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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 Patricia on March 23, 2018 at 5:48pm

The 6 inch height really threw me......

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2018 at 5:45pm

Patricia, no, I had not read about it and am glad you called her to our attention. Reading the DNA report just about blew my understanding of human anomolies. Here is just part of the report:

"The Ata specimen carried a strange phenotype—6-in stature, fewer than expected ribs, elongated cranium, and accelerated bone age.

"We previously reported that it was human by DNA analysis with an estimated bone age of about 6–8 yr at the time of demise."

"Ata is a female of human origin, likely of Chilean descent, and its genome harbors mutations in genes (COL1A1, COL2A1, KMT2D, FLNB, ATR, TRIP11, PCNT) previously linked with diseases of small stature, rib anomalies, cranial malformations, premature joint fusion, and osteochondrodysplasia (also known as skeletal dysplasia). Together, these findings provide a molecular characterization of Ata's peculiar phenotype, which likely results from multiple known and novel putative gene mutations affecting bone development and ossification."

I had to go back and read the report twice to make sure I understood what I read, she was 6 to 8 years old and 

"a six-inch mummified skeleton revealing its small stature and multiple bone abnormalities were caused by mutations for dwarfism, scoliosis, and other musculoskeletal" features. 

Whole-genome sequencing of Atacama skeleton shows novel mutations l...

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 23, 2018 at 1:29pm

That's horrible, Plinius.

I itch all the time, but nothing close to what you experienced.  

I would fire that dermatologist.

Comment by Patricia on March 23, 2018 at 1:26pm

I've been the skin shredding itch route so I do know what its like, & its just an expression.

I have often said my pains with different issues were driving me mad.

Comment by Plinius on March 23, 2018 at 1:18pm

Thanks Patricia! I don't know about driving mad, but it's very hard to concentrate while itching. 

Comment by Patricia on March 23, 2018 at 1:10pm

Oh it must be driving you mad! Lets hope they get it solved or at least livable!

Comment by Plinius on March 23, 2018 at 1:00pm

Hospital mistakes can be quite heavy on the patient. Two months ago a dermatologist started treating my eczema. Linked to the eczema treatment was an allergy test. That was ok with me, but I told them that I have a serious nickel allergy which needed no testing, but of course I couldn't see what they stuck on my back. They tested nickel in spite of my warning and  I started on the worst allergy outbreak of my life. Raging itch of course but also open sores where metal buttons or zippers burnt through layers of clothing. I took out all the metal parts from my clothing, wore no jewelry or watch anymore but still couldn't sleep or even sit still from that horrible itch, six weeks on end. Now I know that itching is much worse than pain. 

Many apologies from the dermatologist when she saw how I looked. Today I start on a series of medicines that should calm down allergies... wish me luck!


Comment by Patricia on March 22, 2018 at 3:47pm

Can't find anything on Snopes either.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 22, 2018 at 3:45pm

Looks like shades of that last Indiana Jones flick (which wasn't that great, IMHO).

Comment by Patricia on March 22, 2018 at 3:07pm

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