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Mass extinction and loss of biodiversity.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed Nov 30. 15 Replies

I saw some startling statistics regarding the downward spiral of our planet's biodiversity. In the past century, and particularly in the past 50 years, there has been a tremendous increase in the…Continue

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Colonizing Mars- Any Volunteers?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ludwik Kowalski Nov 19. 57 Replies

Many in the realm of space exploration believe a manned mission to Mars is possible within the next twenty to thirty years. One issue is that currently it will not be feasible to carry the extra fuel…Continue

The increasing religiosity of China

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Nov 6. 6 Replies

Christian religious membership has continued to grow in China for the past 30 years at a rate of about 10% per annum according to one researcher at Purdue University. Should this trend worry…Continue

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"I'm Christian and I vote."

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Cox Oct 20. 40 Replies

Yesterday, in the parking lot of a small town grocery store in rural southern America, I spotted a bumper sticker that proclaimed "I am Christian and I vote." This seems like a simple enough…Continue

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"It makes about as much sense as circumcision. Following tradition for the sake of tradition is a dubious practice."
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"I prefer "worker bees" to ants in your metaphor.  The successful execution of a military is dependent on the chain of command being followed. But it must be also remembered that an American soldier is not required to follow an order…"
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"I have been meaning to read Hitchhiker's Guide for years. Maybe now is a good time."
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"What can we do? In light of our recent Middle East failures I would say we need to mind our own business and let the UN or someone else take the lead in that mess. Some [Israel] worry about Iran and it's interests in nuclear technologies…"
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"" I'm just saying there must be ways for people to get what we're talking about here without a college degree." I struggle with that issue since I have no formal advanced education. I must confess to frequent use of the…"
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Simon Mathews commented on Ed's blog post 'Finally, a cool billboard in Arkansas!'
"I like it! It's better than the 2013 one featured in the article - Who needs Christ at Christmas. That seemed a bit needlessly antagonistic to me."
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""I learned a long time ago that some people would rather die than forgive. It's a strange truth, but forgiveness is a painful and difficult process. It's not something that happens overnite. It's an evolution of the…"
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"Thinking of You. Today... What I do when I see? What I will say, if I want to use as the others? Are you going to tell me you love me? The only thing I want is to see you. It's my only wish ...   Mom, I do not know, but I know I hurt…"
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".....maybe an apologist but what is that 1 in a million?"
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Ed replied to Unseen's discussion 'Knowledge, Belief, Certainty, and Mistakes'
""Religious people confuse belief and especially belief held with certainty with knowledge. This is a fundamental mistake." Try convincing a theist that their belief system is not rooted in knowledge. They will thump their bibles and swear…"
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"Not really. "I am an atheist by choice, but only because of what theists do to force their ways on others." sounds as if you choose atheism because of the actions of theists. Perhaps I read something into the statement that I…"
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"" I am an atheist by choice, but only because of what theists do to force their ways on others." Really?"
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""There's nothing unreasonable about divine revelation if one begins with the premise of a caring deity. " And we all know too well there is mountains of evidence that does not support the "caring" aspect of this imagined…"
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biblical themes are at odds w/ science-logic-reasoning
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Pabst Blue Ribbon to the rescue!

Posted on December 15, 2014 at 9:33pm 0 Comments

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/fla-atheist-places-festivus-pole-capitol-building-article-1.2046226

A "Festivus Pole" has been erected & warmly received at Tallahassee's capitol building for the 2nd straight year. Chaz Steven's likes keeping the religious displays in check. He has an upbeat cheery attitude about it all. And this is in…

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Finally, a cool billboard in Arkansas!

Posted on December 15, 2014 at 8:21am 2 Comments

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/atheists-launch-anti-religion-billboards-bible-belt-article-1.2042909

My state of Arkansas, and Tennessee & Missouri were fortunate enough to be targeted for this season's Yuletide message! The Bible Belt needs all the help it can get. I am almost ready to drive the 125 miles one way to Fort Smith just to see…

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Preacher housing allowance survives at appeals court.

