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Randall Smith's Discussions

"May the Force..."

Started this discussion. Last reply by jay H Jan 13. 6 Replies

Hillary Clinton ended the Democrat debate last night with "May the force be with you". I though that was great! No "God bless America (or you)". She did mention "god" once, when she said "God-given…Continue

"You ain't no Muslim, bruh"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Atheist in FundyLand Dec 13, 2015. 35 Replies

The "You ain't no Muslim" remark made by a bystander in the London subway stabbings has been a major internet sensation. Substitute "Christian" for Muslim, and we atheists would be saying it ALL the…Continue

Sisyphus

Started this discussion. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 30, 2015. 4 Replies

You all know Sisyphus--trying to roll a boulder up a hill. I'm just wondering what his feelings are.Continue

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Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Whether you're retired or not, it's still "hump day" Wednesday. Looks like a good one. Enjoy."
yesterday
Randall Smith commented on Loren Miller's blog post The Tale of a Billboard for the RNC
"Loren, you are my hero! This is almost as good as a sledge hammer to the head!"
Tuesday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Great photos, Daniel. I envy your corn. Mine is a bust. While my nectarines and apricots got wormy (despite spraying with furit tree oil), pears and peaches and persimmons (the 3 P's) look good. Apples, not so great. More rain last night.…"
Monday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Spud, I have the same problem with dill weed in my garden. I usually allow some of it to go to seed so I can harvest it, but invariably, many seeds go to the ground. Sunflowers do the same."
Sunday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"And it's good to have you back, too, Kathy!"
Saturday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Yes, Spud, it's good to have you back on a regular basis. Hope you're doing well. My garden is about to get the best of me--too much rain with the ground too wet to weed with a hoe. Many of the veggie seeds I planted barely came up. Beans,…"
Jun 24
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Things got even worse on the farm after a storm with 100+mph winds blew through. My kids "lost" two greenhouses with damage to others. And I (we) lost at least 30 nice trees, some 3 feet in diameter, in the 7 acre woods. I walked through…"
Jun 24
Randall Smith replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Your Access to Public Lands Under Threat in the group FISHING AND OTHER OUTDOOR STUFF
"This just burns my butt. How and why can Republicans do things like this? I don't understand it."
Jun 24
Rukshana Newa left a comment for Randall Smith
"Thank you :)"
Jun 23
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"When it rains, it pours--literally! 3" two days ago and another 2-3 expected today. My poor SIL organic farmer can't catch a break. His fields are swamped. On top of that, he hit a deer (or vice versa) which "totaled" his truck.…"
Jun 22
Ashley Werner left a comment for Randall Smith
"I sure am one :)"
Jun 21
Veronika Cencen left a comment for Randall Smith
"Thanks! Happy solidarity day!"
Jun 21
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Nice to see our "founder" adding a comment here. All four of my kids emailed me a nice "Happy Fathers Day". They all said I was/am a great dad. Good to know!"
Jun 21
Randall Smith replied to Christopher Cosgrove's discussion Sports and the whole thanking god thing - aargh!
"How refreshing it was to hear the winner of a boxing match (last night on TV) thank his trainer, family and friends--NOT god! I was already prepared to cringe.  "
Jun 19
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Despite the fact we have many deer around these parts, they don't bother with my yard and garden. My SIL just hit a deer with his truck two days ago! And I saw my first Japanese beetle yesterday in my red raspberry patch. NOOOO!  I have to…"
Jun 18
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Carl, one step backward, two steps forward. You'll make it. Always good to hear about your progress."
Jun 17

Happily retired science teacher. Enjoy being outdoors, gardening, golfing, exploring. Do service work with Wilderness Volunteers and Sierra Club. Enjoy being indoors to read, play piano, cook and eat! Life is good being an atheist.

