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concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 3. 2 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27. 20 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

CBS News Treats Uri Geller as Actual ESP Talent?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25. 1 Reply

CBS Sunday Morning is beginning to piss me off.  This morning they presented a story on the US governments foray into…Continue

Tags: espionage, fraud, ESP, Uri Geller, Sunday Morning

Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Aug 10. 7 Replies

Okay, gang ... when is the last time you saw Seth Andrews do an animated video on his YouTube channel?  Seems like donkey's years ago, don't it?  Well, apparently Jeff Sessions and his "religious liberty task force" got Seth's nelly up enough that…Continue

Tags: religious liberty task force, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 2 Replies

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 20, 2018 at 12:58am

'The Continent of Fires'

Credit: Alexander Gerst/ESA/Twitter

Comment by Patricia on August 19, 2018 at 3:47pm

We don't drive Ruth, so we have to rely on transport by buses if we get alerts or orders.

My facemask is military graded for smoke & filters the same as the hepa. I did my research after last year...…Our news also said a rating of minimum N95 was needed......

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The house is closed up with a/c to keep it liveable.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 19, 2018 at 3:34pm

I've been worried about your proximity to the wildfires Patricia. Thanks for the update. I see your point about it being impractical to just drive to escape the smoke. But face masks are quite burdensome, especially for sleeping. And they don't really remove the fine particles which are most dangerous. A HEPA filter inside a closed bedroom would be more practical.

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In order to be HEPA certified, air filters have to remove 99.97 percent of particles that are exactly 0.3 microns in diameter — a size that’s especially difficult to filter mechanically. That is also close to the size of wildfire smoke particles, which are mostly in the 0.4 to 0.7 micron range, according to the E.P.A. HEPA filters remove much larger and much smaller particles, as well.
Comment by Patricia on August 19, 2018 at 1:24pm

Yes, we're still at home, fires aren't too close for the moment. The closest ones have been beaten down, but the smoke is really bad. It carries across to Manitoba, so no idea of where we'd go to get out of it. Prince George was so dark a couple of days ago that 10 am looked like midnight. We can't go too far from medical care & heading into the Northwest Territories or the Yukon is too far & no transport anyway.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2018 at 4:36am

Are you still at Williams Lake, Patricia? How about Rick?  How close are the flames to you? 

Oh! my goodness! That is just awful!

Comment by Patricia on August 18, 2018 at 2:58pm

It just reeks, & we have no place within reason to get out of it......so face mask it is.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 18, 2018 at 1:39pm

That is way worse than I ever imagined. 

Comment by Patricia on August 18, 2018 at 1:44am

No there isn't. This is awful!

Comment by Plinius on August 18, 2018 at 1:42am

It's ghastly, Patricia, no clean air anywhere!

Comment by Plinius on August 18, 2018 at 1:40am

Thanks Ian!

 

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