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    Filed on August 31, 2014 at 4:43 pm under by dcobranchi

    This is my built in excuse if I’m ever asked to run for office.

    Apparently, it is easier to be a gay member of Congress than an atheist one, since Barney Frank announced he was gay in 1987 but didn’t announce he was an atheist until after leaving office in 2013. A handful of current members of Congress state that their religious affiliation is “unspecified,” but none has stated publicly that he or she doesn’t believe in God.

    Their reticence is pure political pragmatism. The reluctance of Americans to vote for atheists is well documented. In fact, a hypothetical “well-qualified” atheist presidential candidate polls at 54%, lower than any other category — below Muslims, gays/lesbians, Mormons, Jews, Hispanics, Catholics, women, or African-Americans.

    That list stopped too soon. We also rank below adulterers. The only category we beat out is someone who’s never held office. But since atheists could never get elected to anything in order to get that first win, we automatically fall into both least likely categories!


    Filed on August 30, 2014 at 8:33 am under by dcobranchi

    I cannot believe this brewery didn’t put the beer in bottles. Have they never heard the song?

    (CNN) — Texas brewery Austin Beerworks is doing its part to “keep Austin weird” by releasing the first 99-pack of beer to consumers.


    Filed on August 27, 2014 at 2:53 pm under by dcobranchi

    Every utility in the country ought to duplicate this effort.

    A church in West Virginia just got 60 panels installed on its roof for $1, thanks to a local group that’s making it easier and cheaper for nonprofits in the state to go solar.

    At a ribbon-cutting event on Tuesday, Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church became the site of the largest community-supported solar system in West Virginia, at the same time kicking off a model to bring solar energy to West Virginia nonprofits that’s being pioneered by local group Solar Holler.

    To fund the church’s solar panels, almost 100 Shepherdstown families agreed to install demand response controllers from Maryland-based Mosaic Power on their water heaters. Mosaic Power’s business model involves installing the controllers for free, and the network of water heaters becomes a sort of “virtual power plant.” Mosaic sells the electricity service created by the water heaters network to the grid, and pays the people who installed the controllers $100 out of the money it makes through selling the service. Instead of keeping the $100, all the people who installed the controllers in Shepherdstown agreed to put it towards the church’s solar panels, which will provide about half the energy the church needs each year.


    Filed on August 26, 2014 at 9:37 am under by dcobranchi

    I’m going to boycott Burger King and Tim Hortons. Any company that decides to play these inversion tax schemes gets boycotted.


    Filed on August 21, 2014 at 7:17 am under by dcobranchi

    Daughter #2 yesterday successfully achieved escape velocity and moved half the volume of a typical Wal-mart Superstore into her tiny dorm room at Marshall University.


    Filed on August 16, 2014 at 2:10 am under by dcobranchi

    450 editions? Henry Cate is a machine! I hosted one way back when they were numbered in the single digits (#9, Feb. 2006). I’m impressed that Henry has kept it going all these years.

    Karen, the host of this week’s Carnival describes herself as “a very open atheist, secular humanist, science lover.”

    BTW, Karen is seeking posts for/about raising secular kids for a Carnival of Atheist Parenting.


    Filed on August 13, 2014 at 10:58 am under by dcobranchi

    Eastern Analytical Symposium Inc