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SCHEDULING ERROR - Woops. Forgot to change the date for the Atheist Lounge presentati Richard S. R. Sep 14, 2018 8:14 AM
3 Weeks until "Read Your Screed" - If you were planning on participating in the Richard S. R. Sep 6, 2018 10:44 AM
Start Preparing Now for "Read Your Screed" - The September 27 edition of Atheist Lounge — “Read Your Screed Richard S. R. Aug 27, 2018 8:31 AM
Not a Discussion List - To reiterate, the purpose of a Meetup group is to MEET UP — that Richard S. R. May 31, 2018 5:33 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] left wing Islamophobia? - It is my opinion that anything taken to extreme or done in the name of ignorance is dangerous.  Ann May 31, 2018 12:43 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] left wing Islamophobia? - Sorry, that should have been "disproportionate," not "just proportionate." Damn phone. On Thu, May 31, 2018, 6:26 AM Kathryn Kingsbury < Kathryn May 31, 2018 12:30 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] left wing Islamophobia? - To expand on this, I've been seeing a lot of strawman arguments in this thread. I read the article and don't see the author claiming that Muslims who commit terrorist acts aren't real Muslims, yet  multiple times in this Kathryn May 31, 2018 6:26 AM
Re: [skeptics-191] left wing Islamophobia? - Hi everyone, Haven't been to a Madison skeptics Meetup in a long time but felt the need to comment on this ongoing discussion, as I have heard this one before during interfaith meetings where atheists were represent David May 29, 2018 6:16 PM
List Etiquette - Skeptics-191 is an announcement list, not a discussion list. Richard S. R. May 29, 2018 10:25 AM
Re: [skeptics-191] left wing Islamophobia? - I follow your logic. Perhaps the ones that don’t follow peaceful intent of every religion I know could be said to be radicalized. Julie A. May 29, 2018 10:14 AM
Re: [skeptics-191] left wing Islamophobia? - There is not just one single interpretation of a religion or a script. The people who do suicide bombing or the ISIS are Soroush May 29, 2018 10:00 AM
Re: [skeptics-191] left wing Islamophobia? - The same can be said for Christianity. As a religion, both mean well. In practice. They both have strayed far from the original intent, and in some area Julie A. May 29, 2018 9:16 AM
Re: [skeptics-191] left wing Islamophobia? - Islam does need reform. It needs a cultural revolution the same way the renaissance or the Lutheran movement forced change on Christianity. In its current form, it’s a springwell of bad ideas born out of a time when such a brutal li Paul V. May 28, 2018 10:19 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] left wing Islamophobia? - We should also be careful not to mollycoddle an ideology that has an unbroken track record of human rights abuses, homophobia, misogyny, racism, and religious bigotry. No matter how much they cry victim, it won't unrape women and girls, Benjamin W. May 28, 2018 10:17 PM
left wing Islamophobia? - This is something we need to review: https://www.theguardian.com/co­mmentisfree/2018/may/26/us-lib­eral-islamophobia-risin Anthony R. May 28, 2018 9:56 PM
Wanderers - Missing the soothing, mellifluous voice of Carl Sagan? Take 4 minu Richard S. R. Apr 29, 2018 11:03 AM
RIP Stephen Hawking [masked] - https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/14­/health/stephen-hawking-dead/i­ndex.html = = = = = = Richard S. Russell 7846 W. Oakbrook Cir., Madison WI [masked] 608+[masked] • [address removed] http://richardsrussell.livejou­rnal.com/ = = = = = = T Richard S. R. Mar 14, 2018 9:18 AM
Book Discussion Dates - Woops, just sent out a notice of a book discussion for the wrong date. Here are the correct dates: • Tuesday May 1 (May Day): Unhealthy Politics, by Alan Gerber, C. Dowling & E. Patashnik • Tuesday July 3 (Independence Day Eve): How Democracies Richard S. R. Mar 11, 2018 2:55 PM
Happy Darwin Day - Richard S. R. Feb 12, 2018 9:23 AM
Atheists in Love - One week from today is Valentine’s Day, and a week after that (w Richard S. R. Feb 7, 2018 8:56 PM
