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David Silverman – Fighting God & Firebrand Atheism

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Penn Jan 20. 34 Replies

I love David Silverman. Why? Because he has the brass cojones to call a spade a spade, he doesn't soften his approach and he doesn't back down.  Recently, in Zurich, Switzerland, David gave a talk on…Continue

Tags: firebrand atheism, Fighting God, David Silverman

World of Batsh!t - #5: Space Denial (CoolHardLogic)

Started this discussion. Last reply by tom sarbeck Nov 4, 2015. 3 Replies

So ... maybe you thought the space-happy idiot-children had gone on vacation?  Not a chance!  YouTube producer CoolHardLogic has done his homework and once again has found another exemplar of the…Continue

Tags: space, fake, Earth, Dunning-Kruger, Photoshop

World of Batsh!t - #4: Fake Planets (CoolHardLogic)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Loren Miller Jul 21, 2015. 4 Replies

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the Solar System ... planetary mechanics expert [coughBULLSHITcough] Stars Are Souls proclaims that Pluto doesn't really exist, Saturn is really the…Continue

Tags: CoolHardLogic, shadow, Dunning-Kruger, Photoshop, Mars

What religion has contributed to the world this month - Episode 17 (May 2015)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 2, 2015. 5 Replies

Child abuse is revealed in the Duggar family, a pastor is found with child porn on his computer, a Texas college bans its gay athletes from dating or supporting same-sex marriage, yet another…Continue

Tags: discrimination, church, LGBT, sexual assault, Islamic State

 

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I'm a semi-retired / involuntarily unemployed electrical engineer who has a rather eclectic background, never mind a few miles on the odometer. I suppose I was an "apatheist" for quite a while - largely indifferent to the whole issue of gods - but after 9/11 and the more blatant appearance of evangelicals and Dominionists on the scene, my atheism has finally come to the fore.

Other interests include high-end stereo and home theater (and with that, CD and DVD collecting), BMWs and general car enthusiasm, single-malt whisky and biking.

I flatter myself that I know my way around Atheist Nexus at least reasonably well (I've been here since November of 2009), so if you need a hand with something, please don't hesitate to give a shout.

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Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's blog post Priests and Pedestals
"My impression is that UU ministers are half a hair's breadth away from being atheists as things are, and I'd wager that a reasonable number of them ARE atheists.  As for anyone else, I'll treat 'em as they treat me, and if…"
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Randall Smith commented on Loren Miller's blog post Priests and Pedestals
"Except for Unitarian Universalist ministers, I have little use for "the cloth". You've given a couple of examples. When my parents died, we had no funerals--for these very reasons, and then some. I pretty much treat ministers with…"
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Loren Miller replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Could Phony Smile become POTUS?
"Far as I'm concerned, Cruz may be trying to take Rick Santorum's insanity one step further.  I would become an ex-patriot before I would EVER vote for or support that dip.  My only comfort is that, were he to win the nomination,…"
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Bertold Brautigan commented on Loren Miller's blog post Priests and Pedestals
"Just goes to show how right David Silverman is in noting there are two kinds of clergy: liars and victims."
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Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's blog post Priests and Pedestals
"Ruth, the real shame is in an expression I've heard others give about this or that atheist speaking in public: that he or she gave that person The Permission To Speak Out.  I say "shame" because They've Always HAD That…"
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Ruth Anthony-Gardner commented on Loren Miller's blog post Priests and Pedestals
"As with successful bullying programs, I think "bystanders" need advance consciousness raising and validation to speak up in defense of victims. Isn't it time to talk back to religious authorities? Don't we need to discuss this…"
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Loren Miller commented on sacha's group No Nonsense
"Trump's position about positions is that to have no position is to have nothing to attack.  This way his followers can ascribe to him any stance they like and justify it to themselves, and if he should take office and assume a different…"
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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…See More
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Loren Miller replied to Michael Penn's discussion My Grandson Was Murdered January 10th
"Michael, about the only thing I can think of is a change.org petition.  The problem is that it will need some SERIOUS circulation to gain any kind of traction, which means not just Atheist Nexus but your local community (if there's…"
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""When a person serves an idea more than the idea serves the person, SOMETHING IS WRONG." -- me"
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Loren Miller commented on Joan Denoo's group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"The problem with those questions to Republicans is that the answer for most of them, according to Sanders, is "TAXES" ... as in raising them.  The "T" word has been verboten since Grover Norquist decided that his side of the…"
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"Seen on YouTube: "God gave up Jesus for Lent." Says it perfectly, don't you think? [chuckle!]"
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Joan Denoo replied to Loren Miller's discussion Star Trek – "The Doomsday Machine" Revealed (Shem von Schroeck) in the group Trekkies
"Thanks, I don't usually watch fiction these days, it doesn't interest me. Star Trek is worth the time. I loved it. "
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Loren Miller replied to Loren Miller's discussion Star Trek – "The Doomsday Machine" Revealed (Shem von Schroeck) in the group Trekkies
"I checked YouTube, and while it has clips, it unsurprisingly does not have the complete episode.  Netflix, Hulu or some other service likely has it and the rest of The Original Series available."
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Joan Denoo replied to Loren Miller's discussion Star Trek – "The Doomsday Machine" Revealed (Shem von Schroeck) in the group Trekkies
"Loren, I remember that episode! It was memorable and I had no idea all the things they did to make it. How do we access it?  What a great way to start a day of packing!"
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"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.-- Bertrand RussellDunning-Kruger, anyone?"
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Star Trek – "The Doomsday Machine" Revealed (Shem von Schroeck)

