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January 10, 2003 07:12 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Problem with

Posted By John Whitby

I'd like to report a problem I'm having with They make focus knobs and other accessories which some of us LX90 owners already have. I ordered an eyepiece from them in November and paid by Paypal. This was my second transaction with them - the first being satisfactory. After being notified of a delay in shipment, I called and cancelled the order. I have yet to receive my refund or ANY response from them despite numerous emails and Paypal refund requests.

I like their focus knob a lot. I don't like they way they're doing business now. Has anyone else had any recent problems with

John in Connecticut

January 16, 2003 05:09 PM Forum: Religion

Do atheists take holidays off?

Posted By John Whitby

Would it be illogical, pretentious, disingenuous, untrue to self, etc. for atheists to take time off for Christmas? Thanksgiving? Independence Day (in God we trust), Memorial Day and so on? I sure hope so, then at least we know someone is minding the store.

January 17, 2003 10:22 AM Forum: Religion

T Rex and the Bible

Posted By John Whitby

If the world was created only 6 or 7 thousand years ago - where did the dinosaur fossils come from?

January 17, 2003 02:06 PM Forum: Religion

If I were an atheist

Posted By John Whitby

If I were an atheist I would:

Stare in awe and wonder at the stars - and be very satisified that the laws of nature permitted me a few short years to live and soak it in.

Wonder if my life had any meaning or purpose

Acknowledge that there is evil and good in the world

Acknowledge that there is something that places humans a bit higher in the reasoning and logic and intelligence pecking order than other creatures on this planet

Wonder how many of the billions and billions of stars and planets were populated with living things - and if any of them were humanoid.

I would be patient with those who in their weakness relied upon an arcane and ancient belief system - because it just helps them get through their lives.

January 18, 2003 12:37 PM Forum: Religion

A Creation Challenge

Posted By John Whitby

When my son (6 yrs) asked his older sister (10) where babies come from - she told him they come from those gumball machines at the grocery store with the small plastic container and toy inside - which I thought was a very creative answer.

So - a challenge - who can make up the most creative - and simplest - explanation for the creation of the universe or the world - (Genesis version excluded)- points given for obscure heathenistic or religious explanations as well.

Is this group only able to argue and defend positions - or can its participants exercise some creative intelligence?

January 21, 2003 05:30 PM Forum: Religion


Posted By John Whitby

Wait just a minute here!

I thought everything in the universe is somewhere (13-15 billion years or so)in the process of decay. So there's really no such thing as evolution - in the sense that things are getting better (smarter, etc.) If evloution = change and adaptation, then it still must be decaying.?!?

Everything is really disintegrating. We start to die the moment we're born (or conceived, depending on your view - let's not go there...please...I'm sorry I mentioned it).

January 22, 2003 01:32 PM Forum: Religion

Re: Finally figured what has been bothering me (P.

Posted By John Whitby


I too was bothered by the total lack of Paul's responses to my questions after being very fothcoming with him. As a fairly recent participant I obviously was easy prey. I'm satsified that the rest of you recognized how disingenuous and superficial he is.


January 23, 2003 01:53 PM Forum: Religion

Committee For Scientific Dishonesty

Posted By John Whitby

This a hoot, especially for me since half of my family lives in Denmark. Editorial in today's WSJ by a professor of statistics at Aarhus University in Denmark. He wrote a book debunking the whole environmentalist, global warming, pollution scare. His book "The Skeptical Environmentalist" has been denounced by the Danish Committee for Scientific Dishonesty (it actually should be translated as the Scientific Dishonesty Committee -they're not for it- they're against it.) The joke is that such a committee even exists!

The committee claims the book was not peer reviewed (it was by Cambirdge University Press) and the committee speculates on his motives because of the positive write-ups he received in the American Press.

So, here's a professor of statistics who uses data/facts to analyze the cost benefit of the Kyoto treaty, global warming, etc.; concludes that things really aren't as bad as the alarmists say, and he gets denounced. Gosh, that's never happened before, except last time it was the Pope, not the socialists!

Herb, we're grateful for this forum where are free to state and mis-state anything and everything!

February 1, 2003 02:09 PM Forum: Religion

February 2, 2003 11:27 AM Forum: Religion

The Salvation Dilemma

Posted By John Whitby

If Salvation comes only through Christ, then billions of people who live today will not be saved, primarily because they were not born in a Christian society, through no fault of their own. Add to that the billions who have lived without a knowledge of Christ in the last 6000 years and I think we've accounted for the vast majority of mankind that is damned.

If God loves us so, then why are/have billions of his children been denied even the opportunity for salvation?

Sounds a bit elitist to me.