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Randall Smith's Blog

How Not To Die

Posted on February 8, 2016 at 8:13am 14 Comments

Just a little over a year ago I wrote a blog entitled "The Big Fat Surprise", in response to a book of the same title that basically said eating fatty products--bacon and such--was not so bad for you afterall (i.e., the Adkins diet). It seemed to be well documented. I shouted HURRAH!  I also read Wheat Belly, which wants us to stop eating grains, whole or not. Another decision.

Alas, woe is me--confused and distraught. Upon reading Dr.…

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There, but for...

Posted on October 30, 2015 at 8:01am 22 Comments

As an atheist, a lot of little things bother me-- two, in particular.

How often, after a tragedy of some sort, do we hear "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families"? How inane is that sentence? Yes, I realize it's meant to be wellmeaning and supportive, but is it really necessary? What else can be said? I heard it many times after my father died last month. I inwardly cringed and said thank you. But I wanted so much to say, please don't pray for me. 

Far worse than that…

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THE BIG FAT SURPRISE

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 9:00am 8 Comments

For nearly all my adult years (>50),  I've been told to eat what was recommended to be the most healthy foods and avoid the "bad guys". No to whole milk. No butter. No red meats. No eggs. White poultry meat only. Eat lots of grains and carbohydrates.

We've been duped into believing that eating fat makes you fat, and that a high fat diet increases cholesterol numbers which in turn leads to heart diseases. No proof, just common sense. For 50 years the American Academy of Pediatrics…

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Baseball: Yawn

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 7:28am 1 Comment

I tried, really tried, to watch most of the World Series. After all, it's supposedly the national pasttime, whatever that means. Hot dogs, apple pie, and all that jazz. But, my goodness, it's paint-drying boring. 

For evidence as to how much I cared, in a one run game, last night, I went to bed after 8 innings. Like the last 2 minutes of a football game, I figured it would take at least 45 minutes to finish the game. Besides, my team (K.C., in this case) usually loses (witness Chi…

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At 1:07am on June 23, 2016, Rukshana Newa said…

Thank you :)

At 9:33am on June 21, 2016, Ashley Werner said…

I sure am one :)

At 7:25am on June 21, 2016, Veronika Cencen said…

Thanks! Happy solidarity day!

At 7:59am on June 6, 2016, John Elder said…

I once had a local minister come after me for teaching evolution. He published a op/ed piece in the local paper claiming "evolutionist" were responsible for the Nazi holocaust, condoned child molestation, murder, had no morals, were communists, would have no problem having sex with apes, all literally said and printed. A student asked my opinion of the piece in class and I responded that his comments were not worth responding to, especially in class time. Of course the student reported to this so called minister who then mounted a months long email bombardment against the evil evolution professor. Living down here in south Georgia has pretty much convinced me that the average american, these days, has a mind set and knowledge base not far removed from that of the middle ages. No wonder we are backsliding as a nation.

At 7:07pm on June 5, 2016, John Elder said…

Thanks for the welcome Randall. As you might imagine there are few of us here in S. GA.  Though I admit teaching science, especially evolution, evolution here is definitely a kick! John

At 4:05pm on June 3, 2016, Marcus Anton said…

Thank you for welcoming me.

At 8:21am on June 3, 2016, Brian said…
Of course. Anything i can do with helping out on spreading both reason and logic im all for. Also, if those that are interested. Tomorrow at the Lincoln memorial there will be the largest gathering of non believers ever assembled. Beginning around 10am. Looks to be awesome.
At 12:07pm on June 1, 2016, Cortney said…
Sorry, Randall. Not me.
At 8:02am on April 21, 2016, Annie Willis said…

Thanks for the welcome! Still learning to navigate...

At 11:02pm on March 19, 2016, Kayti Chavez said…

Hello thank you for the welcome.. I would invite him but he is very introverted so therefore he isn't a big forum/discussion group person. Besides, he knows I am very passionate about things and he would rather just sit back and watch lol. Thank you again!

 
 
 

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