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Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of Our Universe (Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia on Saturday. 3 Replies

We've all heard about the Deep Field observations of the Hubble Space Telescope, how, almost on a whim, the device was aimed at what was thought to be an empty, unoccupied section of sky and a long time exposure was taken.  What they discovered was…Continue

Tags: NASA, Hubble Space Telescope, Deep Field, Eric Whitacre

New Rule: Win or Go Home (Real Time with Bill Maher)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 4. 5 Replies

In case you hadn't noticed, we have a mid-term election coming up in three days, and it's more than a little important.  With it we can take back at least one if not both houses of Congress from the Republicans and send a message to Donald Trump…Continue

Tags: election, vote, millennials, Hitler, Donald Trump

Alexa for Evangelicals! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Oct 9. 1 Reply

Never let it be said that Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is anything less than up to date with the state of the art as it comes to the modern household.  However, as a discriminating conservative Christian, Betty would never tolerate…Continue

Tags: digital assistant, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

New Rule: Church and Destroy (Real Time with Bill Maher - HBO)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 30. 6 Replies

Bill Maher is an atheist [whoa, shock and amazement!].  He is also a dedicated opponent of Donald Trump and anyone who would support the man or his goals ... and that includes ol' Yahweh, himself!  As it turns out, there is a substantial correlation…Continue

Tags: Stalin, Mao, Hitler, New Rules, Donald Trump

concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 23. 3 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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on October 29, 2018 at 7:29am

Joan, your massager sounds great.  I liked the massages I received years ago at a chiropractors place.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 27, 2018 at 7:48am

Good luck, Ian. With arthritis, fingers are the first to give one problems. My pinky and thumbs are crooked and gnarly looking.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 27, 2018 at 7:19am

Too bad about not being able to work, Ian.  Hoping the best for you.

I had to look-up trigger finger.

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.

 

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