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Comment by sk8eycat on February 7, 2015 at 5:34pm

I've never seen "Steambath" in a live theatre production, but when Hollywood Television Theatre produced it for PBS, it ran on KCET (Los Angeles) every night for a week, and I watched every night.  It totally captivated me, and was what got me to get up off my ass and volunteer at the station.  Which led to a paid staff job just in time for the original "Cosmos" start-up.

So, I am eternally grateful to Bruce J. Friedman for showing me that there was more to TV than cop shows and Julia Child (although I loved her humor and sensible way of cooking a LOT.)

Comment by rockytij on February 7, 2015 at 4:21pm

Comment by Terry Groff on February 7, 2015 at 2:09am

+Sk8eycat Odd you mention "Steambath". Bruce J. Friedman wrote it and it so happens he was the father of one of my best friends Josh Alan Friedman. Josh's Brother Drew is a noted illustrator. Google 'em if you are so inclined.

More on Bruce Friedman



Comment by Patricia on February 7, 2015 at 12:58am

That's funny!

Comment by rockytij on February 7, 2015 at 12:53am

Comment by Patricia on February 7, 2015 at 12:00am

Can't remember if I posted this before......
What causes arthritis?

A man who smelled like a distillery flopped on a subway seat
next to a priest. The man's tie was stained, his face was
plastered with red lipstick, and a half-empty bottle of gin was
sticking out of his torn coat pocket. He opened his newspaper
and began reading. After a few minutes the disheveled guy turned
to the priest and asked, "Say, Father, what causes arthritis?"

"My son, it's caused by loose living, being with cheap, wicked
women, too much alcohol, and a contempt for your fellow man."

"Well, I'll be damned," the drunk muttered, returning to his paper.

The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and
apologized. "I'm very sorry, I didn't mean to come on so strong.
How long have you had arthritis?"

"I don't have it, Father. I was just reading here that the Pope does."

Comment by sk8eycat on February 6, 2015 at 7:12pm

Oh, yes!  For some reason that reminds me of the play "Steambath."

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 6, 2015 at 7:09pm

Back to our regularly scheduled atheist humor:

God's mysterious plan, now revealed!

(Crying, grieving young man) "It was such an unnecessary accident... and now she's dead! Why?! Why?! It makes no sense... it's all so random!" (Gray-haired, bearded man with skullcap) "I know it's hard to see it now, but there is order and meaning to the world, God has a plan." Meanwhile, in God's secret lair: [large tablet standing in the clouds] PLAN - KILL EVERYONE (God, seen from the back, with long silver hair) "So simple, so brilliant"


Comment by Joseph P on February 6, 2015 at 8:58am

Joseph, I just read a little from the site you noted about Wm F. Albright that stated ...

Yeah, I read the whole article, myself.  It was quite an enlightening read, although I already knew most of it, having read a lot of Israel Finklestein's work.  That's why I stuck in the link, even thought I only quoted the most pertinent little snippet.

What's funny is that you'll get evangelicals coming back with the fact that Finkelstein's conclusion isn't the dominant view in the archaeological community, although it's gaining in popularity.  But the evangelicals don't even understand what their statement means.  The part of Finkelstein's conclusion that isn't yet held by the majority of the archaeological community (as far as I'm aware) is that the entirety of the Old Testament prior to the reign of King Josiah is a blatant fabrication, composed as a piece of propaganda.  The archaeological community isn't entirely behind that, however ...

The archaeological community however is behind the position that Abraham never existed; the Jews were never in Egypt, as described in Exodus; the exodus never happened, as described in the eponymous book; the real-life King David and King Solomon were nothing like what is described in the Bible; and Genesis is completely fabricated or at least cobbled together from myths borrowed from other surrounding cultures.  The only holdouts are the fundamentalist, evangelical, modern-equivalents of Albright, and their bias is nakedly on display for everyone to see.

Guys, put that thing away.  No one in a serious scientific field wants to see that sort of thing ...

It seems biblical archaeology has many problems, least of which is tracking down primary sources.

Yeah, that Reddit thread was an interesting read.  Kind of disturbing.

This is a major problem with damned near everything the evangelicals do, particularly in the field of apologetics.  As Logicked has put it in some of his videos debunking creationist nonsense, you can find the claims copy-pasted all over creationist websites, but you can't find anything about it anywhere on real websites.  Some idiot quote-mines the living hell out of something or possibly even just makes it up from scratch, and all the rest just pass it around, figuring that if someone else said it, it must be true.

Logicked is great if you want heavily-documented sourcing of information and a good dose of mockery and abuse in your creationist debunking.  He has three primary series that he's done so far, play-listed on his home page which I linked: Hello, I'm a Scientist, Science in the 12th Century, and Hello, My Name is Kent Hovind.

Joseph, you just offered me a good clue ...

Yeah, that's one of those things that I'm sure I picked up from listening to some atheists show or other.  Damned if I can remember which one, at this point.

I guess they get at least one bonus point for admitting their bias up front — although they then lose that point and a couple more, for hiding it in the back section of their site on the pages almost no one ever reads.

It's clear that they don't understand what a statement of faith really means, though, if they expect anyone to take them seriously, after they present something like that.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2015 at 10:43pm

Joseph, you just offered me a good clue:

" An organization with a statement of faith isn't engaging in a scientific endeavor and probably doesn't understand science."


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