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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 Idaho Spud on February 13, 2017 at 11:13am

Glad you're doing well Carl.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 13, 2017 at 7:46am

Carl, I know you usually keep your health issues to yourself which is admirable. But with all your past problems, we like to have occasional updates. Sounds like you're doing great! I forget, do you drive a vehicle?

The desk looks really neat, something to treasure. Good luck with your projects.

Comment by Plinius on February 13, 2017 at 2:56am

Good to hear, Carl! It´s a beautiful desk, and I wish you good luck with clearing the extra stuff! It´s the same here, and I try to smuggle out things my pack rat husband would have kept...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 13, 2017 at 12:47am

Hi, Randy, thanks for asking.  I'm doing quite well.  Just getting over a mild cold, though.  It wasn't anything major but I did lose my voice for two days.

I've been preoccupied lately with all my worldly possessions.  My apartment right now looks like a storage locker.  I'm trying to scale down, so I'm gathering up piles of items and clothing in my living room that will be given to charity or possibly sold.  

But further complicating the matter is the fact that I've also recently accumulated boxes of personal items and furniture from my parents house, as they are moving this spring into a retirement community.  Currently my living room is unusable so I've mostly been living out of my kitchen and bedroom.  I want to move this year as well so this giant mess is necessary in helping me to scale back and consolidate.  

I gave away my piano (which I haven't played in years) to my appreciative niece.  Glad I did that.  Now I have room for all the new stuff I just obtained!  lol

I did acquire a nice desk that I love which was originally my grandparent's, so it has sentimental value as well.  

Comment by Randall Smith on February 12, 2017 at 7:38am

Happy birthdays to Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin, born on this Feb 12, 1809. I have yet to read it, but I'm eager to discover The Book That Changed America, How Darwin's Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation (by Randall Fuller). I'm sure there's more of a connection between the two men besides sharing a birthday.

Hope you all have a good day and week.

Carl, how are you doing?

Comment by Chris on February 10, 2017 at 1:49pm
Comment by Ian Mason on February 10, 2017 at 1:31pm

That's really funny, GC.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 10, 2017 at 10:35am

Plinius, thanks for passing along Bernice King's advice on dealing with the 45* regime. (Given the questionable election, and borrowing sports records notation, he'll always be the asterisk president.) It's especially sensible to assign his actions to "the Republicans", to let them become very worried about reelection.

The image of parents spinning in their graves reminded me of this prescient Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal cartoon. Maybe the ever-increasing Republican outrages are actually an American energy-independence plan! :)

Washington D.C., early twentieth century (two men in suits) “I will not let your bill pass! Why... the Founding Fathers would be spinning in their graves!” “Precisely.” “Hm?” “Come with me.” (crypt with circles on wall, labeled “Adams”, “Madison”, “Hamilton”, “Jefferson”, “Washington”, “Fra[nklin]”) “Americans believe their power comes from coal and oil, but they ran out decades ago.” “So... every time a right is violated or an illegal war is started or an unfair tax is levied...” “The country survives for another year.” “So... about that bill...” (newspaper headline: “NICARAGUA INVADED!” another article: “Energy Prices In Sharp Decline”)(click, then click again, to enlarge to full size)

Comment by Chris on February 10, 2017 at 2:36am

The Fascism poster is available here

You could probably put that on your front door with the blood of an animal...

http://www.thinknot.net/easter.htm

Comment by Plinius on February 9, 2017 at 3:34am

My parents are still spinning too - perhaps we could use them as a renewable energy source.

I found this on FB, perhaps it´s useful...

Bernice King posted on her Be A King’s Facebook page 10 steps to deal with Trump and take back our democratic government. She passed on this wise advice:

Don’t use his name; EVER (45 will do)
Remember this is a regime and he’s not acting alone;
Do not argue with those who support him–it doesn’t work;
Focus on his policies, not his orange-ness and mental state;
Keep your message positive; they want the country to be angry and fearful because this is the soil from which their darkest policies will grow;
No more helpless/hopeless talk;
Support artists and the arts;
Be careful not to spread fake news. Check it;
Take care of yourselves; and
Resist!

Then, Bernice also offered this wisdom on her Facebook page:

‘Keep demonstrations peaceful. In the words of John Lennon, “When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight! Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.”

‘When you post or talk about him, don’t assign his actions to him, assign them to “The Republican Administration,” or “The Republicans.” This will have several effects: the Republican legislators will either have to take responsibility for their association with him or stand up for what some of them don’t like; he will not get the focus of attention he craves; Republican representatives will become very concerned about their re-elections.’

 

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