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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

Tags: anonymous, thinkers, humor


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About Me:
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 Loren Miller's discussion How To - Insert a Picture or Other Graphic in the group How To Do It!
"Very cool beans, GC!  I've wanted to be able to do that on occasion, but didn't see how to in this environment.  Many thanks!"
3 hours ago
Grinning Cat replied to Loren Miller's discussion How To - Insert a Picture or Other Graphic in the group How To Do It!
"Here's how to get two or more pictures together on a line, like in this posting: All of the "Layout" options put the picture on a line by itself. If there were a way to choose "no special treatment", the picture would…"
4 hours ago
Loren Miller replied to Atheist Andrea's discussion Are you open about being an atheist or are you in the closet?
"[groan!] Do NOT get me started about Kevin Sorbo and that waste of celluloid.  I think the term, "straw man" was invented for Sorbo and the film both.  It may even kill brain cells, though I haven't tested that hypothesis…"
5 hours ago
Loren Miller replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Martian atmosphere explodes from comet tail debris in the group Astronomers
"I have to say, Ruth, I smell a rat on this one.  NASA reports no such event, and the YouTube comments on the video frankly sound like this guy is playing to the woo-woo crowd."
6 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on Darrel Ray's blog post A Pastafarian Sex Prayer
"In the name of the farfalle, the sauce, and the holy meatball!Ramen!"
6 hours ago
Idaho Spud liked Loren Miller's blog post A New Icon for Atheists - Frank Sinatra!
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Loren Miller replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
"Put simply: don't start fights - FINISH THEM."
19 hours ago
Loren Miller replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
"Postscript: as a troubleshooter, I may listen to the customer when he describes the problem, but that doesn't mean I have to abide by what he says. Too many customers are poorly informed or poorly educated as regards the equipment that they…"
19 hours ago
Loren Miller replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
"Dawkins has a well-deserved respect for science, because science delivers real, practical, believable answers. By comparison, religion delivers nothing of the sort. I understand Dawkins' point of view, because I'm an engineer. More…"
19 hours ago
Loren Miller replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
"As I have said many times, I don't attack the believer so much as I go after the beliefs.  The problem remains, though, that so many believers identify with their beliefs as to create an identity between the two - darned if you do, darned…"
Loren Miller replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
"How outspoken?  How about: "As outspoken as we need to be as regards church-state separation issues on the local, state and federal level?"  And here I am far less concerned about "In god we trust" on the money than I…"
Loren Miller replied to Michael Penn's discussion Hitchens And Williams in Hell - Theists In A Fog
"Oooooo, Craig!  What. You. Said!"
Loren Miller commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Oh, THAT one is PREMIUM, Mindy!"
Loren Miller replied to James M. Martin's discussion Clown Show Coming: Why the Republitards Will Lose in 2016 Unless They Wise Up and Pick a Charismatic Candidate
"I have to say, though, having glanced at the article, Rand is less about changing his mind than the is repackaging the same old crap he's been hawking since Letter A.  How this makes him look "interesting" is beyond me.  I…"
Loren Miller replied to James M. Martin's discussion Arguing With Religionists is Getting Boring; All They Have is Dogma, So Argumentum is at Best a Novelty, Like a Computer Survey with Real Icons
"Anyone want to mention to these idiots that cunnalingus and fellatio could be considered abnormal as well ... but I doubt they want to hear that."
Loren Miller replied to James M. Martin's discussion Clown Show Coming: Why the Republitards Will Lose in 2016 Unless They Wise Up and Pick a Charismatic Candidate
"I haven't read the Time magazine article yet, though how they figure Rand is actually INTERESTING is beyond me.  Far as I'm concerned, he's yet one more GOP hack with no new ideas while trying to spin them as though they are new."
Loren Miller replied to James M. Martin's discussion Clown Show Coming: Why the Republitards Will Lose in 2016 Unless They Wise Up and Pick a Charismatic Candidate
"It sounds like you're referring to Bobby Jindal, who bears a striking resemblance to ol' Alfred!"
Loren Miller replied to James M. Martin's discussion Clown Show Coming: Why the Republitards Will Lose in 2016 Unless They Wise Up and Pick a Charismatic Candidate
"Let's be real: the GOP clown car's occupants really haven't changed that much (if at all) since 2012.  With the extreme influence of the TEA party and their apparent complete lack of concern for the middle class, it's more…"
Loren Miller commented on Joan Denoo's blog post How Did We Become a Society Suspicious of Science?
"Agreed, sk8eycat.  RAH made a similar comment in Stranger in a Strange Land - Ben Caxton to Gillian Boardman - something to the effect of: "It's only slightly less important than your own heartbeat.""
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"Now THERE is a truism if ever I saw one!"

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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. 


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. 

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!

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The Particular Problem with Islam

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 9:53am 17 Comments

On Sunday morning, 12 October, 2014, I listened to Reza Aslan as he spent three minutes saying next to nothing of consequence regarding the contretemps of a week ago between Sam Harris and Ben Affleck on Real Time with Bill Maher.  Whatever Aslan wanted to accomplish with his vacuous commentary is beyond me, which doesn’t stop me from seeing it and him as being problematic as…


"Break a Leg"? Thanks, I'd Rather Not

Posted on October 5, 2014 at 11:30am 21 Comments

I was watching a segment of CBS Sunday Morning today, when a segment was presented about a new Broadway production, “It’s Only a Play.”  During that piece, Lesley Stahl asked the cast about the expected fortunes of this new work and what the reviews might be.  The reactions of the players, whether feigned or real, bothered the hell out of me and were of the tenor of “you don’t EVER talk about that in the theater!”  Eventually, there was conversation on those issues, but that the superstition…


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…


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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