• muddgirl posted a new activity comment 5 years, 7 months ago

    Is there, like, some kind of service that sends out form emails for pulling this scam? I ignore any text/email that says, “Is the item still available?” I may eliminate legitimate buyers but I also avoid that freaking annoying, “I will send you a check and my courier will pick it up please remove ad from CL” reply.

    • Really? I frequently ask that (and people do reply to me), because half the time, it isn’t available, and they just haven’t taken down the ad yet. I’ll keep that in mind that some people consider that a sign of a scam.

      • I think if you are more specific, “is the couch still available” instead of “is the item still available”, it would be less suspicious.

      • Whether or not it’s a sign of a scam, it’s FREAKING ANNOYING. “Yes, it’s available right now, but in the meantime, somebody might actually write back with something useful, like when they want to pick it up, and then I’ll make arrangements with them.”

        “If this is still available, I’m interested and can pick up Saturday 6pm, paying cold hard…[Read more]

  • muddgirl posted a new activity comment 5 years, 7 months ago

    First of all, THANK YOU Rebecca for talking about price in regards to pet food! When I first got a dog, I sometimes felt ashamed that I didn’t spring for the mega-expensive top shelf dog food, but the kind I do get is perfectly fine at nearly half the price per meal.

    For other dog owners: I started out heavily digesting The Dog Food Project.…[Read more]

  • muddgirl posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    It’s wrong no matter which way it’s applied. Men do not behave certain ways “because of testosterone.” It’s doubly-wrong when a community that is actively hostile to women pretends that it is something inherent in women that keeps them away. I don’t believe that a “more nurturing tone” will attract more women to atheism, as Sam Harris claims in…[Read more]

    • You may be onto something, since an abrasive tone normally drives me away, which might be why I am out of the loop as abrasiveness is apparently a virtue embraced by many, and if you haven’t noticed, I am a guy.

    • Oh and let me add that in making his response, Sam Harris makes the same mistake that many folk make when bashing Dawkins, his response is far, far too long.

      I don’t mind folk bashing Dawkins, in fact I am all for it. But what I want to see is someone land a solid punch, not flailing about failing to connect. Rebecca lands a solid punch on his…[Read more]

    • Ohh, the comments are getting muddled… My last reply got attached to this node instead of the one below.

      As for abrasive, there is abrasive and funny and there is abrasive and nasty. Fox News is abrasive but I never watch it because they are always being nasty and hateful.

  • muddgirl posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    Read the links before commenting? Perish the thought.

  • muddgirl posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    When asked why more men buy his books than women, Harris reportedly responded:

    “I think it may have to do with my person slant as an author, being very critical of bad ideas. This can sound very angry to people..People just don’t like to have their ideas criticized. There’s something about that critical posture that is to some degree ins…[Read more]

    • OK. Isn’t it possible that was just poorly worded and he might have explained himself? Guys get accused of behaving certain ways because of testosterone all the time. Maybe it is his testosterone that prompted him to say it.

      • If you follow the link in Dawkins’ tweet you can see Harris insert his other foot while trying to extract the first.

        • Read the links before commenting? Perish the thought.

        • I did read them. I still don’t see what has upset everyone so much. I did not see any “foot inserting”.

        • So you saw the part where Harris explains how Michelle Boorstein, the religious reporter for The Washington Post, was “stunningly uninformed” when she failed to agree with his assessment of how many Americans are fundamentalists? And when he went on to say that she intentionally misrepresented him out of spite, called her unprofessional, even…[Read more]

          • OK, don’t use that “tone of voice” (tone of typing?) with me. I asked some questions out of genuine curiosity in an attempt to understand, and now you are getting angry and aggressive (or so it appears). I don’t like it. I assume that if I continued the conversation any longer, I would start receiving personal insults, being called an idiot and…[Read more]

        • I was simply asking you if you read the same article, and any tone you perceive is in you head.

        • OK, don’t use that “tone of voice” (tone of typing?) with me.

          Do you think you’re his mother or something?

        • “OK, don’t use that “tone of voice” (tone of typing?) with me.”

          I always made one prayer to God, a very short one. Here it is: “O Lord, make our enemies quite ridiculous!” God granted it.

      • It’s wrong no matter which way it’s applied. Men do not behave certain ways “because of testosterone.” It’s doubly-wrong when a community that is actively hostile to women pretends that it is something inherent in women that keeps them away. I don’t believe that a “more nurturing tone” will attract more women to atheism, as Sam Harris claims in…[Read more]

        • You may be onto something, since an abrasive tone normally drives me away, which might be why I am out of the loop as abrasiveness is apparently a virtue embraced by many, and if you haven’t noticed, I am a guy.

        • Oh and let me add that in making his response, Sam Harris makes the same mistake that many folk make when bashing Dawkins, his response is far, far too long.

          I don’t mind folk bashing Dawkins, in fact I am all for it. But what I want to see is someone land a solid punch, not flailing about failing to connect. Rebecca lands a solid punch on his…[Read more]

        • Ohh, the comments are getting muddled… My last reply got attached to this node instead of the one below.

          As for abrasive, there is abrasive and funny and there is abrasive and nasty. Fox News is abrasive but I never watch it because they are always being nasty and hateful.

      • It is poorly worded. What Harris apparently meant to say was that more men read his books than women because they pander to the type of personality defects that are more common amongst men.

        So now he is in the position of trying to explain that when he made idiotic sexist statement X, what he really meant was equally idiotic sexist statement Y.