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The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W 20 hours ago. 10 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud yesterday. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Jul 20. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 9:02pm

I found this about the drone video Dramatic aerial drone footage of Hong Kong protests

"Aerial footage filmed by a drone shows the large number of people joining pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Protest leaders have threatened to step up their campaign if the region's chief executive does not meet them by midnight on Tuesday, after he insisted that Beijing would not retreat on limits to voting reforms."

I was in Hong Kong in the 1980s. The masses of people were everywhere. The tall buildings that we call apartment houses, they called estates. The estates I went to, to interview women, consisted of one room for each apartment. They had community bathrooms and elevators that stopped at every other floor ... If I remember correctly they stopped at every 4th floor, but memory could be fading. 
I had fantastic meals in these one room apartments; how they did it I cannot tell. They had fold down beds on all four walls, and these were fastened up to the wall during the day and a big table was unfolded out to the center of the room. Folding chairs appeared from nooks. In one room, it was not uncommon to have a family of one or two small children, a mother and father, and a grandmother and grandfather. Often there was another child of the grandparents.

I was told it took four adults to raise one child. Everyone worksed men and women of all ages. The elders assumed childcare duties as a normal situation. There were child care facilities paid for by the government and the business. These were called Crèche.

A working mother had a month off after the birth of a baby and then had a year of release time so she could nurse her baby while working. She was not penalised for that lost work.  Most women I talked to did not want more than one child. 

It was in China that I saw the first contraceptive inserts into the arms of young women. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 1, 2014 at 7:55pm

Happy October!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 1, 2014 at 11:53am

The Hong Kong video I posted was removed.  Here it is from another source.  Hopefully this one won't also disappear.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 11:30am

Bodily fluids include: 

During WW II, I and 2 or 3 other families sent us to live with our grandparents while the men were off building airfields in foreign lands and the women worked at Kaiser Aluminum. Grandma Whitehead had lots of work to do to feed and care for us. She emphasized cleanliness and insisted we wash our hands before touching food or coming to dinner. She taught us how to sneeze and cough into our elbows. We had a bunch of old rags that we would use to wipe our noses and then throw the rags into the wood burning stove in the kitchen. She boiled our underwear on the stove. During the summertime, sweat ran out of her hair, down her face, down her back and under her arms. 

My uncles, her sons, made fun of her for being so meticulous, as if she were doing something foolish. 

Well, her training prevented a lot of infections and upsets that we could have had, thus saving her time, effort, work and care. I am that strict with my grandchildren and great-grandchildren and they give me "lip". Oh! I remember so well, those days, long ago, when the winters were harsh and the house was cold and drafty. We had earaches and tonsilitis and measles and mumps and chicken pox and diphtheria, and polio and scarlet fever and flue and colds.

Remedies were such things as mustard plasters, mentholatum, caster oil, enemas, heads under a towel over boiling water, and quarantine. Those were the good old days. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 11:08am

Mindy, I am concerned about Dale, too. A precious friend of yours in trouble. It is just like all good things that come to an end, enjoy the present moment. Dale may enjoy some extra cuddles, or he may not. Whatever, just stay in the moment. What comes will inevitably come. I'm thinking about you and Dale. I know a lot of people can read the pain in your messages. We're here for you. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 1, 2014 at 11:08am

Amazing drone and camera footage of the protest in Hong Kong.  I worry for these people.  Political and social protests never end well when China is involved.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 10:59am

Mindy, sorry to be a bother, but I didn't get the message you sent 1 hour ago, the one right after the "One of the bodily fluids" comment. You always have such interesting comments or cartoons and I don't want to miss even one. 
I have the same problem with not getting Ruth's messages from time to time. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 10:56am

The "news" is misnamed. It should be called the "advertisements". I don't read or watch commercial news. The best ones, at least as far as I am concerned, are The Real News, Common DreamsNews, Views, and Tools for Progressives.

Yes, I know, these are all Progressive news sites and I do read the other views to keep up to date. But I want to see the progressive side of issues, not the conservative Republican or the traditional Democratic side. I want a vision of the world that looks at ways to participate in a flourishing economic, political and (and here is where I need that new word) "spiritual" life of our nation. 

The options for a new word include: numinous (Loren's idea), transcendent, free of the material world, (would that be immaterial, or disembodied, or ....?)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 1, 2014 at 10:08am

That's cute, Mindy.  lol

Comment by Randall Smith on October 1, 2014 at 7:50am

Let me get this straight. We now have one confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S. It's only contagious through bodily fluid contact. The public is assured that there's nothing to be concerned about. YET, it's the number one news item of the day in all the media sources! No reason to panic, they say, but we're getting the message "the sky is falling". Little wonder I'm such a "news cynic".

 

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