Posted on November 16, 2014 at 10:31am 12 Comments

The benefits of tax evasion enjoyed by the freeloading preachers, ministers, rabbis, & imans of the United States will continue after the 7th district Appeals Court overruled a previous finding that the "longstanding clergy housing allowance was unconstitutional." The Appeals Court once again brought up the issue that the plaintiff (FFRF) has no "standing" in the matter and therefore the case amounts to nothing but a grievance. Bullshit.…

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Rosetta mission lander Philae is DOA for now.

Posted on November 15, 2014 at 10:15am 0 Comments

The Rosetta spacecraft that successfully landed on the comet, known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, was off the mark by one kilometer. Not bad when you consider the distance involved to get there. But now it sits on the comet in a location that doesn't allow the sun to recharge the solar array. Game over for now.…

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At 9:06am on November 23, 2014, Reg The Fronkey Farmer said…

I sent you an email Ed...

At 12:23am on August 3, 2014, Tom Sarbeck said…

Napa County is indeed wine country, Ed, as is Sonoma County just to the west.

My dad and his friends made beer and wine during the Prohibition years when we lived in Ohio. He was in the grocery business and I heard him tell people they can make wine from anything that rots. My wife and made wine during our marriage but not from grapes. I now make my own liqueurs.

At 8:54am on July 2, 2014, Seraphina said…

Thanks, Ed!

I'm up the walls with study this week but once my exam is over I intend to be more active in these parts :D


At 2:24am on June 23, 2013, Karl Hanks said…

Thanks Ed!  

At 10:04pm on January 12, 2013, Samuel Cheshire said…

Thanks for the message.  I will definitely check out that book.  I am always looking for a new read.  You seem like you might have a good opinion on this; Do you think that as a race we are de-evolving by catering to the ignorant masses by creating welfare states for people who are too stupid or lazy to do for themselves and then give them tax credits which equates to thousands of dollars just for having children?  This is going to sound really bad, but wouldn't it be better for our species if we neutered anyone with an IQ under say 100?  There are too many people on earth anyway.  Why is it someones human right to reproduce?  I think it should be a privilege that is earned.  Only the best and the brightest should be allowed to carry on their genetic lineage.  Also there should be a strict guidelines and quality requirements for parenting.  I realize this will never happen.  People are to corrupt by nature to use a system like that for good.  Sometimes I think we are all doomed.

At 6:25pm on January 12, 2013, Samuel Cheshire said…

Thanks :) I'm enjoying it already.  It's nice to be able to communicate with people even if every thought is not seen eye to eye.  The internet is full of people trolling and sniping at one another, its good to finally find a place for civil correspondence.

At 6:08pm on January 12, 2013, Samuel Cheshire said…

"Indifference to the needless suffering and plight of the very beings it (god) is supposedly responsible for creating is testament to the convoluted thinking of it's followers. "

I'm sure that it is, but not only followers of a specific ideology but the human race as a whole.  For that matter every species and the whole of nature.   It's a dog eat dog world.  When a lion commits infanticide its not evil its just the natural order of things.  Human beings are fickle emotionally unstable creatures.  For some reason we have the ability to think abstractly and outside of the basic survival instincts if only for a moment or two.  The formation of religions over the coarse of human history was only natural for a creature with this capability in order to reconcile its advanced cognitive status to a deaf playing field.

At 10:41pm on December 7, 2012, Heather Spoonheim said…

I'm surprised we weren't already friends on here.  Anyway, if you don't use a copper bowl then you need to add a little cream of tartar - essentially to drop the PH a little.  You also need to ensure you don't have a single drop or smear of yolk in those whites.  After that it should be easy.

At 11:17am on December 28, 2011, bob spencer said…

got it cheers

 
 
 

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