October 23, 2016

Not Every Post Will Be Exactly What You Are Looking For

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I realize this isn't going to surprise anybody, but I am a fan of the atheist blogosphere. Even if I can no longer justify spending as much time as I used to reading atheist blogs, it continues to be something I enjoy when I can. There are so many talented atheists out there these days writing interesting things that it really does seem like there is something for everyone. And if any particular atheist were to find that his or her voice is not being accurately reflected in the atheist blogosphere, we just might see a new blog emerge.

With all the atheist blogs now available, I have to admit that I am surprised to periodically encounter visitors complaining about some of the topics I address here. It is one thing to say that one would like to see more on various topics, but some actually seem upset that I would write a post about a particular subject. I find myself wondering if they realize that nobody is forcing them to read Atheist Revolution. There are many other blogs out there, some of which are surely addressing different subjects. If they aren't finding what they want here, there have to be places where they could find it.

October 21, 2016

Please Don't Ignore the Ambulance Behind You

Ambulance NYC.jpgI have a feeling I might have written about this bizarre subject before, but it just happened again today so I am now truly curious. When you are driving and you see an ambulance behind you with its lights and siren on, what do you do? Do you attempt to move out of the ambulance's way, or do you just ignore it and keep driving as if it isn't there?

When I learned to drive, I was taught to move over to the right lane if I was on a road with more than one lane in the same direction (so the ambulance could easily pass in the left lane) and to pull off onto the shoulder and stop if it there was only one lane. I'm wondering now if there might be some major regional differences in terms of what one is suppose to do in this situation. You see, since moving to Mississippi more than a decade ago, I have seen people refuse to move out of the way of ambulances more times than I can count.

October 20, 2016

An October Fright

Haunted HouseI suppose that not all fear is irrational. If you are facing a genuine threat to your safety or well-being, fear could be a perfectly rational response. Still, I think it is fair to say that much of the fear we experience is irrational. Even though we may be aware of this at the time, it does not always help. The fear sometimes wins out. Here's an example I remember from my childhood.

When I was growing up, my parents did quite a bit of entertaining. They belonged to several groups of couples that would take turns hosting various dinners. It was one of their many social outlets and one that did not have anything to do with church. Because children were never invited, it really didn't do much for me. The nights they hosted, I generally stayed in my room.

On one particular October evening while my parents were hosting one of these things, another opportunity presented itself. My family was house-sitting for our neighbors across the street, which meant picking up their mail, watering their plants, and feeding their dog while they were away. I was 12 or 13 at the time, and it was decided that this should be my responsibility. On this particular night, I had been complaining about how I was going to miss the horror movie I wanted to watch on TV (I think it was Friday the 13th Part 3, but it could have been any of the first few films in that series) because I'd be banished to my room where there was no TV. It was suggested that I go watch it at our neighbors' house. They wouldn't care, and their dog would almost certainly enjoy the company. Sounded good to me.

October 19, 2016

2016 Voter Turnout May Be Better Than Anticipated


At this point in time, I'm not sure I have much interest in the outcome of the upcoming U.S. presidential election. None of the candidates are the sort of leaders I'd like to see running things, and I am not going to feel good about voting for any of them. I am, however, still interested in the process of the election. One example of this includes the undue influence on the democratic process being exerted by our cable news media. Another involves what will happen with regard to overall voter turnout. I have been quite curious about whether we will see record low voter turnout in the upcoming election as a function of how unpopular the two major party candidates are. From what I have heard of the early voting numbers, there is some reason to believe that this might not happen. At least so far, it seems like the numbers are decent.

Given the number of eligible voters who do not want to see either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the White House, I've been imagining three scenarios:
  1. We see record low voter turnout.
  2. Third party candidates do much better than expected but still fall far short of winning.
  3. We see little difference in voter turnout because people are motivated to vote against one candidate rather than for another.
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