Inappropriate E-Mails - E-mails sent to Richard S. R. Feb 5, 2018 2:32 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Cosmos: Possible Worlds - Dear Abby  (lol),   I believe that in public oaths the option exists of "affirming" rather than "swearing" in official oaths.  Don't ask  me to explain the difference. Mike Mr. G. Feb 5, 2018 2:29 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Cosmos: Possible Worlds - Ever thought of setting up a new organization, "Atheist War Veterans" ? or "Veterans of Theocratic Wars"?   lol The Pentagon is now required, I believe, to recognize Wicca on official cemetery marker Mr. G. Feb 5, 2018 2:27 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Cosmos: Possible Worlds - Blame it on Eisenhower, for adding the "under God" phrase in 1954! On Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 5:40 PM, Vicki < Mr. G. Feb 5, 2018 2:21 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Cosmos: Possible Worlds - I need your phone number! It wasn’t on your invitation! Anna H. Jan 29, 2018 9:35 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Cosmos: Possible Worlds - The February mid-month meeting at the Mushroom place (I still can't remember the name) will be on us soon.  Will full awareness of the temerity underlying this request, I ask that we change the theme of the upcoming meeting.  Specific Anthony R. Jan 29, 2018 9:24 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Cosmos: Possible Worlds - Richard S. R. Jan 18, 2018 5:48 PM
Reminder, tonight at 7pm "Science Moms" - Fear is Easy, Science is Hard - Robert G. Jan 18, 2018 3:28 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Cosmos: Possible Worlds - Preview not available Vicki Jan 18, 2018 7:17 AM
Re: [skeptics-191] Cosmos: Possible Worlds - Great idea, Tony!  Many state bar associations have oaths requiring one to express belief in a higher power, and witnesses about to testify in court are asked to tell the truth, "So help me God."  I am sure others could com Niwrad22 Jan 17, 2018 12:34 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Cosmos: Possible Worlds - I would write ‘no’ on the form or leave it blank and continue filling it out and submit it. If there was flak, I would tell them that may be why &nb mona Jan 17, 2018 11:34 AM
Re: [skeptics-191] Cosmos: Possible Worlds - I would like to propose a topic for an upcoming meeting at the place we go to once a month, the one that's named after some kind of Italian mushroom, I forget which..  It stems from something that happened to me right after I came Anthony R. Jan 17, 2018 11:17 AM
Cosmos: Possible Worlds - Cosmos: Possible Worlds , a sequel to Neil deGrasse Richard S. R. Jan 15, 2018 1:17 PM
Shameless plug for next Thursday's "Science Moms" - Fear is Easy, Science is Hard - Robert G. Jan 11, 2018 1:04 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Atheist Lounge Handouts Available - Richard S. R. Jan 4, 2018 10:45 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Atheist Lounge Handouts Available - My name is Mustapha from Portage wi. I'll like to see your program line up for 2018 so can start attending your meetings as a new member.  On Jan 4,[masked]:03 AM, "Richa Mus A. Jan 4, 2018 4:43 PM
Atheist Lounge Handouts Available - At Richard S. R. Jan 4, 2018 10:03 AM
Re: [skeptics-191] Plea from the Good Geeks - Hear, hear! On Sat, Dec 9, 2017 at 9:53 AM, Richard S. Russell < [address removed] > wr Linda B Dec 9, 2017 2:21 PM
Plea from the Good Geeks - Zach Weiner (now Zach Weinersmith) is the writer/artist behind the Richard S. R. Dec 9, 2017 9:52 AM
Silent No Longer over the Evils of Catholicism - My guest post on the Cross Examined blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/c­rossexamined/2017/11/guest-pos­t-silent-no-longer-evils-catho­licism/ = = = = = = Richard S. Russell 7846 W. Oakbrook Cir., Madison WI [masked] 608+[masked] • RichardSRu Richard S. R. Nov 28, 2017 12:34 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Lots of events to geek out on this weekend - Actually way too many!! On Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 1:51 PM, Ingrid < [address removed] Mr. G. Nov 3, 2017 5:51 PM
Lots of events to geek out on this weekend - Just wanted to make sure that Madison Skeptics members are aware of some great (and geeky) things going on in Madison, and even statewide, this weekend: Wisconsin Science Festival has activities all around the state: https://wisconsinsciencefes Ingrid Nov 2, 2017 1:51 PM
[SCIENCE] The Source of All Things - No, really, ALL things: https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap1­71024.html = = = = = = Richard S. Russell 7846 W. Oakbrook Cir., Madison WI [masked] 608+[masked] • [address removed] http://richardsrussell.livejou­rnal.com/ = = = = = = The Richard S. R. Oct 24, 2017 8:26 AM
[HUMOR?] Scientific Specialties and Cause for Concern - htt Richard S. R. Sep 27, 2017 9:33 AM
