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Oh Those Anti-Vaxxers

Oh Those Anti-Vaxxers


Via: Thrawn 31  •  70 comments  •  41 minutes ago
Mar 20 6:53am @2.1.6 "..." It can be.  It's linked to cervical cancer in women and oropharyngeal and rectal cancers in men.
Hi, I'm Reba - You need to hear my story. UPDATE, MONDAY MARCH 18TH

Hi, I'm Reba - You need to hear my story. UPDATE, MONDAY MARCH 18TH


By: Kavika  •  131 comments  •  23 hours ago
My wife and I have been volunteering at VOCAL, (Voices of Change Animal League) in Ocala Florida.  I've been a dog lover and owner most of my adult life. Wiki is our mini Doxie and is 11 years old and still thinks she is a puppy. Our sweet girl, Annie, a rescue we found abandoned on the mountain in SW Missouri when she was 8 years old. We had her for 6 years until she was diagnosed with...
Mar 18 8:47pm @32.5.2 That's wonderful news.  Belly rubs and cheeseburgers to Reba.
Mar 18 7:15pm @32.5 I think her face is looking more symmetrical.  And her eyes - they look like the eyes of a pup who trusts and is content.  I hope she can recover and have a happy life.
Mar 08 10:08am @14.4.3 I'd think it would depend on how much and what kind of nerve damage there is.  If the trauma wasn't too severe - nerves weren't actually severed, for example, the nerves can sometimes recover to...
Mar 08 9:28am @17 I hope you get some good news about Reba, and that she can live out the rest of her years going for walks, eating the occasional cheeseburger, and falling asleep while having her head rubbed.
Mar 08 9:23am @7.4 I'm sorry, charger.  I hope you can find a companion for Bo.
Where Were You in the 1960's

Where Were You in the 1960's


By: Kavika  •  152 comments  •  9 hours ago
The 60's was a decade unlike most others in American history.  The assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King sent shock waves not only through the United States, but around the world.  Vietnam was ripping American apart and many of young people were dying in a useless war that brought down a president.  Jim Crow, segregation, the Civil Right...
Mar 17 7:46pm @11.1.4 I'm sure you know that at that age, if he had been revived, it is unlikely that he'd have been revived without lasting effects from the cardiac arrest.  I know it was a hard decision, but you did...
Mar 17 7:29pm @11.2 That's terrible, Perrie.
Early Detection Is Possible for Pancreatic Cancer

Early Detection Is Possible for Pancreatic Cancer


Via: Jasper2529  •  13 comments  •  4 days ago
Pancreatic cancer has a bad reputation. It is a terrible disease, but most people do not realize there are ways that early detection can help. First, know your risk. Insist that your physician do a thorough and smart family history. If more than one person in your family has had pancreatic cancer, you should have your DNA examined in what we call a germ line test. The cost of germ...
Mar 17 7:21pm @5.1.1 This guy lived about 2 years after he was diagnosed, and it was very up and down at the end.  About a week before he passed, she called me and told me they'd had a really bad night.  He was under...
Mar 17 6:31pm @5 I'm glad to know that there is now testing available to identify those at greater risk.  Pancreatic cancer is one cancer whose survival rates have improved very little over the decades.  A...
Lori Loughlin’s Daughter : ‘I Don’t Really Care About School’

Lori Loughlin’s Daughter : ‘I Don’t Really Care About School’


Via: JohnRussell  •  40 comments  •  4 days ago
Maybe the alleged hefty bribe wasn’t worth it. The daughter of Lori Loughlin , the “Full House” actress accused with her husband of paying $500,000 to fraudulently get their girls admitted to the University of Southern California, said in a video posted last year that she didn’t care about school but wanted to experience “game days” and “partying.” Olivia Jade...
Mar 17 11:23am @14 Smile Direct Club?  Her parents can afford bribes to get her into a school she doesn't want to attend, but can't afford an orthodontist?  I hope she gets expelled from school. She can go to games...
Mar 17 11:17am @3.1.1 Because their parents do. Today's young people were raised by my generation, who watched Paris Hilton and ushered in the Kardashians.
The Bible and Christianity were used to justify African slavery

