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F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia (NY Times)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Sunday. 4 Replies

WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against…Continue

Tags: Russia, Putin, investigation, FBI, James Comey

exposing abuse | Jehovah’s Witnesses on trial | part 1 (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Jan 4. 31 Replies

There really is no other way to say it: prepare to be revolted, disgusted, and made sick to your stomach.  Our good friend, TheraminTrees has had a considerable look at a recent commission executed by the government of Australia, digging into…Continue

Tags: Jehovah's Witnesses, child abuse, TheraminTrees

The Stanford Prison Experiment,

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 22, 2018. 3 Replies

the Zimbardo experiment: The experiment was conducted from August 14 to 20,1971 by a team of researchers led by…Continue

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Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of Our Universe (Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Dec 9, 2018. 10 Replies

We've all heard about the Deep Field observations of the Hubble Space Telescope, how, almost on a whim, the device was aimed at what was thought to be an empty, unoccupied section of sky and a long time exposure was taken.  What they discovered was…Continue

Tags: NASA, Hubble Space Telescope, Deep Field, Eric Whitacre

Canada Not a Loud Nation

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Dec 2, 2018. 11 Replies

Canada is a proud nation but not a loud nation.British newspaper salutes Canada . . . this is a good read. It is funny how it took someone in England to put it into words......Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers , 'The Sunday…Continue

FFRF's 2018 National Convention: John de Lancie

Started by Loren Miller Nov 30, 2018. 0 Replies

John de Lancie is a lot more than just the infamous "Q" of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  He has portrayed characters as diverse as Clarence Darrow, Donald Trump, and Nazi administrator Hans Biebow, as you will learn when you watch this video.  He…Continue

Tags: Clarence Darrow, John de Lancie, Freedom From Religion Foundation, FFRF

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Comment by Plinius on November 13, 2017 at 1:49am

Great music!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2017 at 12:42am

Chris, this music is lovely, and with so many musical instruments unfamiliar to me. Thanks for sharing. 

Comment by Chris on November 12, 2017 at 10:31pm

I realize this is from Hong kong.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 12, 2017 at 9:28pm

Thanks for your first hand impressions of China, Randall.

Loren, thanks for the music moment.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2017 at 7:22pm

Randy, thank you, thank you, thank you! I enjoy your writing style and the information you share tickles so many of my memories. The photos do not look like the cities I was in, way more cars, far fewer rickshaws, bicycles some loaded with what looked like a ton of goods. The streets of my day were absolutely spotless, too. Women were out sweeping before the business traffic started. I was part of the first wave of U.S.visitors and everyone who saw me seemed startled and then smiled. Eye to eye contact occurred from Macau and Hong Kong in the south, Xian, the TerraCotta Army, Beijing, Guilin on the Li River, Shanghai, Beijing, and little towns that I do not know the name. 

Oh, my, thanks for the memories,  Randy 

Comment by Chris on November 12, 2017 at 6:42pm

Regarding the previous post about streeet food. I didn't get ill, or have digestive problems in China.   What I saw and think still occours for one is a lot of  copycat goods - for lack of a better term.   I was warned don't purchase film, or (regarding Suiseki)  rock formations. It wouldn't occure to me to purchase ancient "artifacts".

I heard that fake ancient artifacts are sold all over the world.

Comment by Chris on November 12, 2017 at 6:27pm

Recycled oil in China.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 12, 2017 at 10:53am

Idaho, one not-quite-apocryphal story to which I wish I could say I was witness: some years back at Blossom Music Center, the power went out during a Cleveland Orchestra performance, leaving the stage entirely dark.  They kept playing.

'Nuff said.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 12, 2017 at 10:50am

I've saved those interesting pictures from China.  I assume the two young peeps are Tibetans.  How do you tell the difference?

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 12, 2017 at 10:43am

Loren, I've always wondered if a conductor was really necessary for an orchestra that had lots of practice under their belt.

 

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