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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pat Jun 10. 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. 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. 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

Thinkers Anonymous

Started this discussion. Last reply by Freethinker31 Jul 28. 16 Replies

Right off the top - I did not write this, and I honestly do not know who did.  I stumbled onto it this morning on the hard drive of my laptop, in a folder of a collection of written pieces I have…Continue

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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 a touch over four years!), so if you need a hand with something, please don't hesitate to give a shout.

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Loren Miller replied to Freethinker31's discussion Are Atheists too judgmental??
"Okay, just for reference - the following comes from Wikipedia, so it may not be the best, but... In male human anatomy, the foreskin is a double-layered fold of smooth muscle tissue, blood vessels, neurons, skin, and mucous membrane that covers the…"
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Loren Miller replied to Freethinker31's discussion Are Atheists too judgmental??
"YAY in Stinking SPADES!!!I have NO idea what my sex life would be like WITH a foreskin and That Pisses Me Off!  It's easy to take one's sex life for granted as is because you have no means to compare and you can't feel what you…"
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Loren Miller replied to sk8eycat's discussion Religious Parents Disown Gay Teens in the group LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends
"[sigh] How many times has Jackie's story been played back?  Thousands?  Tens of thousands?  THIS is what happens when an intangible, unknowable, non-existent god because more important to a parent than the child which is right in…"
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"FT, the removal of healthy tissue without compelling reason is mutilation BY MEDICAL DEFINITION.  The fact is that there is no such reason for circumcision, except in rare cases, the most common (relatively speaking) of those being penile…"
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Loren Miller replied to Sentient Biped's discussion Vast network of US Extremists Export AntigayPersecution: HRC Report in the group LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends
"In large portion, that's exactly what's happening, Bertold.  Too much of the first world is wise to their BS, so they go where ignorance is common, along with superstition, and education comes at a premium.  The RC church has as…"
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Loren Miller replied to Freethinker31's discussion Are Atheists too judgmental??
"Freethinker, the public criticism is already happening.  It started back when Madalyn Murray O'Hair filed her lawsuit against prayer in the schools 50+ years ago and continued in the wake of 9/11 with people such as Sam Harris, Christopher…"
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Loren Miller commented on Amanda Ashcraft's blog post Do Your Best And God Will Do The Rest
"Maybe ... or it may be that she is beginning to question her own faith.  Sometimes it doesn't take "hellish magnetics" to muck with someone's connection to a non-existent being, just a swift dose of the truth."
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Loren Miller commented on Amanda Ashcraft's blog post Do Your Best And God Will Do The Rest
"Wow.  Amanda, I can't tell you how many times I've seen variations on the theme bcats is laying out there.  I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, though.  There is no new thing under the christian sun, and that their…"
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Loren Miller replied to Freethinker31's discussion Are Atheists too judgmental??
"Seems to me you have a promising candidate for governor in Wendy Davis.  I hope she's developing a following there.  I'm rather impressed with her!"
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Loren Miller commented on Amanda Ashcraft's blog post Do Your Best And God Will Do The Rest
"Once again I'm reminded of the old saw about: "God helps those who help themselves."  To me, that's as much as saying that you better help yourself because god is stuck on the sidelines.  We remain the authors of our…"
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Loren Miller replied to Freethinker31's discussion Are Atheists too judgmental??
"Why should we give time or consideration to opinions or points of view that have no basis in fact?  Why should we defer to believers whose positions have no objective support?  Why should we even consider: Arguments from…"
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"I wonder if atheists are genuinely less empathetic, or whether their perceived as being less empathetic because they are less prone to bullshit. I flatter myself that I'm willing to listen to an opinion other than my own, but if that opinion is…"
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Loren Miller commented on Joan Denoo's blog post I see good things coming out of Atheist Nexus
"Michael, most if not all the theists believe the hype and the propaganda. So long as they believe that way, we need to be vocal against them. The more atheists are out, the more the truth will come out with us."
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Loren Miller commented on Joan Denoo's blog post I see good things coming out of Atheist Nexus
"Hell, Pat, that I get mentioned in the same sentence as YOU takes me aback a bit, and thanks to Joan that she did that.  I've said it many times: I'm just doing what I can here.  Every so often, the muse bites me on the ass, and…"
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"Daniel, sadly the general population at large has yet to understand the pernicious influence that is religion, nor can they be bothered to look at religion with the kind of skeptical point of view that we have.  On the odd times when they do…"
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"Sam Harris has said repeatedly that Osama bin Laden and his organization operated under a "reasonable" reading of the quran.  While Al Qaeda has rejected ISIS for being "too militant," personally, I'm not certain I see…"
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Loren Miller replied to Freethinker31's discussion Are Atheists too judgmental??
"Oh, COME ON!  Argumentum ad populum?!?  Freethinker, you should know better.  Lots of people used to think that there was nothing wrong with slavery or keeping women or blacks from having the vote.  Times have changed, and at…"
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At 9:49am on September 13, 2014, Pat said…

Judge Posner wrote the opinion. This may come as a surprise, but Posner was appointed to the federal appeals court by none other than Ronald Reagan. However, as the Republican Party shifted further and further to the extreme right, he distanced himself from it. If you can get the audio link that recorded the oral arguments, it is fascinating. Posner politely rips the opponents of marriage equality a new one.