The Bible and Christianity were used to justify African slavery


By: JohnRussell  •  435 comments  •  4 days ago  •  LOCKED
Shall we go to the horses mouth? George Mc Duffie was the sitting governor of South Carolina when he wrote this message to the state legislature in 1835. (excerpts) For the institution of domestic slavery we hold ourselves responsible only to God, and it is utterly incompatible with the dignity and the safety of the State, to permit any foreign authority to question...
Mar 16 9:42pm @14.2.115
Mar 16 9:05pm @14.2.112 You're ok with incest, rape, and infanticide?  I'm not.  I would hope most people aren't, but apparently, I'm wrong about that.
Mar 16 9:02pm @14.1.88 If anyone here is making simplistic arguments, it's you.  You're the one insisting that atheists, because they don't believe in God (your god, of course, not any of the multitude of others), must...
Mar 16 6:35pm @14.2.107 You left out quite a bit of that chapter: "..." Somebody forgot to mention that to Abraham. "..." Somebody forgot to mention that to Jacob with regard to Leah and Rachel. So, how were the...
Mar 16 6:18pm @14.2.105 So, you don't care to share with us a reason you would find sufficient for enslaving a people?  Or for committing genocide and rape against a people? You don't find it appalling, as I do, that...
Mar 16 2:38pm @14.2.102 "..." Are you in a position to tell me what the focus of my worldview is?  Do you honestly expect me to allow you to define my worldview without objecting when you stray into falsehoods? I don't...
Mar 16 2:28pm @14.1.82 Thank you.  Cal and I (along with TiG, Gordy, and katrix), frequently discuss religion and morality.  Any time the morality of the Bible is questioned, Cal responds by attacking atheists as...
Mar 16 2:19pm @14.1.79 Thank you.  "Irreligious bigotry" works, too.  CMF, I guess I assumed that everybody would see "anyone who doesn't follow my religion is immoral" is religiously-based bigotry.  My bad. And the...
Mar 16 2:05pm @14.1.77 Cal is implying that atheists are immoral, simply because they're atheists.  Oh, he won't say it outright, but he's made such implications often enough that those of us who converse with him...
Mar 16 12:23pm @14.2.97 "..." Those who do not believe in God's existence have no need to impugn God. We impugn those who we believe created God, and those who, in recent history, have used the inventions of the...
Mar 16 12:04pm @14.2.94 I have to wonder if Cal ever took a literature class in school.  If so, was it necessary to specify that Atticus Finch or Elizabeth Bennett was just a fictional character every single time they...
Mar 16 11:59am @14.2.92 "..." Why do you think that you are in any position to tell atheists what their "worldview" is?  You have created a straw man, and are making bigoted statements based on the straw man that you...
Mar 15 10:50pm @14.2.72 Are you seriously laying the blame for these things at the feet of atheists? And you reject my contention that your comments display religious bigotry?
Mar 15 9:46pm @14.2.64 "..." Who has called believers "evil gods"? Oh, wait, that's not a label regarding believers.  It's an assessment of the god in which they believe.  So, no label regarding a real person at all,...
Mar 15 4:34pm @14.2.55 "..." Minimal influence, eh?  So it's common worldwide to own slaves whom you can beat and rape, have multiple wives and concubines, commit genocide and get away with justifying it via religion,...
Mar 15 3:07pm @14.2.49 "..." You don't think it's immoral to purposely almost slaughter your awake and aware child, so long as you don't go through with it? Wow. Well, if that's not immoral enough for you, he also...
Mar 15 2:16pm @14.1.65 "..." And neither do you.  If you did, you'd condone slavery (and genocide, rape, stoning of homosexual men, and any number of other atrocities). But at the same time, you defend a source of...
Mar 15 1:26pm @14.2.46 "..." Please tell us what reason you would consider to be sufficient.
Mar 15 11:16am @14.2.33 "..." That's a nice change. "..." Veiled insults?
Mar 15 11:14am @14.2.32 Obviously, you agree that morality is relative.  Above, you state that "..." How do you come to this conclusion, if not by way of relative morality?  If yours were an objective morality, it...
Mar 15 10:45am @14.1.54 I don't see that in katrix's post.  Do you?  What I see is her accurate assessment of the situation - a theist wants to believe that the Bible is a good moral guide, so he defends the immoral...
Mar 15 6:31am @14.1.51 "..." That statement is reeking of religious bigotry.
Mar 14 11:10pm @14.2.18 "..." Well, obviously, the best way to prevent a people from embracing immorality is for them to do something immoral (slavery or genocide). "..." According to whom?
Eggs Are Bad Again: Study

Eggs Are Bad Again: Study


Via: Buzz of the Orient  •  27 comments  •  5 days ago
Eggs Are Bad Again: Study The research results come after federal dietary guidelines in recent years reversed their warnings about eggs and cholesterol. By  Alexa Lardieri , Staff Writer, USnews and World Report, March 15, 2019, Egg yolks are one of the richest sources of cholesterol among commonly-consumed foods. One large egg yolk has 186 milligrams of...
Mar 16 9:31pm @1.4.4 Habaneros are a bit spicy for me, but I imagine that the egg yolk and the mayo would cool the spice down a bit.
Mar 16 9:18pm @1.4.1 I think I just drooled on my shirt.
Mar 16 9:12pm @1.3.4 I like all of those.  I like most vegetables, really.  My mom said she took me to the doctor when I was a baby, sure I was jaundiced.  The doctor just laughed and asked how many jars of carrots and...
Mar 16 8:49pm @1.3.2 I like broccoli, too.  It was my weirdest pregnancy craving.  Couldn't get enough of the stuff.
Mar 16 1:18pm @1.3 "..." Nope.  Oatmeal is a carb.  We couldn't have that, either. I don't eat eggs every day, but I don't purposely avoid them, either.  When I did strictly limit them (and cheese, ice cream,...
Trump suggests that it could get 'very bad' if military, police, biker supporters play 'tough'

Trump suggests that it could get 'very bad' if military, police, biker supporters play 'tough'


Via: pat wilson  •  295 comments  •  10 hours ago
President Trump in a new interview suggested that his supporters are tougher than Democrats, and that if they actually play tough things could get "very bad." Trump made the comments in the context of an interview with the conservative outlet Breitbart in which he argued that Democrats play a tough political game.  “You know, the left plays a tougher game,...
Mar 16 6:30pm @1.3.62 So, we have a video and a book review from an obviously biased source. Ok.
Mar 16 5:50pm @1.3.58 I have no interest in doing your job in this discussion. Neither do you, as you've repeatedly proven.  Either no interest, or no ability. But then, it's your job, not mine.
Mar 16 5:37pm @1.3.56 So, no support for your assertion? Color me surprised.
Mar 16 4:23pm @1.3.49 Knowledgable and well reasoned individuals arrive at conclusions on the basis of data, not unsupported assertions.  You provide only the latter.
Mar 16 2:01pm @1.3.47 You spend more time posting useless comments than backing up your assertions. I wonder why that is?  And if you really think anybody's buying into such a silly tactic?
Mar 16 1:25pm @1.3.41 To back up your assertion? None. That's your job.
Mar 16 12:48pm @1.3.39 Your assertion.  You back it up. If you can.
Mar 16 12:08pm @1.3.37 I assume you can substantiate that statement. Actually, I assume you can't, and won't.
Mar 15 4:52pm @1.3.26 Apparently, it's ok for people on one side of the political divide to make outright or implied threats.  You expressing your refusal to be cowed by those threats, though, is you attempting to "make...
 College admissions scandal highlights the corrupt and exploitative world of collegiate sports

