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An amazing overview of my favorite show of all time.

Cowboy Bebop,

A Japanese animation with 24 episodes and 1 movie, that I first saw as a kid. It quickly became immortalized within my heart upon viewing the final frame of the final episode. In the moment of the "protagonists" death a message is left for the viewer.  Against a black screen in white letters, instead of "to be continued..." It says simply, "You're gonna carry that weight.

I've tried to explain how important this show is to me in the past with friends, and…

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Added by BenGee on February 19, 2017 at 10:25pm — No Comments

Is gravity weaker than magnetism (or electromagnetism)

So, fun little experiment. Take an electromagnet and a piece of metal (or even just a regular magnet and some metal), place them close together and watch the metal "stick" to the magnet. You can have some fun making the metal move, and even suspend the metal in air. 

HOLY SHIT YOU JUST DEFEATED GRAVITY!!!! woooo! this must mean that magnetic forces are billions upon billions upon billions times more powerful than gravity right? Eh, not really.

(Also claims that…

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Added by BenGee on February 19, 2017 at 4:30am — 13 Comments

Damn universe; it's not obeying my math!" And then a segue to power.

Those seven quoted words, together with America's religiosity during the 1920s, explain the battle between two models of the universe, the gravitational (Big Bang, or BB) model and the electric universe (EU) model.



Be advised that knowing the stuff before the segue will not help you pay the rent or even feed your pet gerbil. The stuff after the segue, if you choose to learn and use it, may help you pay more than the rent and feed more than one pet gerbil.



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Added by tom sarbeck on February 19, 2017 at 1:30am — No Comments

I've been waylaid with a pressing question that needs answers.

I was watching a video and again confronted with something that has bothered me for years. So I wrote the maker of the video in the hopes they might have an answer. I'll leave the letter here as well, maybe someone can finally answer my question.

Hello, I recently watched your video "Countering the Moral Argument part" 1 and 2 and was reminded of a question that has been bothering me for many years. I sincerely hope you see this message, can respond, and hopefully…

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Added by BenGee on February 18, 2017 at 9:21pm — No Comments

Purpose

I mentioned in one of my comments exactly where I think I may be heading with my little corner of the blogosphere.

I've been thinking of continuing to make material, refine my work through the encouragement and feedback from all of you, and then releasing my work to a wider audience. You may wonder why I choose some of the topics that I do, considering much of it should be well known within this community, well this is why. I'm thinking about the future and working on things I…

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Added by BenGee on February 16, 2017 at 3:35am — 9 Comments

Thoughts on the book, "A beginners guide to our Electric Universe" By Tom Findlay (Part 1) Revised (cleaner)

After consulting with John Elder I decided to post this on my blog, it’s a more polished version of my debunk of EU. I intend to debunk the entire book, however I plan on only releasing these in chunks and well-spaced out as I do not want my personal blog to be centered around this one book of falsehoods. This is a practical application of almost every other topic I've written about in my blog, so it is relevant. However there are many more valuable and important topics I do not wish to put…

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Added by BenGee on February 16, 2017 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

What is Science? (Can Science be a religion) Part 1

I wasn't feeling up to tackling this all in one go, so here's the first half, I'll try and finish the rest tomorrow.

You know I talk a lot about pseudoscience, and why many pseudo-scientific belief systems are clearly bullshit. But to quote so many people I've talked to "How do you know?" I mean, "How can you be sure you're correct?," I mean after all, "Isn't Science just another belief system?"

Now to be clear, I don't like the word belief. Fuck belief I don't…

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Added by BenGee on February 14, 2017 at 7:30pm — 8 Comments

"Mistakes" in science

So many science deniers, pseudo science advocates, and religious apologists try to claim that Science has "made mistakes" 

They imply that since science isn't always right, so all of it is subject to suspicion, and their hypothesis is clearly correct because its easier to understand.

Statements like, "I simply can't believe that everything in the universe fit into something smaller than a pinhead," are nothing more than an argument from ignorance, or an argument…

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Added by BenGee on February 13, 2017 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Flat Earth, Young Earth Creationists, and all other Pseudo Science nonsense

Cards on the table time, if you disagree with ANY scientific field of study (or all of them), you do not have to disprove their hypothesis or theory. You really don't need to attack evolution, cosmology, the theory of gravity, the laws of the conservation of energy. You don't have to disprove a damn thing.

Pretty cool huh?

All you have to do is prove your alternative hypothesis. That's literally all you have to…

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Added by BenGee on February 13, 2017 at 2:00am — 5 Comments

Thoughts on pseudoscience

Feedback is always encouraged.

