Experience the Vastness of the Solar System: “Riding Light”

How long does it take a photon to travel from the sun to Jupiter?
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In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the universe, it’s unfortunately very slow. This animation illustrates, in realtime, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the surface of the sun and traveling across a portion of the solar system, from a human perspective.

I’ve taken liberties with certain things like the alignment of planets and asteroids, as well as ignoring the laws of relativity concerning what a photon actually “sees” or how time is experienced at the speed of light, but overall I’ve kept the size and distances of all the objects as accurate as possible. I also decided to end the animation just past Jupiter as I wanted to keep the running length below an hour.

Design & Animation: Alphonse Swinehart / aswinehart.com
Music: Steve Reich “Music for 18 Musicians”
Performed by: Eighth Blackbird / eighthblackbird.org

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Skip Intro  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:05:14am
How long does it take a photon to travel from the sun to Jupiter?

From the photon’s frame of reference the answer is zero to anywhere in the universe.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:09:31am

“You may think it’s a long way to the chemists, but that’s just PEANUTS to space! Listen…”

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Jenner7  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:14:44am

“Opinions” like this piss me the hell off. Because these people don’t give a fuck about poverty. It’s all about spreading a false narrative. “While the Pope is talking about poverty, our dictator President and his greedy wife plan an extravagant dinner for a human rights violator. I’m so struck by that, because I care about poverty.” ::rest of panel nods in agreement::

Forget the fact that he IS the President and that these dinners have been had by countless other Presidents and that this is part of the diplomatic process, but OH MY GOD, LOOK AT THE TIMING OF ALL THIS. IT’S ALL CONNECTED.

Ugh.

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allegro  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:19:40am

re: #3 Jenner7

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“Opinions” like this piss me the hell off. Because these people don’t give a fuck about poverty. It’s all about spreading a false narrative. “While the Pope is talking about poverty, our dictator President and his greedy wife plan an extravagant dinner for a human rights violator. I’m so struck by that, because I care about poverty.” ::rest of panel nods in agreement::

Forget the fact that he IS the President and that these dinners have been had by countless other Presidents and that this is part of the diplomatic process, but OH MY GOD, LOOK AT THE TIMING OF ALL THIS. IT’S ALL CONNECTED.

Ugh.

That and the fact that he and all those nodding in agreement aren’t eating off the dollar menu at McDonald’s or volunteering at soup kitchens.

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jaunte  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:24:20am

re: #3 Jenner7

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:25:12am

My brother liked an article on Facebook, something from Al Jazeera.

Is there a Theology to this New Atheism?
The unwarranted attack by Richard Dawkins on Ahmed Mohamed was both intolerant and dogmatic.

For me, the most jarring line was this:

The self-proclaimed prophets of New Atheism - the loudest Islamophobic ideology of our time, competing with neo-Nazis for attention, would not let go.

First, I don’t think it’s true, given what I see every day from self-identified Christians, but more importantly, where is the idea of ‘New Atheism’, or Atheism as a belief system coming from? Is it from atheists themselves? Or is it projection by believers? I’ve seen, many, many times believers claim that atheism is a religion based on the rejection of THEIR god, as if the only choices were to believe in THEIR god or believe in none, and that belief is the baseline, the null hypothesis, the norm, and that nonbelief is the deviation from that norm.

I’m sure that for some atheists their nonbelief is a reaction against what they were raised to believe. But for many of us, that’s just not so. I was raised in a family of believers, and all my siblings are believers of one sort or another. Looking back, though, I don’t think I EVER believed. I didn’t BECOME atheist by rejecting what I was taught. It simply never made sense to me. It didn’t click, didn’t comport with the world I saw. And I’ve never felt something missing - another belief believers project onto nonbelievers. I just don’t think there’s a god, nor do I see any reason why there should be one.

What I CAN see is a reason why people want there to be one, whether for comfort, or to feel less lost in a world they can’t control, or to give justification for hating Those People. I’ve seen nothing that convinces me that those gods are not simply manifestations of loves, hates, and aspirations of the believers themselves. So I don’t believe.

But why should that absence of a belief be seen as something shared, some common characteristic that would lead us to organize, or to see some prominent atheists as “leaders” of a “movement”? Organized atheism makes no sense, just as ‘prophets’ of atheism makes no sense.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:27:53am

re: #3 Jenner7

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“Opinions” like this piss me the hell off. Because these people don’t give a fuck about poverty. It’s all about spreading a false narrative. “While the Pope is talking about poverty, our dictator President and his greedy wife plan an extravagant dinner for a human rights violator. I’m so struck by that, because I care about poverty.” ::rest of panel nods in agreement::

Forget the fact that he IS the President and that these dinners have been had by countless other Presidents and that this is part of the diplomatic process, but OH MY GOD, LOOK AT THE TIMING OF ALL THIS. IT’S ALL CONNECTED.

Ugh.

It’s so obnoxious. And people will buy it.Didn’t Dowd work for the Bush WHite House? You know the guy whose family is chummy with the House of Saud?

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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:27:59am

re: #3 Jenner7

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“Opinions” like this piss me the hell off. Because these people don’t give a fuck about poverty. It’s all about spreading a false narrative. “While the Pope is talking about poverty, our dictator President and his greedy wife plan an extravagant dinner for a human rights violator. I’m so struck by that, because I care about poverty.” ::rest of panel nods in agreement::

Forget the fact that he IS the President and that these dinners have been had by countless other Presidents and that this is part of the diplomatic process, but OH MY GOD, LOOK AT THE TIMING OF ALL THIS. IT’S ALL CONNECTED.

Ugh.

They never cared about POTUS hosting elaborate White House events until there was a Black guy in the White House.

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ObserverArt  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:28:01am

re: #3 Jenner7

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“Opinions” like this piss me the hell off. Because these people don’t give a fuck about poverty. It’s all about spreading a false narrative. “While the Pope is talking about poverty, our dictator President and his greedy wife plan an extravagant dinner for a human rights violator. I’m so struck by that, because I care about poverty.” ::rest of panel nods in agreement::

Forget the fact that he IS the President and that these dinners have been had by countless other Presidents and that this is part of the diplomatic process, but OH MY GOD, LOOK AT THE TIMING OF ALL THIS. IT’S ALL CONNECTED.

Ugh.

If Billy Kristol nods in agreement, does that mean the whole premise is wrong?

I’m just going off the law of averages and asking qwestyuns.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:29:48am

re: #8 The Vicious Babushka

They never cared about POTUS hosting elaborate White House events until there was a Black guy in the White House.

Exactly.

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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:30:04am

Ben you ignorant little turd, NOBODY supports “murder of the unborn up to birth”

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:30:50am

re: #8 The Vicious Babushka

They never cared about POTUS hosting elaborate White House events until there was a Black guy in the White House.

And if Michelle had NOT dressed up for the State Dinner with the Chinese Premier, they’d be bitching that she didn’t have the class that Laura Bush had, and the panel would nod sagely in agreement with THAT.

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allegro  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:31:22am

re: #11 The Vicious Babushka

Ben you ignorant little turd, NOBODY supports “murder of the unborn up to birth”

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It’s that Carly lies about it.

