Added by Loren Miller on June 6, 2011 at 7:42am —
My partner just read up what is one of the more disturbing videos I think I have ever seen on YouTube. On it is recorded a violent assault against a transsexual woman in a McDonalds in Rosedale, MD. The video was shot by an employee who actually egged the attackers on as the assault progressed. Worthy of note, said employee is now looking for work. A bit of Googling yielded more than a couple hits regarding this incident. If you're curious, allow me to offer… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on April 26, 2011 at 6:56pm —
The following is a piece I wrote for another board after a prolonged and largely fruitless discussion with a pair of young, indoctrinated theists, whose naivete not just about their beliefs and religions but how those beliefs and religions interact with our world was downright frightening. I found that I was moved to write a rebuttal to their insistent cluelessness, and have further opted to bring that post here.
To us, most of this post is intuitively obvious. Kindly… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on August 7, 2010 at 11:05am —
I feel like that cartoon character who, having heard or seen something so fantastic as to be beyond belief, he remarks to the camera, "Well, now
I've seen EVERYTHING
." And maybe I have.
Believe it or don't, General Motors has decided that, to help preserve the brand and therefore protect it from extinction, Chevrolet will no longer be referred to as "Chevy." Don't believe me? Check out… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on June 10, 2010 at 7:00am —
Whoever it was who posted Barbara Ehrenreich's piece on the fallacy of positive thinking, I want to thank him/her for that ... because in so doing, I ran onto another piece done by the same YouTube contributor, RSA Animate, this time on the concept of drive and what works in motivating people.
I think about this particularly as regards the financial meltdown and the association with Wall Street and megabucks and the current financial separation between the guys doing the work and the… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on May 24, 2010 at 8:58am —
I had gone out to my new car to experiment with its iPod interface. After a few fits and starts with the controls, I found it to work very well indeed and that the sound quality coming through the speakers, while not at the utter, premium, state of the art level, was still very enjoyable and would be a plus on an anticipated eight-hour trip to North Carolina to watch and celebrate my daughter’s graduation from college.
Stepping out of my car, I turned to discover a car parked in my… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on April 26, 2010 at 10:30am —
I have been a habitual watcher of CBS News' "Face the Nation" for more years than I care to count, and for most of those years, I have enjoyed the end commentary of its current host, Bob Schieffer, as much for his common sense as for his incisiveness. Today (4 April, 2010), Bob decided to hold forth on the current dilemma in the Catholic Church, and while I haven't the respect he has for the church's "knowledge" or values, I am very much pleased to hear such a doyen newsman hold forth in the… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on April 4, 2010 at 11:18am —
Vladimir Ashkenazy is not your average orchestra conductor. First of all, do not expect him to arrive on stage in the traditional formal coat and black tie. The coat may be there, but I think tight collars and he don’t get along, as he prefers a white turtleneck, on stage and elsewhere as well! His style of conducting is equally individual. As opposed to the stiff ramrod school of conducting, Ashkenazy gets his entire body into the act, conveying nuances of the score in front of him with… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on March 21, 2010 at 10:00am —
Somewhere on A|N I found this video last night. To say I found Dan Harris's report disturbing would put it mildly, and as I am bisexual, I have all the more reason for alarm at the behavior of the catholic bishop and others regarding Uganda's proposed law proscribing homosexuals virtually in toto.
However, something else occurred to me this morning upon… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on March 15, 2010 at 7:24am —
So if we're all good little boys and girls, pray to jebus and all that good stuff, eat his body and drink his blood and obey his commandments, we're good to go, right?Sportin' Life
: It ain't necessarily so....
