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Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith May 27. 9 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 4:55pm

We notice loss of trees in forests of the northwest, especially the forest Laura lives in. The trees migrate to higher elevations where there is not enough moisture to sustain their growth, so the young new forests do not thrive. I have no idea what the liability is for a neighbor's tree falling on your property; I would surely want to know my rights. 

Whispers from the Ghosting Trees

2. Shifting Baselines

3. Scientific Evidence that Trees are Dying – Across Species, Ages and Locations

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 4:33pm

Questions on: Poplar Ron Smith, Horticulturist, NDSU Extension Service

poplar tree problem roots

poplar tree dead branches

Patricia, the roots of a poplar are shallow and subject to allowing a tree to be blown over in a wind storm. They also are subject to many diseases and pests that weaken the branches. Preventing spread of roots can be done, but is a big job. Sorry I don't have better news for you but I sent the sites that may be of help in finding a solution. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 7, 2013 at 4:12pm

Those two cute hugging kitties remind me of the Spike Lee film Jungle Fever.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 7, 2013 at 4:03pm

CAT LOVE!  [chuckle!]

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 7, 2013 at 2:03pm

Sorry, Patricia and Joan, I can't imagine viewing any tree that isn't poisonous or excessively invasive as ugly, even if branches die and it looks degraded. Wabi-Sabi. Fast growing trees absorb CO2 faster. Guess I'm a tree hugger at heart. However, planting Polars farther from your house only makes good sense.

Just sayin', "Boop!"

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 12:59pm

Patricia, the tree looks like it is poplar, notorious for growing fast, having brittle branches and turning incredibly ugly as branches die. By all means, do what you can to get rid of them. When they are young, they are so pretty and lush ... old age sets in very early and they become hazards. Many farmers of the Palouse plant them for wind breaks and very soon they become old hags. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 7, 2013 at 10:48am

Yes, he looks a lot like Pumpkin's baby picture, Patricia. I'm glad you're both doing better.

sk8eycat, loving a terrifying father is part of Dominator cutlure. To someone who is comfortable with mutual respect and unconditional love for children (Partnership Culture) it is illogical. Dominator parenting is explained by Riane Eisler in several of her books. It's the emotional foundation for people adoring the nasty dictators who oppress them. People raised by "strict fathers" are perfectly comfortable with this, and don't really get love or respect for leaders who don't act like Alpha Male primates. If you weren't raised with unconditional love and treated with respect for your feelings and intelligence as a child this makes perfect sense to you.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 7, 2013 at 3:15am

Pumpkin's picture makes me smile.  :)

Comment by sk8eycat on September 7, 2013 at 2:23am

Ruth, that kitten looks a bit like my Pumpkin did when he was a baby:

Pumpkin's Baby Picture - 1999

I must 'splain that is a very tiny TV he's perched on. The entire front of the "box" is less than 10".

Comment by sk8eycat on September 7, 2013 at 2:18am

Loren and Mindy, I've wondered for a long time why believers consider it a compliment to say someone is "ghod-fearing."  (Then they turn around and say "ghod is love;" are they afraid of love?)

 

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