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Liberal Redneck - Climate Change the Game (Trae Crowder)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 2 Replies

Trae Crowder isn't just about atheism.  He has a deep and abiding concern about what's going on with this planet's climate and the all-too-probable catastrophe we face from a fundamental change in weather patterns.  That said, Trae is thinking about…Continue

Tags: climate change, Al Gore, Trae Crowder

concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 3. 2 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27. 20 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

CBS News Treats Uri Geller as Actual ESP Talent?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25. 1 Reply

CBS Sunday Morning is beginning to piss me off.  This morning they presented a story on the US governments foray into…Continue

Tags: espionage, fraud, ESP, Uri Geller, Sunday Morning

Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Aug 10. 7 Replies

Okay, gang ... when is the last time you saw Seth Andrews do an animated video on his YouTube channel?  Seems like donkey's years ago, don't it?  Well, apparently Jeff Sessions and his "religious liberty task force" got Seth's nelly up enough that…Continue

Tags: religious liberty task force, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 2 Replies

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 30, 2017 at 1:57pm

At Littleton, CO, we had green lawns with patches of left-over snow in the shady parts. 

Patricia, I like the Spaghetti Monster!

Chris, Key & Peele made me laugh!

Ernest, I agree, being "conscious and awake and sober what a wonderful world this would be!"

Ian, I share your sentiment, " Peace on the high street, if not the world."

Comment by Patricia on December 30, 2017 at 12:57pm

I'd never heard of them Loren.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 30, 2017 at 10:30am
Comment by Grinning Cat on December 30, 2017 at 9:16am

Thanks, Loren, for reporting on the Trans-Siberian Orchestra performance, warts and all. I'm only familiar with them through a few sound and video clips so far, notably their version of Carol of the Bells.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 30, 2017 at 7:53am

Faced with that proselytism, I would consider walking out.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 30, 2017 at 7:49am

Win some, lose some, Loren! 

And I liked your "aside" about you know who. 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 30, 2017 at 7:45am

My wife has wanted to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for a while, so I got us floor seats for a Xmas present and we went yesterday.  Their production values are first-rate, the light show impressively state-of-the-art, and sound was excellent if occasionally past the pain threshold.  Delivery was utterly professional.

BUT ... their attempt to tell an evocative Christmas story of a runaway who didn't know how to return home resorted to ham-handed schmaltz and sotto-voce proselytism, Christian leanings both in that half of the show and afterward were unmistakable, and in places, the match between the sonic and visual content was next to non-existent.  On top of this, when players on stage blatantly exhort the crowd for a reaction rather than earning that reaction with their musicianship, I have to wonder, in addition to being reminded of our current "chief executive" (if you can call him that with a straight face).

It was an interesting experiment, but neither I nor my wife will be repeating it.  Enow spake.

Comment by Chris on December 30, 2017 at 2:49am

Randall Smith on Tuesday

It pleases me to see more secular (i.e., sports) stuff on the telly shown on Xmas day than anything religious. From what I could tell, there was nothing associated with Christmas on TV, not even any old "cartoons" like Charlie Brown or Frosty the Snowman. No Mormon Tabernacle Choir, either. All the regular Monday shows were on with the addition of 2-3 football and 3-4 basketball games. This is a good sign for secularism.

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Some of the sporting events seem nationalistic, or tribalistic.

I agree Rahdall, though I'd like to see, or hear on the tele, or radio about the history of  winter festivals that includes prechristian folklore and how some of the myths came to being in todays culture.

I forgot now, but wasn't the image of Santa Clause as currently depected a Coke-a-Cola advertizement campain?

Comment by Patricia on December 28, 2017 at 11:25pm

This is a lot for one day, but we need months of winter snow to make a difference, & likely it still wouldn't be enough. Ideally it should snow some every day, with breaks in between for it to settle, before the next lot.

Comment by Plinius on December 28, 2017 at 11:21pm

Is that much snow, Patricia? Not enough I think. The news here told about snowpacks of more than a metre high.

 

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