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Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of Our Universe (Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Dec 9. 10 Replies

We've all heard about the Deep Field observations of the Hubble Space Telescope, how, almost on a whim, the device was aimed at what was thought to be an empty, unoccupied section of sky and a long time exposure was taken.  What they discovered was…Continue

Tags: NASA, Hubble Space Telescope, Deep Field, Eric Whitacre

Canada Not a Loud Nation

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Dec 2. 11 Replies

Canada is a proud nation but not a loud nation.British newspaper salutes Canada . . . this is a good read. It is funny how it took someone in England to put it into words......Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers , 'The Sunday…Continue

FFRF's 2018 National Convention: John de Lancie

Started by Loren Miller Nov 30. 0 Replies

John de Lancie is a lot more than just the infamous "Q" of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  He has portrayed characters as diverse as Clarence Darrow, Donald Trump, and Nazi administrator Hans Biebow, as you will learn when you watch this video.  He…Continue

Tags: Clarence Darrow, John de Lancie, Freedom From Religion Foundation, FFRF

Peak Prosperity, We are at the peak

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 26. 3 Replies

The world is at the peak and tipping point in many different factors, i.e. global warming, monetary growth, insect collapse. I don't intend to be an alarmist and scare people, my purpose is to inform you. Please block me if you don't want to read…Continue

New Rule: Win or Go Home (Real Time with Bill Maher)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 4. 5 Replies

In case you hadn't noticed, we have a mid-term election coming up in three days, and it's more than a little important.  With it we can take back at least one if not both houses of Congress from the Republicans and send a message to Donald Trump…Continue

Tags: election, vote, millennials, Hitler, Donald Trump

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Comment by Plinius on July 24, 2017 at 1:08pm

Nice story, Bertold!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 24, 2017 at 12:59pm

Once in Germany I was enjoying a nice wine with friends in a restaurant. It was a white wine called Ewiges Leben [in German "eternal life."] We ordered a third or fourth bottle, but they were out. The waiter informed us that "You've drunk us out of eternal life."  It sounded better in German, but I still liked the idea, even though there's no such thing.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2017 at 12:44pm

During the last seven years of Dad's life, he lived with me and my son Craig. We went to as authentic a Chinese restaurant I could find where they had outstanding food. I always ordered Longevity Wine, which was a sweet fruit wine, for him, a teetotaler. He loved it and would get really fun and funny. His usual demeanor was sober, strict, and no small-talk. 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 24, 2017 at 11:49am

There is actually such a thing as plum wine.  My wife and I have it regularly when we go to a Japanese hibachi-style restaurant.  Kinsen is our preferred brand.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 24, 2017 at 11:39am

Thomas, you might be thinking of South African Ruby Cabernet.  It's a very full, rounded red with a slight hint of sweetness, as far as a red wine can be sweet.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 24, 2017 at 11:36am

Spent the weekend in Silkeborg for a friend's birthday. Good grub and a walk around the lakes. Also saw 'Dunkirk' at the cinema. One critic called it a 'series of vignettes' but I think the writer/director has chosen to show three typical, personal and interlinked stories rather than a cast-of-thousands, all-action, blockbuster war film. I enjoyed it very much.

Today, went with some friends to visit the 'Ecolarium' in Vejle. It was delightfully full of children who, I hope, will learn to take better care of the world.

http://en.okolariet.dk/

Comment by Randall Smith on July 22, 2017 at 8:40am

Bertold, I'll add that drowning tragedy to my list of "why I'm a misanthrope". So sad. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 21, 2017 at 3:40pm

I wouldn't be surprised if people at the Heritage Foundation would yuck it up if the GOP wealthcare plan passes.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 21, 2017 at 2:08pm

Thomas - pretty much, yes. It's the "I've got mine so fuck you" mentality über alles.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 21, 2017 at 1:09pm

From the What a Wonderful World Department:

Adisturbing video has surfaced of teens in Florida laughing at a disabled man drowning in a retention pond.

The five teens can be heard mocking Jamel Dunn, 32, as he screams begging for help. The ages 14 to 16-year-olds watch him struggle and ultimately fall under the water. When Dunn doesn’t resurface the teens continue to joke about him, The New York Daily News reported via Florida Today.

“Oh, he just died” one can be heard saying on the video. The group then laughs.

No one called 911 nor did they rush to help.

Raw Story

These kids must have been raised by atheists, right?

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