The Day Atheism Saved My Life - Well, not MY life, but the life of this unfortunate woman in her beautifully written essay: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/f­riendlyatheist/2017/09/17/the-­day-atheism-saved-my-life/ = = = = = = Richard S. Russell 7846 W. Oakbrook Cir., Madison WI Richard S. R. Sep 18, 2017 2:22 PM
A Webcomic You Might Want To Bookmark - Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal actually comes out far more frequently than just on Saturdays and frequently features sardonic humor from a rationalist standpoint, such as today’s: http://smbc-comics.com/comic/b­eyond-the-grave = = = = = = Ri Richard S. R. Sep 13, 2017 8:28 AM
Academic Survey of Atheists - I received this invitation the other day and thot that othe Richard S. R. Aug 23, 2017 10:48 AM
Re: [skeptics-191] Fwd: Your chance to comment on Wisconsin's science standards - This is what I wrote for suggestions for quality indicators in the area of earth science: I am concerned about the "are careful consumers of scientific and technological information related to their everyday lives&qu Anthony R. Jul 16, 2017 7:41 PM
Fwd: Your chance to comment on Wisconsin's science standards - You don’t have to give your name or contact information. Richard S. R. Jul 14, 2017 1:39 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Somebody who has Showtime on Cable? - For those of you who may have missed it, this message appea Richard S. R. Jun 6, 2017 10:12 PM
Petition To Protect the Johnson Amendment - The Johnson Amendment, introduced by then-Senator Lyndon B. Richard S. R. Jun 6, 2017 10:08 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Somebody who has Showtime on Cable? - One does not have to have cable to get showtime. You just have to have a relatively good bandwidth internet connection.  For example if you signed up for Amazon Prime amazon has many shows you can watch via the internet. A fun one was Moza robin s. Jun 6, 2017 7:55 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Somebody who has Showtime on Cable? - I don't have cable or satellite either because I prefer to watch shows and movies on video disc (as in DVD or Blu-ray, usually Blu-ray). Let me kno Carly Brooke S. Jun 6, 2017 4:38 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Somebody who has Showtime on Cable? - In all honesty, I don't have cable.  And my TV is so primitive, I have to use a box to get the digital high resolution. Tony R On Tue, Jun 6 Anthony R. Jun 6, 2017 3:41 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Somebody who has Showtime on Cable? - Are you a member of amazon prime? If so then you can elect to get a trial subscription to showtime and watch it via amazon. robin s. Jun 6, 2017 1:07 PM
Somebody who has Showtime on Cable? - Over four days from June 12 to June 15 PM they're showing an interview that Oliver Stone does with Putin.  It's on Showtime and it starts 8PM CDT.  I am thinking of sponsoring this as a meetup, but I only have aerial TV.  Does an Anthony R. Jun 6, 2017 9:06 AM
Who ARE All You Skeptics? - According to the Madison Skeptics Meetup site, we have 828 members, but we hardly ever see any of you. Is it something we said? Anyway, here’s a chance to find out what you’ve been missing and get 2017 off to an enthusiastic start as well. We’ve Richard S. R. Dec 29, 2016 10:01 AM
Atheist Lounge Handouts Available - Inspired by Abigail Darwin, Madison Skeptics Meetup started hosting a monthly Atheist Lounge in 2016, usually on the 4th Thursday of each month. Each of those events started with a brief presentation on that night’s subject, often including a handout, f Richard S. R. Dec 27, 2016 11:45 AM
Re: [skeptics-191] Burzynski on trial. Please send 1 message. - Nick, have you clicked the link at the bottom of the email? Alternatively, you could stop following the Madison Skeptics group on meetup. Aaron May 11, 2016 8:29 AM
Re: [skeptics-191] Burzynski on trial. Please send 1 message. - Richard S. R. May 11, 2016 12:20 AM
