Tentative Solution


At different points around Delhi, I saw little tent communities like this one; where people literally live on the sidewalk -but with some privacy and shelter where they can actually sleep undisturbed and go about their day, earning enough to eat at least. I saw one of these rows of tents erected along a creek, and another where they were in the center median on the freeway. I'm conflicted about that. Because while that makes the homeless situation embarrassingly obvious, what does that matter … [Read more...]

How to get pneumonia in a tropical country


When I first arrived in Delhi, I stepped out of the airport to see a blanket of fog in late afternoon. Fog is an early morning occurrence. So what's going on here? At first the locals told me that the fog never lifts because it is winter and it is cold. But I don't think 25° C / 78° F qualifies as cold. I kept asking about it, and the next few people said it wasn't fog at all, but smog.I grew up in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, before catalytic converters. So I've seen extreme levels of s … [Read more...]

Aron’s Travails in India

The United States is actually still putting out more than twice the CO2 emissions of India.

As many of Aron Ra's Facebook friends already know, he went to the hospital for pneumonia, after staying in Delhi, India. As his wife, I can tell you in the 8 years I have known him; he has never been seriously ill. He was admitted with a temperature of 41.2  Celsius; that is 106 Fahrenheit in the antiquated Customary system.This trip already had me worried because of a tourist advisory for terrorism and an earthquake there. Odds start to be less of a lightning strike of those happening … [Read more...]

Riding through Agra


To get to the World Atheist conference in Vijayawada, I had to connect in Delhi. Having never been to India, I arranged a layover. A friend who lives there hired a car to take me to Agra for the purpose of seeing the Taj Mahal. If I'm in India anyway, I may as well see that, right?When we arrived, the cabby picked up a guide. That was his idea, and I thought it was a good one, since I don't know what all there is to see there. He did show me Fort Agra, and that was impressive. But … [Read more...]

Hopping through Arabian Airports

This image is from an article warning female tourists about inappropriate dress in Islamic countries.

I've heard that Qatar is one of those places where atheism carries a death sentence. We call it k'TAR, but the locals seem to call it CATTar. All I saw was Hamad Airport in Doha. It's a huge ultra-modern hub and the people are justifiably very proud of it. It tempts me to take a look beyond the veneer. If I could get out of the airport, (which my wife asked me NOT to do) will I see a contrast?The airport in Dubai was fascinating to me, because I saw numerous distinct sub-groups of … [Read more...]

Lemmy RIP


In 1982, I was all about Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath. But a few of my friends told me that I reminded them of someone else. They showed me a picture of Lemmy Kilmister, front man and bassist for speed-metal band, Motörhead. The thing is, at that moment, by sheer coincidence, I happened to be wearing the same clothes as Lemmy was in that picture, from the concert tee to the M-60 bullet belt. We even had on the same super dark black tear drop aviator sunglasses. How weird is that?I thought … [Read more...]

FBB fund against the Texas twister

Due to the F4 wedge tornado that killed a dozen people in our neighborhood last night, the Foundation Beyond Belief has initiated an aid donation facebook fund to help affected survivors. … [Read more...]

Texas weather has gone all “Texas” down here

Rowlett Tornado 10 26

Yes, Texas weather has gone plumb haywire, or "Texas" in Norwegian slang.  On the East side of Dallas,where Aron Ra and I live, secular relief efforts are underway from an estimated 11 tornadoes that tore through Dallas county and neighboring counties to the North and East. Tornadoes in December are rare, and the one that struck Garland where we live was classified as an "F4" leveling some houses to their foundations. The DFW area death toll is estimated at 11 people, and 600 structures were … [Read more...]

Governor Abbott: FFRF Capitol Holiday Display “Mocks Religious Beliefs” and must go.

FFRF Bill of rights

In a characteristic display of both irony and projection, Texas Governor Greg Abbott in a show of disrespect to the state's nonbelievers ordered the Freedom From Religion Foundation's holiday display removed from where it had been squirreled away on the basement floor for this reason:"The Constitution does not require Texas to allow displays in its Capitol that violate general standards of decency and intentionally disrespect the beliefs and values of many of our fellow Texans," Abbott … [Read more...]

Refuting the allegedly irrefutable proof of God

David C. Pack of the Restored Church of God made five half-hour videos claiming to list what he says are indisputable irrefutable absolute proof of God. I'm making a series of videos disputing refuting and absolutely disproving his claims point by point. Last week I showed the first video of that series, which was an introduction to this project. This second video addresses the first of his many erroneous claims.I just couldn't help myself. His arguments are bad, yet his claims are bold, … [Read more...]