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World of Batsh!t - #3: Chemtrailer Trash (CoolHardLogic - YouTube)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Nov 9, 2014. 12 Replies

He's BACK!  After a somewhat sustained hiatus, CoolHardLogic has returned, and this time his Fleidermaus Scheiße takes the form of - Da, Da, DAAAAAAAAH!  Chemtrails!  "What are chemtrails?" you ask. …Continue

Tags: batshit, CoolHardLogic, conspiracy, aircraft, contrail

World of Batsh!t - #2: Moon Loons (CoolHardLogic - YouTube)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pat Jun 10, 2014. 7 Replies

The moon's a balloon, so says the song.  Problem is, there's a guy out there, perhaps more than one, who want to claim that the moon is actually a PROJECTION (up around 55,000 ft, so he claims!), and…Continue

Tags: CoolHardLogic, batshit, hologram, moon

World of Batsh!t - #1: Sky Demons (CoolHardLogic - YouTube)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 5, 2014. 6 Replies

We've all seen it - claims either so outrageous or so ignorant that they test the bounds of credibility, and they're usually, though not always associated with religion.  Well, it would seem that…Continue

Tags: mon-roe, Sky Demons, CoolHardLogic, batshit

What kind of smoke alarms do you have? (Daily Kos)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 26, 2014. 4 Replies

I get an email of links to mostly political pieces from the Daily Kos every day, and that's how I became aware of the following.  Personally, I have no idea whether the three smoke detectors we have…Continue

Tags: carbon monoxide, photoelectric, ionization, detector, smoke

 

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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"True to a degree, Spud, though I think Spock found a way to integrate his emotions into his Vulcan heritage.  Worthy of note:Logic is the beginning of wisdom, Valeris, not the end.-- Spock, Star Trek VI, The Undiscovered CountryVulcan or human,…"
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"I find that I am very saddened having heard of the death of Leonard Nimoy, whom many of us know better as Spock, the half-human, half-Vulcan science officer of the Starship Enterprise, who taught us more about what it is to be human than we might…"
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""Logic is the beginning of wisdom, Valeris, not the end." -- Spock/Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015) What a true talent, and how we shall miss him."
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"A man and his lizard ... classic!  [grin!]"
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Loren Miller replied to Joan Denoo's discussion We must offend religion more: Islam, Christianity and our tolerance for ancient myths, harmful ideas
"As it comes to nonsense, check out this response Sam Harris makes to Rabbi Wolpe regarding the nature of human beings ... and Elvis Presley: "
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Loren Miller replied to Joan Denoo's discussion We must offend religion more: Islam, Christianity and our tolerance for ancient myths, harmful ideas
"Joan, you have been victimized by religion to a far greater degree than many of us here.  As a result, if you are more vociferous and aggressive in your attacks on its foolishness, you have no apologies whatsoever to make, not from where I…"
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Ruth Anthony-Gardner replied to Loren Miller's discussion Seeing Things (TheraminTrees) in the group Hang With Friends
"Great video, thanks Loren!"
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Joan Denoo replied to Loren Miller's discussion Seeing Things (TheraminTrees) in the group Hang With Friends
"Excellent examples to illustrate his points. I like his voice, his ideas.   Perhaps it requires a pseudoscience, but I would surely like to know why I am "required" to work so hard? "Obsessive compulsive"?…"
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Loren Miller replied to Broken Xeno's discussion Muslim... Atheist?
"As many people have already pointed out, islam is not a race, any more than christianity is.  Both islam and christianity are religions and both have had their problems over the centuries.  The problem is that christianity has had its less…"
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Loren Miller replied to Broken Xeno's discussion Muslim... Atheist?
"My only guess about "half-muslim" would be that one of the parents was of the faith and the other wasn't.  I would also mention that there are PLENTY of EX-muslims out there for those who struggle with that belief system and…"
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"Happy-Happy, Chris!  All the very best of the day to you!"
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Loren Miller replied to matthew greenberg's discussion a National religion? gfy!
"Man ... there are an awful lot of people out there looking at a brown sky ... and I'm not really certain what to do about that."
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Loren Miller replied to Lemual Poot's discussion Human soul in the group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)
"Love is as slippery a concept as there is out there, yet it may still be demonstrable in actions and attitudes in evidence in the relationship.  If the concept of soul has any unique existence, it should be equally demonstrable.  If…"
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Loren Miller replied to Hiram's discussion Atheist Billboards Go Up in Puerto Rico to Promote Upcoming Conference
"EXCELLENT!  It's like the Peanut Butter Conspiracy - it's SPREADING! [grin!]"
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Loren Miller replied to Lemual Poot's discussion Human soul in the group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)
"If that's the case, here's a poser for you: if that same process could be emulated using silicon, gallium arsenide or other electronic technology, to the point of duplicating the process, would that process have a soul?"
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Loren Miller replied to Lemual Poot's discussion Human soul in the group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)
"As regards that, I think the following speaks to a general principle:"
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Loren Miller replied to Lemual Poot's discussion Human soul in the group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)
"If you can't quantify it, locate it, describe it objectively and uniquely, I have a tough time believing it exists.  The concept of "soul" on any level fails all the above tests, insofar as I'm concerned."Soul" is…"
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"Stephen Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Michael Shermer, Dan Barker ...Hell, I could go on all day!"
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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!