One of the best second-season episodes of Star Trek – The Original Series was "The Doomsday Machine," the story of a planet-killing device wrecking havoc in our galaxy, the toll it took on a starship commander, one Matt Decker, and what it took to destroy something clearly designed to be indestructible.  It was an episode full of action, tension and drama, each balanced against the other, which is likely why it is so highly considered.It also has a great deal of nuance to it, particularly…See More
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Loren Miller commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Joan, we shouldn't be surprised at all that some deity is supposed to be the source of both health and disease.  If it is, indeed, omnipotent, omniscient, et cetera and created the whole schmeer, then it's responsible for the whole…"
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At 7:42am on December 17, 2015, Randall Smith said…

Well, I figured the odds were against there being another "Loren Miller for Ohio", although I didn't know you attended the FFRF gathering. I've thought about going, but since they publish all the speeches, I stay home.

At 7:28am on December 16, 2015, Randall Smith said…

I'm assuming it was you that submitted a letter I read in FFRF's magazine. I said, "I know that crazy guy!"  I've had one letter published before.

At 5:11pm on October 8, 2015, James Smith said…

Thanks for the video link. He plays a lot better than I do, but I could say that about almost anyone.

At 3:23pm on October 6, 2015, Bertold Brautigan said…

OK, you've been given another chance. Don't be asleep at the wheel again this time, guy! This could be the last end of the world you ever get to witness.

Christian group says the world will be permanently ‘annihilated’ on Wednesday

At 12:10pm on July 9, 2015, Jackson Roykirk said…

Ah, good, one of the rare few to get the reference in my name.  :)

At 11:43am on June 12, 2015, Damien Marie AtHope said…

Thanks for the welcome and comment on my pic.

At 9:39pm on February 18, 2015, Daniel W said…

A winter poem for you Loren:

Winter is the king of showmen,
Turning tree stumps into snowmen
And houses into birthday cakes
And spreading sugar over lakes.
Smooth and clean and frosty white,
The world looks good enough to bite.
That’s the season to be young,
Catching snowflakes on your tongue.
Snow is snowy when it’s snowing,
I’m sorry it’s slushy when it’s going.
~Ogden Nash

At 4:23am on February 13, 2015, Carolyn said…
Thanks, that's Ella. That photo is my laptop wallpaper. Btw, I bought VIP tickets to the PA atheist conference in September. VIP tics entitle one to extra hang-out time with the speakers. This year that includes Seth, Matt Dilahunty,and Aron Ra. I am very excited!
At 10:44am on January 31, 2015, Daniel W said…

I can't believe that either.  We have both been on the site since the Mastodons bellowed their deep, sad, songs, across the American savannahs.

At 3:32pm on December 25, 2014, Christina Fiscus said…

Nice to meet a fellow Browncoat on here!  I aim to misbehave!

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Priests and Pedestals

Posted on February 7, 2016 at 1:00pm 5 Comments

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…

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Suffer the Children

Posted on February 1, 2016 at 8:30am 15 Comments

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…

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Just Gustav, the Music, and Me

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 7:30am 6 Comments

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…

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Childish "Childhood's End"

Posted on December 19, 2015 at 10:10am 12 Comments

More years ago than I care to calculate, I picked up a copy of Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End. This was during a time when I was attempting to branch out beyond my initial interests in science-fiction writing and my fascination for writers like Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, to see what other value was out there. Much as Mr. Clarke is regarded as one of the great classic masters of the genre, I must beg to differ. I could comment on how sterile and lifeless his characters were…

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