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How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

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

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

the value of offence | qualiasoup & theramintrees

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Mar 3. 3 Replies

To me, this is a big deal (though it may not be to them): two great YouTube video producers have joined forces to deliver one very powerful message on an important subject.  TheraminTrees and QualiaSoup (brothers, I believe) have recently released a…Continue

Tags: offence, offense, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 21, 2016 at 9:06pm

Just read today the heat wave encompasses many states and is affecting around 80 million people.  For me, air conditioning is a necessity.  Without it I feel sick, I don't eat, and my concentration gets muddled.  I basically start shutting down in weather like this.

I actually had my air conditioner off from this morning until mid-afternoon.  My apartment was able to stay cool enough from running it while I slept during off-peak usage hours at night which are billed at a lower rate per kilowatt.  It lowers my bill and takes some stress off "the grid."  

A couple or a few heat waves is common here during the summer, so this is not extraordinary.  However, which each passing year the overall average temperature is steadily increasing.

Right now as I type this there is loud thunder and lots of lightening as a severe thunderstorm has just arrived.  Tomorrow will feel worse with all the additional moisture.  But we do need the rain!

Comment by Plinius on July 21, 2016 at 10:00am

Good news, Joan, glad to hear!

The weather seems more or less average, with some highs and lows, hard to note a change when it's your environment. The winters are softer, not much frost and a lot of rain.

No air conditioning here...

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 21, 2016 at 7:54am

Joan, I'm glad to hear the good news about your eyes.  I'm curious.  What do your glasses correct for?

I never did sunbathe, but 50 years ago, when I was in California, I often went to the beach, and 2 or 3 times, got a bad sunburn.  That's probably the main reason I've had 5 skin cancers removed in the last 20 years.

I don't remember if skin cancer was mentioned much 50 years ago, but I'm sure It's more common knowledge now, so young people today have less excuse for damaging their skin than I did.

But, young people don't pay much attention to the harm they can do to their bodies that won't bother them until they're 50 or 60 years old.  What happens to them at that age seems to be of no concern.  I think I was also not much concerned when I was young.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 21, 2016 at 6:17am

Good news, Joan. 

Yes, it's hot. My old farm house stays cool in this heat, but with the humidity, I may turn on the AC. I'm concerned about mold.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2016 at 1:01am

@The Flying Atheist, @Plinius has the temperature been unseemly warm this year? I hope you have air conditioning! 

The people who fail to realize the risks they take by sunbathing may have to go through some harsh treatments as a result. I feel toward them as I do toward smokers, if they know the risks and take them, then I have little sympathy for them. For those who don't know the risks, I wonder under what log they have been sleeping? 

We have unseasonably cool weather and light rain showers, very pleasant. I wonder how the wheat and pea fields do in these weather conditions?

I had my yearly eye exam today, and all is well. Eye pressure, good; cataracts not needing surgery yet; no sign of damage due to diabetes; need a new prescription for my glasses. Good to go for another year. 

Comment by Plinius on July 20, 2016 at 10:51pm

We've just had two days like that, Carl, horrible! But still people go to the beach to get skin cancer - I really can't understand that! Today (not 6:00 yet) starts with light clouds, so I hope it will be cooler.

Happy Thursday to all!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 20, 2016 at 2:02pm

Well, an excessive heat wave warning has been issued for my area starting tomorrow.  Temperatures will be in the 90's with high humidity and it will feel like between 105 and 115 degrees.  Ugh!  This is the kind of weather I absolutely hate the most.  I'd rather deal with 0-degrees with a foot of snow.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2016 at 11:22am

Carl and Chris, I agree, job splitting is one option and one that makes sense if the income is enough to sustain a family. Otherwise, a wage-worker would have to have two part-time jobs in order to maintain a home, food, health care costs, trasportation, etc. Two part time jobs present problems for scheduling and transport to and from work. 

Comment by Plinius on July 20, 2016 at 1:09am

And in the end a sensible government could divide the work, welfare money and income evenly among the people....

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 19, 2016 at 11:16am

Another idea that has been discussed is that many jobs could be divided into two part-time positions.  This would provide more jobs while at the same time provide more free time for those who are working.

Yes, Chris and Joan....lots of questions! 

 

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