College admissions scandal highlights the corrupt and exploitative world of collegiate sports


Via: Perrie Halpern R.A.  •  18 comments  •  4 days ago
By   Jessica Luther, Author, "Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football And The Politics Of Rape" On Tuesday, America found at what many if not most Americans already knew: The system around college sports is broken. Over   50 rich people were arrested by the FBI   for participating in an   elaborate scheme involving falsifying test scores   and bribing coaches at universities like the...
Mar 16 12:46pm @11 There was a student in the year behind me in dental school who had absolutely no business being there.  He had actually dropped out for a few years and came back, to take the time to get his head...
No, we’re not all socialists now

No, we’re not all socialists now


Via: Keep America Great!  •  96 comments  •  2 days ago
On Sunday, New York Post had an editorial about how many millennials embrace “socialism,” while not really knowing what it means:  “Millennials — ignorant of socialism’s appalling economic and human-rights history — increasingly embrace socialism and its naively unrealistic prescriptions for ending all human want.” I’m reminded of a college student who wrote his dad: “Dear Dad, No mon....
Mar 12 7:26pm @1.1.18 Does "I've done nothing to be forgiven for" sound repentant to you, xx?  Because it sounds pretty much the opposite to me.
Mar 10 9:12pm @2.1.27 It sure does.
Mar 10 3:16pm @2.1.19 Have you ever studied the WV mine wars?  It could be very much like feudalism.  Miners lived in company housing, shopped at company stores, and were paid with company scrip.  If they wanted to...
Mar 10 7:50am @1.1.10 I didn't say anything about whether socialism was Biblically correct.  I just said that, to you, it is anything you don't like, whether it's actually socialism or not. 
Mar 10 12:52am @1.1.7 How is that relevant to my comment?
Mar 09 11:41pm @1.1.2 You've repeatedly shown that you don't know what socialism is.  To you, it's anything you don't like.
Trump says he’ll sign executive order for free speech on college campuses