At 10:34am on November 19, 2014, Anita K said…

I'm glad you enjoyed your time here! Next time you should try the chili crab with hot buns; it's one of my favourite special-occasion dishes. (: Thank you for the welcome!

At 1:57pm on November 14, 2014, Joan Denoo said…

Thanks Loren, for the lead to The Midterm Elections Will Drastically Affect Humanists. I tried to get a link to the author and have a little chat. Then I decided I would do my thinking in public so others can smash my reasoning and tell me where I am all goofed up. But I don't have time to think it through right now. 

Basically, it is that Democrats have a tough time organizing ... the old herding cats syndrome ... and I see it as an organizational problem to be worked out through strategy. He hits the nail on the head. Now what?

At 11:59am on October 22, 2014, Idaho Spud said…

Loren, is there a way to block a specific person from showing-up in my e-mail?

At 10:19pm on October 10, 2014, Joan Denoo said…

Oh Loren, you torture me. I love Kahlua and Cointreau and they play terrible tricks on my diabetes. Actually, the liver is what is thrown off track and creates pain like you would not believe. I love alcohol. I love beer. I really love Glenmorangie single malt Scotch. These are loves of the past. I'll do the coffee, whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. 

Thanks. 

At 8:09pm on October 10, 2014, Joan Denoo said…

Oh Loren! I like anything coffee. I would like the recipe. Thanks 

At 9:44am on October 4, 2014, TheraminTrees said…

Cheers Loren. NIce to meet you. My name's Link by the way. Been away from YT for a while, but recently returned and feels nice to be back. Only came across Atheist Nexus a few days ago, but seems like a engaging space. All the best. 

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A Non-Trivial Question Regarding a Non-Trivial Religion

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 8:50am 18 Comments

I have a few questions, none of which are meant to be rhetorical:

  • If Islam demands the death penalty for apostasy, why should we tolerate Islam?
  • If Islam says that women must be veiled, why should we tolerate Islam?
  • If Islam cannot value women as equals to men, why should we tolerate Islam?
  • If Islam cannot tolerate the practice of freedom of speech, why should we tolerate Islam?
  • If Islam is determined to dominate the world, why should we…
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Scott Pelley on Charlie Hebdo, Terrorism, and the Press

Posted on January 10, 2015 at 7:56am 12 Comments

It isn't very often that I hear Scott Pelley offer an op-ed piece as a part of a news broadcast.  So when he closed the CBS Evening News of Friday, 9 January, 2015 with his observations on the attacks in Paris and how freedom of the press figures into the whole situation of terrorism, I thought it was notable enough to make mention of it here.  Mr. Pelley makes simple, straightforward points which resonate in the current time, and I believe his words are worthy of your attention. …

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The Science / Religion Dichotomy – Another View

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 11:11am 4 Comments

Christianity insists on dependence on its god and its savior.  Indeed, it demands submission to that supreme being, saying “thy will be done.”  Islam is not only no different, the very word means “submission.”  Both expect the believer to trust in Yahweh or Allah to provide for them and nurture them and bring meaning to their lives.  The price for that nurturance, though, is utter obedience without question.  One of the immediate consequences of such an attitude is vulnerability to…

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Is god good?

Posted on December 14, 2014 at 11:27am 26 Comments

Is god good?



If we’re going to ask that question, the first thing that has to be established is: whose “good” are we using as a standard?  If human good is to be the benchmark, then the task is relatively easy.  Whatever good god recognizes, however, will introduce a degree of vagary which may be insuperable.



Regardless of which deity is supervising this reality, he/she/it cannot be said to be good by human standards in the slightest measure, and one need look no…

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