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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 replied to Allen Dudley's discussion I Wouldn't Call Him "Doctor"
"Don't forget Advanced Fly-Fishing!  [grin!]"
4 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on tayson peeters's blog post is there any (monotheistic or claiming to be) religion of peace?
"As far as islamic extremists are concerned, if these guys are less islamic than extremist, how come their actions are always accompanied by shouts of, "Allahu Akbar?!?"Oh, and if you really want a religion of peace, check out…"
yesterday
Loren Miller replied to Sanjoy's discussion Hi
"Greets, Sanjoy, and welcome to Atheist Nexus.  I think you'll find that, whether you're talking about christianity, islam or scientology, we're all equal-opportunity offenders around here, so feel free to throw it down.  I…"
yesterday
Loren Miller replied to Allen Dudley's discussion I Wouldn't Call Him "Doctor"
"So they don't teach math at Liberty University, eh?  Probably not science or engineering, either.  Yet I'd bet a cup of coffee that "Dr." Hays has a nice car, probably a TV at home and a cell phone in his pocket, all of…"
yesterday
Loren Miller commented on Steve's blog post Death as an Atheist
"At the risk of paraphrasing what William Wallace said in the movie, Braveheart:We all die.  Not all of us live ... or at least, not all of us live consciously, understanding the limited, finite life that we have and value that for all that…"
yesterday
Loren Miller replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Koch Bros ready to buy 2016 US election in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"The Kochs want a plutocracy, plain and simple, and they may have enough money to get their wish.  Can we hope that some politicians might just come out publicly and say, 'I won't take money from the Kochs" and that maybe such a…"
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Loren Miller replied to Matt Gabe's discussion The afterlife should still matter to atheists
"I do not fear death. I'd been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience.--Mark Twain"
Tuesday
Loren Miller replied to Brian Edward Croner's discussion Religion Determines Mental Age in the group Apostate Atheists
"If we’re to grow up as a species, we need to address the systems that infantilize us.-- TheraminTrees"
Tuesday
Loren Miller commented on Randall Smith's blog post THE BIG FAT SURPRISE
"Hell, anyone who's ever been on the Atkins diet knows this!  Only problem is STAYING on the Atkins diet!"
Tuesday
Loren Miller commented on Dyslexic's DOG's blog post Most Christian Apologists Attacking Atheism are themselves Frauds!
"The fact that they leave things out and omit nuance and context as regards scientific facts they cite is indisputable.  William Lane Craig was called on this recently in a debate in Australia:When you can't check his facts, or he…"
Tuesday
Loren Miller commented on Dyslexic's DOG's blog post Most Christian Apologists Attacking Atheism are themselves Frauds!
"And I still prefer Mr. Boghossian's definition of faith:Pretending to know something you don't know.These guys cherry-pick facts and scientific developments the same way they pick-and-choose from the bible.  The result is that, to…"
Tuesday
Loren Miller replied to jay H's discussion Another apochalypse !!, well sort of...
"Hey, I remember the one which hit in (I think) 1996, because I was supposed to go up to East Fishkill to install a system and teach a maintenance course.  I was SUPPOSED to be there Sunday night.  I actually got there TUESDAY night.As it…"
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Loren Miller replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion Death with Misery (AKA "The Kiss of Jesus") - Brought to You by the RCC
"Patients experiencing suffering that cannot be alleviated should be helped to appreciate the Christian understanding of redemptive suffering. Pardon my French, but GET THE FUCK OUT!  Has it occurred to the RCC that not everyone who might…"
Monday
Loren Miller replied to Asa Watcher's discussion Dawkins' "love letters"
"Totally HIGH-Larious!  Dawkins' utterly low-key, "so-what-else-is-new?" attitude toward those who seem to be so threatened by what he has to say makes for the perfect rebuttal.I THINK there's a "Part Two" on…"
Monday
Loren Miller replied to Joan Denoo's discussion My gravesite inscription
"Thanks, Joan.  If I can make any kind of difference, that's how I want to."
Monday
Loren Miller replied to Joan Denoo's discussion My gravesite inscription
"This is hardly final but:I was always glad to help,I hope I helped enough."
Monday
Loren Miller replied to Christina Fiscus's discussion Another attempt to undercut same-sex marriages in the group LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends
"The inoculation program hasn't been entirely successful - anti-vax-ers, sad to say! [grin!]"
Sunday
Loren Miller replied to Christina Fiscus's discussion Another attempt to undercut same-sex marriages in the group LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends
"SSSSHHHHH!  Don't tell THEM that!  You'll give 'em a bad case of cognitive dissonance!"
Sunday
Loren Miller replied to Christina Fiscus's discussion Another attempt to undercut same-sex marriages in the group LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends
"Not just people who are different, but people they don't know, people they've never met, people they're only aware of more than likely because someone (likely in a church) put up a straw man and pretended that it was the real thing,…"
Sunday
Loren Miller replied to Christina Fiscus's discussion Another attempt to undercut same-sex marriages in the group LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends
"As the article itself states, christian bigotry, plain and simple.  If it passes, it will doubtless be challenged in the courts almost immediately.  I would hope Oklahoma's on state courts could handle the matter, though with the…"
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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. 

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.

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Scott Pelley on Charlie Hebdo, Terrorism, and the Press

Posted on January 10, 2015 at 7:56am 13 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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I want to live in a world where...

Posted on December 6, 2014 at 8:38am 26 Comments

Just watched “The Best of Charlie Skinner” on YouTube for the umpti-umpth time.  Sam Waterston’s portrayal of Charlie in the HBO series, The Newsroom,  is dear to me for his alternation between avuncular father-figure and curmudgeonly news director, and I get a big kick out of him.  Watching that made me think about how much I’d love to see Atlantis Cable News become a real, actual news organization, and then…

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