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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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Loren Miller commented on Martin A. Moe, Jr's blog post God came to me in a dream last night
""A martini or two?!?"  I'd have to be a LOT more soused than that to be down with any kind of "cosmic force," George, and I'm loathe to waste good Glenlivet!"
8 hours ago
Loren Miller replied to Russell Pangborn's discussion Perpetuating Myth of Unreasonable Atheist
"Question: has anyone heard any response from ABC to the rather overwhelmingly negative reaction they've gotten from the atheist community?  I just did a Google search and saw nothing suggesting that the network or John Quinones has made…"
11 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on Martin A. Moe, Jr's blog post God came to me in a dream last night
"[Loren ponders what Shiva did with all those extra arms while masquerading as Jebus ... then realizes that gods pretty much do as they please, yet another handy feature of not existing!]"
11 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on Martin A. Moe, Jr's blog post God came to me in a dream last night
"Quickie question here: WHICH god was the one you talked to?  It is one of the 10,000+ gods mankind has posited over the millennia, or is this guy/gal/thing an undocumented deity?  [Hmmm, "undocumented deity" - that anything like…"
12 hours ago
Loren Miller replied to Leslie H Watson's discussion Preschool into kindergarten
"Indeed, the Legal Department of the Freedom From Religion Foundation handles cases like that all the time.  I myself am a member of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society, a local branch of FFRF, and they do GREAT work!"
22 hours ago
Loren Miller replied to Leslie H Watson's discussion Preschool into kindergarten
"Here you go:Raising a Free-Thinking Child - The Thinking AtheistIf you're new to Seth Andrews and TTA, he is premium stuff.  A former Christian broadcaster who figured it out on his own, Seth is a great host and storyteller.  He…"
22 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on Chrystal's blog post Why I'm here.
"First of all, welcome to Atheist Nexus!!! Second, if you don't know him already, go to YouTube and look up "Mr Deity." His alter-ego, Brian Dalton, is an ex-Mormon and NOT a quiet one. His videos and humor are first-rate and worth…"
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Loren Miller replied to Leslie H Watson's discussion Preschool into kindergarten
"Also, it's an early podcast, near the bottom of the list."
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Loren Miller replied to Leslie H Watson's discussion Preschool into kindergarten
"Will do when I get home. Currently at a concert and cannot do links easily."
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Loren Miller replied to Leslie H Watson's discussion Preschool into kindergarten
"Check out "raising a free-thinking child" on thethinkingatheist.com. It's an excellent podcast."
yesterday
Loren Miller replied to George Chase's discussion Christian duty of a homosexual
"Perhaps less of a moron than just one more victim of the indoctrination."
yesterday
Loren Miller replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion America - A Second-amendment Death Cult? in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Tom, I see irresponsible, unregulated gun ownership and usage as being problematic as a matter of course.  It's made worse by the attitude of people like Wayne LaPierre who treat the right to own a gun as absolute, adamantine and beyond…"
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Loren Miller replied to John Jubinsky's discussion Hawking Signs Warning Against Arms Race of Artificial Intelligence Devices that Kill in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"This one is as old as the hills, people, with more science-fiction written about it than I care to guess about.  I mean, why else would Isaac Asimov write the Three Laws of Robotics (and let's keep in mind, what is a robot but a mobile…"
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Loren Miller replied to eric stone's discussion What to say to theist who asks you "what if God revealed Himself to you?"
"Well, to answer the question: if there IS a god out there and he/she/it deigned to make their presence known to me, I would then KNOW that there WAS indeed a god.  Big Stinking Whoop. Thing is, NOW the questions start: If this is a previously…"
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Loren Miller replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion America - A Second-amendment Death Cult? in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Gun zealotry in the US might as well be a religion / cult.  Those who practice it have elevated gun ownership to the level of an absolute, where no discussion or debate regarding the relative merits of regulation or qualification for ownership…"
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Loren Miller replied to George Chase's discussion Christian duty of a homosexual
"The duty, if there is such a thing, of a homosexual, or a heterosexual, or a bisexual, or a HUMAN BEING ... is first and foremost to be true to themselves.  And if they are, indeed, true to themselves as an essential priority, they will abandon…"
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Loren Miller commented on Claire Donnelly's group LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends
"It also reinforces another fundamental principle, Carl: moderation in Christianity effectively means selecting less and less of the most pernicious principles of the bible. The most moderate Christian winds up being an atheist."
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Loren Miller commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Wow, hadn't heard about this at all.  Thanks a LOT for the info, Carl.  Next time you talk to her, let her know she's got smooches & hugs coming from me, along with my best wishes!"
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Loren Miller commented on Claire Donnelly's group LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends
"I agree with your statement, Joan.  Still, to see at least ONE of the Old Guard come out and do a fairly major mea culpa ... well, it's not something I expect to see every day!"
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Loren Miller commented on Claire Donnelly's group LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends
"Did you ever wonder when the day would come that a bible-thumper would call his own congregation and organization on their hypocrisy regarding gays and Lesbians?  Thought that would be a rare day in May, didn't you?Well, it's late…"
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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. 

Loren Miller's Blog

Whose Watch Did This Happen On?

Posted on July 24, 2015 at 12:07pm 9 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 15 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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Abraham's Excellent Adventure (The Thinking Atheist)

Posted on June 24, 2015 at 10:00am 0 Comments

Anyone who listens to The Thinking Atheist radio podcasts knows well what kind of storyteller Seth Andrews is - damned good!  That said, Opus 227 of his offerings is especially noteworthy.  In this specific piece, Seth relates a variation on the story of Abraham and Isaac.  This story was originally written by one Edwin A. Suominen, of Ed Suominen's Shitty Little Blog.  Edwin has about as much patience with the bible in general and the…

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