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How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Joan Denoo 4 hours ago. 14 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 21 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

Water! Access to fresh water declines as populations grow, temperatures rise, immigration increases!

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Bobby May 15. 7 Replies

What are their options? The aquifer that provided a necessary element for successful crops for the past 100 years is predicted to dry up in 20 years. Four generations of farmers in one family may probably not be able to last for the fifth…Continue

Evangelicals Breaking Up with Jesus (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 28. 5 Replies

Has evangelical Christianity lost sight of Christ?  Seems to me that there are a whole lot of evangelical Christians who are presuming to represent Jesus by not representing him or misrepresenting him or – let's be honest here – talking out of their…Continue

Tags: Franklin, Graham, Trump, Jesus, America's Best Christian

Web slang

Started by Roswatheist. Last reply by The Shinedowness Apr 11. 119 Replies

Is it me, or can most people on social networking sites not spell? I get acronyms, but actual misspelling, really? I'm not that old, either-not even thirty.Does this make anyone else crazy or is it just me?Continue

Kitbull | Pixar SparkShorts

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Feb 23. 10 Replies

The following showed up this morning in my YouTube daily feed, and I have to say, it just charmed the socks off of me.  This is what animation really can do in the hands of a creative and skilled team.  Really, it's what animation has done for darn…Continue

Tags: Kitbull, Pixar, Disney

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Comment by Plinius on October 27, 2018 at 6:45am

Enjoy your rest, Ian! I hope the problem is solved soon!

Comment by Ian Mason on October 27, 2018 at 6:23am

Off work for a while as I'm getting 'trigger finger' in the middle finger of both hands. I'm being sent for a scan at the rheumatology dept. in early November. For the time being I'm to stay warm and try to avoid gripping anything too hard or for too long

Comment by Randall Smith on October 15, 2018 at 7:28am

I'm still recovering from two October birthday parties held for two children (ages 45 and 40) and two grandchildren (5 and 9). The chaos brought enhanced meaning to the word cacophonous! Still, it was all wonderful.

Going to the county court house today to pay property taxes and vote early (straight Democratic). I might "celebrate" by buying a dozen doughnuts--day old. Probably not.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 12, 2018 at 1:50am

Nature has a way of revealing who/what has the enormous power. We, humans, think we have all the answers, that the sea will yield humankind food forever, that the soils will produce crops for of billions of generations, the air will take our soot, smoke, gases into air filling our lungs and bodies with toxic chemicals, yet the Earth continue to provide  our needs. We mine the minerals creating mountains of pilings, we poison our river with deadly chemicals, and leave slashed forests, we plug the water with silt, debris, and chemicals without any sense of responsibility.

Take from the bounty of the Earth and its resources, make feeble attempts to heal the wounds, and refuse to replenish the soils, expecting to be able to steal all that exists claiming the Earth as ours to own as we plunder and squander.  

Nature responds, ice shields melt, oceans warm, sea levels rise, ocean-chemistry changes, life as we know it dies.  

Prevailing winds change, storms increase in frequency and strength; tectonic plates shift because of loss of the weight of ice sheets, volcanic actions respond to the changing plates, gases gush from belching eruptions. Droughts kill forests, insects invade dying and dead trees, fires burn,  the sky fills with dense layers of smoke. Fossil fuels burn out of control. Life ends, and we wonder why? 

Our generation lived at the peak of the fossil age and that age collapses, not because it is inevitable but because we fail to value our precious Earth and properly care for her. 

We fail to develop solar, wind, and wave power. We ignore alternative ways of living that make it possible for life to flourish.  Greed, overexploitation of natural processes, and hubris cause this disaster and our choices lead to the death of living things. The Earth will remain. It will produce the chemistry that begins the evolution of life. Future sentient beings will rise out of the mud and create a new Earth.  

Comment by Loren Miller on October 11, 2018 at 2:52pm

Sorry to hear that, Randall.  Seems that "Michael" had no consideration for anything ... but since when COULD nature consider?

Comment by Patricia on October 11, 2018 at 2:32pm

That's grim, Randy.

Comment by Patricia on October 11, 2018 at 2:31pm

Yes, anyone who can pay the big money for their medical procedures do, & the rest of us have to wait for the list to get to our turn.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 11, 2018 at 7:02am

From what I've heard and seen, Mexico Beach, Florida has been wiped out by Hurricane Michael. I care because that's where I vacation for two weeks every winter. It is (was) a beautiful little beach town, perhaps 1000 residents.

I already reserved a rental for February, 2019, but it looks like that's not going to happen. I'll have to wait to hear if the house is still standing. Doubtful, as it's 2 blocks from the gulf. Very sad.

Comment by Plinius on October 11, 2018 at 4:04am

They always find their way into a private clinic without waiting list.

Comment by Patricia on October 10, 2018 at 2:57pm

You can bet if the politicians were in this kind of agony, they wouldn't be on any waiting lists!

 

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