Just as a point of information, I just now googled the world population and it came up at 6,692,030,277. According to Revelation, the total number of those heading to heaven are a measly 144,000, 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on February 12, 2010 at 8:15am —
I just got done listening to a fascinating piece
on NPR's "Morning Edition," which dealt with two major processes within the brain and the internal conflict which can occur between them. This was demonstrated by an intriguing experiment described in the story involving memorization of a number which could be from two to seven digits in length, followed by a distraction in the form of a choice between… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on January 26, 2010 at 8:13am —
I have just sent the following to:
- Ohio Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge
- Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown
- Ohio Senator George Voinovich
In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision which, for all intents and purposes, strikes down the McCain-Feingold campaign finance laws, let’s get something straight here:
You were voted in by THE PEOPLE, NOT some corporation with deep pockets, NOT some lobbying group with a lavish budget, but the… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on January 22, 2010 at 9:00am —
It’s a fact: unemployment consists mostly of boredom, at least in this day and age. This is a fact I’ve actually had very little problem in adapting to since 1) I like my own company and 2) I generally have no problem finding SOMETHING to do with myself under such circumstances. There is a degree of routine which you get into regarding dealing with the weekly exigencies of filing for unemployment, storing the notices returned by ODJFS, checking out the weekly job offerings from Monster… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on January 20, 2010 at 8:06am —
I've been reading the post and discussion from Alber Crombie's discussion, "Are Theists Unnatural?
" with great interest. I started writing an entry to their discussion and found myself writing the proverbial War and Peace
in response. Rather than deluge their discussion with my… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on January 17, 2010 at 2:32pm —
Not that long ago, I watched a somewhat entertaining movie entitled The Contender
. Said movie posits the death of the currently seated Vice President of the United States and proposes a bold replacement: a well-qualified woman who is also an atheist. Said woman is one Laine Hanson, played credibly by Joan Allen. Her character is made purposefully controversial and while I do not agree with all her positions, I find her attitude about the relationship or lack thereof between religion and… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on January 4, 2010 at 7:55am —
I was just perusing positiveatheism.org when I came upon the following. I always knew (especially from his testimony on Capitol Hill regarding the "suggestive lyrics" foofaraw that Zappa was intelligent and well-spoken, but this just about says it all regarding the whole god and religion kick:
The whole foundation of Christianity is based on the idea that intellectualism is the work of the Devil. Remember the apple on the tree? Okay, it was the Tree of Knowledge. "You eat this… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on January 2, 2010 at 6:30pm —
Well ... I don't know what happened to my original post of this article which was originally written in 1992 and which I posted here a couple weeks ago, but SOMETHING happened to it. I continue to think that, as a matter of women's rights and the whole Pro-Choice / Pro-Birth issue that it deserves to be here, and if someone thinks otherwise, I would like to hear their rationale before unceremoniously rendering the following to the bit bucket. Again, please note, I was not a fully fledged… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on December 12, 2009 at 9:41am —
Yet another in a series of things I wrote some time back (September of 2005, in this case) which I thought might be of interest in this venue. Granted, to most of us, the following is intuitively obvious ... but sometimes you just gotta say, "What the hell...."
“You see there is only one constant. One universal. It is the only real truth. Causality. Action, reaction. Cause and effect.”
While the Merovingian was a snotty,… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on December 8, 2009 at 9:00am —
Back in May of 2006, I decided to put together a piece for the NPR project, "This I Believe." To date, I haven't sent it in, mostly because it times out over five minutes and as it says what I want it to say, I'm loathe to cut it. In any case, here it be:
I have no faith. While I was raised Christian Protestant at the Northfield Congregational Church in white-bread north suburban Chicago, I never fully bought into the dogma I was… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on December 4, 2009 at 8:02am —
THOU SHALT NOT BLASPHEME AGAINST THE LORD THY GOD!
... or some such drivel. Very few of us would have much difficulty imagining such a commandment coming out of the Old Testament, and if I bothered to dig (which I won't!), I could probably find something which approximates that. Proclamations or laws of this sort are the product of autocratic thinking at the least, and dated thought which doesn't reflect a more sophisticated society, which embraces freedom of speech and… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on November 24, 2009 at 8:51am —