At 6:47pm on August 22, 2014, Pat said…

I tend to agree that the next President will be a woman. It will, in all probability, be Jeb Bush v. Hilllary Clinton. My $$$ is on Hillary, just because the Bush name is a gross anathema. If so, the teabaggers will continue to obstruct anything to improve or advance the US. I listen to them scream "I want my country back." Me? I want want my country forward.

At 12:03pm on August 22, 2014, Pat said…

Loren, sorry it's taken me so darn long to get back to you about Boehner's lawsuit against the President. You're correct in that I found it...well, not interesting from the standpoint of Boehner...but more of a bad episode of bizarre theater here in the US.

The author of the article in Daily Kos is 100% correct in that federal courts, unlike state courts, are courts of very limited jurisdiction. The only cases federal courts can hear are those enumerated in the US Constitution,an interpretation of a provision of the Constitution, or what what Congress authorizes them to hear.

Here's the real underlying stupidity of this lawsuit. Congress could pass a statute giving federal courts jurisdiction to hear this case. Before it goes into effect, guess what chief executive of the US government has to sign it into law?

The whole thing is nothing more than a propaganda ploy to get the true believers would up like a group of striped nosed baboons in a primate house throwing feces against the wall. The mid-terms should b interesting.

At 9:39am on August 9, 2014, Andrew Bradford Hoke said…

Hello Loren,

Thanks for welcoming me to the site, and sorry for taking so long to get back to you.

I'm really enjoying this online community. I'm learning a lot and thinkg a lot :)

At 2:39pm on August 6, 2014, Patricia said…

Could probably make the attempt Loren. I feel pretty green here as I was no computer expert to begin with.

I just got thoroughly fed up to the teeth & beyond with Windows getting sticky, & all costly the antivirus/spyware which are MUSTS to run anything! The straw that broke the camel's back was I heard support for Windows 7 runs out in January, but a subscription could be purchased yearly for 5 more years of support. Mr. Gates is getting no more of my pension! I tried a macbook, but couldn't upgrade it & could not afford anything newer. This refurbished vaio 15" laptop was $75 with a fresh install of the Ubuntu.

I'll start writing a draft maybe, & see how it goes.

Thanks Loren.

At 6:02am on July 7, 2014, Zerin Firoz said…

Ya Bangladesh and thanks a lot again for welcoming me so warmly! :)

At 7:42am on June 23, 2014, Joan Denoo said…

Loren! What an affirmation of what I have been trying to get across sine the 1980s. I watched it happen, slowly at first, and then exponentially. I didn't have a computer in those days and did all the calculations from paper and pencil and watched the trendline move upward. 

Thank you much! Indeed, I will order the book and look forward to reading it. 

Buy the way, I didn't see confirmation from economists, even though I read everything I can get my hands on. One day, I ran across Steve Keen, an economist from Australia and he confirmed what I was seeing. Whew!

At 9:42pm on April 26, 2014, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

I edited the title, but once the URL is created, that's fixed.

At 3:08pm on April 21, 2014, K J said…

Thanks for your welcome! I applied to the Clergy Project nearly a year ago and was refused because I could not answer the screener's questions "correctly". At the time I had just admitted to myself (after a 15 year horrendously painful journey) that I am an Atheist, so perhaps that's why I wasn't able to satisfy the screener. I'm considering re-applying, as I am better able to express my thoughts and position. Appreciate your encouragement.

At 1:56pm on February 12, 2014, Joan Denoo said…

Loren, just to let you know I have seen the article you recommended and have it highlighted to read more thoroughly. Thanks for thinking of me about Reagan and Obama. No doubt, I will have a comment or two to make. 

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The Irony of a Frightened Jehovah

Posted on September 7, 2014 at 10:25am 4 Comments

I was watching a profile piece on CBS Sunday Morning about actor Steve Bucemi a bit ago, when I heard that actor in one of his roles offer the following poignant observation:



Do you think God stays in heaven, because he too lives in fear of what he’s created?



If there were a god of any stripe who was responsible for the creation of Homo sapiens, I should think he’d be pissing his pants by now, and with good reason.  Ever since Yahweh made the…

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A New Icon for Atheists - Frank Sinatra!

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 7:19am 12 Comments

I can remember the voice of Frank Sinatra from back when I was a kid.  My father wasn't quite a fan, but he had more than a couple albums which got played regularly and which I can still recall in my head when I want to.  Certainly, Ol' Blue Eyes was a vocal technician of the first water.  His intonation, treatment of even the simplest phrase, breath control and overall execution place him deservedly in a rarefied atmosphere shared with a scant few other artists, and that by itself is…

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Seth Andrews - "The Ultimate Question"

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 7:00am 6 Comments

Seth Andrews is NOT “The Thinking Atheist.”  He’ll tell you this himself, and doubtless, he’s tired of disavowing that that sobriquet was in any way meant to represent him.  He wanted it to be an icon to represent atheists who THINK, who have reasoned their way to the conclusion: “Religion simply does not make sense.”  All the above notwithstanding, there can be no argument that Mr. Andrews is A thinking atheist, even if he isn’t THE Thinking Atheist.



As evidence to…

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The Problem With "The Leftovers"

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 9:14am 15 Comments

When we think of irrational behavior, we naturally think of human beings first, of their ability to act based on belief rather than fact, to operate without regard to their own wellbeing or that of others they are charged with caring for or some other related behavioral anomaly.  However, what if there were an irrationality in the laws of physics and of nature, which allowed two percent of the world’s population to suddenly vanish, with the speed of throwing a light switch?  Babies from…

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