Trump says he’ll sign executive order for free speech on college campuses


Via: Ender  •  184 comments  •  one week ago
President Trump announced Saturday he intends to sign an executive order mandating colleges and universities take steps to guarantee free speech to attain federal research grants. "We reject oppressive speech codes, censorship, political correctness and every other attempt by the hard left to stop people from challenging ridiculous and dangerous ideas. These ideas are dangerous," Trump...
Mar 11 1:21am @1.3.130 "..." Finally, something on which we agree.  Would you be so kind as to clue Trump in? I don't have a Twitter account, so I have no way to contact him ;)
Mar 10 4:02pm @1.3.128 You're welcome to that opinion.  A lawsuit by CNN would have been interesting. And Trump still can't block people from his Twitter account, because that was determined to be censorship,...
Mar 10 8:22am @1.3.126 And Trump blocked Twitter users, prompting the court to tell him he couldn't.  He revoked Acosta's press privileges, and a court told him he couldn't do that, either. Trump has walked all over the...
Mar 10 7:47am @1.3.124 Why must it only relate to public speakers? My entire point all along has been that Trump champions only tgat free speech which flatters or agrees with him.  He has violated or threatened to...
Mar 08 6:36pm @1.3.121 Oh, good grief.  Right wingers here on NT complain that they are being censored when people call their pet ideas pseudoscience, and they also refer to such statement as "hate".  I'm sorry you...
Mar 08 3:16pm @1.3.117 "..." In the minds of some on the right, it is.  And I'm willing to bet that many here have read the same comments.  NT is peppered with them.  I can't call them out by linking them in this article.
Mar 08 2:19pm @1.3.114 "..." Your question contained an accusation.  And your first comment to me in this thread was deleted because it was the first of several insults, so don't talk to me about respect.
Mar 08 11:01am @1.3.112 "..." Read back through my posts and tell me if you can find any that either state outright or imply that you are a liar. And then stop inferring that which I have not implied.  It's dishonest.
Mar 08 11:00am @1.3.111 Sarcasm and irony are widely used tools in literature.  Some people recognize them offhand.  Some people have to be taught.  Some people never learn, and then ask silly questions like  "..."...
Mar 08 10:42am @1.3.106 They taught sarcasm there.  And not to conflate telling someone that a college requires attendance at Trump rallies with calling them a liar. Not that those are especially difficult skills.
Mar 08 10:41am @1.3.105 Where did I say anything close to that? And you tell me I have a chip on my shoulder. Jeezus.
Mar 08 10:36am @1.3.102 "..." Apparently, katrix and I attended better colleges than you did.
Mar 08 10:32am @1.3.101 So, were you being sarcastic when you said that "..." Or did you miss that I was being sarcastic when I replied "..." Because my sarcasm, which you apparently missed, was to show that your...
Mar 08 10:17am @1.3.97 Boy, do we need a sarcasm font.  You are the one who seems to think that indoctrination is part of a college education.  Katrix and I were pointing out that it isn't.
Mar 08 10:16am @1.3.96 "..." Then perhaps those who violate it or advocate for doing so should be called out equally, without those doing the calling out being accused of having chips on their shoulders.
Mar 08 10:14am @1.3.94 I majored in biology, but it was a liberal arts college, so I had a lot of literature, history, and humanities courses, too.  No attempts at indoctrination.  It was a Christian school, but...
Mar 08 10:02am @1.3.91 Odd.  I went to a fairly liberal college, and nobody tried to indoctrinate me.
Mar 08 10:01am @1.3.90 Should we also be disappointed when Christian (and presumably conservative) colleges uninvite conservative speakers like Shapiro? Liberty U, BTW, made attendance at a Trump rally mandatory for its...
Mar 07 7:08pm @1.3.84 "..." It's the persecution complex.  You complain that liberals (you never mention conservatives) mislabel speech as hate speech in an attempt to censor it.  We have examples right here on NT of...
Mar 07 12:30pm @1.3.81 And like I said earlier, we all have the right to free speech, even hate speech.  We don't all have the right to a microphone.  And some folks defend free speech only when their guy wants a mic,...
Mar 06 11:50pm @1.3.79 Ok.  And that is something with which I have already said that I disagree. He spoke at Berkeley.  And Ohio State. Oddly enough, he's been turned down by Christian (and presumably conservative)...
Mar 06 11:47pm @1.3.78 Tell me specifically, what in my post is psychobabble?
Mar 06 9:20pm @1.3.75 "..." That's what YOU say the problem with the approach is.  When I regularly see some conservatives complaining that not nodding and agreeing that creation "science" is actually "science"...
Mar 06 9:09pm @1.3.74 "..." It's a matter of where the blame is placed.  Too many are whining about "liberal" universities not giving conservative speakers a platform.  They are, in fact, giving conservative speakers...
Mar 06 6:42pm @1.3.71 Thanks. So, it looks like college administration in both cases are allowing and encouraging the presentation of conservative views.  Even Berkeley.  Who'da thunk it? The protesters are to blame,...
Mar 06 6:37pm @1.3.70 "..." I'm not suggesting that about conservative speakers in general.  I have explicitly stated above that both liberals and conservatives be allowed access to such facilities.  I'm suggesting it...
Mar 05 9:50pm @1.3.67 "..." Links?
Mar 05 9:43pm @1.3.66 The Proud Boys have been. https://www.apnews.com/964cc747d67e4ae6863b07acb3c52539
Mar 05 8:12pm @1.3.61 Renting a lecture hall to those who incite hate involves risk to the university.  One of the reasons some of these speakers have been cancelled is the violence that occurs at their events. Wedding...
Mar 05 8:09pm @1.3.60 "..." You want the KKK speaking at colleges? How about BAMN?
Mar 05 8:06pm @1.3.59 I have a problem with the suppression of conservative views in general. But some of the guests being denied have engaged in hate speech and promotion or defense of criminal activity.  Milo...
Mar 05 6:39am @1.3.54 Speech is a right.  A microphone and a lecture hall to deliver it are not.
Mar 04 11:16pm @1.3.52 I do think there would need to be a lot of conversation to define parameters about what constitutes "hate speech", and enforce them nationally.
Mar 04 5:32pm @1.3.50 "..." No.  I'm saying that those who threaten free speech with court action, as Trump does, look ridiculous and hypocritical when they trot out their false support for free speech in public. For...
Mar 04 12:27pm @1.3.47 And Trump's tweets are ample evidence that his support for free speech does not extend to his detractors. It's hypocritical for him to pretend he champions free speech.
Mar 04 9:35am @1.3.43 Some do. Are they elected officials riling up their base about free speech?
Mar 04 9:34am @1.3.42 I never said it was.  I'm saying it's hypocritical of Trump to blather on about free speech when he supports suppressing his detractors. 
Mar 03 5:21pm @1.3.36 You don't. Some on the right do. Like Trump, threatening to take NBC to court over SNL hurting his feelings. Laughable, that some believe this is about free speech for all.
Mar 03 5:11pm @1.3.33 As are some on the right. Where does that leave us?
Mar 03 10:45am @1.3.22 "..." He hasn't done anything to stifle free speech, but his words reveal that he would if he could.  I'm not quite sure how one would slander free speech.  Tell lies about it?  Would one risk...
Mar 02 10:37pm @1.3.15 Of course he hasn't.  He can't.  That doesn't mean he supports free speech.  He just claims to, when the speaker agrees with him. I seem to recall the courts forcing him to reinstate Jim Acosta's...
Mar 02 10:25pm @1.3.13 Has he questioned how they get away with making fun of him? Yes. Are those the words of a man who supports freedom of speech?  No.
Mar 02 10:10pm @1.3.10 Sure, sure. Does "Saturday Night Live" have freedom of speech?  If yes, please inform Trump.  He seems to think it applies only to those who kiss his ass.
Mar 02 10:04pm @1.3.7 Something tells me that Trump would not fight for the free speech rights of those who criticize him quite as much as he fights for those who kiss up to him.  We all know he doesn't support freedom...
The Darwin Day Lecture 2019, with Richard Dawkins

