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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2014 at 9:19pm

Mapping the Spread of Ebola

"The current situation

Five West African countries are battling the outbreak—Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Senegal, and Nigeria. Bordering countries are on high alert. Unlike previous outbreaks that primarily occurred in remote villages in Central Africa, this one includes urban areas. Inadequate medical facilities and distrust of health care workers exacerbate the crisis."

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2014 at 9:08pm

Ruth, your post Columbia Prediction of infections hit me like a ton of bricks. One death in two infections. So I Googled for the most recent infections and read

CDC: Ebola confirmed in Dallas patient

"Ebola has infected 6,553 people and has killed 3,083 in the three countries hit hardest by the epidemic — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — the World Health Organization says. The number of cases has been doubling every three weeks, and the CDC estimates that the disease could affect up to 1.4 million people by January if it's not quickly put under control."

Yes, those are the number of infections and deaths ratios. 

I agree, we have state of the art health quarantined facilities; this article reported:

"Hospital officials also said the patient will not be given ZMapp, the experimental serum given to Dr. Kenneth Brantly and Nancy Writebol, American aid workers who caught the virus in Africa and were later treated in the U.S. The supplies of ZMapp have run out. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2014 at 8:53pm

If I am reading that chart correctly, that means for every two infections, one results in death. Is that correct? 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 30, 2014 at 7:12pm

Dallas hospital sends Ebola patient home on Sept 26th.

Yeah, we don't have to worry because US healthcare is sooo superior.

Comment by Plinius on September 30, 2014 at 1:50pm

So Dale has a chance to go on! I'll keep my fingers crossed for him - although I don't think that could help.

That is a beautiful painting, Joan! Thanks!  At times I feel helpless but I won't let it get to me. First I try to think what I can do, after that I amuse myself with fantasies about power shutdowns, Molotov cocktails or other things I would never do.

Today I'm singing falsely:"Rejoice, rejoice, we have no choice but to carry on.."

Comment by Ian Mason on September 30, 2014 at 12:00pm

Don't you believe it, Joan. I do what I really have to do and no more.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2014 at 11:32am

WOW Carl, you have me hooked. Between you, Mindy, Loren, and all music lovers on this string, we can dance to the music of Charlie Darwin!

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 30, 2014 at 11:31am

Carl, thanks for that Peanuts Darwin!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2014 at 11:07am

Oh Chris! I hear you! Surely feelings of helplessness and hopelessness will occur and that is the formula for depression. Do not let that happen to you and your husband. Do whatever you can to find joy and peace. Just plain have fun! Be sure your husband understands how important it is that this dreadful behavior can pull you down. 

Think of things that when you do them you feel happy, calm, relaxed, at peace ... and then do them if you can. 

I feel helpless for you, so I will ease my feeling by sending you a photo of a painting. Since I am buried in grapes; one of my favorite activities is processing grapes. Mine are Concords, but these are so bright, I feel lifted and hope you do too. 

Jan van Huysum, Still Life 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 30, 2014 at 9:54am

 

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