Re: [skeptics-191] Burzynski on trial. Please send 1 message. - How is it possible for me to stop receiving these emails. I have tried many many times throughout the last few years but have had no success.   Nick w. May 10, 2016 11:59 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Burzynski on trial. Please send 1 message. - Here is an additional well put together piece by Harriet Ha Robert G. May 10, 2016 10:20 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Fwd: Burzynski on trial. Please send 1 message. - I formerly taught academic writing at Blackhawk Technical College (Janesville)  and was shocked by the books and videos BTC nursing instructors used to teach their students -- Burzynski among them.  Our school library also ordered self-publ Linda Griesman C. May 10, 2016 6:31 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Fwd: Burzynski on trial. Please send 1 message. - If you look at the list of articles in "peer-reviewed publications" provided at the Burzynski link below, you'll see that most are in SCIRP journals and a few in  Kathryn May 10, 2016 4:10 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Fwd: Burzynski on trial. Please send 1 message. - > Tim F. May 10, 2016 3:46 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Fwd: Burzynski on trial. Please send 1 message. - The fact that he publishes in open source journals should tell you something as well.  The jour John W. May 10, 2016 3:41 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Fwd: Burzynski on trial. Please send 1 message. - I am not accepting of all of his actions, but when people and organizations make claims that he is not helping people and that we should just shut him down, we need to take a look at that. Clearly, there is something that he is doing that i Terri R. May 10, 2016 3:27 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Fwd: Burzynski on trial. Please send 1 message. - Hi Terri, Do you not see the irony in insisting that we should be skeptical of ALL sides (as you stated in your initial reply) and your vehement defense of this doctor?  It seems that you are skeptical of only one side. Cherry-picking Jay C. May 10, 2016 3:17 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Fwd: Burzynski on trial. Please send 1 message. - IT'S TIME TO DO OUR HOMEWORK Burzinski DOES HAVE peer reviewed articles: www.burzynskimovie.com Terri R. May 10, 2016 3:11 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Fwd: Burzynski on trial. Please send 1 message. - The movie starts with an emotional anecdote unsupported by documentation, then immediately jumps John W. May 10, 2016 2:24 PM
RE: [skeptics-191] Fwd: Burzynski on trial. Please send 1 message. - Carl S May 10, 2016 2:06 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Fwd: Burzynski on trial. Please send 1 message. - Hello, The great thing about being a skeptic is that we can be skeptical of ALL sides. Thank you, Russell, for giving your side. Here is a movie about Dr. Terri R. May 10, 2016 1:52 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Fwd: Burzynski on trial. Please send 1 message. - Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I know someone who was until recently a health-sciences instructor at the college where I work, and she was just sure that Burzynski was on to something and the government and me Eric C. May 9, 2016 8:09 PM
Fwd: Burzynski on trial. Please send 1 message. - An opportunity to rein in the Houston Cancer Quack. Richard S. R. May 9, 2016 10:58 AM
Re: [skeptics-191] Looking for title of book on early and later Christian views on hell - On Thu, May 05, 2016, Phil B wrote: > I'm moving (to Madison) so went through all my books. I think I saw both > The Origin of Satan by Pagels and one called The History of Hell which may > be the one you remember? Unfortunately it will be in one of a Eric C. May 5, 2016 7:59 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Looking for title of book on early and later Christian views on hell - I'm  moving (to Madison) so went through all my books. I think I saw both The Origin of Satan by Pagels and one called The History of Hell which may be the one you remember? Unfortunately it will be in one of a hundred unpacked boxes for Phil B. May 5, 2016 7:45 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Looking for title of book on early and later Christian views on hell - Thanks for all the insightful answers, everyone! Eric C. May 5, 2016 9:38 AM
National Day of Prayer - Not canceled, as people have been claiming since 2009: http://www.politifact.com/trut­h-o-meter/state Eric C. May 5, 2016 8:56 AM
Re: [skeptics-191] Looking for title of book on early and later Christian views on hell - The Pagels book came out in the mid-1990s, so that could well be it. Eric, depending on what direction you are taking this, the following information may be useful to you. For 20 years before I became an ah Teresa Bryan P. May 4, 2016 11:36 AM