The Darwin Day Lecture 2019, with Richard Dawkins


Via: Dignitatem Societatis  •  228 comments  •  one week ago
See also... Richard Dawkins awarded inaugural Humanists UK Darwin Day medal To celebrate Darwin Day on 12 February 2019, Humanists UK hosted its largest annual Darwin Day Lecture to date, given by evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins and chaired by evolutionary anthropologist Professor Alice Roberts, the President of Humanists UK. Close to 2,000 people turned...
Mar 11 1:19am @3.1.116 "..." This is still just a declaration, John.  There is neither empirical evidence nor logical support for it.  There is no evidence either for one god, or for only one god.
Mar 11 12:46am @3.1.112 "..." That's a declaration with no support.  There have been many polytheistic religions.  They are all just as likely to be true as your own. If God chose, being God, he could easily do...
Mar 11 12:31am @3.1.106 God could easily prove his existence, if he chose (and if he exists).  He either does not choose, or does not exist. Do you give equal weight to the possibility of the existence and nonexistence...
Mar 11 12:04am @3.1.100 I don't think we can decide whether it's a philosophical or scientific question (or one addressed by both) without knowing the answer.  Frankly, if we don't know how the universe came into being,...
Mar 10 11:57pm @4.1.50 "..." Flying Banana Monster? The link takes me to a LiveScience video, but not one about the Ultimatum Game. The rhesus monkeys refusal to shock their companions despite suffering themselves is...
Mar 10 11:43pm @4.1.48 It's also disturbingly close to religious bigotry.
Mar 10 11:42pm @3.1.95 "..." Must there be a "why"?
Mar 10 11:29pm @4.1.46 https://www.livescience.com/26245-chimps-value-fairness.html "..."
Mar 10 11:01pm @4.1.42 Some of our own moral behaviors are very obviously based on biology.  Take the rule of "women and children first" in rescue from a capsizing ship or other disaster.  Saving the lives of women and...
Mar 10 10:56pm @4.1.40 "..." Behavioral biology makes the case that populations develop moral behaviors that tend to benefit the population as a whole.  Such behaviors would include cooperation, altruism, shared...
Mar 10 9:58pm @4.1.30 I was answering your question, but it seems you are not interested in answers.  I have to wonder, why are you participating in this discussion, if your only response to the questions you pose are...
Mar 10 9:43pm @4.1.26 To explain that a lack of belief in gods does not define a nonbeliever's morality.  You seem to think that an atheist's atheism defines his or her morality, and that that morality cannot...
Mar 10 6:37pm @4.1.14 What makes you think that atheism comprises the whole of an atheist's worldview? It merely refers to their lack of belief in gods. There are conservative atheists, liberal atheists, vegan...
Mar 10 6:33pm @4.1.12 Doubt is sin.  Expressing doubt is heresy.  Heresy can sometimes get you killed.
Mar 10 6:28pm @4.1.10 I recall a few times when you censored opposing views, including lack of belief in your religion, when you had the power to do so.  No CoH violation was committed, as I recall. Note that nobody...
Mar 10 6:24pm @4.1.9 How does one "badger" a process? I used the anecdote as Professor Dawkins did - to demonstrate how ridiculous it can be to let our lives be ruled by religions that can neither verify the truth of...
Mar 10 5:57pm @4.1.5 Nobody expects science to make moral judgments. Religion makes moral judgments like "a man and woman can morally be alone together if she breastfeeds him five times". Science stays in its lane.
Mar 10 5:42pm @3.1.92 "..." It wouldn't be, if you weren't asking the same questions over and over, for some reason expecting a different answer.
Mar 10 5:40pm @4.1.3 His "point" was a platitude.  No, science does not care that we define ourselves as beings.  No, science has not revealed "all that is". So?  Why would we expect it to?  Science is not a being, so...
Mar 10 4:39pm @3.1.85 Science shares its methods so that all can see.  Scientists do not expect to be believed just because they say so.  They're willing to back up their findings. Does religion?
Mar 10 4:28pm @3.1.82 "..." Or declare the answer "redundant". Cal, repeating the same question over and over is redundant.  An answer with which you disagree is not.
Mar 10 3:58pm @3.1.65 Exactly so.  As much as Calbab believes that his god is real, so does somebody else.  And they think that god (Allah, they call him) has such a problem with men and women being along together (they...
Mar 10 3:55pm @3.1.64 "..." Relevance?
Mar 10 3:43pm @3.1.60 You do not hold your own to the same standards as those which you dismiss.  That is intellectually dishonest, especially when you expect nonbelievers to give your faith a pass on those same standards.
Mar 10 3:07pm @3.1.49 "..." Because of religious suicide bombers. And simply because they claim to have the truth, but cannot support their claims with evidence.
Mar 10 3:02pm @3.1.47 "..." No argument here ;)
Mar 10 2:30pm @3.1.44 All I can do is to third Gordy and TiG's statements.  There is no evidence for the claims of religion.  On the contrary, many of the claims of religion have been debunked by science.  It is...
Mar 10 1:40am @5.1.4 A declaration isn't evidence. 
Mar 10 1:22am @3.1.31 That's how discussions work. You are holding Dawkins' dismissal of the existence of your God to a different standard than your presumed dismissal of the existence of other gods.
Mar 10 1:16am @5.1.2 A link to a book isn't proof.  Can you tell us the contents without copying and pasting?
Mar 10 1:00am @3.1.28 This goes back to the burden of proof (or evidence).  Professor Dawkins does not need to do an exhaustive and fruitless search for the supernatural in order to conclude that it does not exist....
Mar 09 11:05pm @3.1.13 I'm not sure what you're trying to ask here.
Mar 09 7:57pm @4.1.1 And?
Mar 09 7:56pm @3.1.6 Religion offers explanations with no evidence of veracity for an immaterial world (multiple worlds, really - at least one for each religion) with no evidence of its existence.
Mar 09 7:33pm @3.1.2 "..." Because lack of belief in a religion does not equate to lack of knowledge about a religion.
Rand Paul: Sure, Vaccines Are OK, But We Shouldn’t Trade ‘Liberty’ for ‘False Sense of Security’

Rand Paul: Sure, Vaccines Are OK, But We Shouldn’t Trade ‘Liberty’ for ‘False Sense of Security’


Via: JohnRussell  •  151 comments  •  2 weeks ago
During a Senate Health Committee hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) criticized the idea that parents should be required to vaccinate their children and perpetuated the notion that vaccines themselves could cause harm.   The speech, which came during the opening moments of the hearing, was framed as an argument in favor of personal liberty, a posture that Paul routinely adopts....
Mar 10 7:32pm @14.1.1  Child abuse.
Mar 05 10:45pm @6.1.4 Some can't be vaccinated due to health issues.  And some haven't been vaccinated just because they're not old enough, but can still catch the disease.  I had measles as a baby before I was old...
Mar 05 10:43pm @2.1.4 "..." I know several people who did.  Some med schools will take junior undergrads on an early admission program - these students, in my experience, were the cream of the crop.  You can complete...
Mar 05 10:41pm @2.3 He doesn't advise against vaccinations.  He acknowledges that there are risks to vaccination.  He and his kids are vaccinated. I'm not a fan of Paul, and I am a fan of vaccines, but this article...
Grand Canyon Offers Biblical Perspective Tour

