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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Sunday. 95 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 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

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

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10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 21. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

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Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on June 4, 2017 at 4:39am

We're all mutts, Carl, it's impossible to have a 'pure blood' group. 

! Another Asian looking baby! I was suspected of being an adopted Korean child in 1954. But I'm probably from Dutch/German farmers stock.

I know insurance companies would love to get their hands on your genetic profile, with a view to profit. When they can see you're likely to get disease X, they want to sell you insurance except for disease X. 

Be careful of your personal info!

Comment by Chris on June 4, 2017 at 2:49am

The Flying Atheist

Thanks for posting David Packman talking about his DNA results.

Going back a couple generations in my family there were a bunch of bastard children and adoptions.  My Aunt told me that I looked Asian as a toddler.  I don't think the DNA profile matters as much as the culture that permeates families. 

My mom and her cousine traced the maternal family back to ~1620. Because of documents that may have been easier to explore than tracing back the paternal lineage which as far as I know is Eastern European  and Scandinavian.

What is the value of learning your genetic profile?  A friend said that the insurance and research company Kaiser Perminte is offering free genetic testing.

From what I read -even for finding out the potential for medical problems the current knowledge is just beginning.  For example I read about a village in Scandanavia (?) that was remote so many of the families who lived there dind't move around much. In the study (sorry I don't remember the title or have the link)  the survivors of the black plague also had a resistance to HIV.  

Another national, or international study I read said that some genetic diseases may skip several generations so If you were Scandanavian for example and there was a drught it would effect your children and grand children, but you great grandchildren  would be more tollerant of famine.

So there  value in studying DNA for medical research. As a hobby it might be worth getting a DNA profile. I don't think the DNA companies provide enough information to dive in that deep. I'm probably incorrect thinking the DNA companies only provide superficial results.

Going back far enough we are all from the Rift Valley, or other parts of Africa.  As far as I've seen DNA testing doesn't know much about Denisovians, or other groups that branched out.

What are the advantages of being 1%-3% Neandrothol?  What's the advantage of having Denisovian DNA?

Many people I come across think that I'm a secular Jew because of the throughts I express.  Here in lies the Nurture vs. Nature anthropological question.  Sometimes Nature and Nuture are combined to make someone who they are.

I'm fine with being a mutt.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 2, 2017 at 10:38pm

I wonder what it was like for the Germans before Hitler came to power? Were there cautionary tales? Were people seeing abhorant behaviors? Did those who opposed him suffer the death penalty or did that penalty come later? 

"Why, then, did the highly educated Germans embrace a lunatic like Adolf Hitler?  The short answer is that bad policies caused economic, military and political crises – chow time for tyrants.  German circumstances changed for the worse, and when people become angry enough or desperate enough, sometimes they’ll support crazies who would never attract a crowd in normal circumstances."

How Dictators Come To Power In A Democracy

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimpowell/2013/02/05/how-dictators-com...

How Dictators Come To Power In A Democracy

Who were the people who voted Hitler into power? Who resisted him? What can we learn from history? 

If it took WW II to stop Hitler, will it take WW III to stop tRump? 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 2, 2017 at 6:57pm

You got that right, Carl. And they'll keep doing it because they can.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 2, 2017 at 6:50pm

The fact that Trump is mentally unstable is reason enough alone to remove him from office.  He's unpredictable, delusional, and dangerous.  And he's supported by a group of Republicans who have a twisted fascination and desire to see everything come crashing and burning around them, the rest of the country and world be damned.

After the Sandy Hook shooting, a bipartisan eighty-five percent of Americans wanted sensible gun background checks and restrictions enacted, yet the Republicans couldn't bring themselves to represent the overwhelming will of the people.  The cold-blooded slaughter of over two dozen elementary school children meant nothing to them.  They are twisted, sick, fucks.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 2, 2017 at 6:25pm

They sleep great, with God on their side.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 2, 2017 at 2:09pm

We should be so lucky. The GOP never pays any political penalty whatsoever no matter what ills they perpetrate.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 2, 2017 at 1:46pm

Lilac, so long as the Republicans in the House and Senate sit on their hands and pretend it's all okay, nothing untoward is likely to happen to Drumpf.  If, however, enough moderate congresspeople in the GOP get sufficiently pissed off to speak out and act, that's another kettle of fish entirely.  The problem though is that they likely slit their own throats politically, come the next election.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 2, 2017 at 12:45pm

I think 45 is doing a lot of good. Nigel Farage (UKIP) is a big and very public fan and now his party is down to single figures in polls. The FN in France has also suffered from a Trump knock-on effect and done badly. He's the bad example no-one wants to be linked to. Even the conservative parties in Denmark try to keep their distance.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 2, 2017 at 10:53am

So ... we join Syria and Nicaragua as the ONLY OTHER NATIONS not on board with the Paris Climate Accords ... mostly because Drumpf wants to cater to fossil fuels, which are yesterday's news and if they're not losing their influence on the world stage, they will soon enough..

I keep thinking Donnie can't get any stupider ... and he keeps proving me wrong.

 

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