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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 Ian Mason on February 25, 2017 at 5:57pm

Only an hour to go and I start making my way to Fuertaventura. I've had enough of the rain, sleet and clouds so I'm heading to where the sun shines gently on a comfortable 20 degrees C.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 25, 2017 at 5:54pm

Sorry to hear that, Ruth. I hope your doctor finds some relief for you soon.

New continents and new planets. We live in fascinating times.

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-telescope-reveals-largest-b...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 25, 2017 at 9:52am

Sorry I've been absent, Randall. Sick lately and putting all of my remaining energy and brain cells into daily political letters. See Writing to Congress. Thought I had pancreatitis a week ago, due to pain. Stopped one of my diabetes medications. When the

endocrinologist finally saw me she said it was my gall bladder. Had ultrasound Tues but haven't heard back from her. Struggling with diarrhea, despite being very careful of fats in my diet.

Can't even keep up with climate news and politics, much less regular news and you guys. Presumably there is treatment, and I will be more functional in the near future.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 25, 2017 at 8:24am

Not quite as severe a shift here in Cleveland, Randall, but much the same kind of change.  We've been in the 50s and 60s and yesterday in the 70s (!!!) up until this morning.  Right now (9:23 EST) it is 45°F and not supposed to get any warmer, with a projected low tonight of 17!

Oh, but climate change is a hoax from the Chinese, right?  Uh-huh, SUUUUUUUUUUURE it is...

Comment by Randall Smith on February 25, 2017 at 7:58am

Hey, where is everybody?

After 8 straight days of above 60 degrees temps, the bottom fell out: now 25 and an inch of snow. And 25mph winds. Winter ain't over yet!

I filled the wood burner this morning, but the fan wouldn't come on. The furnace got really hot which scared me. I had my regular propane furnace serviced last Tuesday (which works fine). I wondered what the technician did to screw things up. I opened the panel and discovered a loose wire that connects the wood burner to the furnace blower. Whew, problem solved.

In other good news, I called my internet provider, Century Link, about lowering my bill. And, surprise surprise, they could and did. I'll save $24/mo and get more mbs. Yippee yahoo. That'll pay for the extra money I had to spend getting HD TV from DISH (which, by the way, is fixed with no frozen pink screen anymore).

That's all. Thanks for tuning in.

Comment by Chris on February 21, 2017 at 12:16am

Loren, 

The online live link isn't important. What's important is many participated in the Copley Square "Stand Up for Science Rally." and it was  reported by numerous news organizations.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 19, 2017 at 2:51pm

Sorry about that, Chris.  It worked fine for me for a bit, then started stalling before the event ended.  I saw a note on the end screen which referred to making the video available on climatetruth.org.  You might have a look there.

Comment by Chris on February 19, 2017 at 12:24pm

 I tried connecting and all I get  is a stalled picture of the event with red blue circles moving across the front of the image..

Second look now the circles aren't there and the image is stalled.

Perhaps more participants are attempting to view this then their bandwith allows.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 19, 2017 at 11:25am

Stand Up for Science is holding a rally RIGHT NOW at Copley Square in Boston, Massachusetts.  It is being live-streamed HERE.  Please give a look!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 19, 2017 at 12:51am

@Chris, I enjoy the report about the discovery of a new underwater continent, "Zealandia". Piecing together bits of information from rocks and fossils requires skill and training as well as growing complexity of technology for dating formations. What was once Gondwana, broke apart and centimeter creeping drifted across oceans. Reconstructing that drift is a tremendous job. Little clues pop up, unexpectedly, other clues exist in plain sight until recognized as part of the story. 

Thanks, Chris for sharing this story of the emerging piece of evidence. It is an ongoing detective story that captures my interests. 

 

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