Grand Canyon Offers Biblical Perspective Tour


Via: Keep America Great!  •  80 comments  •  one week ago
One of the worlds biggest tourist attractions is offering a Biblical perspective tour on how it was formed. The Grand Canyon recently celebrated it “100th birthday” on February 26. In honor of its “birthday”, Liftablehighlighted Canyon Ministries as the “the only tour company at the Grand Canyon that provides guided tours from a biblical standpoint.” The Christian tour group teaches...
Mar 10 3:34pm @8.1.10 I think he's referring to the new ignore feature.  He plans to ignore opposing views, while complaining about bias. Too funny!
Mar 10 3:05pm @8.1.8 Because that's in keeping with the unbiased nature of science
Mar 01 3:43pm @6.1 I don't think I could walk on that thing.
Your Opportunity to Post a Photo - It's Thursday/Friday Creative Arts Time

Your Opportunity to Post a Photo - It's Thursday/Friday Creative Arts Time


By: Buzz of the Orient  •  123 comments  •  one week ago
Your Opportunity to Post a Photo - It's Thursday/Friday Creative Arts Time The Chongqing Flower
Mar 09 4:29pm @10.1.7 I hope they find the reason soon, and that she has a quick recovery.
Despite social media, Generation Z, Millennials report feeling lonely

Despite social media, Generation Z, Millennials report feeling lonely


Via: Perrie Halpern R.A.  •  21 comments  •  one week ago
By   Sharon Jayson, Kaiser Health News Connor Wilton moved here for the music scene. The 24-year-old singer-guitarist “knew zero people in Austin” and felt pretty lonely at first. While this capital city is one of the nation’s buzziest places and ranks at the top of many “best” lists, Wilton wasn’t feeling it. He lived near the University of Texas at Austin but wasn’t a student; he said...
Mar 09 11:03am @6 "..." I think this is a lot of it.  My hometown used to have a "Welcome Wagon" - new families moving in would be met with casseroles, cookies, and help and advice on settling in.  We don't do...
Alabama judge allows teen to sue on behalf of aborted fetus

Alabama judge allows teen to sue on behalf of aborted fetus


Via: Gordy327  •  123 comments  •  one week ago
A teenager in Alabama is suing an abortion clinic for terminating the life of his unborn child against his wishes. On Tuesday, an Alabama county court recognized the aborted fetus, "Baby Roe," as a plaintiff in the lawsuit, making the case one of the first of its kind, his lawyer said. Ryan Magers, 19, of Madison County, claims his girlfriend got a medicated abortion at the Alabama Women's...
Mar 08 4:38pm @7.1.4 All right, when we can mandate that you stay pregnant at your sexual partner's insistence, we'll do the same to women, mmkay?
Mar 08 3:20pm @7.1.1 Nor women's bodies.
Monsters, Myths and Legends

Monsters, Myths and Legends


By: Veronica  •  85 comments  •  2 weeks ago
Just a little fun thing.  Tell us what your favorite monster, myth or legend is.  Explain how it came to be your favorite, if it frightened you as a child, where you first heard of it - any kind of backstory. It's all in fun so please do not disparage someone else monster, myth or legend.  I will go first: Sasquatch - The first time I heard of him was when the Legend of Boggy Creek...
Mar 08 12:55pm @12.1.11 That sounds like a great way to get to know Salem.
Mar 08 11:32am @13.2.9 When we saw "The Others" in the theater, there was a power outage halfway through.  An usher came in and told us that it was just ambiance
Mar 08 10:54am @13.2.5 Just one.  It seemed a bit staged to me.
Mar 08 10:50am @12.1.8 "..." My sister and I went there a couple of years ago.  It's a neat little town, and we both wished we'd had longer to explore.  Some of the witch stuff is a bit over-commercialized, though. If...
Mar 08 10:46am @3.2.3 I've been to Ireland and Scotland.  It's gorgeous there.  Dress warmly in Scotland, though.  We were there in late June, and had to bundle up.  There was still snow on some of the mountaintops, and...
Mar 08 8:43am @13 I grew up near Point Pleasant, WV, home of the Mothman.  There are some pretty interesting stories about him.
Mar 07 8:07pm @3.2 Cruised Loch Ness in 2015.  Never saw Nessie.  The skipper seemed to be pretty convinced that Nessie exists, but he also gets tips, so...
It's the Apocalypse - Do You Die or Live?

It's the Apocalypse - Do You Die or Live?


By: Trout Giggles  •  101 comments  •  2 weeks ago
I've often thought about this and Perrie's seed about India and Pakistan has got me thinking again. Yes, I know, that can be dangerous but just read. My family calls me a defeatist and other sorts of names because if there's a global apocalypse I don't want to hang around. I want to be one of the first ones to go. I see no point in holding off the inevitable fight with my neighbor over...
Mar 08 10:38am @1.1.11 One of my dad's favorite stories that his mother thankfully didn't hear about until years later is shooting a marble as high into the air as he could with a slingshot.  He told my aunt to watch and...
Mar 08 10:20am @3.1.20 "..." It's trolling because you can't just accept my opinion and be done with it, but choose instead to insult me and those who share my opinion.
Mar 08 8:45am @3.1.15 Then why are you so concerned about the fact that I don't want to fight without a reason? Or are you just arguing to be arguing?
Mar 07 7:10pm @3.1.12 "..." You're choosing to discuss an overdramatic topic.  By definition, an apocalypse is pretty dramatic, no? Or are you just arguing to be arguing?
Mar 07 12:33pm @3.1.9 Of course it's a struggle even with family.  But family (and friends, I'll add) make the struggle worth it. If it's just me against a horde of zombies/killers/cannibals/whatever trying to kill me,...
Mar 06 6:46pm @3.1.7 Not really into a life that is a constant struggle, with little potential for reward, which is what life would be without my family.
Mar 06 6:45pm @3.1.6 Maybe.
Mar 05 10:46pm @10.4.2 Yes, they are.
Mar 05 8:32pm @3.1.3 Not afraid.  I just don't see the point.  If my loved ones are gone, what's left to fight for?
Mar 02 8:34pm @3 Depends.  If any of my family were among the survivors, I'd fight.  If they're all gone, what's the point?
Georgia House panel approves anti-abortion 'heartbeat' bill

