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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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Met this fine fellow at the FFRF FSM Spaghetti Dinner this past Saturday (28 March, 2015). Very neat gentleman, talented, sharp and engaging.
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Loren Miller replied to Dyslexic's DOG's discussion Easter Is Celebrating The Mesopotamian Deity Ishtar (pron. easter), Has Nothing To Do With Jesus Christ.
"Rabbit?!?  I thought it was an aardvark!  [giggle!]"
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Loren Miller commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I attended my first local FFRF function yesterday - a spaghetti dinner, hosted by the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  It was during that event that I met this fellow:REALLY nice guy, utterly approachable, a real pleasure to chat with. …"
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Loren Miller replied to Joan Denoo's discussion The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling in the group Hang With Friends
"The internet is where religion goes to die.-- Thunderf00tIt may take a while, tens of years if not a century or two, but I do subscribe to the wisdom of the above quote, and I think the truth of it will bear out more and more as the years pass."
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"Just back from an FFRF Fundraiser which featured Dan Barker as guest speaker. Was a GRRRREAT time!"
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Loren Miller replied to John Brunelle's discussion If I don't know....
"And anyone who tells you they know, they just know what happens when you die, I promise you, you don't. How can I be so sure? Because I don't know, and you do not possess mental powers that I do not.-- Bill Maher, "Religulous""
Loren Miller replied to Daniel W's discussion Indiana's new religious freedom law
"Daniel, I see no reason to be selective at all.  If Illinois and other states which pass such laws want them so bad, they can learn to deal with the double-edged nature they present.  Thus far, nothing like it has passed in Ohio, and if I…"
Loren Miller commented on Amanda Ashcraft's blog post Judas: Sinner, Saint, Or Catalyst?
"Actually, I think there's yet a fourth choice: fall guy, or if you prefer, scapegoat."
Loren Miller replied to Billie Culver's discussion Choir singing hymns in public school performance
"If it were a classical work like Pergolesi's Stabat Mater or Handel's Messiah, it might be one thing, though I have to admit: "And he shall reign forever and ever, king of kings and lord of lords" is about as pandering a…"
Loren Miller replied to Daniel W's discussion Indiana's new religious freedom law
"How many times have I said it?  Your right to swing your religious beliefs about Ends At My Nose!!! If this is how they want to play, I'm sure there are fundy flower shop owners, butchers, bakers and candlestick makers who will get all…"
Loren Miller replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Provide more education about religion, Islam, Christianity; challenge ancient myths, harmful ideas told as fact
"And a variation on the above theme:"
Loren Miller replied to Jacob Dreiling's discussion Discrimination by nontheists? in the group LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends
"Indiana and Gov. Pence may wish they hadn't pulled that boner.  Already, one company - Salesforce - has as much as said that they will AVOID doing business in Indiana specifically because of that law.  I applaud their action and…"
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"WORD UP! Reason Rally 2 is in the drawing-board phase and planned for 2016 ... and if it happens, I AM SO THERE!!!"
Loren Miller replied to Bruce Long's discussion Shameless request for browser usage...
"As it comes to belief: If you think that saying a few Latin words over your pancakes is going to turn them into the body of Elvis Presley, you have lost you mind, but you think more or less the same thing about a cracker and the body of Jesus, you…"
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"About all I have to say to that is: Egyptair 990.  Remember THAT one?!?"
Loren Miller replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion Sodomite Suppression Act in California—the craziness continues
"The second he mentioned "Almighty God," he blew any credibility he might have had.  I also love that he even has a clause in there stating the qualifications the Supreme Court has to have, if they want to rule against it!The way the…"
Loren Miller commented on Bruce Long's blog post Memes: Science doesn't have to disprove faith...
"It's the same old story: the one making the positive claim ("god exists") is tasked with substantiating that claim.  Otherwise, the Null Hypothesis maintains.  Absence of evidence may not be absolute evidence of absence, but…"
Loren Miller replied to Idaho Spud's discussion NASAs Opportunity Mars Rover's amazing 11 year 26 mile scientific discovery journey. in the group Atheists who love Science!
"I was kinda wondering about that myself!  [grin!]"

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At 9:39pm on February 18, 2015, Daniel W said…

A winter poem for you Loren:

Winter is the king of showmen,
Turning tree stumps into snowmen
And houses into birthday cakes
And spreading sugar over lakes.
Smooth and clean and frosty white,
The world looks good enough to bite.
That’s the season to be young,
Catching snowflakes on your tongue.
Snow is snowy when it’s snowing,
I’m sorry it’s slushy when it’s going.
~Ogden Nash

At 4:23am on February 13, 2015, Carolyn said…
Thanks, that's Ella. That photo is my laptop wallpaper. Btw, I bought VIP tickets to the PA atheist conference in September. VIP tics entitle one to extra hang-out time with the speakers. This year that includes Seth, Matt Dilahunty,and Aron Ra. I am very excited!
At 10:44am on January 31, 2015, Daniel W said…

I can't believe that either.  We have both been on the site since the Mastodons bellowed their deep, sad, songs, across the American savannahs.

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. 


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. 

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The Despicable Reality and Perfidy of the Islamic State

Posted on March 23, 2015 at 8:27am 33 Comments

I wouldn’t have believed it, but I’m pissed off about persecuted Christians.  Whoa, you’re saying, Loren’s lost his grip on reality.  No, I haven’t.  I just wonder if you can maintain YOUR grip on your temper, having seen this CBS News 60 Minutes report by Lara Logan.

American Christians make foolish noises about being persecuted.  Iraqi Christians ARE being persecuted for…


A Non-Trivial Question Regarding a Non-Trivial Religion

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 8:50am 18 Comments

I have a few questions, none of which are meant to be rhetorical:

  • If Islam demands the death penalty for apostasy, why should we tolerate Islam?
  • If Islam says that women must be veiled, why should we tolerate Islam?
  • If Islam cannot value women as equals to men, why should we tolerate Islam?
  • If Islam cannot tolerate the practice of freedom of speech, why should we tolerate Islam?
  • If Islam is determined to dominate the world, why should we…

Scott Pelley on Charlie Hebdo, Terrorism, and the Press

Posted on January 10, 2015 at 7:56am 12 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. …


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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