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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 The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2017 at 2:26pm

Interesting science behind red clay tiles.

Ian, the photos you posted are not showing for me.  

Is that the case for anyone else here?

I'm having a relaxing LONG weekend.  Friday felt like Saturday.  Saturday felt like Sunday.  And today, Sunday, feels like Sunday.  I guess my brain needed a little break.  Happy weekend to you all.

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2017 at 10:24am

The roof tiles are made of fired clay, and the sort of clay and the firing process (with or without oxygen) accounts for the colour, as far as I know. Most houses here have red or grey roofs.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 30, 2017 at 9:10am

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2017 at 8:27am

Brugge has an interesting look from the air.  I wonder why most houses had red roofs.

Those roofs are so steep, I would guess they get lots of snow there.  I would hate to be a roofer there.

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2017 at 8:22am

Still cobbles, I think, Randall. And it's quite different from cycling on asphalt. When I grew up there were cobbles everywhere, and you had to prevent that your bicycle wheel got stuck in the tramrails, or you made a nasty fall.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 30, 2017 at 7:56am

Lots of stuff to comment on, but I'll restrict myself to reflect on my visit to Brugge 50 years ago (gulp!).

I recall the city walls and moat. I remember a hay cart being pulled by a horse through the city. And mostly, I remember how difficult it was to ride a bike on cobbled streets! Mercy! It would be fun to return, although I'm betting it hasn't changed much. I am curious about the streets, however.

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2017 at 7:43am

Joan, Brugge is a lovely town, very well-kept and beautiful. I've enjoyed my visits very much!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2017 at 6:27am

Ian, two hours before domestic flights is the rule of thumb in the US as well.  Depending on the airport and the time of day, you may be surprised how quickly you get through security.

For international flights leaving the US (your return trip) the general rule is to arrive three hours before flight time.

You're a seasoned traveler, so I'm sure you know all about the liquid restrictions for your carry-on bags.

https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/liquids-rule

One regulation which is brand new, and is expected to be implemented over the next few weeks and months concerns electronics.  Laptops were always required to be taken out of bags and placed in a separate bin for x-ray screening.  Now, any electronic items larger than a cell phone need to follow the same procedure.  This basically applies to iPads, tablets, E-Readers, etc.  

https://www.tsa.gov/news/releases/2017/07/26/tsa-raising-aviation-s...

https://www.tsa.gov/

I'm glad to answer any questions for you that I'm able to.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2017 at 5:48am

Joan, thanks for that picture of the Milky Way over Monument Valley.  I saved it.  It's beautiful and amazing.  I checked to see if it was photoshopped and it appears to be a real picture.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2017 at 5:31am

Chris, I enjoyed seeing your current home town of Schiedam. It looks so clean and well cared for. The narrow streets imply that horses and wagon probably moved through them at one time. Your home town is ancient, compared to mine. Yours was founded in 1309 whereas mine was in 1873. Of course, I like the windmills, the facads of the buildings, tile roofs, cobble or brick streets, and the water looks clean. 

If I remember correctly, my ancesters in Brugge, Belgium, used dogs to pull carts of coal and produce through their narrow streets. 

 

 

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