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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 16, 2014 at 6:45pm

Stress changing the ability to handle stress in future generations, sounds scary.

For a change in mood, how about some incongruous music.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 16, 2014 at 1:26pm

Joan, It struck a nerve with me when he said if a mother is stressed, the child will have a smaller brain and the part of the brain that handles stress will be much smaller, so it will take that person longer to get their stress under control, when faced with a stressor.

That describes me.  I think my mother was under stress when carrying me.  For one thing, she was afraid of strangers.  I can remember her taking me and hiding in the closet when a salesman would knock.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2014 at 5:18am

Robert Sapolsky discusses "Dutch Hunger Winter" in this video. Start at about 50:00 and he explain the behavioral genetics of stress on pregnant mothers and how the genetic linkages change and last for several generations. 

Comment by Plinius on May 16, 2014 at 1:17am

I didn't know, Joan, thanks for the link. What I noticed about people who lived through the 30s crisis and WWII is a strong tendency to hoard; food, medicine, money, anything that might be useful. Doompreppers. When my mother died she left behind hundreds of margerine packages, empty and neatly cleaned and stacked. Still don't know what she wanted with those.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 15, 2014 at 11:30pm

Chris, I am sure you know about Traces of Dutch 'Hunger Winter' in genetic material, however, many of us may not know of the facts of that terrible event and the consequences. 

"Conditions in the uterus can give rise to life-long changes in genetic material. People in their sixties who were conceived during the Hunger Winter of 1944-45 in the Netherlands have been found to have a different molecular setting for a gene which influences growth. Researchers from the LUMC are the first to demonstrate this effect. They published their findings this week in PNAS Online Early Edition, together with colleagues from Columbia University."

It is not a new finding, as indicated in this article. People who have studied the effects of hunger on populations have known about this for as long as I have been in the field. What is new is the realization that people, today, are impacted by the effects of that winter 1944-5 in Holland because of genetic changes that occurred during that famine. A new set-point was created in the genetic pool during that pregnancy that continues into today's descendants of that generation

II remember very well that year when British and USA planes dropped food onto Holland because the Germans had taken the food supplies to feed the starving of Germany. My family sent packages to family members in Belgium during that period which included warm clothing, homemade quilts out of old coats, and foods of various kinds. We were on rationing, so sugars and oils were very scarce. 

Comment by k.h. ky on May 15, 2014 at 4:09pm
And, no, fa, she didn't agree. If she had there would be no problem now.
Comment by k.h. ky on May 15, 2014 at 4:07pm
Thanks folks. FA, my daughter was close to my mom but I don't believe any of the other 13 could have came to an an agreement had they been asked. The g kids are all adults. I don't feel they had any say so in it.
sk8ycat, I'm with you on abortion rights.
Patricia, in Ky next of kin can override last wishes, even those made at the funeral home by prior directive. I have a deceased friend whose family did just that.
I think my daughter being an only child is the reason she thinks she should be included in any decisions.
Comment by sk8eycat on May 15, 2014 at 1:50pm
Comment by sk8eycat on May 15, 2014 at 12:52pm

I joined the Neptune Society 20 years ago, and am completely paid up...that includes dumping my ashes at sea.  BUT I told my sister I didn't care if she flushed them down the loo if she wanted to.

Ghod, I'm SO glad I never had kids!  Abortion IS a blessing, even when it was illegal (as mine were).

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 15, 2014 at 12:35pm

K.H., I don't think it was unreasonable at all having just the five siblings make the burial decision for your mother.  Just the fact that there were disagreements among the five of you is quite enough without bringing in 14 additional opinions!  I'm curious of the reason why your daughter is so upset over this.  Did she not agree with the final decision?  Is that why she is stating she should have been consulted as well?  Is she the lone voice in this or is she speaking on behalf of the 14 grandchildren?  In any case, I don't think you or your siblings have done anything egregious.  It's fairly standard to have the closest "next of kin" make those decisions unless otherwise stated elsewhere.  This is a perfect example of why everyone should have their final wishes spelled out in a will. 

 

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