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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 Nick Bottom's discussion Solicitors, go away
"Hey, Nick!One thing you can do with some of these dips is pull the old switcheroo on 'em.  They want to give you a tract?  Lay your own tract on them!  Attached here is something I put together a little while back which can give…"
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Loren Miller replied to Nick Bottom's discussion Howdy, y'all
"Greets, Nick, and welcome to Atheist Nexus!  [A bit of Bill the Bard bearing on "Bottom"?!?]  I suspect you'll have a good time here, as we're all atheists to one degree or another, and if you need help finding your way…"
19 hours ago
Loren Miller replied to Luara's discussion ISIS apparently beheaded James Foley
"ISIS thinks they can terrorize the world into compliance.  What it seems they've forgotten is that they might also piss at least some of the world into reaction ... which might not go so well for them."
20 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on Freethinker31's blog post Respect for other peoples culture
"Freethinker, if there was an exodus out of Egypt, there should be evidence somewhere which doesn't depend on the bible or any portion of that document.  To date, I am aware of no such evidence, archeological or otherwise.  I would…"
Loren Miller commented on Joan Denoo's group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Found on Daily Kos.com: Politics is like driving. If you want to go backward, put it in R. If you want to go forward, put it in D. "
Loren Miller replied to Morgan West's discussion Most ignorant comments about religion
"Actually, that's more like five Billion (with a "B") years before the sun burns out ... though this planet will become uninhabitable long before that happens because of changes in the sun's behavior, never mind what homo sapiens…"
Loren Miller replied to Morgan West's discussion Most ignorant comments about religion
"I am tired of living in a world where we stupidly sit by and allow people to pretend to have the moral high ground when they are advocating and making excuses for moral absurdities and atrocities.-- Matt Dillahunty, host of "The Atheist…"
Loren Miller commented on Little Name Atheist's group Atheist Ailurophiles
"I suppose you're all wondering why I gathered you here today..."
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""Do you think they might be ... happier over there if they could just get women and booze in the same room at the same time?" - C. Wilson"
Loren Miller commented on Freethinker31's blog post Respect for other peoples culture
"Any ol' time, Pat.  Glad to help."
Loren Miller commented on Freethinker31's blog post Respect for other peoples culture
"Part One of The Bible Unearthed may be found here on YouTube."
Loren Miller commented on Little Name Atheist's group Atheist Ailurophiles
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Loren Miller commented on Freethinker31's blog post Respect for other peoples culture
"If the bible deserves ANY respect in any discipline, especially historical, I don't know about it.  From a literary point of view, certainly, there are tons of authors who cite the bible.  That doesn't make those authors smart;…"
Loren Miller commented on Freethinker31's blog post Respect for other peoples culture
"FT, the problem is that those espousing islam are NOT entirely "on their own," nor do they appear to be willing to live and let live.  There is desire aplenty for a United Caliphate of America among islamists, and if not the US, then…"
Loren Miller commented on Freethinker31's blog post Respect for other peoples culture
"George W. Bush was likely mistaken in his attempt to superimpose democracy on a nation and peoples who were ill-equipped or prepared to accept it or understand its principles and implications.  That said, I still maintain that individual…"
Loren Miller commented on Freethinker31's blog post Respect for other peoples culture
"I stated the following (with a slight amendment) elsewhere on A|N, but it bears repeating: "
Loren Miller commented on Freethinker31's blog post Respect for other peoples culture
"Michael, culture and religion have, for the better portion of human history, been very nearly inseparable parts of each other.  I suspect it was only with the advent of the US Constitution that some attempt was made to segregate religion from…"
Loren Miller commented on Freethinker31's blog post Respect for other peoples culture
"I agree entirely with Pat's statement and his position on this matter.  When a practice or tradition of a given culture empowers one person or group to manipulate another person or group in a negative fashion, an infringement of rights has…"
Loren Miller replied to Sentient Biped's discussion Jesus Got a Haircut!
"You don't think he uses it?  Then HOW does he keep his hair so FABULOUS?!?"

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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. 

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"!

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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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