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World of Batsh!t - #4: Fake Planets (CoolHardLogic)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Loren Miller Jul 21. 4 Replies

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the Solar System ... planetary mechanics expert [coughBULLSHITcough] Stars Are Souls proclaims that Pluto doesn't really exist, Saturn is really the…Continue

Tags: CoolHardLogic, shadow, Dunning-Kruger, Photoshop, Mars

What religion has contributed to the world this month - Episode 17 (May 2015)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 2. 5 Replies

Child abuse is revealed in the Duggar family, a pastor is found with child porn on his computer, a Texas college bans its gay athletes from dating or supporting same-sex marriage, yet another…Continue

Tags: discrimination, church, LGBT, sexual assault, Islamic State

What religion has contributed to the world this month - Episode 16 (April 2015)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 4. 21 Replies

Children abused to death, rapist-pastor asserting that he only need answer to god, a government representative wanting to legislate mandatory church attendance, a pizza place that won't serve the…Continue

Tags: discrimination, church, LGBT, sexual assault, Islamic State

What religion has contributed to the world this month - Episode 15 (March 2015)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 2. 6 Replies

After a hiatus, YouTube user "Religion Hurts Humanity" is back with yet another chapter on what religion has brought to our world.  This particular report includes everything from sex abuse of…Continue

Tags: sexual assault, child soldiers, child abuse, kidnapping, Islamic State

 

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I'm a semi-retired / involuntarily unemployed electrical engineer who has a rather eclectic background, never mind a few miles on the odometer. I suppose I was an "apatheist" for quite a while - largely indifferent to the whole issue of gods - but after 9/11 and the more blatant appearance of evangelicals and Dominionists on the scene, my atheism has finally come to the fore.

Other interests include high-end stereo and home theater (and with that, CD and DVD collecting), BMWs and general car enthusiasm, single-malt whisky and biking.

I flatter myself that I know my way around Atheist Nexus at least reasonably well (I've been here since November of 2009), so if you need a hand with something, please don't hesitate to give a shout.

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Denise Deiloh replied to Loren Miller's discussion The Trans Issue in the group LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends
"Just joined the group. Friend of and advocate for LGBT. I life near San Francisco so I'm not completely ignorant, but I would like to learn more so that I can be a better friend. Thank you for posting the transgender information."
4 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on Claire Donnelly's group LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends
"Best news I've heard in a while, Pat.  It'd be nice if this incident were a wake-up call for those who think they can bring their religion to work with them and shove it down the throats of those they work with or for, but with the…"
4 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"If the words sound queerAnd funny to your ear,A little bit jumped and jivey...Look them up on Google!  [chuckle!]"
7 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on Claire Donnelly's group LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends
""Like the Holocaust," eh?  Ummm, Bryan?  Who's being killed?!?"
7 hours ago
Loren Miller replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion Pope Francis: Priests Can Forgive Abortion If Women Are 'Contrite' in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Yup - lots of sizzle; not much steak."
22 hours ago
Loren Miller replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Idiocracy Now in the group No Nonsense
"The issue of climate change isn't just down to people's inability to grasp the concepts presented.  As with the tobacco-causing-cancer issue and damage to the ozone layer, there have been concerted corporate efforts to propagandize…"
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Loren Miller replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion Pope Francis: Priests Can Forgive Abortion If Women Are 'Contrite' in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Maybe it's time for catholic women (and ex-catholic women!) to call Frankie on this and say, "We don't NEED your absolution!  We are the masters (or mistresses!) of our own bodies and You Don't Get A Say!"It is past…"
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Loren Miller commented on Kambiz Nadri's blog post کلمه کافر در اسلام The word infidels in Islam
"Each party knows its true Muslims and others as infidels.Isn't that one hell of a statement?  It's as though someone HAS to be an "other," not of their group, not with the "in-crowd," someone to be looked down,…"
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Loren Miller replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion Pope Francis: Priests Can Forgive Abortion If Women Are 'Contrite' in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Thinking about contrition, can we get any from Frankie & Co. for the women who have died because church-run hospitals wouldn't allow an abortion to save their lives, with that recent incident in Ireland being among the most egregious such…"
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Grinning Cat replied to Loren Miller's discussion Change.org Petition - Jon Stewart Should Host a Presidential Debate in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"I hope Trump comes very close to getting the Greedy Old Party nomination, then runs as an independent (how dare a bunch of entitled losers tell him he can't run for President?!) and becomes a spoiler. btw, I agree with Bergen Woods…"
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Denise Deiloh replied to Loren Miller's discussion Change.org Petition - Jon Stewart Should Host a Presidential Debate in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"I'm not big on watching the debates, strings of soundbites can get annoying. However, if Jon hosted one, I'd definitely watch."
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Loren Miller replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion Pope Francis: Priests Can Forgive Abortion If Women Are 'Contrite' in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"What a load of horseshit!  They've got a one-time-only sale on absolution for the sin of having an abortion, and only if the woman is "contrite?!?"  Why should I look at this as being anything different from what has been…"
Tuesday
Loren Miller replied to Deidre's discussion What are u listening to?
"DD, have you checked out AronRa's Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism?  They take a while to get through, but they are absolutely worth your time!"
Tuesday
Loren Miller commented on Alan Perlman's blog post On the rhetoric of The Donald and the stupidest thing he’s ever said – so far
"Alan, Trump doesn't care.  I suspect that, at some level, he thinks he can run America like he runs his corporations.  In that regard, he is in for a massively rude awakening, especially as regards the Democratic party.  If Obama…"
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Loren Miller replied to Michael Penn's discussion GOP Rape Advisory Chart
"You'd think the Repubs would know better.  I'd swear they want to go back to the times when women were no better than property."
Tuesday
Loren Miller commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Hex, it's not that one of you is smarter than the other; it's that one of you is open to new information.  She's been told that being open like that is an invitation to hell.  Questioning the bible should be no different…"
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Loren Miller commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Hex, there are people like that all over the place.  In one memorable episode of The Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty spoke of a young teen who had emailed in, terrified of questioning his/her faith for fear of becoming a heretic. …"
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Loren Miller replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion Wayne Dyer dies at 75
"I remember how TM used to compete against him back in the 70s and 80s, back in the days where all the eastern meditation and self-help techniques were in the foreground.  Never really knew that much about him, and at this point I'm sorta…"
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At 12:10pm on July 9, 2015, Jackson Roykirk said…