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Great White Snark  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:32:12am

Related sorta

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SteveMcGaziBolaGate  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:32:49am

I spent the evening at the Popalooza on the Parkway yesterday and there are my thoughts. First, I wasn’t inside the frickin exclusion zone after all. Reports called it as extending to the Delaware River, but it excluded Columbus Blvd, the street I live on. Oh well. We got a cab to the edge of the zone near the checkpoints and started walking. It was a very pleasant crowd, naturally and it was so strange walking on streets that should have been jammed with cars. The security was amazing. Once we got in there were all sorts of people from all over the world, and people in religious clothing of all sorts. We saw nuns that were enjoying their day out of the cloister A couple of them were wearing baseball caps on top of their habits. As far as the content, they didn’t shove Jesus down anybody’s throats, ecept for a couple Gospel readings, they didn’t shove traditional marriage. I felt it was pretty benign in that respect. I did hear the jackass that introduced him at Independence Hall who said the Church gets attacked for this or that. Criticism is not “attack”. Then, also at IH, an orchestra played a dramatic intro that the Pope didn’t seem to appreciate, however the piece of music was incongruously titled “Fanfare for the Common Man”. After the Pope left the stage, everybody thought the event was over and after the orchestra played him out, Marky Mark was trying to get everybody to come back. The city looked amazing. Walking home we were in a pretty festive crowd. Some taverns were jammed, but Planet Hollywood was almost deserted.
Oh yeah, I didn’t get my phone out in time to get a pic but the police were escorting a woman (she wasn’t handcuffed, but she was walking at a brisk pace and the cops were keeping pace two steps behind her.) She was wearing boot, a mini skirt and a furry vest. It was funny to watch conversation and jaws drop as the little procession made its way through the crowd.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:33:36am

re: #11 The Vicious Babushka

Ben you ignorant little turd, NOBODY supports “murder of the unborn up to birth”

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He’s saying it in his usual nasty way, but he has a point here. Carly Fiorina really is lying about her past pro-choice position.

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jaunte  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:34:00am

re: #6 Blind Frog Belly White
“The self-proclaimed prophets of New Atheism”

“…As practised by Richard Dawkins and his ilk (the late Christopher Hitchens, Bill Maher, Sam Harris, et al), what is branded as “New Atheism” now amounts to a fanatical religion, degenerated into an offbeat cult, entirely contradictory to the delusion they are preaching that they are atheists.”
aljazeera.com

That’s a pretty short list.

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Skip Intro  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:36:50am

Looks like the GOP can retire the clown Winnebago and go back to the clown limo.


GOP insiders: Jindal and Pataki quit next

Rand Paul’s on the departure list too, insiders predict.

Bye-bye Piyush. Good luck keeping your Senate seat, Rand.

I hope to never hear from either of you again.

politico.com

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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:36:56am

re: #16 Charles Johnson

He’s saying it in his usual nasty way, but he has a point here. Carly Fiorina really is lying about her past pro-choice position.

Ben is lying when he says pro-choice supports killing the fetus up until one day before birth.

9th month “abortions,” FYI are called “labor and delivery” or “C-section”

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:37:37am

re: #17 jaunte

“The self-proclaimed prophets of New Atheism”

That’s a pretty short list.

Yeah, and all assholes. It’s not The New Atheism that’s the problem. It’s the Old Assholism.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:40:18am

re: #18 Skip Intro
Bye bye.

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Great White Snark  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:42:17am

re: #16 Charles Johnson
After I did a dumb goof yesterday, once a page is scheduled, that is not editable, unless I missed something? So prolly just start over for an eclipse Page.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:42:26am

re: #18 Skip Intro

Looks like the GOP can retire the clown Winnebago and go back to the clown limo.


GOP insiders: Jindal and Pataki quit next

Rand Paul’s on the departure list too, insiders predict.

Bye-bye Piyush. Good luck keeping your Senate seat, Rand.

I hope to never hear from either of you again.

politico.com

Jindal gaining no traction with his pathetic attempts to get Trump to engage him on Twitter? Pataki getting no traction with his….what, exactly? I can’t think of anything I’ve seen or heard about him since he announced.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:42:31am

re: #18 Skip Intro

Kasich and Graham can’t be far behind either.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:42:34am

re: #19 The Vicious Babushka

Ben is lying when he says pro-choice supports killing the fetus up until one day before birth.

9th month “abortions,” FYI are called “labor and delivery” or “C-section”

Yes, Ben’s lying too. They’re both lying. No shortage of lying on the right wing.

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Brian J.  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:42:56am

re: #18 Skip Intro

I wouldn’t bet on it. Randy Rand just shelled out $250,000 to the Kentucky GOP to move their caucuses, which I doubt he’d do if he were about to bail out. Jindal’s got no campaign structure to support and would be welcomed back here in Loozyana with tar and feathers. As for Pataki, with support rounding up to zero, how much can his campaign cost? No, I think this clown car is staying full and fragrant for a while.

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Skip Intro  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:45:08am
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HappyWarrior  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:45:32am

re: #23 Blind Frog Belly White

Jindal gaining no traction with his pathetic attempts to get Trump to engage him on Twitter? Pataki getting no traction with his….what, exactly? I can’t think of anything I’ve seen or heard about him since he announced.

Pataki is playing the role of Jon Huntsman and reminding people that the GOP once could act like adults.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:46:27am

re: #26 Brian J.

I wouldn’t bet on it. Randy Rand just shelled out $250,000 to the Kentucky GOP to move their caucuses, which I doubt he’d do if he were about to bail out. Jindal’s got no campaign structure to support and would be welcomed back here in Loozyana with tar and feathers. As for Pataki, with support rounding up to zero, how much can his campaign cost? No, I think this clown car is staying full and fragrant for a while.

So Jindal feels better in a place where nobody gives a shit who he is, than in his home state where people know who he is, and don’t like him? I can see that.

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Skip Intro  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:46:59am

re: #28 HappyWarrior

Pataki is playing the role of Jon Huntsman and reminding people that the GOP once could act like adults.

The only people who see that aren’t Republicans.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:47:21am

re: #30 Skip Intro

The only people who see that aren’t Republicans.

I know.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:48:00am
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Belafon  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:49:50am

Along the lines of the video, I have a question. If I wanted to make my own model of the solar system, is there a good place that not only lists the size of the sun and planets and whatever else, but their velocities and positions on a particular day?

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Brian J.  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:50:06am

re: #29 Blind Frog Belly White

It gets better. His legacy of wrecking the state’s infrastructure is so bad that voters aren’t just noticing, but seem poised to act:

Yes, that’s the Democrats likely to regain the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge.

Of course, it helps that the Republicans’ strongest and best-financed candidate is Diaper Dandy (but not in the Dick Vitale way) David Vitter.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 27, 2015 • 11:56:07am

re: #26 Brian J.

I wouldn’t bet on it. Randy Rand just shelled out $250,000 to the Kentucky GOP to move their caucuses, which I doubt he’d do if he were about to bail out. Jindal’s got no campaign structure to support and would be welcomed back here in Loozyana with tar and feathers. As for Pataki, with support rounding up to zero, how much can his campaign cost? No, I think this clown car is staying full and fragrant for a while.

