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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 Idaho Spud on October 21, 2017 at 11:10am

Chris, glad to hear you're surviving the fires.   I've not kept up with the news on them.  It sounds much worse than I thought.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2017 at 11:08am

Patricia, hope your sugery and recovery goes well.  My dad had very little problem with his hip replacement.

Ask them about music and headphones.  If they don't have them, ask if you can bring your own.

I can imagine your desire to not know what's going on.  I've never been much afraid to be awake, but I've never had major surgery like you're going to have.

Comment by Chris on October 21, 2017 at 10:50am


My understanding is the faster you get up if immediately after surgery the better your new joints will set.   Ignore my suggestion about a self rising chair - don't get one.

Physical therapy is needed numerous times throughout the day post surgery until the patent is ambulatory. If you aren't able to walk after the implant your surgeon needs to know. Maybe something didn't fit right.   Get your hip fixed so you can walk and live a somewhat normal life.  The initial pain you may suffer with will relieve you of long term discomfort and  lack of mobility.

Comment by Chris on October 21, 2017 at 10:21am

I'm inclined to follow up.  I wrote the Chief of Police and Fire Chief a year or so ago about the earthquake early warning system. 

I also sent my federal congressman asking about availability of self contained water purificification systems a month or so ago in response to the hurricanes. Water purificaton systems should be available in numerous quantities. 

Unfortunately as seen with Hurricane Katrina and G.W. Bush's sucessfull attempt to privatise FEMA  many resources, by that I mean skilled people were dismissed. With that went  equipment.   People I knew who worked on  the aftermath of Katrina said most of the equipment was unusable.

I'm curious about the reverse 911. My neigbor called me because she had some sort of application on her cell phone.  People with landlines should have been notified too.  People who were home bound/disabled, or without transportation may have unfortunately died becuse of lack initial coordination.

Some of this emergency planning makes me angry.   The lack of follow up makes me more angry. 

The military has shipping containers with a wall  splitting them in half to make a kind of miniture studio appartment.

Why is Haiti still suffering with a cholea outbreak?  Puerto Rico is suffering from water contamination too.     

Rapidly deployable water purification systems are under a GSA contract and would be availalbe if FEMA  had the money and other resources to deploy them.

There in lies the problem. " If FEMA had the resources."

With climate change mass catrastopies will continue.

The Don says his response to Puerto Rico was 10 of 10.   Ignoramous who denies reality and climate change will never be prepared for emergency management.

When I evacuated the fire near my house was only 2% conained.  Four days later the fire was ~27% contained.  My understanding is firefighters arrived from Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Australia, New Zealand and BC.  At first the smoke was so dense that ariel's couldn't be used to help extingush the fire.  The response was quick and well managed.

The fire wasn't bad here.  In Sonoma County 20,00 people are homeless.

I think I'll follow up on some of this stuff..

Comment by Plinius on October 21, 2017 at 10:20am

Good to hear you're back and safe, Chris!

Comment by Ian Mason on October 21, 2017 at 7:43am

I'm glad to hear you're safe, Chris. I can't even imagine what it must have been like.

Comment by Chris on October 21, 2017 at 3:31am

The fire burned so hot that many will never be identified.  Implants with serial number are being use to identify remains.

It's unfrotunate that a evacuation plan for disabled people, or people without transportation wasn't in place. I heard about the recommended evacuation from a neighbor. A reverse 911 system is available but apparently wasn't used.

I also wonder why self contained water filtration systems aren't available for Peurto Rico, Hati, U.S. Virgin Islands and elsewhere.

or why an earthquake early warning system isn't in place.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2017 at 2:38am

You ask valid questions, Chris, I wonder, too, why an evacuation plan was not in place? Are you inclined to follow-up by asking the city and county officials why a comprehensive policy did not exist for disabled people and those without transportation?

I like your question about water filtration systems for  Peurto Rico, Haiti, U.S. Virgin Islands and other places hit by storms, earthquakes, fires, and other "acts of God." That seems like another worthwhile question to raise. 


Comment by Patricia on October 21, 2017 at 1:46am

Such grim news & those terrible consequences for the people who weren't able to get out.

School buses were what got us out, & for any disabled, or people who had no transport.

Comment by Chris on October 21, 2017 at 1:07am

Thanks for all of your concers about the recommended evacuation.  I returned home yesterday.

It was stressfull. Winds were predicted at 40-60 MPH during the night so I left when recommended.  My car overheated on the way out of town.  Fortunately my cousin recommened purchising bottled water. I've never purchased bottled water before, but am glad I had it to refill the radiator in my car so it made it back to my house as the temperature guage peaked at high.  I'm glad the engine didn't seaze.    My brother came and picked me up. 

I stayed at his house longer than nececassary because I worked on the wiring of his house in attempt to repair a ground fault circuit interruper in his kitchen.  His house was extended from a small one bedroom house to a three bedroom house.  Often when that's done shortcuts are taken with wiring.   I almost had the wiring fixed, before he wore tired of me. 

My brother let me borrow his truck. When my car is fixed I'll return his truck and hopefully be able to finish working on the wiring of his house.

When the fire started the winds were blowing, which woke me up. I went outside. It looked like it was snowing from the ash falling. If it were embers I would have awoken all of the neighbors to alert them to evacuate.

My neighbor called me to let me know about the suggested evacuation.  

After some of this is sorted out I'm going to check with city and county emergency managers to see why a reverse 911 number wasn't used to assist disabled peoples evacuation.


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