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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 Plinius on July 22, 2016 at 6:05am

I'm not jealous of the temperatures you have to endure and I wish you all a cool pleasant place to stay in! Here, close to the sea, temperatures are falling again, I'm happy to say. Perhaps rain tonight!

Anyone who buys a top floor apartment in mid-winter: think how hot it will be under that flat roof!

Joan, I answer to any name you want to give me. I only stopped using my full name because unkind people were spying on me.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 22, 2016 at 5:53am

It's been 85° to 98° F here for the last month.  That's normal.  I spend most of the time in my basement bedroom/entertainment room, where I have an "air conditioner" that keeps me cool.

I'd like to put a swamp-cooler in my kitchen window.  They work very well in this dry climate.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 22, 2016 at 3:00am

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 22, 2016 at 12:38am

Randy, does air conditioning cause mold? I didn’t know that. We are dryer here, perhaps. We get an average of 18” per year.

Spud, I am near-sighted and use glasses for driving. I take my glasses off to read or do any close work even though I have trifocals. I just don't put my glasses on unless I am getting in the car. 

Sorry to learn of your skin cancers; I just Googled Skin Cancer Facts & Statistics

http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts

Not something to ignore. I’m glad you keep an eye open for any signs of skin cancer. 

I agree, young people think they are immortal; 

“Too soon old, too late smart.”

Plinius, I had to trick my spell checker again to be able to write your name even though I added Plinius to my spell checker when I first met you. I hope you don’t mind that I stick with Chris. Are you able to stay cool during these heat waves? 

Carl, I watched a video filmed yesterday of an Illinois man as the storm came in. He is one of the chicken farmers that vlogs, and he was trying to tend to his chickens before the rain started. He didn’t make it. That storm was a banger! 

Oh! yes! I remember Coppertone ads. I laughed when I read, “To me and other kids it seemed like an adult product for sunbathing....and kids didn't sunbath. " 

Ruth, I don’t like the sound of that heat you have to live in. I suppose at this time of year you welcome autumn more than many do.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 21, 2016 at 10:46pm

We're having part of that heat wave here, just north of Philly. I keep the AC on, including in the car. I get a headache fast at 82°F or above. It's been low to mid 90's, and that will go on for days.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 21, 2016 at 9:29pm

When I was growing up it was quite ordinary to be out in the sun for long periods of time.  I had countless sunburns in my youth.  People didn't take the issue of sun overexposure as seriously then. 

I think the Coppertone ads from that era certainly speak that sentiment.  We always had Coppertone available in our house during the summer.  Ironically I rarely used it.  To me and other kids it seemed like an adult product for sunbathing....and kids didn't sunbath.  We just played outside exposed to the sun.

 

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.

 

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