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F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia (NY Times)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 5 Replies

WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against…Continue

Tags: Russia, Putin, investigation, FBI, James Comey

Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Thursday. 10 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

Tags: abuse, animal, puppy mills, Henry, The Thinking Atheist

exposing abuse | Jehovah’s Witnesses on trial | part 1 (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Jan 4. 31 Replies

There really is no other way to say it: prepare to be revolted, disgusted, and made sick to your stomach.  Our good friend, TheraminTrees has had a considerable look at a recent commission executed by the government of Australia, digging into…Continue

Tags: Jehovah's Witnesses, child abuse, TheraminTrees

The Stanford Prison Experiment,

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 22, 2018. 3 Replies

the Zimbardo experiment: The experiment was conducted from August 14 to 20,1971 by a team of researchers led by…Continue

Tags: change, Experiment, Prison, Stanford, Zimbardo

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Dec 9, 2018. 10 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

Canada Not a Loud Nation

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Dec 2, 2018. 11 Replies

Canada is a proud nation but not a loud nation.British newspaper salutes Canada . . . this is a good read. It is funny how it took someone in England to put it into words......Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers , 'The Sunday…Continue

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Comment by Randall Smith on December 22, 2018 at 7:23am

Forecasting no white Christmas here. Might reach into the 50's. That's all fine with me.

Happy Solstice to all my atheist friends.

Comment by Plinius on December 22, 2018 at 2:01am

Also an extended autumn then. During a busride I saw magnoliabuds opening - I almost stopped the bus to see if I wasn't mistaken, but the next magnoliatree was the same...

Comment by Patricia on December 21, 2018 at 1:07pm

We've had rain here.....not snow....RAIN!

Comment by Plinius on December 21, 2018 at 11:30am

Happy winter solstice! It feels like autumn here; much wind and rain and 6 C.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 21, 2018 at 10:14am

Happy Winter Solstice, All! It's 64° F here.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 21, 2018 at 7:37am

I know I've posted this before but I love this song. Ring out, solstice bells!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ShwcA8KkkM

Comment by Ian Mason on December 19, 2018 at 1:16pm

I'm glad to hear that you're (mostly) well, Randall. COPD isn't curable, strictly speaking, but you can do a lot to prevent it getting worse - mostly exercise - to retain your lung function. Lots of long walks ahead of you.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 19, 2018 at 7:30am

Hey everyone. Happy Winter Solstice (Friday)! When I was in Peru, I couldn't count on the sun's position to give me directions. It was weird. Night sky, too.

I think I'm finally back to normal, intestine-wise. The doctor said I had just plain old food poisoning, quite normal for travelers. 

The rest of my annual checkup was mostly positive--BP, cholesterol, heart, etc. However, after a chest xray, it was determined I have COPD! Shock, since I have no problem breathing. I'm guessing it's from all the particulates I inhale from burning firewood. I did spend 7 years in southern Calif. when smog was really bad (main reason for me moving back to Indiana). Not much I can do about it, unless I stop burning wood.

Comment by Patricia on December 13, 2018 at 11:41pm

We are allowed cell phones now, but Rick won't take his into hospital.

Comment by Plinius on December 13, 2018 at 11:24pm

A little phonecall could have saved a lot of worry! A missed chance for them!

Some years ago Luca and I were in different towns in hospital. When the staff heard about it they allowed us to call each other - at a time when cell phones were forbidden in hospital! It made a big difference for us.

 

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