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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 11 hours ago. 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 March 29, 2014 at 8:06pm

Napoleon, I have already told you I could not watch more than a few seconds of your film. It was chaotic, disorienting, cacophonous, nerve rattling, I felt as though I were going mad ... kind of like when I watch commercial TV or listen to Republicans politicking. 

No thank you! I need and appreciate anything that clears my mind, that gives me a calm, quiet place when and where I can think things through. Where I can pay attention to my senses, thus using my whole mind and body to think and feel my knowing, 

You posted somewhere that Atheist Nexus was responding well to your postings. Well, I see no evidence of it. As for myself, your sparks of wisdom amaze me, and the chaos of audio and video you present, I quickly delete or turn off, or have no interest in seeing them. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 29, 2014 at 7:39pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 7:28pm

Patricia, how good of you to remember that group. Of course! We Are Atheism. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 29, 2014 at 6:50pm

I think an atheist disaster relief charity  was started by Richard Dawkins' Foundation after the earthquake in Haiti a few years ago, but it wasn't Atheists Giving Aid. 

The reasoning is that people don't see us as charitable donors, and they don't know that organizations like Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders are entirely secular.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 6:08pm

Ruth, I am not in the earthquake area and I submitted the earthquake maps knowing sk8eycat lives in Burbank, CA. I am concerned because of that area being such a quake prone place and kind of keep an eye on it through Google Earth. She and her sister's safety concern me.

I live in eastern Washington state, Spokane, and we get little jolts now and then but not like the Pacific Coast rim. We were closed down by Mt St. Helens for a day or two and we all have little jars of ash as souvenirs. I had a potter make me pots using ash for my mother's and father's cremains. Mt St Helens ash makes beautiful glaze for pottery, a lovely brown that looks like soil.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 6:00pm

Patricia, http://www.weareatheism.com/atheists-giving-aid/ looks like a perfect solution. How did you find out about them? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 5:59pm

sk8eycat thanks for the alternative view of earthquake activity. I have it Bookmarked. 

I am very relieved you are not in the hard shaking and are OK. Your sister is very fortunate to have you there even if you can't do anything about power outages. You can comfort her and reassure her. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 29, 2014 at 5:51pm

Sorry, Napoleon, but the video of "Viking Trance - Transfuseit" is uncomfortable for me. It continually evokes orienting responses. I never like to surrender control of my mind ( control of attention) that much. I even find that their less frequent use, as in CSI Miami, crosses my threshold for being manipulated.

Joan, I'm glad the earthquake didn't harm you.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 29, 2014 at 4:33pm

Joan, I use this web site because I find it easier to  navigater, and this page has a lot more info right up front:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

To change the details, click the gear wheel in the upper right corner to get another drop-down menu, select your choices, and click the wheel again.

WE, my sister and I, did not feel anything.  That's unusual because Brea/La Habra is less than 35 or 40 miles from here as the proverbial crow flies.  NObody in the Valley seems to have felt much. 

BUT at about 2AM my sister woke me out of a sound sleep, all freaked because the power was out. (As if there was anything I could do about it.) It took her a while to look out a window and see that the whole neighborhood was dark. Everything was back on by 3AM, and I came in here, and went right to the link above to see if there had been a quake.

There was also something on Yahoo "News" but since there was no photogenic damage (blood & guts and fallen-down buildings), they pushed it to a back page, and went for the usual gossip and unscientific diet "advice" after a couple of hours.

I went back to bed.  [shrugs]

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 2:42pm

The former version of Google Earth had a date and time stamp on the photo. I don't see one here. This shows the large quake, but it was more than an hour ago. Todays are in orange, the past week is yellow. The size of the dot indicates the size of the quake. Press on the dot and it should tell you its Richter scale. 

 

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