Over the past few months the History channel has totally gone ape-shit crazy. [To use the technical term.] I am not sure of the reason or the source of the change but in the past couple of years about the time the name changed from “The History Channel” to History. Shows such as MonsterQuest, MysteryQuest, Ancient Aliens, Decoded, Ice Road Trucker, IRT: Deadliest Roads, Swamp People and many more of the psychobabble of programming that they have on the channel now that have nothing to do with history other than there are idiots that think these events are somehow real or entertaining.


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Comment by Thomas True on December 18, 2010 at 1:14pm

One main issue is that many of the people that are self described as atheist and the like are usually of higher education and intelligence. This has the problem of causing us to see the subtlety of various points. As we realize that there is an exception to most proad based statements.

I would say that both of us are intelligent and have the ability to empathize with other  points of view. It seems to me that if one wants to have a broad based dogma ruling their life that the more ignorant a person is the better of they are. [i.e. ignorance is truly bliss for them.] Yet they think they are above average intelligence. [ See the Dunning-Kruger Effect for more info.]


However I do feel that words can cause harm as these are my only arsenal to use against the religious adherents. I do, personally, cannot resort to threats of violence or fantastical vision of life after death that the religious adherents want to baffle people with.


Of course, violence is always an option but it seems that is is more of an option when dogma is attached to it.

Comment by Philip Jackson Armstrong on December 17, 2010 at 3:25pm

Ok, I give, I see where my last comment was muddled response. I have been told a thousand times that I am going to burn and even better than that, I've had a couple of people tell me about how they pray that Jesus strike me down. I don't find it at all offensive because it says nothing personal about me. Kinda goes in the "your mother wears army boots" category.  I just differentiate between you don't think like me so you are going to burn and I find what you think condescending and you are offending people. In either case why bother caring about what I THINK. Thoughts do you no harm unless YOU let them.

Comment by Thomas True on December 17, 2010 at 8:46am

Well I think that comments of person saying that I am going to a eternal place of burning and touture, not that it is real, to be quite mean and offensive.


Plus I am curious as to how you are able to measure my level of being "offended and defensive."


From your statement I would have to conclude that you have not had much serious dealings with religious adherents.

Comment by Philip Jackson Armstrong on December 17, 2010 at 5:27am

This is very funny in an ironic way. I've been commenting to people about being their fears of coming out as an atheist. They worry about terribly they will be treated and alienated because of their beliefs and so on. I talk about how I basically came out almost 50 years and I've never had a problem.  I have got to point them all here. Here you are more offended and defensive about a harmless tongue in cheek comment about television then anyone has EVER been about my views on religion.

Comment by Thomas True on December 16, 2010 at 9:26pm

Phillip, I understand you point but I think your reason is quite condescending. There are very good reasons for not watching TV, the main one is that it is a time eater. But ti say everyone that watches TV likes watching "grown ups playing with toys or watching things race around a circle" then you have highly maligned a good portion of the people on this website and of the population in general.

Bear in mind, that the purpose of my comment were to try to redeem the value of the use of the medium not to abandon it. The Discovery Channel and The National Geographic channel have great programming as well as other entertainment that do not fall into the option that you laid out.


I do not have an issue with you choosing to stop watching TV. I do have my own opinions on that aw well but these are ones that suit me and it would be unfair of me to expect you to adapt my POV. Likewise it is unfair for you to make blanket statements to put ALL persons that watch TV into those narrow boxes.

Comment by Philip Jackson Armstrong on December 16, 2010 at 6:26pm

I haven't watched television in years. I highly recommend you give it up. You all give it up. At first you don't know what to do with yourself, but after 1 - 2 weeks there is so much to do you can't decide. Well that was my experience. If you think grown ups playing with toys or watching things race around a circle are significant... ignore this message.

Comment by zeeman barzell on December 16, 2010 at 5:44pm

At least the Ice Road Truckers are real people who actually exist, not very historic, but real.

Comment by Frankie Dapper on December 16, 2010 at 5:16pm

Our television and our politicians are a reflection of the people.



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