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by DMB
Wed May 10, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Why does the existence or non-existence of god matter?
Replies: 1397
Views: 86634

[quote=""lpetrich""] The historical King Arthur has been much argued about, and some people have proposed that he is entirely mythical, but it's generally agreed that the post-Geoffey accounts of that monarch have little or nothing of value about him. It's possible that some or a...
by DMB
Wed May 10, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: F.B.I. Director James Comey Is Fired by Trump
Replies: 21
Views: 1578

Can the firing of Comey interfere seriously with the investigation of the Trump administration's connections with Russia?
by DMB
Wed May 10, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: Is the South hell for black people?
Replies: 9
Views: 1075

[quote=""MattShizzle""]An interesting thing in the small (less than 1000 people) town I live in. A black woman was on the borough council for decades - she died a year or so back and left council a few before that. Until at least the 1980s her and her husband were the only black ...
by DMB
Tue May 09, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Life, the Universe, & Everything
Topic: More about Homo naledi
Replies: 3
Views: 870

[quote=""Politesse""] ...The recent dates suggest that like the 60,000- to 100,000-year-old fossils of tiny H. floresiensis (the “Hobbit”) in Indonesia, H. naledi was a “twig off the mainstream of Homo—some little relic of a relatively archaic population,” Kimbel says. It was “a ...
by DMB
Tue May 09, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Human Rights
Topic: What is Facebook up to?
Replies: 4
Views: 1400

http://arif.eu/archives/174?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork Islamic Digital Terrorism This is how Islamists attack Atheist IDs and Pages on Facebook. Abuse of Facebook auto-suspension moderation by mass false reporting. ‘Reporting Groups’ concept used by...
by DMB
Tue May 09, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Human Rights
Topic: Forced conversion and marriage in Pakistan
Replies: 0
Views: 570

Forced conversion and marriage in Pakistan

This is going on all the time. It's a terrible story.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1331464
by DMB
Tue May 09, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Life, the Universe, & Everything
Topic: More about Homo naledi
Replies: 3
Views: 870

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by DMB
Tue May 09, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Life, the Universe, & Everything
Topic: More about Homo naledi
Replies: 3
Views: 870

More about Homo naledi

Yet another human species and it's surprisingly recent. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/05/mysterious-human-species-lived-alongside-our-ancestors-newly-dated-fossils-suggest Berger was overseeing a team of 60 people, some of whom were 18 meters below ground gathering fossils. “This was day two. ...
by DMB
Tue May 09, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Human Rights
Topic: What is Facebook up to?
Replies: 4
Views: 1400

Now it's even worse. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/05/09/facebook-shuts-down-atheist-republics-page-presumably-for-being-anti-muslim-which-isnt-true/ Facebook Shuts Down Atheist Republic’s Page, Presumably For Being “Anti-Muslim” (Which Isn’t True) We mentioned yesterday that the...
by DMB
Tue May 09, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Why does the existence or non-existence of god matter?
Replies: 1397
Views: 86634

[quote=""lpetrich""] I agree with Koy here. There is a world of difference between a genuine historical figure about whom some legends are told, and a magical person of, at best, doubtful historicity. So the difference is, what? Your degree of personal incredulity about the story...
by DMB
Tue May 09, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: Unsuccessful attempt by French police to catch terrorists at Paris Gare du Nord
Replies: 0
Views: 554

Unsuccessful attempt by French police to catch terrorists at Paris Gare du Nord

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39852751 The Gare du Nord train station in the French capital Paris has reopened after a security alert, officials say. Platforms were evacuated and the area cordoned off by heavily armed police late on Monday evening. No details have been given about the operat...
by DMB
Tue May 09, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Human Rights
Topic: What is Facebook up to?
Replies: 4
Views: 1400

What is Facebook up to?