For one to make room for a pseudo-scientific belief they must ignore or change natural laws, the math, those things which serve as the foundations for scientific study. If we allow such an exception to accept a pseudo-scientific belief. Logical consistency and intellectual integrity would by extension require we carry those same exceptions into other fields of study. Fields which depend on the consistent, and reliable…

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Added by BenGee on February 7, 2017 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

Sunday Morning Christians

I'd like to think that I came from a typical American family. We had a roof over our heads, although it was cramped at times. We had clothes to wear, but rarely anything brand name. We routinely had doctor and dentist visits. We always had enough to eat, thanks to my dad's hard work and later, my mother's as well when she didn't need to be watching the kids any longer.

I was more insulated than most from certain things; I only had one relative who had been divorced (an…

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Added by Milo Coots on February 1, 2017 at 6:08pm — 4 Comments

Women's March 2017 – Impressions

On the night of 8 November, 2016, in the wake of the stunning election of Donald John Trump to the presidency of the United States, an idea was started by a Facebook post and grew from there to proportions hitherto unheard of.  The idea?  A march, to react to the new presidency and insist on a maintenance of rights, for women, for LGBTQ folks, immigrants, legal or not, in short for anyone who stands to be minimized at least or injured at worst by the new administration.



Two and a…

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Added by Loren Miller on February 1, 2017 at 9:00am — 10 Comments

Living with crazies.

In the two years since I was last here..

I have almost died.

Which sent me to the hospital for a few weeks.

Had my dog hit by a car the week I got out of the hospital.

She lost a leg.

After two years lost my home.

Had to give up said dog.  That one still hurts.

Had to leave Oregon for California to live with family.

And now I live with my Dad and his fifth wife and they are Christian…

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Added by Nick Walker on January 26, 2017 at 12:15am — 6 Comments

The Ethical argument for Veganism- a comment on a Facebook post

Vegans who argue from ethical grounds usually use some version of Utilitarianism, which is compassion  made universal and exclusive. Peter Singer, for example. David Hume had a reply: for ethics built around compassion, the question is, do we have ENOUGH compassion to motivate us to follow the ethical rule prescribed? He said "Sometimes we do, and sometimes we don't, and when we don't, why…
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Added by John B Hodges on January 25, 2017 at 8:37am — 4 Comments

"Alternative Facts" and Our Government

The following message was just emailed to Marcia Fudge, Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, my House representative and Senators, respectively:

When Kellyanne Conway used the phrase, “alternative facts” in answering Chuck Todd on Meet the Press this past Sunday, echoes of George Orwell were almost automatic in my head.  Facts are unique in that they describe reality, and the last I looked, there are no alternative realities out there nor are there alternative facts, except…
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Added by Loren Miller on January 24, 2017 at 9:00am — 14 Comments

And Blessed be the Automobiles

I can't say that any one large issue made me decide to leave my church. Mostly it was the little things, building up over time until I couldn't possibly count them all. But this one time...

I was a teenager and I needed a new car. I had a wonderful, reliable car for two years before my eldest brother borrowed it and then snapped part of the frame by locking the brakes over a curb in winter. He was (and still is, I think) a lousy driver. So I purchased…

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Added by Milo Coots on January 23, 2017 at 9:47pm — 5 Comments

Comments on ZERO SUGAR DIET

ZERO SUGAR DIET is the latest book by David Zinczenko, with assistance by Stephen Perrine. Zinczenko is not a medical researcher or clinician; he is a professional writer and editor. He is the author of over twenty books on diet and health, including the EAT THIS, NOT THAT series, the ABS DIET series, and the ZERO BELLY series. He has been a high ranking editor of three magazines about diet and health. Both for his job and for his personal use, he "obsessively reads" the latest research on…

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Added by John B Hodges on January 16, 2017 at 4:57am — 9 Comments

Ning CEO message

Has something changed with Ning?

It's had lags and hangs for years.

Istn't it the CEO's job to fix it.

Perhaps if email was sent to the CEO CEOtalk@ning.com, everytime there was a hang, or lag the CEO might find a pattern.

_____________________________________________…

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Added by Chris on January 7, 2017 at 4:37pm — 13 Comments

Meaning of life comes from normal activities like Love,Work & Play

It's not that only Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Florence Nightingale, Albert Einstein, Dalai Lama & such others could have a meaningful life and the rest of the humanity who somehow eke out a livelihood for themselves & their dependents can never have a meaningful life. Not everybody needs to do something of that magnitude to have a meaningful life.…
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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on January 7, 2017 at 4:32am — 1 Comment

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