That was $250,000 ill spent.
Too many Republicans in Kentucky are truly pissed off that our primary votes have been sold for a caucus.

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TedStriker  Sep 27, 2015 • 12:02:45pm

re: #35 Backwoods_Sleuth

That was $250,000 ill spent.
Too many Republicans in Kentucky are truly pissed off that our primary votes have been sold for a caucus.

All so Aqua Buddha can try to have his cake (run for President) and eat it too (not having to relinquish his Senate seat).

Skeezy is what it is.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 27, 2015 • 12:04:31pm

re: #36 TedStriker

All so Aqua Buddha can try to have his cake (run for President) and eat it too (while not having to relinquish his Senate seat).

Skeezy is what it is.

He is the career politician he complans about.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 27, 2015 • 12:07:46pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 27, 2015 • 12:08:39pm

Also, far as I know, Rand hasn’t paid the $15,000 filing fee here to run for the presidential nomination here.
The only one so far who has paid that is Jeb Bush.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 27, 2015 • 12:09:42pm

re: #38 Charles Johnson

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Plus, the article he first links to is a fake news site.

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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 27, 2015 • 12:10:57pm

re: #38 Charles Johnson

LOL I shop frequently at Target & Meijer in OHMYALLAHDEARBORNISTAN and I can guarantee you none of the chain stores here are “sharia compliant” although you can find an extensive selection of halal products and even a tiny display of kosher products (including some Israeli imports)

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Sep 27, 2015 • 12:12:35pm

re: #39 Backwoods_Sleuth

Also, far as I know, Rand hasn’t paid the $15,000 filing fee here to run for the presidential nomination here.
The only one so far who has paid that is Jeb Bush.

Recall that some of the GOPers in the last two go-rounds failed to get on the ballot in one state or another because they forgot to file. IIRC, GIngrich forgot to register in his home state.

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Belafon  Sep 27, 2015 • 12:12:49pm

re: #38 Charles Johnson

Has anyone seen even a half-hearted defense of the idea that snopes is inaccurate? The site has proven I’m wrong way more often than it’s proven me right, but the fact that they both back up their claims with evidence, and have fixed a few of their original assertions with new evidence, makes it a pretty credible source.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 27, 2015 • 12:14:12pm

re: #43 Belafon

Has anyone seen even a half-hearted defense of the idea that snopes is inaccurate? The site has proven I’m wrong way more often than it’s proven me right, but the fact that they both back up their claims with evidence, and have fixed a few of their original assertions with new evidence, makes it a pretty credible source.

Chuck is angry at Snopes because they debunked one of his bogus claims.

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Brian J.  Sep 27, 2015 • 12:14:24pm

re: #42 Higgs Boson’s Mate

I know that Virginia’s qualification requirements were so restrictive that only Romney and Ron Paul made it, and that Gingrich paid his Utah ballot fee of $500 with a rubber check.

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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 27, 2015 • 12:15:30pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 27, 2015 • 12:16:47pm

re: #43 Belafon

Has anyone seen even a half-hearted defense of the idea that snopes is inaccurate? The site has proven I’m wrong way more often than it’s proven me right, but the fact that they both back up their claims with evidence, and have fixed a few of their original assertions with new evidence, makes it a pretty credible source.

Oh, sure! You see, the owners are Journalists, and maybe donated some money to Democrats.

Oh, and of course, most of the political bullshit rumors they expose are from the Right, because they just do more of that shit.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 27, 2015 • 12:19:45pm

re: #47 Blind Frog Belly White

Oh, sure! You see, the owners are Journalists, and maybe donated some money to Democrats.

Oh, and of course, most of the political bullshit rumors they expose are from the Right, because they just do more of that shit.

They claim that Wiki is liberally biased.

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calochortus  Sep 27, 2015 • 12:23:05pm

re: #6 Blind Frog Belly White

My brother liked an article on Facebook, something from Al Jazeera.

Is there a Theology to this New Atheism?
The unwarranted attack by Richard Dawkins on Ahmed Mohamed was both intolerant and dogmatic.

For me, the most jarring line was this:

First, I don’t think it’s true, given what I see every day from self-identified Christians, but more importantly, where is the idea of ‘New Atheism’, or Atheism as a belief system coming from? Is it from atheists themselves? Or is it projection by believers? I’ve seen, many, many times believers claim that atheism is a religion based on the rejection of THEIR god, as if the only choices were to believe in THEIR god or believe in none, and that belief is the baseline, the null hypothesis, the norm, and that nonbelief is the deviation from that norm.

I’m sure that for some atheists their nonbelief is a reaction against what they were raised to believe. But for many of us, that’s just not so. I was raised in a family of believers, and all my siblings are believers of one sort or another. Looking back, though, I don’t think I EVER believed. I didn’t BECOME atheist by rejecting what I was taught. It simply never made sense to me. It didn’t click, didn’t comport with the world I saw. And I’ve never felt something missing - another belief believers project onto nonbelievers. I just don’t think there’s a god, nor do I see any reason why there should be one.

What I CAN see is a reason why people want there to be one, whether for comfort, or to feel less lost in a world they can’t control, or to give justification for hating Those People. I’ve seen nothing that convinces me that those gods are not simply manifestations of loves, hates, and aspirations of the believers themselves. So I don’t believe.

But why should that absence of a belief be seen as something shared, some common characteristic that would lead us to organize, or to see some prominent atheists as “leaders” of a “movement”? Organized atheism makes no sense, just as ‘prophets’ of atheism makes no sense.

And then you have my brother and me. Raised by non-militant non-believers, we are atheist essentially from birth just because we weren’t ever taught a religion and never felt the need for one. Hardly something that gets either one of us out marching in the streets, or even going to meetings about the matter to compare notes.

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Belafon  Sep 27, 2015 • 12:28:12pm

re: #6 Blind Frog Belly White

We’ve had that argument here, the difference between “believing there is no god” and “not believing there is a god” with an inability to puncture even a lizard’s need to have atheism be a belief.

The flaw in the article is the idea that you need religion to hold an extremist position. I really really like Andes mints, and I don’t need a god to uphold my position.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 27, 2015 • 12:35:08pm

MUST KILL SPIDER

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bratwurst  Sep 27, 2015 • 12:37:54pm

Um, no thanks…but don’t let Ann Coulter catch wind of this!

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Jenner7  Sep 27, 2015 • 12:38:35pm

This mayor wants to publicize who’s on welfare and where they live

If you receive government assistance in the state of Maine, Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald thinks the public has a right to know about it.

In a Thursday column for the Twin City Times, Macdonald said a bill will be submitted during Maine’s next legislative session “asking that a Web site be created containing the names, addresses, length of time on assistance and the benefits being collected by every individual on the dole.”

He added: “After all, the public has a right to know how its money is being spent.”

washingtonpost.com

This has to be a joke, right? I mean, no one can be that despicable. Can they?

