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The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 22 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Jul 20. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Idaho Spud 4 hours ago

I don't know, but a quick look with Google netted this statement:  "Since warm air rises, a home with high ceilings is hard to keep warm in the winter, but not as hard to keep cool in the summer. However, a room with high ceilings is always more expensive to keep cool than a standard-height room because of the additional volume. There are ways to cool the air more efficiently, however, and keep your electric bills lower."  http://homeguides.sfgate.com/better-cool-room-high-ceilings-34854.html

Comment by Qiana-Maieev 12 hours ago

I heard its to allow plenty of room for hot air to rise away from the living areas.

Comment by The Flying Atheist 12 hours ago

My brother's house does have high ceilings but I'm not sure if that's just a coincidence or if high ceilings are indeed a preferred recommendation for swamp cooling.

Comment by Qiana-Maieev 12 hours ago

Don't they also have very high ceilings in the homes there?

Comment by The Flying Atheist 12 hours ago

My brother lives in the Mohave Desert in California where the temperature is routinely above 100-degress in the summer.  They have a swamp cooler only and it seems to be enough to keep their house cool.  Dry outside air is key.

I had high hopes for what Obama was proposing to accomplish when first elected.  He had a big agenda and, of course, politics is (mostly) about compromise.  But we all know what happened.  Not one single Republican was willing to compromise and to allow legislation to be passed....even on bills containing issues they agreed upon or that Republicans had originally proposed! 

We have all suffered because of this abhorrent behavior by Republicans.  It's been this way since Obama's first day in office.  I can't blame the President for many of his broken promises.  Like I said, the Republicans weren't even willing to compromise one iota.  I even wonder how much longer we'll have a vacant chair on the Supreme Court if Hillary is in the Oval Office.   

Actually, I think it's surprising how much President Obama was able to accomplish on his own without any help from a useless Congress and a heavily Scalia-influenced Supreme Court.

Comment by Joan Denoo 17 hours ago

Spud, when we lived in Los Vegas, we had a swamp cooler and it felt really good. That was in 1942! I still remember the freshness of that little machine. 

Comment by Joan Denoo 17 hours ago

 54°C = 129.2 degrees F? I was suffering sitting in my garden with the sprinkler going behind me in today's temp at 92 degrees F or 33.3 degrees C.

One of these days I will feel comfortable with reading Celcius, if not the high temp. 

Comment by Idaho Spud 21 hours ago

Joan, my swamp coolers have never caused mold as far as I could tell.  I live in a dry climate.  It may in a moist climate.   I know if there is much moisture in the air, it does not work well.

Comment by Joan Denoo 22 hours ago

Randy, thanks for the lead to Rachel. She is right more than I wish she were, but she is only the messenger, not the message.

Comment by Joan Denoo 22 hours ago

IMHO you eel frustration for good reason. Hillary is a different school of thought than she portrays when she speaks. She knows what the public wants to hear and says it with conviction, fire in her eyes, fire in her belly. However,  go back and check her voting record and the bills she supported. Hillary is a bankers-pawn. 

Oh! I wish they could see that she is doing the same thing as Obama did. He rose my hopes; he said everything I wanted him to say. ON THE DAY OF HIS INAUGURATION HE REVEALED HIS actual CHARACTER. He was part of that gang of thieves that are thieves, i.e. Rahm Emanuel, ON DAMN I can't find the piece I wrote on Obama's first inauguration day. Here is a later piece when he replaced two cabinet members:

"This is how I read Obama. He is a bright, well-brought up a black man who feels comfortable with blacks and whites. His ambition is to break the color barrier and was a perfect sort of fellow the king makers wanted. Smart enough to speak intelligently, ambitious enough to toe the line. His appointments of his cabinet do not match his statement of raising the poor out of poverty and raising the uneducated into informed citizens."

I also had the feeling that if he didn't toe the mark, he would be shot, and he knew it. 

 

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