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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 on Monday. 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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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 Ceil's discussion Please help me maintain some sanity... It just isn't true!
"How about:Life's biggest decision is what you do and how you deal with YOURSELF.Jesus has no demonstrable existence outside of the bible, any more than his putative father does.  Attempting to deal with what is NOT is a waste of time and a…"
2 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on nice girl's blog post Why I am here
""Tough moments," yeah.  Moments when the facts just seem to outweigh the dogma ... mostly because they DO, yet no one around you is willing to admit that the emperor doesn't have a stitch on him.  That's why this place…"
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Religion Reverses Everything

This was my speech at Imagine_No_Religion_3 in Kamloops British Columbia on 2013/05/19.
Loren Miller replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion Should Five-Year-Olds Be Taught That They're Hellbound Sinners?
"I never heard the antenna trip either, but then who is surprised when irrational thought grabs onto anything because it can?  Some dimwit could say the same thing about joist-and-stud house construction if they wanted!  More than likely,…"
Loren Miller replied to Joe's discussion Ireland: Atheists not hopeful of ‘blasphemy’ referendum, in spite of UN pressure in the group Atheist News
"I wonder how much of Ireland can be rallied in opposition to this law after the pregnancy death incident there in 2012.  This law is so obviously a product of catholic influence, and as I understand it, attitudes regarding the church in…"
Loren Miller replied to Joe's discussion Judges rule that Ground Zero Cross can stay at 9/11 museum in the group Atheist News
"Depending on what the sitting judge's personal views are, this is entirely too predictable.  The question now becomes: will American Atheists appeal the decision?"
Loren Miller commented on Little Name Atheist's group Atheist Ailurophiles
"It would seem that we have a Sink Cat!"
Loren Miller commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"That just stinks, Randall; I'm terribly sorry to hear it.  I realize there ain't much I can do, but I'm here if you wanna talk or whatever..."
Loren Miller replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion Should Five-Year-Olds Be Taught That They're Hellbound Sinners?
"A few years ago here on A|N someone told the story of how he was in church one Sunday morning when he was called out of the sanctuary because his son was upset.  His son was in Sunday School and the topic that day was - you guessed it - hell,…"
Loren Miller replied to John Jubinsky's discussion Giant Telescope Approved for Construction in Hawaii in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Very Seriously NEAT!!!"
Freethinker31 replied to Loren Miller's discussion Thinkers Anonymous
"OOPS!!  So sorry  Loren  for spelling  your name wrong....the edit  key  was not  working...."
Freethinker31 replied to Loren Miller's discussion Thinkers Anonymous
"Looks Good  Lauren.......Lets  do it!!!!"
Loren Miller commented on Bertold Brautigan's blog post Do We Exist?
"Luara, at least with a chair, you have something tangible to consider, test, and ultimately, to sit in.  There remains no mechanism for testing any one of the thousands of gods being posited over the millennia.  Obviously, those who…"
Loren Miller replied to Loren Miller's discussion Thinkers Anonymous
"Freethinker31, as "Reply" isn't working at the moment, may I suggest Seth Andrews' excellent icon:"
Freethinker31 replied to Loren Miller's discussion Thinkers Anonymous
"Loren....We should  use the  statue  of `The Thinker'    as our  mascot.....I wonder  if  too much thinking is common  with  most Atheists?......I enjoyed the article and now  have  to…"
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Michael Penn replied to Loren Miller's discussion Thinkers Anonymous
"Loren that one is priceless."
Pat commented on Loren Miller's status
"Turns out you can't edit what you just posted, either."
Sentient Biped replied to Loren Miller's discussion Thinkers Anonymous
"Unfortunately this alert has not helped.  I can't seem to stop thinking.  Help!"

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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. 

At 8:39am on January 28, 2014, Michael Penn said…
I just replied you from my private e-mail as a message did not show up in Nexus. After the reply I could click here and go to the comment wall. I have Firefox and have not had this problem before. It might be Charter on this end, OR just clear up after I reboot the computer. Who knows? I do know that I cannot click "message" on your Nexus page and send you anything. That part just does not work. Earlier clicking DOG's link to a reply about Walter Brown did not work. That link is working agian now. Very strange problem.
At 8:12am on January 28, 2014, Michael Penn said…
It clears every time I close my browser. At the moment answering you is no problem. If you get this message then I'm not sure what was causing the problem in the first place?
At 7:58am on January 9, 2014, Randall Smith said…

Don't mind me and my "old age" opinions. Heck over the years I've gone to countless baseball games (esp when I lived in L.A.), one pro football game, some pro basketball games, and many college football and basketball games. But, as I said, that was back before ESPN, etc. Like you, I really don't regret seeing them all in person. I guess it's a state of mind. And I should define "crazy"!

At 10:01am on January 7, 2014, Joan Denoo said…

Randall, thank you so much for reminding me that you steered me to the "amputee" site. I am sorry I forgot my source. 

I am so with you on the prayer thing and I had the same thought about the prayers for the girl who died. People, get up off your knees, unfold your hands, and start working toward sensible gun laws and the social institutions that fail to detect insanity that brings about such tragedy. 

You are right about not being too bold about non-belief in a crowd of Hell's Angels who are christian, or whatever. Judicious boldness seems to be right. 

I got really far behind reading my mail while at my daughter's home and with my five great-grandchildren. Thanks for being patient.

At 9:54am on January 7, 2014, Joan Denoo said…

Loren, thanks for the heads up on your new piece. I am reading it now. I really appreciate you calling my attention to this subject that gets my bells ringing. I'll get back to you after reading it. 

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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…


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…


The Wisdom of Bertolt Brecht

Posted on June 14, 2014 at 11:38am 7 Comments

Saturday morning.  My wife sleeps in because she can and I don’t because my sleep-in gene wigged out about 10 squares back.  Feed the cats, check email, scope out what’s going on with Atheist Nexus and Car and Driver Backfires and it’s not even 7:30 yet.  Okay, time for breakfast, then.  A bowl of Rice Chex and a glass of OJ later and eight o’clock is still at least 15 minutes away.  A quick check on YouTube tells me that not a whole lot new is going on there, but, out of somewhere in…


My Response to the Cancellation of "Atheist America"

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 6:23am 15 Comments

As Matthew Greenberg alerted us yesterday, a planned exhibit - "Atheist America" - has been cancelled by the Smithsonian.  To put it at its mildest, I am NOT down with that and less so that this decision was caused by threats of violence from people who would have us believe they are…


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