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Belafon  Sep 27, 2015 • 12:40:42pm

re: #53 Jenner7

This mayor wants to publicize who’s on welfare and where they live

washingtonpost.com

This has to be a joke, right? I mean, no one can be that despicable. Can they?

Ever heard of vaginal probes?

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Kragar  Sep 27, 2015 • 12:46:46pm

I think I’m going to like these final days of Boehner

“All [my legislation] done over the last four and a half years with a Democrat president and voted against by my most conservative members because ‘it wasn’t good enough,’” an incredulous Boehner said before asking sarcastically, “Really?”

“This the part that I really don’t understand,” he continued before being asked if the hard liners were “unrealistic.”

“Absolutely, they’re unrealistic!” he exclaimed. “You know the Bible says beware of false prophets. And there are people out there, y’know, spreading noise about how much can get done. I mean this whole idea about shutting down government to get rid of Obamacare in 2013 — I mean, this plan never had a chance.”

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Belafon  Sep 27, 2015 • 12:47:28pm

re: #53 Jenner7

I also don’t think this is going to go over as well as he thinks. Most (white) people on welfare tend to think that they’re only on it temporarily, and they’ll get off it some day. When they get called out for being on it for a really long time, there’s going to be some nasty words and actions.

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Nyet  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:01:40pm

Obviously all of this was created for us.

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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:02:57pm

Somebody made a lame video of Dana Loesch shooting herself with her own gun, so of course she’s spamming it every 5 minutes to let everyone know she’s getting DEATH THREATS FROM #GUNSENSE #MOMSDEMAND!!!11!!!!

No not embedding the video because it’s lame and it sucks.

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Nyet  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:03:32pm

re: #6 Blind Frog Belly White

Or is it projection by believers?

Of course it is.

It’s like those using this idiotic argument feel that belief is something funky, but it’s OK because “everybody believes”.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:03:36pm
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A Mom Anon  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:05:09pm

re: #53 Jenner7

Because he’s tired of kids with disabilities and their families moving to his town and using up all their precious resources. Asshole. By his logic, since his salary as mayor is paid by the taxpayers, maybe he should have to publish where he spends his salary, down to the last dime. I hope the next challenger he has in an election rubs his nose in this. He’s a public servant, he’s the one that owes the public, not the other way around.

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Nyet  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:05:22pm

re: #6 Blind Frog Belly White

BTW, while there shouldn’t be organized atheism in a philosophical sense (aside maybe from conferences and such), there sure as heck should be orgs that protect the rights of unbelievers. The believer privilege is real.

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Timothy Watson  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:05:28pm

re: #45 Brian J.

I know that Virginia’s qualification requirements were so restrictive that only Romney and Ron Paul made it, and that Gingrich paid his Utah ballot fee of $500 with a rubber check.

Unfortunately, the Virginia restrictions got nerfed this year. The required number of signatures was reduced to 5,000 from 10,000 and the state was forced to follow a court ruling a couple years ago that allowed noncitizens to circulate petitions.

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Nyet  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:10:56pm

re: #6 Blind Frog Belly White

Unsuprisingly, there’s more to this Hamid Dabashi fellow:

en.wikipedia.org

Dabashi has described the state of Israel as “a dyslexic Biblical exegesis,” “occupied Palestine,” “a vicarious avocation,” “a dangerous delusion,” “a colonial settlement,” “a Jewish apartheid state,” and “a racist apartheid state”[17]

[…]

In September 2004, Dabashi sharply criticized Israel in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram, writing that:

What they call “Israel” is no mere military state. A subsumed militarism, a systemic mendacity with an ingrained violence constitutional to the very fusion of its fabric, has penetrated the deepest corners of what these people have to call their “soul.”… Half a century of systematic maiming and murdering of another people has left its deep marks on the faces of these people, the way they talk, the way they walk, the way they handle objects, the way they greet each other, the way they look at the world. There is an endemic prevarication to this machinery, a vulgarity of character that is bone-deep and structural to the skeletal vertebrae of its culture.[15]

[…]
Following Columbia University President Lee Bollinger’s statements on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during Ahmadinejad’s visit to Columbia in September 2007 (in which Bollinger stated that the Iranian President was a “petty and cruel dictator” who lacked the “intellectual courage” to offer real answers on denying the Holocaust) Dabashi wrote that Bollinger’s statements were “the most ridiculous clichés of the neocon propaganda machinery, wrapped in the missionary position of a white racist supremacist carrying the heavy burden of civilizing the world.” Dabashi further stated that Bollinger’s comments were “propaganda warfare … waged by the self-proclaimed moral authority of the United States” and that “Only Lee Bollinger’s mind-numbing racism when introducing Ahmadinejad could have made the demagogue look like the innocent bystander in a self-promotional circus.” In addition, Dabashi wrote that when Bollinger made these comments, “Nothing short of the devil incarnate, the Christian Fundamentalist in Bollinger thought, was sitting in front of him” and that Bollinger’s “shamelessly racist” comments were “replete with racism.”[29][30]

So it’s a Streicheresque apologist of Ahmadinejad.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:13:56pm

so lame:

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Timothy Watson  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:16:52pm

re: #65 Backwoods_Sleuth

so lame:

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Can’t find a news story for that anywhere.

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Nyet  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:18:21pm

Also there is exactly nothing “new” about the so-called “New Atheism”.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:20:25pm

re: #66 Timothy Watson

Can’t find a news story for that anywhere.

exactly

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prairiefire  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:20:58pm

“Billions and billions”

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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:24:30pm

HURR HURR ABORSHUN KILLING TEH BABBY ONE DAY BEFORE TEH DUE DATE!!!!!! is actually A Thing according to wingnuts

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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:25:53pm
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PhillyPretzel  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:27:20pm

For those who wish to see it: newsworks.org

Real crowds and real people.

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gwangung  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:28:39pm

re: #71 The Vicious Babushka

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And ya gotta wonder where that twit pulled that assertion out of her ass about late term abortions. Usually, late term abortions are done because it’s SAFER.

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b_sharp  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:28:44pm

re: #60 Charles Johnson

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Oh, my.

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Belafon  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:29:06pm

re: #71 The Vicious Babushka

“Potentially” is not an argument.

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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:30:44pm

re: #73 gwangung

And ya gotta wonder where that twit pulled that assertion out of her ass about late term abortions. Usually, late term abortions are done because it’s SAFER.

“Late term abortions” or as we usualy call them “labor & delivery”

NOBODY carries a pregnancy for 36 weeks and then has an abortion one day before the due date just for teh lulz.

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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:31:34pm

“Late term abortion” IS ACTUALLY childbirth.

How do these “prolife” idiots think all pregnancies are terminated?

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:37:22pm

re: #53 Jenner7

This mayor wants to publicize who’s on welfare and where they live

washingtonpost.com

This has to be a joke, right? I mean, no one can be that despicable. Can they?

I thought they were pretty sane in Maine? (rhyme NOT intentional).

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Charles Johnson  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:38:37pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:40:54pm

The copy/paste/post/logout bullshit folks are getting tiresome.

littlegreenfootballs.com

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:41:15pm

re: #76 The Vicious Babushka

“Late term abortions” or as we usualy call them “labor & delivery”

NOBODY carries a pregnancy for 36 weeks and then has an abortion one day before the due date just for teh lulz.