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/05/08/facebook-just-placed-unnecessary-restrictions-on-two-groups-that-reach-many-ex-muslims/ Facebook Just Placed Unnecessary Restrictions on Two Groups That Reach Many Ex-Muslims This afternoon, the Facebook pages for Ex-Muslims of North America (...
by DMB
Tue May 09, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Stephen Fry the Blasphemer
Replies: 24
Views: 2250

Obviously 44.1 is a big problem. The wording of 44.4 is problematic when taken in conjunction with article 42 Article 42 1 The State acknowledges that the primary and natural educator of the child is the Family and guarantees to respect the inalienable right and duty of parents to provide, according...
by DMB
Tue May 09, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Stephen Fry the Blasphemer
Replies: 24
Views: 2250

It seems to me that in this context it's a good idea to look at the relevant article of the constitution of Ireland(consolidated text) : Article 44 1. The State acknowledges that the homage of public worship is due to Almighty God. It shall hold His Name in reverence, and shall respect and honour re...
by DMB
Tue May 09, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Stephen Fry the Blasphemer
Replies: 24
Views: 2250

In the mean time the case against Stephen Fry has been dropped. I hope, however, that Irish people will now work hard to get rid of this stupid law. http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/stephen-fry-blasphemy-probe-dropped-after-garda-fail-to-find-substantial-number-of-outraged-people-35692915.html G...
by DMB
Tue May 09, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Stephen Fry the Blasphemer
Replies: 24
Views: 2250

And here's an example of a nasty blasphemy conviction. At least it's not yet as bad as Pakistan or Saudi, where it is a capital crime. http://www.france24.com/en/20170509-jakartas-christian-governor-jailed-two-years-blasphemy Jakarta's Christian governor was jailed for two years Tuesday after being ...
by DMB
Tue May 09, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions
Topic: Richard W Wetherill - Alpha Publishing
Replies: 9
Views: 1553

You have to be a bit vulnerable to fall for this stuff.

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by DMB
Mon May 08, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Stephen Fry the Blasphemer
Replies: 24
Views: 2250

And another article: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/ben/stephen-fry-blasphemy_b_16485042.html? I stand one hundred per cent in solidarity with Stephen Fry. Of course I don’t endorse, approve, let alone agree with his remarks. Indeed I profoundly disagree with them. But I absolutely defend his right...
by DMB
Mon May 08, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Stephen Fry the Blasphemer
Replies: 24
Views: 2250

An Irish view in The Independent : http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/stephen-fry-irish-tv-investigated-blasphemy-laws-ireland-embarrassed-secularism-angry-a7722906.html I know how the Irish head-in-the-sand brigade is going to respond to this latest piece of evidence that Father Ted was, in fact, ...
by DMB
Mon May 08, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: Right-wing view on health care
Replies: 1
Views: 612

Right-wing view on health care

Well there is a school of thought that doctors just kill you quicker. https://thinkprogress.org/freedom-caucus-member-nobody-dies-because-they-dont-have-access-to-health-care-db0f4ea54e37 Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) was drowned out by constituents’ booing at a town hall in Lewiston, Idaho on Friday...
by DMB
Mon May 08, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: Another Trump lie
Replies: 5
Views: 926

And then what happened next:

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/201 ... hael-flynn

There's a lot to this, so I don't want to quote little bits. Please read the whole thing.
by DMB
Mon May 08, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: Another Trump lie
Replies: 5
Views: 926

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/obama-warned-trump-against-hiring-mike-flynn-say-officials-n756316?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma A senior Trump administration official acknowledged Monday that Obama raised the issue of Flynn, saying the former president made clear he was "not a fan of Michael Flynn....
by DMB
Mon May 08, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: Another Trump lie
Replies: 5
Views: 926

Another Trump lie

What a surprise! http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/05/trump-tweet-obama-michael-flynn-russia-hearing Trump claims that the Obama administration had given Flynn security clearance, but actually Obama had personally warned him about Flynn. Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates is set to te...
by DMB
Mon May 08, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: Health insurance: men and women
Replies: 9
Views: 1038

Health insurance: men and women

If women wanted to pay the same as men, they should have thought of that before they got a uterus.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/20 ... elligencer
by DMB
Mon May 08, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Creation & Alternative Science
Topic: Andrew Wakefield's gravy train
Replies: 1
Views: 1153

Andrew Wakefield's gravy train

This bloody man makes steam come out of my ears. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/charity-cash-funds-anti-vaccine-doctor-xr5lzkxfz?shareToken=cf0ec643c9b856a3e9900b00169e2a53 Andrew Wakefield, who was struck off the medical register for research falsely showing that the MMR vaccine was linked to a...