January 2017 Blog Posts (15)

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…


Added by Nick Walker on January 26, 2017 at 12:15am — 5 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…

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…

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…


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


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…


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.



Added by Chris on January 7, 2017 at 4:37pm — 12 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.…

Added by V.N.K.Kumar on January 7, 2017 at 4:32am — 1 Comment

We wouldn't have existed if our ancestors weren't Paranoids!

I am comfortable with not having answers to everything. By temperament, I have a high tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty. Many people suffer Cognitive Dissonance with uncertainties and probabilistic world models, and thus they feel the need to close that loop with a definitive answer, regardless of how intellectually indefensible it may be.

This low tolerance for uncertainty in many others probably has an evolutionary origin related to the fact that in the Paleolithic environment…


Added by V.N.K.Kumar on January 7, 2017 at 12:25am — 5 Comments

Cognitive Dissonance, the pain that's finally gone

First of all, thank you to those who viewed my first post and especially to those who commented. I feel truly gratified that you found value in reading about my experiences and are willing to share your own.

Cognitive Dissonance, "mental discord or inconsistency", is something I experienced regarding my Roman Catholic…


Added by Milo Coots on January 5, 2017 at 8:20pm — 23 Comments

Why Do Intelligent, Well-Educated People Still Believe Nonsense?

The first thing we have to realize is that intelligence is compartmental. By that I mean that people who employ sharp wit and critical thinking about one area of life (or even multiple areas) can still remain almost juvenile about a number of others.
Scientists who were/are religious

Added by V.N.K.Kumar on January 4, 2017 at 10:19pm — 11 Comments

For a Muslim male, Heaven is on Earth itself

I don't understand why Muslim men are so eager to go to 'Jannat' through Jihad and get 72 virgins when they can have whatever they crave for on earth itself! Of course besides this they get the privilege of licking the deity's ass.

The following facts pertain to women and marriage in most of the Islamic world:

1. A man can have four wives

2 A man can divorce his wife in front of the judge without the woman's consent, even without her…


Added by V.N.K.Kumar on January 4, 2017 at 3:37am — 5 Comments

Experiences in leaving Catholicism behind

My first post. My intention is to write these as a sort of stream of consciousness style record of my memories growing up as well as my feelings about my evolving perspective and how that affects my relationships, especially with family who are still religious.

Getting right into it, the memory that has been on my mind most…


Added by Milo Coots on January 3, 2017 at 6:11pm — 3 Comments

Confrontational Reality and Donald J. Trump

It was a cold January afternoon in 2009 when USAir flight 1549 departed LaGuardia airport with 150 passengers, three flight attendants and pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and first officer Jeff Skiles at the controls of the Airbus 320. Beginning their climb to 15,000 feet, everything was ordinary and routine, just another milk run to Charlotte, North Carolina, right up to the point where Captain Sullenberger noted: “Birds.” Hardly half a breath later, several dozen Canada geese…


Added by Loren Miller on January 2, 2017 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Atheism requires religion to prosper.

The atheist movement seems to be losing ground as its adherents grow in number.  I propose that this will continue until everybody who counts has no supernatural beliefs, and atheism as a movement is dead.

Here's why.  How many of you grew up religious?  (You may put your hand down.)  How many grew up in a culture saturated with religion?  How many, listening to adult conversation, remember on a first meeting "So what church do you go to?"  I suspect quite a few.

Do you still…


Added by Jerry Wesner on January 1, 2017 at 11:44am — 8 Comments

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