They really do believe Liberals think like that crazy woman in the cartoon you like to post about late term abortion.

It’s like I said before, they actually believe women enjoy abortion. That they get a thrill or rush from it or something. As if it were a drug and they keep needing to go back for a “hit”.

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:41:50pm

Supermoon indeed. In my day we had the plain old Moon and it was good enough for us.
And get your moongazing asses of off my lawn.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:42:20pm

re: #80 Backwoods_Sleuth

The copy/paste/post/logout bullshit folks are getting tiresome.

littlegreenfootballs.com

I know other web forums require new registrants to post X number of times before they gain access to certain features. Perhaps we could add that here or is that pretty much just inviting spam?

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b_sharp  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:42:42pm

re: #79 Charles Johnson

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It causes the brains of some people to be compressed against the top of their head, producing belief in nonsense.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:43:25pm

re: #65 Backwoods_Sleuth

so lame:

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This is almost certainly a picture of some other rally unrelated to Kim Davis. Matt Barber says Julio Rosas “called a prayer rally,” but that photo is not posted in his Twitter timeline: twitter.com

No news story. No photo search results. They’re lying about this.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:43:36pm

re: #83 Eclectic Cyborg

I know other web forums require new registrants to post X number of times before they gain access to certain features. Perhaps we could add that here or is that pretty much just inviting spam?

There’s more than one person in that group posting this stuff.
They never comment.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:45:15pm

re: #85 Charles Johnson

This is almost certainly a picture of some other rally unrelated to Kim Davis. Matt Barber says Julio Rosas “called a prayer rally,” but that photo is not posted in his Twitter timeline: twitter.com

No news story. No photo search results. They’re lying about this.

I know. I did a lot of searching. Best I can come up with is that it was a Jesus te amo y te cambio convention earlier this year in Lima, where I found similar photos.

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stpaulbear  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:47:09pm
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Romantic Heretic  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:48:24pm

re: #28 HappyWarrior

Pataki is playing the role of Jon Huntsman and reminding people that the GOP once could act like adults.

That’s going to accomplish a lot.

Children like their screaming, frothing temper tantrums and it’s been so long since the adults disciplined them that they’re never going to shut up.

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Mattand  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:48:30pm

Off-topic: I turned off the season premiere of South Park about halfway through, because it looked like they were doing their trademark Magic Balance Fairy crap about Caitlyn Jenner critics; i.e., “Them mean liburlz are just as intolerant as the people who voice unease about Caitlyn.”

Did anyone watch it, and if you did: am I reading that wrong? Is it worth finishing the episode?

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Nyet  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:52:39pm

re: #90 Mattand

Off-topic: I turned off the season premiere of South Park about halfway through, because it looked like they were doing their trademark Magic Balance Fairy crap about Caitlyn Jenner critics; i.e., “Them mean liburlz are just as intolerant as the people who voice unease about Caitlyn.”

Did anyone watch it, and if you did: am I reading that wrong? Is it worth finishing the episode?

Overall I liked the episode more than I disliked it, but, as I’ve already written here, they got the Jenner situation completely wrong, since a lot of criticism of this privileged, rich, out-of-touch Republican woman came from progressives.

The image of the jock-like PC bros was funny though, and spot-on for certain segments of the left.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:52:48pm
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William of Orange  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:54:27pm

This night I’m setting the alarm at 4:45 am! Over here in the Netherlands, clouds permitting, we are able to see a full lunar eclips with a super moon! The next time this occurs will be 2033.

dailymail.co.uk

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:56:11pm

re: #93 William of Orange

This night I’m setting the alarm at 4:45 am! Over here in the Netherlands, clouds permitting, we are able to see a full lunar eclips with a super moon! The next time this occurs will be 2033.

dailymail.co.uk

Not looking good for me, so I’ll just toddle off to bed later this evening.

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Nyet  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:56:31pm

Supermoon? Yawn.

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PhillyPretzel  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:57:55pm

re: #94 Backwoods_Sleuth

Overcast here in Philly. On the other hand we have lots of people filling up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to see the Pope. newsworks.org

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:58:08pm

re: #92 Charles Johnson

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I’ve read a number of articles at Dead Breitbart’s Sinecure For The Unemployable, and in ever single case, the article itself did not support the claim made by the headline, and the articles linked to don’t support the article. It’s like two layers of removal from reality.

I conclude that nobody actually reads the articles, that instead they read only the headline and believe whatever that claims. It’s an interesting approach to propagandizing with the appearance of journalism, with a layer of deniability on top.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 27, 2015 • 1:58:49pm
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Eventual Carrion  Sep 27, 2015 • 2:00:08pm

re: #94 Backwoods_Sleuth

Not looking good for me, so I’ll just toddle off to bed later this evening.

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Yeah, my area is on that picture and we are totally overcast too. Looked good and bright last nigh, but will miss eclipse.

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Belafon  Sep 27, 2015 • 2:00:18pm

re: #98 Charles Johnson

Because Kim Davis was a Democrat.

//

This weekend I saw a bumper sticker that said that MLK Jr was a Republican.

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Nyet  Sep 27, 2015 • 2:05:05pm

Have started reading the materials of the Berne trial today. The trial officially proved that the Protocols are fake. Fascinating stuff for those interested in the topic. There were three expert reports: one from the defense, one from the prosecution and one from the judge. 2 experts declared the Protocols fake, 1 tried to defend them. That person was Ulrich Fleischhauer who was so antisemitic, that it was too much even for the Nazis!

However, Fleischhauer’s personal role at Welt-Dienst declined as Germany neared the start of World War II. Researcher Carmen Callil reports that Fleischhauer’s political radicalism was beginning to hurt the Third Reich’s international image. By 1938, she writes, “Hitler was advised that Fleischhauer was placing Germany in embarrassing positions abroad, as he was the kind of ‘anti-Semite who pretends to see a threatening Jew behind every street corner of the world and who tries to deal with the matter in a psychosis of fear and secretiveness’.”

As you can imagine, his “expert” report is not quite convincing. He starts by admitting that the Protocols are but the reworked book by Joly, but Joly, whom he tried to prove to be Jewish based merely on his surname and ties to Freemasons, allegedly wrote his Dialogues in Hell with a “double bottom” - both as a critique of Napoleon III and as a master plan of world domination for Judeo-Masons. The workings on a fanatic mind…

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PhillyPretzel  Sep 27, 2015 • 2:05:48pm

Benjamin Franklin Parkway is a sea of people. newsworks.org

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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 27, 2015 • 2:09:57pm

re: #90 Mattand

Off-topic: I turned off the season premiere of South Park about halfway through, because it looked like they were doing their trademark Magic Balance Fairy crap about Caitlyn Jenner critics; i.e., “Them mean liburlz are just as intolerant as the people who voice unease about Caitlyn.”

Did anyone watch it, and if you did: am I reading that wrong? Is it worth finishing the episode?

