though I may start!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 22, 2014 at 5:32am

Plinius, I use my cell phone about once a month also.  

I was happy when the price came down to what I could afford because I always wanted one for emergencies.

After I got one, I canceled my land line because even when I made no calls, it cost 2 times what my cell phone costs.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 22, 2014 at 3:26am

Thanks for the link, Loren. That is very soulful music.

Yes, I had a smashing time in Istanbul. Here's a mosaic of a monkey catching birds. A bit unusual, I thought.

Comment by Plinius on May 22, 2014 at 12:44am

Thanks for the Bill Evans link, Loren, wonderful music with my first cup of coffee!

Congrats, Patricia!

I've got an old cell phone, so people can find me when necessary, but I use it perhaps once a month. I never got attracted to the endless babble and restless texting and gaming I see around me.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 22, 2014 at 12:17am

Loren, my computer isn't working properly right now and I am unable to access a search. Is there a story behind the music of Bill Evans? His music is soulful, almost haunting.

 

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