February 7, 2020

This report is delicious for people like myself, who have long maintained that FOX News spread disinformation and lies, that their ideological bias distorts truth beyond the limits of credibility. Well, now FOX have admitted this themselves in an internal report. I wonder what regular commenters here who defend FOX and who watch FOX think about this. I’ll call them out: See Noevo, Person223, skl, Otto T. Goat, Evolution is a Hoax and others. How do they justify this? How… Read more

February 7, 2020

My friend sent me this by email. I like the term “pivot point”. What was yours?: I did not go seeking this. I found it during a second reading of Ingersoll’s grandaughter’s (Eva Ingersoll Wakefield) “The Letters of Robert Ingersoll” published in 1951. The first 68 pages contain a marvellous review of his life, lectures, and work. You probably know of this, if so you are reminded. There I found on pages 8-9, what surely must have been Ingersoll’s Pivot… Read more

February 7, 2020

Here is a comment from a Christian commenter called “Evolution is a Hoax”, which should tell you all you need to know… The comment was in reply to Bert’s article on the impeachment: The writer of this Op should stay out of Politics. — Clearly Trump will win the next election. Not only did he do far better than Obama, the competition is lame these days. Secondly, The Accusations etc. of the Impeachment were a joke. Thirdly, He went to… Read more

February 6, 2020

I always voted at my party’s call, and I never thought of thinking for myself at all. — The words of Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty, in the Gilbert & Sullivan musical, HMS Pinafore, on how he achieved his high position.   It is only natural for unbridled partisanship unrestrained by allegiance to a greater cause, to lead to chaos. — George Washington   Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish… Read more

February 6, 2020

I have a very lax approach to banning and censorship here, as well you know. And you may or may not like this as threads do, indeed, get filled up with comments from those we disagree with. Sometimes, I get asked to ban so-and-so, and there can be merit in banning the more trollish ones, but it also comes down to what the definition of a troll is and who gets to arbitrate the definition and qualification. Sometimes the reaction… Read more

February 6, 2020

Partisan: (adj.) Exhibiting strong and sometimes blind adherence to a particular party, faction, cause or person.  Hypocrisy: (n.) The practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform. Members of many types of groups exhibit partisan hypocrisy; political parties, religious organizations, and many other special interest groups. The recent impeachment investigation and trial were a vivid example of this. The Democrat-controlled House conducted a hearing that has been labeled “unfair” by Republicans… Read more

February 5, 2020

We have just had a State of the Union address where Pelosi was rightfully disgusted with the outright continual lies of the POTUS. This follows hot on the heels of Trump’s Superbowl shenanigans. When Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem and there was a whole furore over people making political statements within the context of sport, the right-wing went nuts. Donald Trump himself said that football and politics shouldn’t mix. Indeed, The Washington Post reported: “…I love sports. But… Read more

February 5, 2020

Some years back, I compiled and edited a collection of deconversion accounts with Tristan Vick called Beyond an Absence of Faith: Stories About the Loss of Faith and the Discovery of Self (UK) that covered a range of different deconverions from around the world. I thought I would share with you part of one of the chapters (I have not included the whole piece here) for you. It came from a 17-year-old Muslim girl living in the States who was also studying to… Read more

February 4, 2020

Pew Research Center have been at it with their data collection concerning the Democratic candidates for the primaries. The synopsis is interesting if hardly surprising: On the whole, among registered voters who identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party, Protestants and Catholics are most likely to name Joe Biden as their first choice, according to a national survey Pew Research Center conducted in January. Religiously unaffiliated Democrats lean more toward Bernie Sanders, with self-described atheists and agnostics especially more likely to… Read more

February 4, 2020

Trump has been lambasted by those interested in freedom of speech, freedom of the press and the 1st amendment for being very selective in which media outlets he allows into certain press briefings. Back in 2017, CNN, the BBC and the Guardian were barred access (amongst others): The White House barred several news organizations from an off-camera press briefing on Friday, handpicking a select group of reporters that included a number of conservative outlets friendly toward Donald Trump. The “gaggle” with Sean… Read more

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