I thought it was a lame episode, but it’s a set-up for the second episode which kicks ass.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 27, 2015 • 2:10:46pm

re: #62 Nyet

BTW, while there shouldn’t be organized atheism in a philosophical sense (aside maybe from conferences and such), there sure as heck should be orgs that protect the rights of unbelievers. The believer privilege is real.

No shit! Nobody bats an eye when a believer tells an atheist, “You’ll have to stand before God one day!”, or the oh-so-condescending “I’ll pray for your eyes to be opened”. Proselytizing is perfectly fine, as is telling atheists we ‘deny God’ so they can do bad things with no consequence.

Try doing the reverse, as an atheist. No, we’re expected to ‘respect other peoples’ beliefs’, especially those who don’t respect ours.

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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 27, 2015 • 2:11:34pm

Yeah Dana but maybe you should stop retweeting that shit all over your timeline

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 27, 2015 • 2:12:27pm

re: #105 The Vicious Babushka

Yeah Dana but maybe you should stop retweeting that shit all over your timeline

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She’s just thrilled somebody cared enough to threaten her.

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Nyet  Sep 27, 2015 • 2:14:36pm

re: #103 The Vicious Babushka

Thanks for reminding, watching now.

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wrenchwench  Sep 27, 2015 • 2:17:38pm

re: #104 Blind Frog Belly White

No shit! Nobody bats an eye when a believer tells an atheist, “You’ll have to stand before God one day!”, or the oh-so-condescending “I’ll pray for your eyes to be opened”. Proselytizing is perfectly fine, as is telling atheists we ‘deny God’ so they can do bad things with no consequence.

Try doing the reverse, as an atheist. No, we’re expected to ‘respect other peoples’ beliefs’, especially those who don’t respect ours.

I had dozens of people tell me they prayed for me since the accident, but only two or three who said something to the effect of, ‘I’ll bet that turned you towards God!’

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 27, 2015 • 2:23:30pm

re: #108 wrenchwench

I had dozens of people tell me they prayed for me since the accident, but only two or three who said something to the effect of, ‘I’ll bet that turned you towards God!’

Personally, I see as prayer as being primarily something I do for ME, not anyone else. Most of the time, when I pray for someone else I don’t even tell them I am because I don’t feel that’s important. What’s more important is that the God I believe in know what’s on my heart and that I am concerned for the well being of not only myself but my friends, family, coworkers, etc. I can pray for people to find strength and wisdom in tough situations without begging that they be saved.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 27, 2015 • 2:35:26pm
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Nyet  Sep 27, 2015 • 2:41:29pm

re: #107 Nyet

Heh, the Canadian President has been fucked to death in this one.

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BeachDem  Sep 27, 2015 • 2:41:48pm

re: #55 Kragar

I think I’m going to like these final days of Boehner

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I mean this whole idea about shutting down government to get rid of Obamacare in 2013 — I mean, this plan never had a chance.”

And yet he brought it up for a vote 50 times. I feel the same about the “new Boehner” as I felt about Steve Schmidt and Nicholle Wallace when they made their Sarah Palin mea culpas. Too little too late—fuck them all sideways with a chainsaw.

(I’m REALLY not in a good mood today!!)

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ninja cat  Sep 27, 2015 • 2:44:22pm

re: #85 Charles Johnson

This is almost certainly a picture of some other rally unrelated to Kim Davis. Matt Barber says Julio Rosas “called a prayer rally,” but that photo is not posted in his Twitter timeline: twitter.com

No news story. No photo search results. They’re lying about this.

Still looking but pretty sure this is Estadio San Marcos, and taken from an event in 2013, the National Convention of Peru. Here’s a pic looking on the opposite direction the day of the event. This is one of the same angle as his pic, with water tower in background. Still trying to find a better matched pic though.

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allegro  Sep 27, 2015 • 2:47:18pm

re: #104 Blind Frog Belly White

No shit! Nobody bats an eye when a believer tells an atheist, “You’ll have to stand before God one day!”, or the oh-so-condescending “I’ll pray for your eyes to be opened”. Proselytizing is perfectly fine, as is telling atheists we ‘deny God’ so they can do bad things with no consequence.

Try doing the reverse, as an atheist. No, we’re expected to ‘respect other peoples’ beliefs’, especially those who don’t respect ours.

I’m not sure exactly at what point I snapped, but if I’m told how I have to respect another’s beliefs my answer now is “no, I don’t.” I respect the right in this country to hold any wacked out belief one wants, but I absolutely do not have to respect the belief or the person who holds it. If you don’t want to hear my opinion on this matter, don’t bring it up by shoving your wacked out beliefs in my face and demanding respect for them.

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teleskiguy  Sep 27, 2015 • 2:53:01pm

re: #111 Nyet

Heh, the Canadian President has been fucked to death in this one.

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Nyet  Sep 27, 2015 • 2:54:37pm

re: #115 teleskiguy

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teleskiguy  Sep 27, 2015 • 2:55:56pm

re: #116 Nyet

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blueraven  Sep 27, 2015 • 2:57:19pm

re: #113 ninja cat

Still looking but pretty sure this is Estadio San Marcos, and taken from an event in 2013, the National Convention of Peru. Here’s a pic looking on the opposite direction the day of the event. This is one of the same angle as his pic, with water tower in background. Still trying to find a better matched pic though.

Maybe this one

impactoevangelistico.net

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teleskiguy  Sep 27, 2015 • 2:58:35pm

This week’s South Park was pretty hysterical.

I liked last week’s episode too. PC Principal and his whole cohort are funny fuckers.

“I had some refreshments, and I checked your friend’s privilege.” *BLEAARGH*

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Nyet  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:00:03pm

re: #119 teleskiguy

Randy’s pre-vomiting voice was great :D

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teleskiguy  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:02:37pm

Did y’all see that Ben Carson and Donald Trump are statistically tied in the latest round of polls? We’ve only just begun to hear the batshit crazy rhetoric from these two bozos. We’ll be hearing about loyalty oaths and machine gun nests at the Great Southern Wall, banning books, criminalizing Islam, the sky is the limit!

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Charles Johnson  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:06:32pm

Awesome as antipasto: traderjoes.com

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Jenner7  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:06:47pm
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teleskiguy  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:07:53pm

re: #123 Jenner7

It’s like a metaphor for her campaign!

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Nyet  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:10:15pm

OK, so the initial screenplay for Idiocracy had some extra bits. pages.drexel.edu

 JOE
               But why do they use them to make 
               Rauncho?

                           SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
               Cuz Rauncho's got electrolytes..

     Joe has had it.

                           JOE
               Alright, look. I'll prove it to you. 
               Is there a library around here?

73   EXT. LIBERRY OF CONGRESS - DAY                                73   

     Establishing shot. Yes, it's spelled "Liberry."

74   INT. LIBERRY OF CONGRESS - DAY                                74   

     CLOSE ON Joe's astounded face. He looks around in disbelief 
     as we PULL OUT to reveal that the library apparently contains 
     nothing but miles and miles of pornography. The Cabinet 
     Members and guards are there too.

                           JOE
               So. .. all you have is pornography?

                           SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
               Uh, they got other stuff.