Ah, good, one of the rare few to get the reference in my name.  :)

At 11:43am on June 12, 2015, Damien Marie AtHope said…

Thanks for the welcome and comment on my pic.

At 9:39pm on February 18, 2015, Daniel W said…

A winter poem for you Loren:

Winter is the king of showmen,
Turning tree stumps into snowmen
And houses into birthday cakes
And spreading sugar over lakes.
Smooth and clean and frosty white,
The world looks good enough to bite.
That’s the season to be young,
Catching snowflakes on your tongue.
Snow is snowy when it’s snowing,
I’m sorry it’s slushy when it’s going.
~Ogden Nash

At 4:23am on February 13, 2015, Carolyn said…
Thanks, that's Ella. That photo is my laptop wallpaper. Btw, I bought VIP tickets to the PA atheist conference in September. VIP tics entitle one to extra hang-out time with the speakers. This year that includes Seth, Matt Dilahunty,and Aron Ra. I am very excited!
At 10:44am on January 31, 2015, Daniel W said…

I can't believe that either.  We have both been on the site since the Mastodons bellowed their deep, sad, songs, across the American savannahs.

At 3:32pm on December 25, 2014, Christina Fiscus said…

Nice to meet a fellow Browncoat on here!  I aim to misbehave!

At 10:34am on November 19, 2014, Anita K said…

I'm glad you enjoyed your time here! Next time you should try the chili crab with hot buns; it's one of my favourite special-occasion dishes. (: Thank you for the welcome!

At 1:57pm on November 14, 2014, Joan Denoo said…

Thanks Loren, for the lead to The Midterm Elections Will Drastically Affect Humanists. I tried to get a link to the author and have a little chat. Then I decided I would do my thinking in public so others can smash my reasoning and tell me where I am all goofed up. But I don't have time to think it through right now. 

Basically, it is that Democrats have a tough time organizing ... the old herding cats syndrome ... and I see it as an organizational problem to be worked out through strategy. He hits the nail on the head. Now what?

At 11:59am on October 22, 2014, Idaho Spud said…

Loren, is there a way to block a specific person from showing-up in my e-mail?

At 10:19pm on October 10, 2014, Joan Denoo said…

Oh Loren, you torture me. I love Kahlua and Cointreau and they play terrible tricks on my diabetes. Actually, the liver is what is thrown off track and creates pain like you would not believe. I love alcohol. I love beer. I really love Glenmorangie single malt Scotch. These are loves of the past. I'll do the coffee, whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. 

Thanks. 

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There Is Only One Right Answer

Posted on August 6, 2015 at 11:23am 43 Comments

Add one and one and the result is two.  This is true regardless of what is being added or what mathematic base one and one are being added in, with the necessary exception of Base 2.  Even then, 10-Base2 has the same value as 2 in any other system of counting.  There is only one right answer.



Apply a one-volt signal to a one-kilohm resistor and one milliampere of current will flow through that circuit.  Any variance from that result will be the product of inaccuracies in the…

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Whose Watch Did This Happen On?

Posted on July 24, 2015 at 12:07pm 10 Comments

I recently watched two movies which, at least on the surface, have nothing to do with each other, yet have EVERYTHING to do with each other.  Yesterday, for a reason I can’t give you (because I don’t have one), I dragged Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911 from my library to peruse, and then this evening, I pulled out the HBO Pictures classic, And the Band Played On, based on the book by Randy Shilts.  I was maybe a quarter into the second film when I realized that both pieces had a…

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Athletes (and Atheists!) in Action

Posted on July 12, 2015 at 1:30pm 30 Comments

I had thought this was going to be yet another quiet Sunday, where the most I might do is watch CBS Sunday Morning, make breakfast for my wife and myself, perhaps watch some auto racing or golf and enjoy the company of my step-grandson when he and his mom came over in the evening.  It was almost true, right up to when my inbox alerted me with a note from a friend at the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  It referred to a recent piece from The Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta, who had…

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The Week of Being Happy and Pissed Off

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 9:00am 7 Comments

The week of 21 June, 2015 is likely one of the more momentous of the past several years or more that I am aware of.  It was a week of amazing and impactful news, incredibly GOOD news from where I sit, news which will be far more benefit than detriment in the long haul or so I’d be willing to wager.  Though all of those stories are important and worthy of comment, it is one in particular on which I wish to record a few thoughts.



And that is the confirmation by the United States…

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