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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

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

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 12, 2017 at 11:18am

I can't help but feel helpless in light of all these tragedies.  So many people dead and injured, lives completely changed, and we have a current government which is inept beyond comprehension.  

Chris, I hope you remain safe throughout this horrible situation.   

Comment by Plinius on October 12, 2017 at 9:05am

Sounds like a great trip, Randall! Have a good time!

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 12, 2017 at 9:02am

Have an interesting time in China Randy.  If I were going, I'll bet I'd  be more stressed than you.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 12, 2017 at 7:18am

It's heartbreaking to hear about all those fires in California--homes and lives lost. What with hurricanes, etc., it's been a devastating year in many parts of the U.S. Indiana has been spared.

I have been getting prepared for my 3 week trip to China (starting Oct. 18): Bank, post office, library, haircut, etc., including computer time looking up places I'll visit. Deciding what to take with me is stressful. Packing-wise, I want to go "light"--carry-ons only. Gotta prepare for all kinds of weather. I'm sure Tibet will be cold.  Any suggestions are welcome.

Comment by Plinius on October 12, 2017 at 5:49am

I hope everyone is safe!

Comment by Patricia on October 11, 2017 at 7:44pm

Just watching the news & how violently fast those fires are......I hope you've decided to evacuate, Chris!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2017 at 12:36pm

The region, today's photos


Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2017 at 12:15pm

This is an experiment t see if I can show the fires worldwide. If not, here is the link

Global Forest Watch Fires

Comment by Chris on October 11, 2017 at 5:00am

Perhaps one has to be a member of  the Napa County web site to access the information. Sorry the link I provided didn't work.  Here's a screen shot of the PDF. showing fires around the city of Napa California U.S.A.

Comment by Chris on October 11, 2017 at 4:37am

Thanks Patricia.

I've been looking for more detailed maps of the local area.  I have a PDF from the County government.  Why doesn't Ning allow posting of PDF?

I attempted to post a link to the PDF.

I think this one will work  2017 NAPA FIRE COMPLEX Status Map -

I pulled my home first air kit and placed it in the car.

One of the neighbors who wasn't in the evacuation zone went to an evacuation center (early) because he's a pulmonologist.

I read that some of the dealths in Puerto Rico were caused from a loss of power because they used powered oxygen generators. Without knowing much they should have had multiple bottles of oxygen as back ups.  My understanding is because of flooding and debris in the roadway  emergency vehicles weren't able to get through. 

Some emergency management is terrible. "W" Bush wanted to privatize FEMA. That's a reason the response to hurricane Katrina in  Lousiana was so terrible.  I doubt FEMA recovered from the "W''s" cuts.

I understand that bottled water is being supplied to Puerto Rico.  That's okay for the short term.  I don't know if contanerized water filtration systems are being supplied to Puerto Rico.  Such systems should be in place in Haiti, and should have been deployed to Flint Michigan.

Under normal transportation methods bottled water costs ~$1.00 per gallon. Tap water costs less than $0.01 per gallon.

I wrote my federal congressman asking about .

Expeditionary Water Purification System The CAVE Systems Rapid Deployment Expeditionary Water Purification System is a lightweight, compact and rapidly deployable expeditionary system that provides a continuous high volume supply of drinking water. It requires no external power for the purification process. The entire system can be deployed inside one-half of a Tricon container. The basic system can purify from almost any non-saline water source: river water; lake water; canals; agricultural run-off; drainage ditches; pond water; bore holes; storm water; etc. The system purifies down to one micron and destroys parasites and viruses that spawn in warm areas or infected water. The system removes heavy metals in precipitate form such as Arsenic, Mercury, Iron and Manganese. Each unit can purify enough drinking water for up to 2,000 people per day. The System, depending on the water source, can process up to 264 gallons an hour providing over 6,300 gallons a day. It can produce over one million gallons of drinking water for less than $300 per year. The system is in use in in Africa, the Middle East, and Afghanistan. A demo unit is available. Information video is at Web Site: Infrastructure Type: Sanitation Water Contact Phone Number: +1 484 224 3058 Address: Cave Systems Inc. 6802 Paragon Place, Suite 410 Richmond Virginia 23230 United States.

In some areas north of here residents are told to boil their water because of the fire.

The Donald Trump reality show such as throwing paper towels in Puerto Rico isn't amusing.


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