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Alexa for Evangelicals! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Oct 9. 1 Reply

Never let it be said that Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is anything less than up to date with the state of the art as it comes to the modern household.  However, as a discriminating conservative Christian, Betty would never tolerate…Continue

Tags: digital assistant, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

New Rule: Church and Destroy (Real Time with Bill Maher - HBO)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 30. 6 Replies

Bill Maher is an atheist [whoa, shock and amazement!].  He is also a dedicated opponent of Donald Trump and anyone who would support the man or his goals ... and that includes ol' Yahweh, himself!  As it turns out, there is a substantial correlation…Continue

Tags: Stalin, Mao, Hitler, New Rules, Donald Trump

concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 23. 3 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

Liberal Redneck - Climate Change the Game (Trae Crowder)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 20. 2 Replies

Trae Crowder isn't just about atheism.  He has a deep and abiding concern about what's going on with this planet's climate and the all-too-probable catastrophe we face from a fundamental change in weather patterns.  That said, Trae is thinking about…Continue

Tags: climate change, Al Gore, Trae Crowder

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27. 20 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2014 at 7:46pm

Even grammer check doesn't catch everything. I am really embarrassed, a teacher, not knowing correct grammer!

I have a darling relative who lives in France and speaks absolutely correct English. She will occasionally correct me and I wish she would do it more often. I'm not too old to learn She also gives me the grammer rules that apply.

Oh, my favorite poor English that someone wrote to me, "that was well wrote".  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2014 at 6:46pm

I have spell check, so I do make conscious corrections before I post, but spell check doesn't point out the stupid mistakes I make now and then like:  their/there, weather/whether, then/than, etc.  All legitimate words and spelled correctly. 

Oh, well.  Wher're all humane and knot whithout are faults. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 25, 2014 at 6:45pm

Absolutely. Dumbass keyboards should KNOW what we MEANT to type!!!!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 25, 2014 at 5:26pm

I hate when I do that, and it seems to increase with age. As the (not so) old saying goes, Good grammar has went.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2014 at 4:31pm

Your home improvement sounds very nice, MIndy.  There's nothing like a screened-in porch to enjoy in the nice weather.  That, and the roof, are good investments if you want to sell the home later on down the road.  Don't feel bad about taking a loan out for something like that. 

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.

 

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