Re: [skeptics-191] Looking for title of book on early and later Christian views on hell - Richard S. R. May 4, 2016 10:57 AM
Re: [skeptics-191] Looking for title of book on early and later Christian views on hell - Could you be thinking of "The Origin of Satan"? On Wed, May 4, 2016 at 9:51 AM, Eric Christopherson < Nick S. May 4, 2016 10:08 AM
Looking for title of book on early and later Christian views on hell - When I was in college (in the 1990s) I seem to remember coming across a book saying that the doctrine of hell wasn't in the New Testament originally. I thought this book was called _The Decline of Hell_. Of course, being the procrastina Eric C. May 4, 2016 9:51 AM
Magazines To Donate - Thanks to those who showed interest in acquiring some of my Richard S. R. Mar 5, 2016 1:10 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Want Some Skeptical Inquirers? - Hi, I might be interested as well. regards, Mike G. On Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 9:49 PM, Richard S. Russell wrote: > I’ve got quite a collection of Skeptical Inquirer magazines (published by > the Committee for Scientific I xenonmann Mar 5, 2016 1:06 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Want Some Skeptical Inquirers? - If there are some you are unable to give away, they could be turned over to me for the Humanist Union of Madison.  On Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 9:49 PM, Richard S. Russell Robert P. Mar 4, 2016 10:24 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Want Some Skeptical Inquirers? - Hi, Richard,      I'd love to have some of them, too!                                      Jackie Wilson On Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 9:49 PM Jackie W. Mar 4, 2016 7:48 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Want Some Skeptical Inquirers? - I would LOVE a few!! On Mar 3,[masked]:49 PM, "Richard S. Russell" < [address removed] > wrote: Teresa Bryan P. Mar 4, 2016 1:35 AM
Want Some Skeptical Inquirers? - I’ve got quite a collection of Skeptical Inqu Richard S. R. Mar 3, 2016 9:49 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] [Social] Scalia's Successor - A friend of mine suggested that Obama should just flip the table and nominate himself.  It was pretty funny, but then someone else pointed out that another Obama would be better.  I'd love to see Justice Michelle! Sonya Feb 15, 2016 1:33 PM
[Social] Scalia's Successor - Just blue-skying here, but you know who might make an excel Richard S. R. Feb 14, 2016 6:22 PM
"Resurrection" Chronology - Hi, guys. Richard S. Russell of Madison Skeptics Meetup here. I’ve just announced your upcoming “Passion of the Christ” debate on our mailing list and will be organizing carpools from Madison to the event. I’m writing today to point you at a � Richard S. R. Feb 14, 2016 12:08 PM
Richard S. Russell Has Moved - In case you have any need to reach me in person, I’m now at: 7350 Old Sauk Road Madison WI [masked] 608+[masked] map: http://mapq.st/1RAGqGI Same old eddress, tho. = = = = = = Richard S. Russell 7350 Old Sauk Road, Madison Richard S. R. Feb 13, 2016 7:44 PM
[NSFW] God's Loophole - Richard S. R. Feb 13, 2016 2:18 PM
How To Persuade People Effectively - Trying to persuade someone you know (or interact with on the Internet) to change her or his mind? Not surprisingly, there are good ways and bad ways to go about it. Here’s what to try and what to avoid: https://www.washingtonpost.com­/news/wonk/wp/20 Richard S. R. Feb 13, 2016 11:22 AM
Re: Existence of Gravitational Waves Confirmed - The other day I wrote: Richard S. R. Feb 12, 2016 9:49 PM
Deniers, Not Skeptics - Re: Richard S. R. Feb 12, 2016 8:19 AM
Re: [skeptics-191] Existence of Gravitational Waves Confirmed - Richard S. R. Feb 11, 2016 1:09 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Existence of Gravitational Waves Confirmed - But, Gravity is not a force! It is a warp in spacetime. If gravity were a force, it couldn't bend light since light has no mass, and f Lawrence J. W. Feb 11, 2016 12:59 PM
Re: [skeptics-191] Existence of Gravitational Waves Confirmed - PSA for any conversations y'all might have about this topic- gravity waves and gravitational waves are not interchangeable terms.  Gravity waves are created by the physical effects of gravity generated by all matter CV V. Feb 11, 2016 11:17 AM
Existence of Gravitational Waves Confirmed - Of the 4 known forces in the Universe (strong nuclear, weak Richard S. R. Feb 11, 2016 11:01 AM

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