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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 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. 

Comment by Chris on February 19, 2017 at 12:00am

Researchers discover new underwater continent, 'Zealandia'

Another week, another newly discovered continent.
Researchers determined a piece of land just east of Australia qualifies as a continent called, "Zealandia." The news comes days after scientists unearthed evidence of an ancient lost continent, "Mauritia."
The boot-shaped region, about the size of greater India, contains New Zealand and New Caledonia, an island to the north. Most of Zealandia, about 94% of it, is submerged underwater, according to the findings published earlier this week by The Geological Society of America.
A team of New Zealand-based researchers made the discovery, which they described as a "gradual realization" based on reassessing years of data. The researchers tested Zealandia's attributes against four characteristics common to continents. They concluded Zealandia "is not a collection of partly submerged continental fragments" but rather, is a "coherent" continent.
More: Forget Atlantis: 'Lost continent' found under Mauritius
The discovery is significant not only because it's evidence of a new continent, but it will allow scientists to delve further into the break-up of the continental crust. Zealandia was once part of the supercontinent Gondwana, before separating in the Late Cretaceous period.
The research stated "Zealandia illustrates that the large and the obvious in natural science can be overlooked."
Another week, another newly discovered continent.
Researchers determined a piece of land just east of Australia qualifies as a continent called, "Zealandia." The news comes days after scientists unearthed evidence of an ancient lost continent, "Mauritia."
The boot-shaped region, about the size of greater India, contains New Zealand and New Caledonia, an island to the north. Most of Zealandia, about 94% of it, is submerged underwater, according to the findings published earlier this week by The Geological Society of America.
A team of New Zealand-based researchers made the discovery, which they described as a "gradual realization" based on reassessing years of data. The researchers tested Zealandia's attributes against four characteristics common to continents. They concluded Zealandia "is not a collection of partly submerged continental fragments" but rather, is a "coherent" continent.
More: Forget Atlantis: 'Lost continent' found under Mauritius
The discovery is significant not only because it's evidence of a new continent, but it will allow scientists to delve further into the break-up of the continental crust. Zealandia was once part of the supercontinent Gondwana, before separating in the Late Cretaceous period.
The research stated "Zealandia illustrates that the large and the obvious in natural science can be overlooked."

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Comment by Gary S on February 18, 2017 at 5:47pm

Bertold, I like that picture. :)

Comment by Ian Mason on February 16, 2017 at 11:05am

More science or more compassion? Why not both? Doesn't science without compassion produce atom bombs and Mengele? And doesn't compassion work better with science in hand (vaccinations etc)?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 16, 2017 at 8:26am

Comment by Chris on February 15, 2017 at 6:13am

Joan,

In the early days pacemaker wearers were told to stay away from microwave ovens. Is there still a warning about that?

I have some electrical devices such as a toothbrush that will recharge the battery electromagnetically - meaning it doesn't have to be plugged in.

Is your new pace maker's battery rechargable by electomagnetism?

How long does a pacemaker battery last? What kind of battery does it have?

Sorry for the technical questions.

I'm glad you are doing well.

Comment by tom sarbeck on February 15, 2017 at 6:12am

Playful, Joan, not felonious.

I loved maps when I was a kid, especially those in  National Geographic. I saw South America and Africa and knew they had to have once been joined.

The word cleverly combines Greek pan for "all" and gaia for "earth".

But it's always written in something like "all of the continents were one super-continent called Pangaea."

You know that in scientific matters I am a compulsive truth teller; I would write "...one super-continent now called Pangaea."

BTW, despite what the Bangers among us say, I have no mental condition that requires meds.

BTW2. Would you recognize hemlock if the people you query were to offer you some?

Comment by Plinius on February 15, 2017 at 4:51am

Late, of course! I´m glad your surgery went well, Joan!

Comment by Chris on February 15, 2017 at 4:33am

For the most part Tom Metzger and other White Supremist groups in the NW were shut down and lost their property from a law suit.  The Southern Poverty Law Center does as good a job as possible keeping racial violence in check.

I don't know where it stand now in Idaho.

A Year of Living Dangerously  is a 73 page report from the Southern Poverty Law Center about continuing problems with extreem elements in the U.S.

Comment by Chris on February 15, 2017 at 4:10am

The Missoula Floods which formed the Columbia River Gorge is interesting geology. Bretz did a good job of figuring that out. It took years before the general population believed his analysis of the area.

 

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