Georgia House panel approves anti-abortion 'heartbeat' bill


Via: Tessylo  •  59 comments  •  2 weeks ago
Georgia House panel approves anti-abortion 'heartbeat' bill   SANYA MANSOOR and BEN NADLER, Associated Press   11 hours ago   FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2018 file photo, Rep. Ed Setzler presents his bill to the Governmental Affairs Special Subcommittee in Atlanta. Amid tears, gasps and handshakes, a Georgia House committee has approved legislation that...
Mar 07 7:15pm @2.2.8
Mar 07 12:46pm @3.1.2 "..." Ultrasounds aren't generally done until around 18-20 weeks, unless a problem is suspected.
Mar 07 12:45pm @2.2.3 "..." And then there are health problems for the mother, some of which don't develop or aren't diagnosed until later in pregnancy.
Baseball Trivia - What've You Got?

Baseball Trivia - What've You Got?


By: Buzz of the Orient  •  13 comments  •  2 weeks ago
Baseball Trivia - What've You Got? This is my only baseball photo, taken with my Canon F1 SLR at 2000th a second - fast enough to stop a hit ball in the air.  I had been invited to watch that game from the Blue Jays corporate box.  My seasons' tickets were about 15 rows up behind home plate. The season starts this year on March 28, the earliest ever, so it's time to start...
Mar 06 11:55pm @2.1.1 Dad didn't want me to play, because there was no softball league for girls.  I convinced him in the end, played baseball for 3 years, then switched to softball when they finally formed a girls'...
Mar 06 9:58pm @2 I was always more of a player of the game (baseball first, then softball) than a fan of any team.  My dad was always the one who remembered stats, outstanding plays, and so forth, and he is a...
Trump ordered top-secret security clearance for Jared Kushner despite concerns of John Kelly, intel officials

Trump ordered top-secret security clearance for Jared Kushner despite concerns of John Kelly, intel officials


Via: FLYNAVY1  •  109 comments  •  2 weeks ago
President Donald Trump early last year directed his then-chief of staff, John Kelly, to give presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner a top-secret security clearance - a move that made Kelly so uncomfortable that he documented the request in writing, according to current and former administration officials. After Kushner, a senior White House adviser, and his wife, Ivanka Trump, pressured the...
Mar 06 6:14am @1.4.12 "..." Of course they can.  That's why Daddy had to get them security clearances they wouldn't qualify for otherwise
Mar 05 8:26pm @1.4.7 "..." What are their qualifications?  Jared sells real estate.  Ivanka steals shoe designs and trades on Daddy's name.  The only reason they hold the positions they do is because they're family....
Mar 04 9:05pm @1.4.1 "..." How are they going to do that, when they're both incompetent and security risks themselves?
Democrats Should Pay Reparations for Slavery and Abuse of Blacks

Democrats Should Pay Reparations for Slavery and Abuse of Blacks


Via: Keep America Great!  •  138 comments  •  2 weeks ago
Democratic presidential candidates Julián Castro, Sen. Kamala Harris, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently pushed their party even further left with their latest radical scheme —slavery reparations. This is beyond ironic, of course, since Democrats have tortured blacks for centuries and hammer us even today. Slavery spread agony across the South, under the watchful eyes of Democrats, such as...
Mar 05 6:42am @2.1.16 Apparently, he felt that the Dem ideology didn't mesh with his own.   I wonder why that was?
Mar 03 11:54pm @2.1.13 "..." Did they?  He wasn't a Republican when he was a Louisiana State Representative from 1989 until 1992? Oh, wait, he was. GOP leadership may have rejected him.  GOP voters haven't always.
Mar 03 7:48pm @2.1.9 Sure, sure.  David Duke probably says the same thing.
Mar 03 4:37pm @2.1.5 Well... But that's just... Really not what the goal was here. It was about fighting Democrats, not racism. As your comment and KAG's response revealed.
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!


By: Uptownchick  •  25 comments  •  2 weeks ago
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Theodor Seuss Geisel, popularly known as Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904. 
Mar 04 5:37pm @13.1 Some of those bedtime stories were a bit tough to read aloud, if I'd had a glass or two of wine. Or even if I hadn't.
Mar 04 5:35pm @2.1.1 Fox in Socks.
Mar 02 10:07am @2 # 11 from the above pic was always a favorite.  "Oh, the Places You'll Go" was always my favorite Dr. Seuss book to read to my son when he was little.  My mom informs me that "One Fish, Two Fish,...
I Didn’t Kill My Baby

I Didn’t Kill My Baby


Via: sandy-2021492  •  13 comments  •  2 weeks ago
On Feb. 5, during the State of the Union address, President Trump implied that women like me executed our babies after birth.   On Tuesday,   he repeated that same lie on Twitter   after the nonsensical Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act failed to gain enough votes in the Senate to move forward.   The bill would have put in place requirements for the care of infants born after failed...
Mar 03 10:16pm @2.1.5 Or political motive with a known ignorant and gullible target audience.
Mar 03 8:51pm @2.1.3 Yes. They're also equating the natural deaths of very sick infants shortly after birth with "post-birth abortions" or "infanticide".  I suspect most who do so have a political motive.
Mar 03 8:18pm @2.1 There are also circumstances in which the parents have little choice.  It's an unfortunate reality that some fetuses and infants have abnormalities that are incompatible with life.  Not just...
Mar 03 7:00pm @1 "..."
Top Democrat On Foreign Affairs Committee Condemns Ilhan Omar’s Latest Anti-Semitic Remarks

