... and Gerrymandered all to hell and back.
I don't know that I would say 'most', but probably close to half of states are somewhere around purple. There are many more red states than blue, but the red states are mostly…"
"Oh, and as for the citizens deciding that war didn't need a formal declaration anymore ...
It was a very short drop-off, in two steps. World War II was a war. Korea was just a police action. By the time we got to Vietnam, we…"
"Somewhat busy with the monkey, yeah. I've also just somewhat wandered off from most computer activity, except for utilitarian use of the net (news, shopping, research, e-mail, etc), in an attempt to focus on some writing.
"The only useful usage of "treason" is the colloquial sense, nowadays. We don't really issue formal declarations of war, anymore.
Russia is a hostile power, by any meaningful standard. So, colluding/conspiring with them to commit…"
"I am somewhat curious, though. Which flavor of conservatism are we speaking of, here? The economic, "Let the free market sort everything out," variety, or the anti-feminist, anti-gay rights, anti-minority variety? Or…"
"I suspect that a lot of the problem is that the Republican party is currently pushing for theocracy, under the control of the most extreme, fundamentalist elements within American Christianity. If a given conservative atheist is a proponent of…"
"It wasn't any real digging, in this case. I just tried a few different combinations of words, plugged into Google. A.N. Wilson hasn't written many books, and if I remember correctly, that book was the only one that had anything…"
"Yeah, I've heard about this on a few of the atheist podcasts I listen too. We've been talking about the Christian Dominionist assault on our government and the First Amendment, for years. The rest of the sane parts of the…"
"We have some issues with that in my area, too. You know about the attempt at an AT&T/Time Warner merger? The two big ISPs in the Triangle are AT&T and what used to be Time Warner Cable. They're called Spectrum now, for…"
"Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh.
I didn't think you'd do it, but you did. You went full-on, 9/11 Truther-level, conspiracy nutter. Do you want to know what happened to Six World Trade Center, now?
Everybody knows you never…"
"No, he just knows better than to accept the ravings of a person who's the astrophysical equivalent of a 9/11 Truther.
And don't start that bullshit, accusing someone of being religious, unless you can substantiate it. It's one…"
"No problem, Randall. The stuff in that book summary sounded suspiciously like the ad hominem arguments that creationists try to slime Darwin with, because they think that if they can show that Darwin was a mean person, all of his scientific…"
"Does anyone really think that Darwin came up with biological evolution completely on his own? His contribution is the synthesis of Natural Selection as the driving mechanism ... or as we know now, ONE of the driving mechanisms.
And sure, he…"
I think you're right about the groups migrating to other social sites. The Caribbean group seems to have more or less moved to Facebook, which is how a lot of groups around here organize for meet-ups. I see what you mean about population density too...I live on an island of about 35,000, and the next closest island has about 15,000. I looked at the members of that Caribbean Facebook group, and don't think many of them live anywhere near here. I don't do Facebook and don't think that group is worth it to join. So I'll have to find community here :-)
And yes, I meant Geek & Nerd Haven. I'm definitely more in the Nerd category than Geek. I was happy to see that group, and the Atheist Humor group with the FSM icon front & center.
I agree, some vegans are really obnoxious. But in my own personal experience, I think I've encountered more obnoxious carnivores who are very uncomfortable with my eating choices, as though that affected them somehow. Vegetarians make carnivores uncomfortable the same way nonbelievers make believers uncomfortable.
And yup, sometimes you've gotta pull out the insecticide. I do my best to deter entry or gently remove, but I live in an ant- and roach-intensive area and it's not practical to get rid of them any other way. I work as a personal chef out of my home and can't have them running around. And the mosquitoes around here are awful! I don't feel bad about killing them at all since they carry some serious diseases here. There is no mercy or stay of execution for a mosquito in my house.
Thanks for your guidance and info. You've been a great help!
Lol good call with the computer uninstall. Not only ethical, that should keep me off the blacklist of our future A.I. Overlords.
Thanks for the advice. I originally came to this site hoping to connect with atheists in my region and maybe meet them face to face, but that group (Caribbean) hasn't been active for years. Another group is the Vegetarian/Vegan, officially dead. If you aren't vegetarian, you may be surprised to learn there's a lot of political, economic, and religious arguments pertaining to it. Some groups im interested in,like the Nerds,are more active, but i don't know if ill join. Either way, thanks for letting me know the groups can be more broadly focused than they seem
LMAO about the A.I., thanks for the laugh. Altho i am in favor of treating A.I. ethically too, i admit ive had some thoughts of committing violence against my computer from time to time ;-)
Thanks for the nice welcome. I joined some groups that seem more active, others im interested in don't seem to have any recent activity. But glad to join this community all the same.
Thanks for the welcome. I'm still figuring out how this forum works. Yeah a bit isolated out here. My husband and I aren't local to this area as we are both west coasters. We like it here but aren't convinced that it is the safest environment for our lil non believers. They are a bit more frank and outspoken than us adults about the absurdity of religion. I teach them to respect other's beliefs and promote tolerance buy my oldest isn't good at coddling others and their unicorns. She gets bullied in school for her non beliefs and I worry that this could get worse as she gets older.