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Mrs.B commented on Adriana's group Freethought and Funny Bones
"Which still sounds like a mistake in labeling."
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Mrs.B commented on Doone's group Humans of Earth News
"He also had a lot of health issues."
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Stephen Brodie commented on Doone's group Humans of Earth News
"Larry King: US talk show host dies weeks after testing positive for COVID-19 King's career…"
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Stephen Brodie commented on Adriana's group Freethought and Funny Bones
"True. But in this case, a pack of four muffins labelled with pictures of blueberries. Ones I had a…"
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Ruth Anthony-Gardner commented on Adriana's group Freethought and Funny Bones
"No shock. Try examining Temptations cat treat ingredients. Salmon with no salmon, beef with no…"
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Mrs.B commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Well we have none this year."
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Mrs.B commented on Adriana's group Freethought and Funny Bones
"Sounds to me like the thing was mislabeled."
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Stephen Brodie commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"They are predicting heavy snow showers for tomorrow(Sunday) over much of England and perhaps even…"
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Stephen Brodie commented on Adriana's group Freethought and Funny Bones
"That sounds good, but to not find a trace of fruit is just ridiculous "
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Mrs.B commented on Adriana's group Freethought and Funny Bones
"When I make blueberry muffins, I always add more fruit than called for....same with pancakes."
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Stephen Brodie commented on Adriana's group Freethought and Funny Bones
"What's a blueberry muffin called that has no             …"
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Mrs.B commented on Adriana's group Freethought and Funny Bones
"Yes, but we also have a lot of the British words here too."
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Stephen Brodie commented on Adriana's group Freethought and Funny Bones
"It is strange how words can change from one English speaking country to another."
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Mrs.B commented on Adriana's group Freethought and Funny Bones
"I never know how it started. We say both here in Canada."
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Stephen Brodie commented on Adriana's group Freethought and Funny Bones
"I wasn't being pedantic about the different pronunciations. In most of the UK, we say…"
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Mrs.B commented on Adriana's group Freethought and Funny Bones
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Grinning Cat commented on Adriana's group Freethought and Funny Bones
"I know, on the two sides of the Atlantic we're divided by a common language. :)"
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Mrs.B replied to Loren Miller's discussion Marlon Craft - State Of The Union in the group The Music Box
"Pretty damn good."
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Mrs.B replied to Loren Miller's discussion Excuse Our Coups! (Betty Bowers) in the group Freethought and Funny Bones
"She does these so well!"
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Mrs.B commented on Adriana's group Freethought and Funny Bones
"It always was ass as far as I know, but certain regional accents add an 'r' to some words…"
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Dear President Biden: Regarding Christian Nationalism and January 6, 2021...

I have no doubt but that Joe Biden is one busy new president at the moment, and I tend to suspect that he may never actually READ the following (do they ever?), but considering the events of two weeks ago, Wednesday and our gang's concern regarding just who may have made up that mob, I found myself moved to write.



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President Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW…

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Added by Loren Miller on January 23, 2021 at 10:40am — 2 Comments

The Problem With Miracles

You see there is only one constant. One universal. It is the only real truth. Causality. Action, reaction. Cause and effect.”[1]



While the Merovingian was a snotty, self-important dweeb within the Matrix’s scheme of things, I couldn’t be more in agreement with him as to the issue and the necessity of cause and effect.  Cause and effect is and indeed must be the central operator to the coherent function of…

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Added by Loren Miller on January 15, 2021 at 4:40pm — 7 Comments

Temper Tantrum

Well, it finally happened.



One way or the other, Donald Trump has been building up his backers and his base to this moment from before the 2016 election.  Trump talked virtually non-stop about elections being rigged, about being cheated out of a popular vote victory, arguments regarding the numbers at his inauguration speech, and every complaint regarding the power he has wanted to exercise, whether legally or not, as Commander in Chief.  That same language continued into the 2020…

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Added by Loren Miller on January 8, 2021 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

Saying "No" To God

The 2015 movie Spotlight didn’t win the Best Picture Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences purely on the strength of its production values or the performances of its A-list cast, led by Michael Keaton as Boston Globe Spotlight editor Walter “Robbie” Robinson and Mark Ruffalo as reporter Mike Rezendes. Personally, I believe it also earned that honor by representing in dramatic form their investigation into one of the most egregious stains on human society: the…

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Added by Loren Miller on December 21, 2020 at 9:15am — 2 Comments

Donald John Trump – A Cautionary Tale

As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

-- H.L. Mencken, On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe



Four years ago, the United States voted a political unknown into its highest office, at least in part on the pretense that perhaps a…

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Added by Loren Miller on November 9, 2020 at 8:00am — 34 Comments

Oppose the Appointment of Amy Coney Barrett

I just sent the following to Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman, by email and physical letter:



26 September, 2020



Senator Rob Portman

448 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510



Senator Portman:



I am writing you to insist that you do not under any circumstances endorse or vote for the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States. Please understand, as a non-religious American, it is not her…

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Added by Loren Miller on September 26, 2020 at 12:20pm — 12 Comments

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 1933 – 2020

I was doing something at my computer yesterday evening when my wife laid the news on me: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died. My reaction wasn’t quite as though I had been punched in the gut, but it wasn’t much better than that. In the best of times, a loss of that nature would be considerable and its impact profound. Considering the current state of both American politics and jurisprudence, this news is potentially cataclysmic.