Top Democrat On Foreign Affairs Committee Condemns Ilhan Omar’s Latest Anti-Semitic Remarks


Via: Badfish Hαηd ⊕Ƒ †Hε Ωuεεη  •  63 comments  •  2 weeks ago
But she’s still on the Committee. Via   Daily Wire: It’s getting harder and harder for Democrats to ignore or defend Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) blatant anti-Semitism. On Friday, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), who is Jewish and the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released a statement condemning Omar’s recent comments suggesting those that defend Israel have an...
Mar 03 8:38pm @6.1.2 "..." IMO, yes. "..." That is frequently my read on it.
Mar 03 7:44pm @6.1 "..." That is a point of some contention.
How a 3 a.m. bar fight left a WV delegate blind

How a 3 a.m. bar fight left a WV delegate blind


Via: sandy-2021492  •  9 comments  •  3 weeks ago
More than 12 years after Eric Porterfield lost his vision in a parking lot brawl, his legal battle against the bar where it happened continues. Porterfield, now a Republican member of the House of Delegates from Mercer County, started that night in 2006 at a strip club in Harvey, Illinois, a tough suburb just south of Chicago. It ended in a fight involving as many as 10...
Mar 02 7:34pm @4 So, a preacher whose church likely frowns on strip clubs leaves a strip club, goes to a bar, insults a woman his friend grabbed, and (probably) starts a fight he can't finish.  Years later, he...
Mar 02 5:21pm @1 "..."
Scientists create super-mice that can see in the dark. Here's what that means for humans.

Scientists create super-mice that can see in the dark. Here's what that means for humans.


Via: Perrie Halpern R.A.  •  19 comments  •  3 weeks ago
By   David Freeman No one is ditching the night-vision goggles just yet, but scientists working in the United States and China have developed a technique that they say could one day give humans the ability to see in the dark. The technique involves injecting the eyes with particles that act like tiny antennae that take infrared light — wavelengths that are invisible to humans and other...
Mar 02 10:02am @5 What would it do to our sleep cycles?
Mar 02 10:01am @2.1 I would need some really good drugs.
Dress in Blue Day is March 1

Dress in Blue Day is March 1


Via: CB "The Member Formerly Known as Calbab."  •  42 comments  •  2 weeks ago
What? Dress in Blue Day lets allies everywhere join our mission to end colorectal cancer. By wearing blue and raising funds, you bring awareness to this disease and support our work—as  well as honor all who are impacted by colorectal cancer. When? Supporters can go blue any day in March, with Dress in Blue Day officially observed on Friday, March 1. The time for awareness is...
Mar 01 8:14pm @2.2.4 I'm not due yet, and I'm not looking forward to it, but I'll do it.  My sister is a PA who does mostly gastroenterology, and if Grandma's ghost doesn't kick my ass (literally) into gear, my sis will.
Mar 01 4:27pm @2.2 My father's mother died of colon cancer, too.  Before she passed  she made all of her children promise to get colonoscopies, and they all did.
When SH*T Happens … and it Will … What is Our "NORMAL & MUNDANE," comes Under Intense Scrutiny

When SH*T Happens … and it Will … What is Our "NORMAL & MUNDANE," comes Under Intense Scrutiny


By: A. Macarthur  •  73 comments  •  2 weeks ago
Roughly one week ago, my wife was diagnosed with a form of cancer … and, among other reactions and behaviors on my part, both rational and irrational, I went missing from TheNewstalkers, and, in addition, considered other actions that would have no bearing on her diagnosis. Of course, my realistic and first priority is to be supportive of my wife's day-to-day, mundane, spousal and...
Mar 01 7:05pm @1.1.1 Wow, Mac, that's awful.
Mar 01 3:38pm @10 It's good to have you here, Mac.  Best wishes for a quick and uneventful recovery for your wife.  She's lucky to have you.
Mark Meadows: Republican claims ‘there is not a racial bone’ in his body after ‘birther’ comments unearthed

Mark Meadows: Republican claims ‘there is not a racial bone’ in his body after ‘birther’ comments unearthed


Via: Tessylo  •  21 comments  •  3 weeks ago
Politics Mark Meadows: Republican claims ‘there is not a racial bone’ in his body after ‘birther’ comments unearthed   Sarah Harvard, The Independent   15 hours ago Republican representative   Mark Meadows   defended himself from   allegations of racism this week, one day after his testy argument over race erupted during a   House...
Mar 01 8:45am @5.1 We knew for sure that McCain wasn't born in the US (same for Ted Cruz), and we knew for sure Obama was, but only one of those "birther" battles has persisted to this day.  I wonder why that is?
More Than 1,000 Ph.D. Scientists Are 'Skeptical' of Darwinian Evolution

More Than 1,000 Ph.D. Scientists Are 'Skeptical' of Darwinian Evolution


Via: Keep America Great!  •  326 comments  •  3 weeks ago
On the 210th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birthday, the Discovery Institute is going public with a list of more than 1,000 Ph.D. scientists who declared their skepticism toward Darwin's mechanism for evolution: natural selection acting on random mutation. This mechanism is the centerpiece of Neodarwinism, the current but eroding consensus on how evolution took place. "We are...
Mar 01 8:00am @14.2.3 Exactly. And to think, there are parents who teach their kids this crap at home, and prevent their children from exposure to actual science.  Forcing ignorance on a child ought to be considered...
Mar 01 7:56am @14.1.2 So, you're in favor of theocracy? Sad, but not surprising.
Mar 01 12:42am @14.1 So you think an example of some religious folks passing anti-science legislation and actually censoring science is a good thing? Sad, but not surprising.