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Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Aug 10. 7 Replies

Okay, gang ... when is the last time you saw Seth Andrews do an animated video on his YouTube channel?  Seems like donkey's years ago, don't it?  Well, apparently Jeff Sessions and his "religious liberty task force" got Seth's nelly up enough that…Continue

Tags: religious liberty task force, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 2 Replies

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on October 12, 2017 at 9:02am

Have an interesting time in China Randy.  If I were going, I'll bet I'd  be more stressed than you.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 12, 2017 at 7:18am

It's heartbreaking to hear about all those fires in California--homes and lives lost. What with hurricanes, etc., it's been a devastating year in many parts of the U.S. Indiana has been spared.

I have been getting prepared for my 3 week trip to China (starting Oct. 18): Bank, post office, library, haircut, etc., including computer time looking up places I'll visit. Deciding what to take with me is stressful. Packing-wise, I want to go "light"--carry-ons only. Gotta prepare for all kinds of weather. I'm sure Tibet will be cold.  Any suggestions are welcome.

Comment by Plinius on October 12, 2017 at 5:49am

I hope everyone is safe!

Comment by Patricia on October 11, 2017 at 7:44pm

Just watching the news & how violently fast those fires are......I hope you've decided to evacuate, Chris!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2017 at 12:36pm

The region, today's photos

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2017 at 12:15pm

This is an experiment t see if I can show the fires worldwide. If not, here is the link

Global Forest Watch Fires

Comment by Chris on October 11, 2017 at 5:00am

Perhaps one has to be a member of  the Napa County web site to access the information. Sorry the link I provided didn't work.  Here's a screen shot of the PDF. showing fires around the city of Napa California U.S.A.

Comment by Chris on October 11, 2017 at 4:37am

Thanks Patricia.

I've been looking for more detailed maps of the local area.  I have a PDF from the County government.  Why doesn't Ning allow posting of PDF?

I attempted to post a link to the PDF.

I think this one will work  2017 NAPA FIRE COMPLEX Status Map - countyofnapa.org

I pulled my home first air kit and placed it in the car.

One of the neighbors who wasn't in the evacuation zone went to an evacuation center (early) because he's a pulmonologist.

I read that some of the dealths in Puerto Rico were caused from a loss of power because they used powered oxygen generators. Without knowing much they should have had multiple bottles of oxygen as back ups.  My understanding is because of flooding and debris in the roadway  emergency vehicles weren't able to get through. 

Some emergency management is terrible. "W" Bush wanted to privatize FEMA. That's a reason the response to hurricane Katrina in  Lousiana was so terrible.  I doubt FEMA recovered from the "W''s" cuts.

I understand that bottled water is being supplied to Puerto Rico.  That's okay for the short term.  I don't know if contanerized water filtration systems are being supplied to Puerto Rico.  Such systems should be in place in Haiti, and should have been deployed to Flint Michigan.

Under normal transportation methods bottled water costs ~$1.00 per gallon. Tap water costs less than $0.01 per gallon.

I wrote my federal congressman asking about . http://star-tides.net/expeditionary-water-purification-system

Expeditionary Water Purification System The CAVE Systems Rapid Deployment Expeditionary Water Purification System is a lightweight, compact and rapidly deployable expeditionary system that provides a continuous high volume supply of drinking water. It requires no external power for the purification process. The entire system can be deployed inside one-half of a Tricon container. The basic system can purify from almost any non-saline water source: river water; lake water; canals; agricultural run-off; drainage ditches; pond water; bore holes; storm water; etc. The system purifies down to one micron and destroys parasites and viruses that spawn in warm areas or infected water. The system removes heavy metals in precipitate form such as Arsenic, Mercury, Iron and Manganese. Each unit can purify enough drinking water for up to 2,000 people per day. The System, depending on the water source, can process up to 264 gallons an hour providing over 6,300 gallons a day. It can produce over one million gallons of drinking water for less than $300 per year. The system is in use in in Africa, the Middle East, and Afghanistan. A demo unit is available. Information video is at http://www.cavesystems.com/expeditionary-water-purification-system Web Site: http://cavesystems.com Infrastructure Type: Sanitation Water Contact Phone Number: +1 484 224 3058 Address: Cave Systems Inc. 6802 Paragon Place, Suite 410 Richmond Virginia 23230 United States.

In some areas north of here residents are told to boil their water because of the fire.

The Donald Trump reality show such as throwing paper towels in Puerto Rico isn't amusing.

Comment by Chris on October 11, 2017 at 2:57am

Where I used to work they had gell blankets for burn patients. I'm sure the fire department has these, though I don't know. 

A friend of mine stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq said a powered coagulant was available for massive bleeding, but the Captian wouldn't issue them because he wanted to save money. 

The same went for unarmored humvees.  Donald Rumsfeld said you go to war with the equipment you have (as though it wasn't a voluntary war).  Robert Gates with a lot of effort finally made Mine-Resistant Ambush Procted (MRAP) vehicles available.

Superglue was invented to glue people together during the Vietnam war. Pharmacutical superglue works well for emergencies.

Do people who live in fire prone areas keep fire blankets in their first aid emergency kit.  Fire blankets (not the gell kind) have saved a lot of forest firefighters lives.

Comment by Patricia on October 11, 2017 at 2:20am

Do you mean something like this?

http://www.fire.ca.gov/general/firemaps

 

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