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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 17 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

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 83 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 19. 8 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 18. 2 Replies

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 11, 2014 at 5:25pm

Artist Crafts Metallic Animal Sculptures From Stainless Utensils

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 11, 2014 at 5:23pm
Artist Crafts Metallic Animal Sculptures From Stainless Steel Utensils

Gary Hovey Sculptures

Some samples. Very cool.....





































































Comment by sk8eycat on March 11, 2014 at 1:43pm

"NOT!" again!  (Yahoo Mail drives me crazy!)

Comment by Ian Mason on March 11, 2014 at 2:56am

I once saw a TV documentary where a man in CA claimed to predict earthquakes by reading the smallads and seeing how many pets had run away. Might be worth trying.

Sorry to hear about your son, Mindy. Something I was suprised to hear a few years ago was that only 7% of the healing arts are really empirical science. Most is based on "circumstantial evidence", i.e. "this usually works so the cause is probably....." When in doubt doctors often resort to "nonspecific" or in psychiatry "atypical", a word that's been attached to every diagnosis I've had.

Having said that,I do hope things work out for your son. Ask to be refered to Greg House :-D

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 11, 2014 at 1:31am

I've never felt or experienced an earthquake, but the prospect of being in a big one frightens me.  It's in the back of my mind every time I'm in Los Angeles and San Francisco.  I think about them when I'm in Seattle as well.  The thought of having the surroundings around me collapse and then being stranded away from home in an unfamiliar place without any utilities or working infrastructure is quite unnerving to me.          

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2014 at 12:59am

Felaine, I wouldn't want to be caught in that earthquake. It will devastate everything. My cousin was in the Northridge quake; they slept on the second floor and were tossed out of bed. They tried to get downstairs and the stairwell had collapsed. The next morning they found their china closet tipped over on the sofa and the only thing that didn't break was an antique clock that landed on the sofa. 

I can't even imagine what you must have experienced. Your poor cat surely had some advanced notice. I wonder what it is they feel? Something as delicate and valuable as your mother's crystal can't be replaced. On the other hand, you survived, I hope unscathed. 

Here is an update just in at 10:55 PM Spokane, time 

If you click on this, you might be able to scan in and out. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 11, 2014 at 12:39am

Mindy, I hope they learn something useful about your son's condition!

And the joy in so many of those one-second snippets in the video Carl shared is contagious!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 11, 2014 at 12:25am

I've been doing the same thing with the USGS maps, including the whole world, sometimes.  It scares me, but fascinates me, too.  The USCS maps change as soon as another "event" occurs.

I just had to learn what that silly icon was all about...you can choose all kinds of different views, including every known fault line in the USA....

And a "perfect" deity was supposed to have made all this chaos?  Huh! 

During the 1970 (?) Sylmar quake, it was pitch dark (after a bright flash of light outside), and seemed to go on forever.  I was holding onto the edges of my mattress with all fingers and toes, moaning, "Make it stop!  Make it STOP!"

My cat woke me up just before the quake because he was frantic to go outside...I thought he just had to pee, or something, so I let him out.  He didn't come back for three days.  I was afraid he'd been grabbed by a coyote or something.

Our house was a mess; all the kitchen cupboards had flown open, and the contents were all over the floor...including flour and sugar.  Ugh.. And  Mother's wedding crystal glasses were in shards. Not a single one survived.

Slopped a lot of water out of the pool, too, but the 1994 Northridge quake did more damage to the pool than to the house.

I just do NOT want to be here when the southern end of the San Andreas Fault finally becomes unstuck...I think it's going to flatten Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties altogether.  I hope it stays locked till my ashes are fish food.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2014 at 12:00am

Felaine, I misunderstood your question. The red dots on my Google Earth all shifted from red to orange when the event was 24 hours old. I watched them change color, one by one. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 10, 2014 at 11:59pm

Joan, I finally figured out how to change the maps on the USGS web site...there's a silly icon that looks like a gear; click on it and you get a drop-down menu that lets you look at all kinds of different views.

 

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