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Optical Illusions

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday. 66 Replies

This one seems a bit creepy, like the middle one shouldn't be able to change rotation like that. from Cheezburger.comContinue

White House Petition: Change National Motto Back to "E Pluribus, Unum"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky Jan 22. 8 Replies

There is a petition being sponsored by whitehouse.gov to remove "in god we trust" as the national motto and replace it with the original: "E Pluribus, Unum" or "Out of Many, One."  As of this writing, there are around 11,000 signatures on it, with…Continue

Tags: E Pluribus, Unum, in god we trust, petition

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 24, 2015. 3 Replies

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

coming out (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Atheist in FundyLand Dec 23, 2015. 6 Replies

Whether as atheist, agnostic, gay / Lesbian or whatever, the process of coming out has been a repeated topic of discussion here on Atheist Nexus and for good reason: it is at once a necessary yet potentially supremely painful process, depending on…Continue

Tags: Lesbian, agnostic, gay, atheist, TheraminTrees

If God Exists (DarkMatter2525)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 23, 2015. 4 Replies

"Practice makes perfect."  That's the concept, isn't it?  Work diligently at something, especially something you enjoy and are adept at, and your skills sharpen, your judgment improves, and the product of your efforts demonstrate that improvement. …Continue

Tags: religion, YouTube, god, DarkMatter2525

Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 1, 2015. 1 Reply

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

Tags: talk, psychotropic, therapy, psychology, Elliott Ingersol

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2014 at 2:13pm

Ruth, I just read an article yesterday that stated that the increase in temperatures have plateaued for right now despite a continued increase in CO2.  Scientists are predicting a stabilization in temperatures for possibly (possibly!) ten years, but after that time the increase in warming will once again start up. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 24, 2014 at 1:21pm

I'm way behind. Do your kids live in IN too, Randall? I wasn't aware that heavy downpours were that far east. We read about them in Washington because to the mudslides. Of course we here in the Northeast have far more extreme rainfall events these days as well.

The latest I've read on the expected El Nino is that it will be mild to moderate. So many other things are going on with heat going into the deep oceans that I'm no longer expecting a big increase in US land temperature when it finally gets here, Joan. We shall see.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 1:08pm

Chris, thanks for the link. Paul Hudson wrote: 

"One of the other main consequences of the predicted El Nino later this year would be to boost global temperatures.

"It could mean either 2014 or 2015 will become the hottest year globally on record."

Comment by sk8eycat on August 24, 2014 at 12:40pm

I wish there was a way to divert rain to places that need it.  The entire southwest is ready to blow away...if/when we ever get a Dust Bowl-type windstorm.

Comment by Plinius on August 24, 2014 at 12:14pm

weather forecast - I found this on a BBCsite

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/paulhudson/posts/How-will-this-years-pre...

We don't expect long cold winters, Joan, those were 300 years ago. Our winters are mostly wet and cool, due to the main wind from the West. Nobody is surprised if there is no snow and only a bit of frost in the nights. But we might also get weeks of frost and snow when the wind turns East.

This summer we had a month of dry heat - wind from the East - and a cool wet month when the wind turned West.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2014 at 11:04am

I've been trying to catch up with things but haven't succeeded so I hope everyone is doing well.

Sorry to hear  about the lost crops, Randy. So much hard work and good food gone :-(

Carl, that is a stylish t-shirt. I think I would buy one if I saw one.

I think I might change my profile pic, if I can remember how. The new Doctor has a lined face and grey hair!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2014 at 10:20am

Randy, sorry to hear about the disastrous weather conditions that hit your family.  I heard that central Illinois and Indiana got hit especially bad.  I like your new avatar.  Looks like you're sitting in front of one of those old pull-lever voting booths that had royal blue curtains.  lol 

Joan, your zucchini meal sounds absolutely delicious.  Yumm.

Mindy, I know there are ice bucket videos floating around everywhere on the internet.  I just haven't watched any yet.  I did read a news article about very conservative christians that are asking there members NOT to participate in the challenge because the ALS foundation supports stem-cell research.  Can you F'n believe that?!  Those people are stupid beyond belief and for their own good.   

I just checked to see how long I've been on A|N.  I joined in January of 2011.  Only 3-1/2 years ago.  Seems I've been here much longer than that.  Everyone here feels like old friends to me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 9:38am

Chris, do you have a forecast for the coming winter? If I remember correctly, your part of the Earth has long, cold winters that create extraordinary tulips and other crops. 

Spud, thanks for that fun and the funny hug! I feel it! I won't go for the free hugs, either. I looking forward to your watermelon reports. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 9:34am

Randy, isn't it fun to see the world through the eyes of a child! And with the old tractors the cars and especially the ice cream. Life does not get any sweeter. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 9:30am

Carl, I cooked bacon on my grill skillet and then put sliced zucchini on the grill after pouring off the excess grease. I cooked them slowly until they had nice grill marks on both sides and the skin was tender. I toasted some garlic bread after the zucchini, and made a zucchini sandwich out of one of the slices and just ate the others by themselves. Lightly salted, nicely browned, with a sprinkling of pine nuts , they make a very tasty vegetable. 

Your  tuxedo T-shirt has real class. 

I agree, summer is moving far too fast. We had a few days in the high 90s but that was in July. Usually August is our miserable month for a long stretch of near 100 degrees. We only had one day over 100 degrees so far. The summer isn't over yet and so I am prepared for some surprises. 

 

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