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Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 19 hours ago. 2 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

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

The myth of religions

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 16. 3 Replies

The creation myth of civilizations instructs men to dominate, to conquer, to go forth and multiply. No reasonable person would pay attention to such a god. No hunter-gatherer receives such a senseless message from wise elders.However, that idea…Continue

Tags: masculine, violation, imperative, go forth and multiply,, conquest

Winter Driving, Preparing for the worst

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 1. 2 Replies

Now that we enter the time the Celtics called Imbolc, a pagan celebration of the beginning of spring and season of new life, I ran across this video on preparing for winter driving. It offers reasons for each thing he puts in his vehicles to be safe…Continue

Tags: prepare, driving, winter

A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Dec 26, 2017. 10 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2014 at 4:16pm

Patricia said, "at least I'm still among the breathin'......I hear this is a good thing"

You got a good hearty laugh out of me with that one, Patricia.  That truly was a LOL. 

I just need to look at my 79 year old father to see what I'm going to look like at that age.  People definitely know my dad and I are related when whey see us together.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 25, 2014 at 7:47am

Ian, it's nice to see what you look like! Thanks.

Carl, my "new" avatar was taken by a fellow passenger on Amtrack's Zephyr (Chi to Oakland), from two years ago. That's why the background curtain. Wonder why Napolean left us?

Did you all see Joan's blog on Lake Mead?

I'm off to the dentist to have my teeth cleaned (and checked). My daughter (#3) is the farmer/hygienist, the latter being part time for now. And yes, Ruth, they live only 5 miles from me.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2014 at 12:37am

Found the article, Ruth.  Here it is from the BBC News - Science and Environment.

Global warming slowdown 'could last another decade'

This article mentions many of the points you make about the oceans heating during this supposed "slowdown."  I'm curious what your opinion is of this article.  The author certainly appears not to be a climate change denialist.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2014 at 12:25am

Ruth, your points about our climate heating are well taken.  You obviously have a lot more background in studying this topic than I do.  I believe the point of the article I read (I'll try to find it and pass it along to you) was that our surface air temperatures only were plateauing for about 10 years but would then increase quite exceptionally after that time. 

It's a complicated topic.  Like I said, I'll try to find the original article for you.  Thanks, Carl

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 24, 2014 at 11:07pm

Flying Atheist, I take great exception to the current framing of Climate Change taking a break. Journalists talk about a steadily heating water world (Earth), as if heating oceans don't count. Just because the heat is going into the deep Atlantic, Pacific and Southern Oceans doesn't mean Climate Change has slowed down.

I used to expect another rapid acceleration of air and land temperatures when the El Nino comes. That tuned out to be a simplistic, too linear, take on what's happening. The way excess heat effects the planet has been changing. We pass invisible tipping points, and the heat begins to go new places instead of where we expected. For example we discovered that rising hot air over the warmer Atlantic, after it cools aloft, comes back down as higher air pressure in the Eastern Pacific, which changes trade winds and slows down the El Nino's development and strength. Warmer ocean water is destabilizing methane hydrates now, in the East Siberian Sea and Beaufort Sea of the Arctic and also off the US East Coast. I expect that hindsight will tell us that Climate Change wasn't in a hiatus at all during this period, we were too narrow-minded to recognize a complicated climate destabilization process.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2014 at 10:40pm

I have to hand it to you Carl, that's a good one. The music's fun too, in a silly way.

Hope you don't melt, Cathy.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2014 at 9:34pm

In honor of Napoleon, here's some just plain awful music.  I liked Napoleon but I didn't care for his taste in music.  I wish he was here to hear this.  This is my retribution.  Don't enjoy........



Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2014 at 9:15pm

I noticed some activity on the right-hand side of the page in Napoleon's Les Athees Napoleonienne group.  I was reminded that we haven't heard from him in quite some time.  I clicked on his profile and discovered that he is no longer a member of A|N.   

Comment by kathy: ky on August 24, 2014 at 4:01pm
I want in on the hugs. The weather is brutally hot here. With storms and rain coming in right after dark the last two nights. It's 95 out now. Next week is supposed to be better.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2014 at 3:42pm


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