                                                          CUT TO:

75   INT. LIBERRY OF CONGRESS - STACKS - LATER                     75   

     Secretary of Defense pulls. a book off the shelf that says, 
     "Extreme Science." Joe opens it. We see a woman in a G-string 
     seductively holding a DNA double helix model.  He flips 
     through it. It's all quasi-porn.

                           JOE
               Hmm. Do you have any... older books?

                                                          CUT TO:

76   INT. LIBERRY OF CONGRESS - DIFFERENT SECTION - DAY            76   

     Secretary of Defense hands him a book called "Horny Grandmas."

                           JOE
               That's not what I meant by "older." 
               I need a book that was made a long 
               time ago.

                                                          CUT TO:

77   INT. LIBERRY OF CONGRESS - DEEP IN THE STACKS - DAY           77   

     Joe is poring over several ancient, yellowed, mildewed books. 
     Be finds one that seems like what he's looking for.

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

78   INT. LIBERRY OF CONGRESS - READING AREA - DAY                 78   

     The Cabinet Members are all looking at issues of "Horny 
     Grandmas," "Moms Who Like to go." Joe comes running out, 
     excited.

                           JOE
                    (his mind reeling)
               I figured it out!  Electrolytes are 
               salt. That's your problem. It's just 
               like the Dust Bowl. It probably worked 
               for a few decades, but now salt's 
               building up in the topsoil.  That's 
               what's killing the plants.  That's 
               what's causing the dust storms - 
               just like the Dust Bowl!

     Beat.
                          ATTORNEY GENERAL
               Yeah, that's what we were saying. 
               Rauncho's got electrolytes.

     Joe sees he's not going to get anywhere.

                           JOE
               Okay, look. You're just gonna have 
               to trust me on this. You've got 
               nothing to lose. Just switch all the 
               crops to water.

                           14-YEAR-OLD
               Like from the toilet?

                           JOE
               Okay fine. Yes, from the toilet.  
               Wherever you get the water, send 
               that to crops!    

                           SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
               Okay... You don't have to have a fag 
               attack.

                           14-YEAR-OLD
               Hey look!  My Grandma!

     The 14-Year-Old proudly holds up a centerfold (we don't see 
     it).  Joe gets an eyeful, recoils, and quickly looks away, 
     suppressing a dry-heave.
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William of Orange  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:11:08pm

re: #115 teleskiguy

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I’m not your buddy, guy!!

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b.d.  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:11:42pm

re: #123 Jenner7

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Has Carly started denying that the stage collapsed yet?

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jaunte  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:11:52pm
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Eventual Carrion  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:11:53pm

re: #123 Jenner7

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Man, hope no one was hurt. From what I can see it was just the backdrop.

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jaunte  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:13:39pm

Carly never missing an opportunity to foment a conspiracy theory.

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b.d.  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:14:31pm

re: #128 jaunte

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[carly] THERE’S A VIDEO OF HILLARY TAMPERING WITH THE STAGE! I’VE SEEN IT! [/carly]

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wrenchwench  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:14:48pm

re: #122 Charles Johnson

Awesome as antipasto: traderjoes.com

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No discussion here of a Greek version, but it sounds like Baba Ghanoush, one of my favorite foods!

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A Cranky One  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:17:20pm

Gravitational pull from massive pile of BS causes backdrop to collapse!

Carly claims to have seen PP trying to abort her campaign after viewing video.

//

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jaunte  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:18:15pm

Demon sheep leaned on it.

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Kafitrar  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:33:25pm

re: #33 Belafon

Along the lines of the video, I have a question. If I wanted to make my own model of the solar system, is there a good place that not only lists the size of the sun and planets and whatever else, but their velocities and positions on a particular day?

You can start here. Just punch in how big you want the sun to be and it calculates the sizes of the planets and their orbits to scale. Not sure about orbital velocities or specific positions, but NASA’s Solar System Dynamics site has that kind of data.

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Great White Snark  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:37:30pm

re: #93 William of Orange

This night I’m setting the alarm at 4:45 am! Over here in the Netherlands, clouds permitting, we are able to see a full lunar eclips with a super moon! The next time this occurs will be 2033.

dailymail.co.uk

FWIW I’m gonna liveblog it, comments and pics welcome. Took the screen out of my east facing upstairs window. I wish it was not such a PITA to livestream a DSLR video.

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Belafon  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:40:10pm

re: #135 Kafitrar

You can start here. Just punch in how big you want the sun to be and it calculates the sizes of the planets and their orbits to scale. Not sure about orbital velocities or specific positions, but NASA’s Solar System Dynamics site has that kind of data.

Thanks.

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teleskiguy  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:40:51pm
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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:44:54pm

re: #138 teleskiguy

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Unit Zappa

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:45:31pm

re: #138 teleskiguy

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He forgot Warren.

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stpaulbear  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:50:25pm
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teleskiguy  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:51:25pm

re: #139 The Vicious Babushka

re: #140 Eclectic Cyborg

140 character limit, there’s going to be omissions. There’s Wolf, Marquee, Hunter, Daphne…

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Mattand  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:51:35pm

From the “Miracles DO Happen” Department: a journalist at CNN rolled out of bed and decided today was the day they’d actually do their effing job: WATCH: CNN Grills Carson On Muslim Comments Until Manager Ends Interview

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Mattand  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:52:50pm

re: #141 stpaulbear

Babby Moons.

How is Babby Moons formed?

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thedopefishlives  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:55:23pm

re: #144 Mattand

How is Babby Moons formed?

Well, when a daddy planet and a mommy planet love each other very much…

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stpaulbear  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:56:22pm

re: #144 Mattand

How is Babby Moons formed?

No idea but it may have something to do with the superblood moon.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:56:27pm
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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 27, 2015 • 3:58:13pm
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teleskiguy  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:00:04pm

His ex-wives Anna and Wendi are Catholic. Rupert describes himself simply as Christian even though he’s been knighted by Pope John Paul II. I’m getting mixed signals from this tweet.

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goddamnedfrank  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:00:07pm
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Stanley Sea Toujours  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:00:59pm

re: #135 Kafitrar

Thanks for answering. I’m curious & was wondering who would know!

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LastYearsMan  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:01:06pm

So great getting to hear some Steven Reich music at LGF. Great video, too.

I remember eye-rolling my way through the Hunger Games movie, when, at the start of the big battle, suddenly “Music for 18 Musicians” started to play. High point of a silly movie.

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Stanley Sea Toujours  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:02:17pm

re: #136 Great White Snark

FWIW I’m gonna liveblog it, comments and pics welcome. Took the screen out of my east facing upstairs window. I wish it was not such a PITA to livestream a DSLR video.

I have to walk beyond the condo confines to see the rise. I view the moon-set awesome, but that’s not going to work.

Will send phone pix I hope.

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The War TARDIS  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:04:05pm

Maduro of Venezuela may do something stupid to distract from flailing economy.

The first trip to the UN’s annual gathering of world leaders has particularly high stakes for David Granger, the recently elected president of Guyana. His country’s neighbor, Venezuela, has renewed its claim that it is the rightful owner of two-fifths of the small South American nation’s territory, and is massing troops along the border.

