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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on July 24, 2016 at 8:11am

At least, Kuwait has low humidity, so evaporation from the body should keep them cool enough, as long as they drink enough.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 24, 2016 at 8:09am
I do own a television set, but have quit watching the "nightly news". I go for an after-dinner walk instead. It's better for my digestive system and blood pressure. I watched a total of 5 minutes of the republican convention. It's all I could stomach. I'm getting more ignorant of what's going on in the world as I get older. Life is much more pleasant as a result!
Comment by Idaho Spud on July 24, 2016 at 8:00am

I'm sure 54°C will kill many people.  Those that can't get enough water, or have to do much physical activity.  Also some of those that don't realize that thirst is not a reliable indicator of need for water.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 24, 2016 at 7:55am

Ruth, I also "much prefer getting news on the internet over other forms. I can focus on science and other topics of interest, without wasting time on crap like celebrities or trivia."

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2016 at 5:36am

Ian, Damn! 

"When Barack Obama visited EU headquarters in March, he had stern words in public – and even stronger remarks in private, according to senior diplomats – for Europe's leaders, telling them they had to risk the wrath of their voters and go for fracking and shale gas to help immunise Europe against Russian blackmail.

(emphasis mine)

Obama emphasized, "to help immunize Europe against Russian blackmail."

Obama should have emphasized getting off fossil fuel as fast as possible and developing renewable and sustainable energy sources. 

Well, the next thing is for the public to rise and insist the government make decisions based on science, not on profits!!!

We have got to get noisy, march, lobby like crazy. People will call us names; so what? I have been called every name in the book, and I still rise. I can't do what I did in 1968, but I surely can make noises.

During the 2012 Seattle riots, an old lady became too pushy, and the police maced her. That picture of an old woman, maced, went viral. 

Raimy was her name. I Googled, "Seattle riots old lady maced Raimy" and this is what I find: 

"Seattle Police Pepper Spray 84-Year-Old Activist, Priest, Pregnant Woman, Among Others

BY LEE FANG NOV 16, 2011 9:00 AM"

http://thinkprogress.org/special/2011/11/16/369544/seattle-pepper-s...

2012-12-05 Dorli Rainey 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2016 at 3:52am

Ruth, I am still staggering over the temperatures of Kuwait. I would not have been aware of these aspects of weather had you not pointed them out to me. Thank you for your excellent research and reporting. 

The thing that concerns me now is the realization that when Earth goes into cold or hot phases, there are abrupt changes, even if there are slow variations until their exponential rise or fall. 

Is this characteristic an example of an asymptote curve?

Comment by Plinius on July 24, 2016 at 2:15am

I think the same, Ian, we're democratic in name only. There are many people here who'd applaud a Nexit, but I'm not at all sure it would help to rid us of the parasites.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 24, 2016 at 12:55am

Thanks, Joan. That pic was taken on a sunny Spring day last year in Pompei.

No, the majority doesn't rule but I think the government is just a tool a lot of the time. Here's some statistics for the EU:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/08/lobbyists-european-pa...

30,000! That's almost an industry in itself. It's also been said that there are about 100 large companies/corporations that decide what happens in Europe. I feel sometimes that we're banging our heads against a brick wall.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2016 at 12:51am

Ruth, I get my news from the internet too, and I don't own a TV. 

Spud, I used to not eat as many salads as I do now. The difference is I make my salad dressings from scratch using a simple oil and vinegar dressing and lots of herb from my garden. I won't hit you "across the head & shoulders with a wet noodle : )" I do offer the idea. Oh, by the way, I am slowly cleaning the three years of neglect of my garden and I pulled a heaping wheelbarrow full of dill plants. They went into the compost. I thought of you as I pulled them out, remembering your photo of your dill patch. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2016 at 12:41am

Nicholas Kristof: Government vs. the people

“In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule. Majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts.”

~ Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin I. Page of Northwestern University found that in policymaking, views of ordinary citizens essentially don't matter. 

My two favorite cartoons on this subject:

 

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