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Ray Comfort, By Phone

 I enjoyed my recent conversation with wingnut Kirk Cameron so much I decided to see if I could get his business partner and fellow loon, Ray Comfort, to grant me an interview. Mr. Comfort immediately responded to my email and graciously agreed to speak with me briefly by phone the next time he sat down to use the toilet. The next afternoon I received his call and recorded this 5-7…


Added by JustinTetro on February 9, 2016 at 2:32pm — 4 Comments

How Not To Die

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.…


Added by Randall Smith on February 8, 2016 at 8:13am — 14 Comments

Priests and Pedestals

It’s not very often when the Arts and Life section of the Sunday paper provides grist for my mill, but that section in today’s edition of the Plain Dealer not only gave me a reason to write, it royally pissed me off. Page Two held a piece by Danielle Sepulveres of the Washington Post, who recently was invited by a friend of hers to do a reading at her wedding. Danielle relates the full story…


Added by Loren Miller on February 7, 2016 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

Scientists say humans certainly caused the spread of the virus that’s killing honeybees

Yeah humans!

Scientists say humans certainly caused the spread of the virus that’s killing honeybees

The global spread of a virus that deforms the wings of honeybees and kills them in droves was caused by humans, new research has found.

According to the study published this week in Science, the problem dates back to the mid-20th Century when Asian honeybees traded widely in the former Soviet Union were introduced to Europe and paired with honeybees there.…


Added by Dismal Desmond on February 5, 2016 at 10:04pm — 5 Comments

Suffer the Children

The general assumption is that an adult is capable of making their own decisions regarding how their life is conducted, what preferences they hold and what choices they make. An adult might be politically conservative or liberal, a meat eater or vegan. They might like action/adventure movies or opt for more cerebral fare at the cinema. Curry might be their preference over Mexican, or vice versa, or they may be equally enthusiastic about both. Regardless, their choices are or certainly should…


Added by Loren Miller on February 1, 2016 at 8:30am — 15 Comments

My Interview With Kirk Cameron

 Not long ago I was lucky enough to bump into part time actor and full time Jesus freak, Kirk Cameron, at the Denver International Airport. Mr. Cameron was on his way home to southern California after a brief speaking engagement at a local 7-11. Knowing I would probably never meet Mr. Cameron again I asked if he would grant me a short interview as he waited to board his plane,…


Added by JustinTetro on January 27, 2016 at 3:58am — 7 Comments

Book Review: Bertrand Russell: My Philosophical Development (Five Stars)

This book is not an easy read. In fact, some portions are most difficult especially when Russell speaks of applied mathematics and Euclidian geometry. It may help if the reader has knowledge of those areas, but more than likely it will not. Probably, the most important comparison is the realization that Russell’s life…


Added by Donald R Barbera on January 26, 2016 at 10:05am — 5 Comments

Open Letter to the Pope

Wednesday 7 October 2015


Open Letter to Signor Jorge Maria Bergoglio

a.k.a. “Pope Francis”

The Truth, the Whole Truth about the Tuam…


Added by Tarbouriech on January 22, 2016 at 4:46pm — 2 Comments

Black September (Part three)

The 1970 Palestinian Hijackings of Three Jets to Jordan

On Sept. 6, 1970, terrorists belonging to thePopular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) almost simultaneously hijack three jetliners shortly after they take off from European airports on routes toward the…


Added by Ronald Murphey on January 19, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

"Ought" we to be vegan?

Zeno:  The philosopher David Hume pointed out that one can not logically deduce an "ought" from an "is."  There is nothing that we "ought" to do.  Morality is not an element in the periodic table, nor is it an objective and inalterable property of the universe.  Our morality will depend on our desires and circumstances.  If we wish to live and be happy, there are certain things that we need to do, but there is no "ought."  There is no universal cosmic code…


Added by Wyatt on January 13, 2016 at 7:14pm — 20 Comments

Joan’s Stages of Learned Optimism

Learned Distrust vs. Learned Trust.

Learned Shame vs. Learned Autonomy.

Learned Guilt vs. Learned Initiative.

Learned Inferiority vs. Learned Industry

Learned Identity Confusion vs. Learned Identity

Learned Isolation vs. Learned Intimacy

Learned Self-Absorption vs. Learned Generativity

Learned Despair vs. Learned Optimism

The painful process of growing up requires facing the things you learn from family and community. They may…


Added by Joan Denoo on January 12, 2016 at 4:31pm — 11 Comments

Black September (Part Two)

Black September's Consequences

Besides seeding Lebanon's civil war and disintegration, the Jordanian-Palestinian war of 1970 led to the creation of the Palestinian Bl…


Added by Ronald Murphey on January 11, 2016 at 6:13pm — 4 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 11, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Just Gustav, the Music, and Me

Friday afternoon, quiet inside, raining lightly outside. My wife is out interviewing and serving her clients and I’m at home with the cats. It’s as good a time as any to take a seat in front of my stereo system and do some listening. The power amplifiers have been warming for the past hour and should be ready to do proper justice to the signals I mean to feed to them. As for program material, it occurs to me that, while I’ve used parts of Gustav Holst’s The Planets for critical…


Added by Loren Miller on January 11, 2016 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

More on Mr. Martin's full life.

Dear List Members,

    I appreciate all your kind worlds about my life long friend, James "Jim" Martin.  Sadly, I am still in the grieving process, but I shall post a summary account of Mr. Martin's life so others can see what a truly remarkable person he was.  _Z.B_.:  Mr. Martin was friends with the dancer, Rudolf Nureyev, the film star, Marcello Mastroianni, and the poet, Charles Bukowski.  Mr. Martin led one of the most interesting lives of his generation.  J. Gaston.

Added by Jay Gaston on January 9, 2016 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Black September (Part one)

"Black September" is a very significant event that happened in the turbulent world. I was studying different parts of it and it's consequence on today's world. The entire story is too broad to cover, but I will give it a try from neutral perspective. As it is large I am dividing in to parts.…


Added by Ronald Murphey on January 8, 2016 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Book Review: Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World

David Silverman is one of the most recognizable faces of atheism. Known for his appearances on FOX News and his in-your-face brand of atheism. Unfortunately, Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World could have been a much better manifesto if not for the small portions filled with assumptions and flawed cause and effect analysis. Nevertheless, it is a useful guide for integrating activism into the atheist movement.

While Silverman advocates…


Added by Donald R Barbera on January 8, 2016 at 11:00am — 8 Comments

Does God control who wins the lottery?

Does God control who wins the lottery?


The answer is, OF COURSE, providing that He/She/It actually exists in form and function as described and defined by any of the current religions that are based on the belief that a God with the supernatural powers, human behavioral orientation, and intense interest in the conduct and outcome of individual and collective human affairs actually exists. After all, god is reputed to know and care about every sparrow that falls to the…


Added by Martin A. Moe, Jr on January 8, 2016 at 9:51am — 3 Comments

When Deer Attack

Recently, while going to my favorite “catch and release” fishing hole I was attacked by a gang of deer. By the time they finished I was barely alive. I suffered lacerations, contusions and a concussion along with extreme embarrassment.

Two weeks later, it happened again except this dangle of deer were extremely…


Added by Donald R Barbera on January 7, 2016 at 2:50pm — 10 Comments

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