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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 February 8, 2018 at 1:25pm

Guess what they have in common; nickel, sun, preservatives, balsam of Peru, primula.

Comment by Plinius on February 6, 2018 at 1:50am

Flowers.. I have a rosemary on my terrace - it's supposed to flower in March - but it started to flower in november and will probably keep it up for some months. 

I hope the SAD therapy helps, Ian!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 5, 2018 at 3:47pm

Chris, I haven't seen flowers in DK yet. I think Spring tends to arrive 2-3 weeks earlier in NL. Are you experiencing the same cold spell we are? Temperatures are below freezing night and day at the moment although the weekend is predicted to be milder. I've read that this has been Europe's darkest Winter, measured in hours of sunshine since records began, even though it hasn't been cold. I've been using my SAD therapy light every morning.

Comment by Patricia on February 5, 2018 at 1:33pm

Its a start, but not enough, & of course we don't know how much snow the forests have gotten.

It is nice to see the flowers starting but we have to wait for another couple of months yet.

Comment by Plinius on February 5, 2018 at 1:26pm

Yes, not very unusual these years. We'll get a week of nightfrost now. but our winters are wet, rainy with temperatures of some 10 degrees. But I'm glad you got a good load of snow!

Comment by Patricia on February 5, 2018 at 1:16pm

Flowers already, Plinius?

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2018 at 10:37am

Spud, thanks for that information, it is important to know the history of utility companies and hold them accountable for health problems. 

We owe Erin Brockovich for vigilance and persistence in ferreting out facts to support claims. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 5, 2018 at 8:10am

PG&E is also the company that killed people by letting hexavalent chromium get into the water supply and telling them it wouldn't hurt them.  Erin Brockovich found the evidence necessary to get a judge to fine them $668 million.

Comment by Plinius on February 5, 2018 at 3:51am

Just went out and saw the first narcissus in flower...

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2018 at 1:17am

Winds caused PG&E power lines to throw sparks destroying 6,200 homes and claiming 40 lives, according to investigations by Cal Fire and the state Public Utilities Commission. 

More than 100 lawsuits filed by displaced residents are pending before a San Francisco judge. They claim the utility failed to maintain and repair its power lines and prepare for the kind of high winds that were forecast and arrived that night.

Insurance claims from the Northern California fires have grown to $10 billion, with the largest share of losses in Sonoma County, where 5,130 homes burned and 24 people were killed.

~ Report: Power Lines Sparked 2 Northern California Wildfires

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2018-02...

Feb. 4, 2018

 

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