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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

the value of offence | qualiasoup & theramintrees

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Mar 3. 3 Replies

To me, this is a big deal (though it may not be to them): two great YouTube video producers have joined forces to deliver one very powerful message on an important subject.  TheraminTrees and QualiaSoup (brothers, I believe) have recently released a…Continue

Tags: offence, offense, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Chris on May 6, 2017 at 1:42am

I worked on the USS Blueback submarine while it was in commission. It's available for tours at OMSI. I'd like to see OMSI produce a virtual tour of the sub. It likely would enhance ticket purchases.

Here's a link to a virtual tour of a submarine.

Comment by Chris on May 6, 2017 at 1:35am

Bertold,

I haven't lived in Portland Oregon but visited and went there many timew while living in NE Oregon. I heard good things about the Mayor, Bud Clark.

Portland Oregon has some great fountains (including drinking fountains) and public art.

Powells book stores are a great resource.

The  Oregon Musium of Science and Industry (OMSI) is also interesting to explore.

Good cities have public transportation, art, and science facilities for citizens.

Portlands metro is better than many cities I've been to. European cities probably have better public transportation than Portland  and most cities in the U.S.

Portland  had free parking for battery powered cars in the early 1990's. 

The TV Program Portlandia doesn't do the city justice- but at least it can  take a joke.  I understand the Mayor of Portland (while Portlandia was being produced) appeared on the show occationally.

One of the thins I like about Portland is that the first floor of buildings downtown are for shops, the second, or more floors are for offices, the third and additional floors are apartments.  That is also a kind of European model.

The city planners in Portland Oregon did a good job making the region comfortable. It's a good model for other American cities.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 5, 2017 at 10:02pm

Chris,

When it comes to plays, I tend to catch them on youtube. 

The figure in the poster you posted is Bud Clark, former mayor of Portland  He ran for mayor against a total dick who was practically a dead ringer for Frank Burns in the MASH tv series. They tried to brand Bud as a "born again pagan," but being Portland it backfired and Bud won. To this day I'm proud to declare myself a born again pagan. 

Comment by Chris on May 5, 2017 at 9:46pm

Bertold,

Stage art preformances are great to watch. Plays have a lot more liberty than TV, or movies.

I unfortunately can't go to plays, or movie theaters bacause clapping hurts my ears.

My mother and aunts were all named after women in Opera  performances.

Comment by Chris on May 5, 2017 at 8:18pm

Portland Oregon, U.S.A.

Expose yourself to art.

Image result for expose yourself to art statue

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 5, 2017 at 4:41pm

The passing of a truly great actor

Richard Pasco obituary

Classical actor with a prolific repertoire, authoritative stage presence and unforgettable voice
Here's one of the most compelling bits of acting I've seen anywhere:
Comment by Loren Miller on May 5, 2017 at 4:16pm

Joan, I'll use any excuse to consume margaritas and Enchiladas Mole Poblano, for sure!  I may not do it TODAY, though, because every Mexican restaurant on the planet is likely going bonkers BECAUSE of Cinco de Mayo!

And so it goes...

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 5, 2017 at 3:19pm

"According to CNN, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States than in Mexico. In fact, unless you reside in the city of Pueblá, Cinco de Mayo is just another normal day in Mexico. That's because, according to the Library of Congress, Pueblá is the town where the Mexican army was victorious over the French on May 5, 1862 — i.e. Cinco de Mayo. This day, however, has taken on a whole new, completely unrelated meaning to many in the United States."

Should You Celebrate Cinco De Mayo? Consider This Before Joining The Festivities


https://www.romper.com/p/should-you-celebrate-cinco-de-mayo-conside...
Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 5, 2017 at 1:05pm

Chris, yes, Alexander Calder has several pieces of artwork on display in Chicago.  Interesting that you should bring up his name at this time.  Coincidentally, two of his most prominent and iconic pieces have been making news headlines here just recently.  

The Universe, on display in the lobby of the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) since 1974, was dismantled last month and put into storage in preparation for a lobby renovation.  Renovation plans do not include installation.  There is also a legal dispute over who owns the art.

Calder sculpture no longer in Willis Tower 

The other threatened piece is Flamingo.  Also on display since 1974, it has become a cherished icon in Chicago.  It sits in a wide, open plaza bordered on three sides by three Mies van der Rohe designed buildings.  The beautiful bright red color and curves of Flamingo are a stark contrast to the dark, rigid steel and glass buildings by van der Rohe.  The melding of the Calder sculpture and the Mies van der Rohe buildings have created a much loved and beautiful public plaza.  

Right now there is talk of renovating the plaza, and so the future of this sculpture has been questioned.  There are conflicting stories about what is planned for this plaza.  And again, there is a dispute as to who owns the artwork.  The plaza and the Mies van der Rohe buildings are owned by the federal government.  They house federal courts and offices and a post office.  The sculpture was commissioned by the federal government as a public work of art.  Over the years it became an important visual icon of Chicago. 

Preservationists Sound Alarm Over ‘Flamingo’ Sculpture

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 5, 2017 at 8:24am

 

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