“For the first time, Venezuela has deployed rockets, armored vehicles, armed patrol boats in the river that forms the border with Guyana, and increased its troops,” Granger told VICE News in an interview. “We have to render assurance that Guyana will be a safe and secure destination.”

Venezuela has intermittently asserted sovereignty over Guyana’s Essequibo region for more than a century, it’s once again at the top of the agenda for Venezuelan politicians, including President Nicolas Maduro.

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b.d.  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:04:46pm

Get ready for Greenwald to go into full attack mode on Scientific American:

What Edward Snowden Got Wrong about Eavesdropping on Aliens

Spoiler!: Pretty much everything.

scientificamerican.com

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teleskiguy  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:10:22pm

I may be overly anecdotal when I say this. I think that there’s a certain point in wealth accumulation where you can say publicly that you belong to such-and-such faith and attend this-or-that church/mosque/synagogue while not actually belonging to any sort of religion. It’s a facade, placating the public where 85% of the population identifies as religious. I know the faithful around here at LGF are good at putting their money where their mouths are by being genuinely good people through the teachings of their faith. I don’t know a whole lot of really wealthy people who are model religious folk.

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Jenner7  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:11:14pm
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Stanley Sea Toujours  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:11:54pm

re: #148 The Vicious Babushka

Signing off now

[Embedded content]

Wow. Just looked up Sukkot.

A beautiful ritual.

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Eventual Carrion  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:12:47pm

re: #156 teleskiguy

I may be overly anecdotal when I say this. I think that there’s a certain point in wealth accumulation where you can say publicly that you belong to such-and-such faith and attend this-or-that church/mosque/synagogue while not actually belonging to any sort of religion. It’s a facade, placating the public where 85% of the population identifies as religious. I know the faithful around here at LGF are good at putting their money where their mouths are by being genuinely good people through the teachings of their faith. I don’t know a whole lot of really wealthy people who are model religious folk.

And imagine the church that could be built with 10% of Trump’s wealth.

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teleskiguy  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:13:14pm

I think religion should be a private matter. What’s the saying? Salvation lies within.

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The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:14:51pm

re: #154 The War TARDIS

Maduro of Venezuela may do something stupid to distract from flailing economy.

Guyana’s a Commonwealth member, too. A “Realm”, not a “Republic”. (A Protectorate in all but name, I think that means.) Another Falklands unpleasantness, perhaps?

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SteveMcGaziBolaGate  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:17:19pm

re: #160 teleskiguy

I think religion should be a private matter. What’s the saying? Salvation lies within.

I’m ok with theological or philosophical discussions, it’s tricky to keep them from turning into arguments.

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The War TARDIS  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:19:02pm

re: #161 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

They are a Republic with the Commonwealth, with close relations to us, and part of the Union of South American Nations.

This has entanglements written all over it.

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Stanley Sea Toujours  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:20:56pm

Ya’ll I’ve been working Priceline for rental car prices. It’s like gambling. I lost continuously. But have not given up, I’ll be back to harass their algorithm tomorrow.

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teleskiguy  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:21:18pm

re: #162 SteveMcGaziBolaGate

I’m ok with theological or philosophical discussions, it’s tricky to keep them from turning into arguments.

Totally. Which is why a tend to say little about religion and just lurk when the discussions come up. I have very minute experience with religion, so I’ll let the more knowledgeable hash it out. :)

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Varek Raith  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:22:15pm

Space is stupidly big.
That ‘camera’, in Trek terms, was flying at Warp 1.

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teleskiguy  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:23:39pm
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PhillyPretzel  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:25:18pm

re: #167 teleskiguy

That is gorgeous.

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teleskiguy  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:26:44pm
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PhillyPretzel  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:29:09pm

The Pope is boarding his plane and is leaving Philly. newsworks.org

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Stanley Sea Toujours  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:30:07pm

re: #170 PhillyPretzel

I hope he sleeps for a few days. Whatta trip.

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The War TARDIS  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:30:22pm

re: #169 teleskiguy

I haven’t paid attention, but he doesn’t seem to be the guy ripping out hearts during Indiana Jones.

Also, there is a major lag when typing here between me hitting the keys, and the text appearing.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:30:28pm

I thought it might be cool if the blood moon eclipse signaled the Rapture.
But then I realized that not a single person at the VVS would qualify…

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PhillyPretzel  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:30:38pm

re: #171 Stanley Sea Toujours

Yes. One whirlwind trip.

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Stanley Sea Toujours  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:31:56pm

re: #173 Backwoods_Sleuth

I thought it might be cool if the blood moon eclipse signaled the Rapture.
But then I realized that not a single person at the VVS would qualify…

The Rapture happened, only Yogi Berra was chosen.

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Stanley Sea Toujours  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:34:12pm

OK, I re-watched Fear the Walking Dead twice. It was a very very good episode. I always catch shit on the 2nd time around. Even more the 3rd.

Film is to be analyzed, not just engulfed in an hour. IMHO

Looking forward to tonight.

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teleskiguy  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:35:58pm

Snapped by my friend outside of Steamboat Springs.

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The War TARDIS  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:38:33pm

Best lines from last night, no spoilers.

Clara: So, the androids think he’s dead, and the Doctor escapes.

Missy: No. He’s the Doctor. He fell into a nest of vampire monkeys.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:49:18pm

re: #176 Stanley Sea Toujours

OK, I re-watched Fear the Walking Dead twice. It was a very very good episode. I always catch shit on the 2nd time around. Even more the 3rd.

Film is to be analyzed, not just engulfed in an hour. IMHO

Looking forward to tonight.

My wife doesn’t get why I want to re-watch a movie, or a series I’ve binge-watched, or a book I just finished.

Once through quickly to find out what happens, then a second time slowly, to appreciate the art.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:50:57pm

re: #179 Blind Frog Belly White

My wife doesn’t get why I want to re-watch a movie, or a series I’ve binge-watched, or a book I just finished.

Once through quickly to find out what happens, then a second time slowly, to appreciate the art.

We did that with Bastard Executioner yesterday.
I saw something and made MrBWS back up the DVD three freaking times until he saw the easter egg in one particular scene.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 27, 2015 • 4:55:30pm

MrBWS also could not get over the fact that it is Katey Sagal as Annora in Bastard Executioner.

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Stanley Sea Toujours  Sep 27, 2015 • 5:01:20pm

re: #179 Blind Frog Belly White

My wife doesn’t get why I want to re-watch a movie, or a series I’ve binge-watched, or a book I just finished.

Once through quickly to find out what happens, then a second time slowly, to appreciate the art.

Absolutely.

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BeachDem  Sep 27, 2015 • 6:03:41pm

re: #153 Stanley Sea Toujours

I have to walk beyond the condo confines to see the rise. I view the moon-set awesome, but that’s not going to work.

Will send phone pix I hope.

The “kid” and I are going down to the beach at about 10:30 EDT (10:47 is supposed to be maximum visibility here.) Relatively clear night—hope it’s good—will try to take pix but it might be above my pay grade.


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