From the time of her entry into the…

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Added by Loren Miller on September 19, 2020 at 8:00am — 15 Comments

Service – Trump Doesn't Get It

The following is an excerpt from The Atlantic, dated 3 September, 2020:



On Memorial Day 2017, Trump visited Arlington National Cemetery, a short drive from the White House. He was accompanied on this visit by John Kelly, who was then the secretary of homeland security, and who would, a short time later, be named the White House chief of staff. The two men were set to visit Section 60, the 14-acre area of the cemetery that is the burial ground for those killed in America’s most…

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Added by Loren Miller on September 4, 2020 at 11:00am — 25 Comments

“A Debt to the Truth”

This is yet another of my old blogs from Atheist Nexus, reprinted here because I think the topic remains timely and important. I hope you enjoy.



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When the truth offends, we lie and lie until we can no longer remember it is even there, but it is still there. Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later, that debt is paid.

-- Comrade Valery Legasov, commenting on the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power…

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Added by Loren Miller on September 1, 2020 at 7:50am — No Comments

Too High A Price

The place is Earth Alliance Space Station Babylon 5, in the year 2260. The players are one “Mr. Morden,” a human representative of an ancient and powerful alien race known as The Shadows, and Vir Cotto, attaché to Centauri Ambassador Londo Mollari. The Shadows have recently been supporting the Centauri in a considerable military campaign against another alien race: the Narn, and Cotto and Mollari both have been deeply involved in that conflict, though Vir has strongly opposed it from its…

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Added by Loren Miller on August 1, 2020 at 9:50am — 13 Comments

The End of an Era

It was sometime during an average day in November of 2009 that someone over on the now-defunct Experience Project site told me about this other website: Atheist Nexus. Unlike EP, it was open to atheists ONLY, and was intended to be a place where atheists, agnostics, skeptics, and other freethinkers could express themselves and exchange ideas without the constant harangue of believers who were determined to convert us from our supposedly sinful ways. Having already grown tired of countering…

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Added by Loren Miller on July 25, 2020 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

Krauss, Silverman, and Feet of Clay

It was late February, 2018 when I first learned about issues regarding Lawrence Krauss and his inappropriate behavior toward women. Then in the first week of March, I got an email from American Atheists, indicating that David Silverman was being suspended from the presidency of that organization, pending an investigation. One week later, I learned that he has been removed from that position. In both cases, the only forthcoming source of details regarding both Krauss and Silverman is…

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Added by Loren Miller on April 20, 2018 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

A Never-Ending Battle?

I have no illusions that there’s an endgame.  These problems never go away.  You have to educate every single generation about this and make sure it doesn’t creep back into our society.  There’s no sense in which the job is ever done.

-- Tim Gill



Just for the record, Tim Gill is a software engineer and rights advocate, who has been an integral part of the thrust for LGBTQ equality.  His influence spans from the 2003 Goodridge v Dept. of Public Health case to the…

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Added by Loren Miller on July 12, 2017 at 9:10am — 3 Comments

The Tale of a Billboard for the RNC

It was something over a year ago that I learned that Cleveland was going to be the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention. The prospect of having a bunch of misogynistic, homophobic, mostly white guys invading The Best Location in the Nation was not a welcome thought, as you might well imagine, and that many of them were scornful of the concept of church/state separation did not help matters. However, I was encouraged by some discussion at a meeting of the Northern Ohio Freethought…

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Added by Loren Miller on June 28, 2016 at 7:05am — 8 Comments

Reason Rally 2016 – Photo Album

There are lot of people I've met online since I became an atheist, many of them I am glad to call, "friend."  Still, it's something altogether different to MEET these same people in the flesh, or at least be close enough to photograph and hear them speak live.  Being able to do that a few times this past June 4th was as valuable to me as being able to attend the Rally itself, and I am glad to share with you some of those very neat moments here.





Here's Daniel and I.…

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Added by Loren Miller on June 13, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Reason Rally 2016 – My Impressions

Driving 360 miles with a lousy cold isn’t ordinarily my idea of fun, but this was the Reason Rally, and those don’t happen every day. So I added zinc and Hall’s Mentholyptus to my overnight bag and set off a touch after 8 AM Friday. Turns out the drive was pretty easy, and I got in around 2:30. There wasn’t a lot going on at the time, and I wanted to decompress after the drive, so there wasn’t much to do other than collapse! I DO want to note, however, that one thoughtful provision had been…

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Added by Loren Miller on June 13, 2016 at 9:21am — 4 Comments

Faith Is Not Curious

“Faith is no reason.” That was the winning entry in…

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Added by Loren Miller on May 23, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

It's Time to Lose the Naïveté

Another oldie but goodie here, or at least I think so.  As always, your thoughts are more than welcome.



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In an age characterized by science, technology and growth and development based on rational, objective criteria, religion is clearly anathema and anachronistic. Any analysis of any religion I am aware of boils down to a faith based on a book or books, none of which has any independent corroboration or historical referent. Put bluntly, they…

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Added by Loren Miller on May 10, 2016 at 10:22am — 17 Comments

Easy Rider Redux

Since I'm new to Atheist Universe, I figured I'd offer something of an introduction to where I'm coming from, via some of my writings.  I penned the following some years back, but I stand by it ... and I'd be interested in hearing your comments.



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The scene is a wooded field, somewhere in farm country. Three men sit around a campfire, sharing a joint and talking....

George Hanson: You know, this used to be a helluva good…

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Added by Loren Miller on April 18, 2016 at 11:09am — 5 Comments

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