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Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Thursday. 10 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

Tags: abuse, animal, puppy mills, Henry, The Thinking Atheist

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 Jan 13. 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

Tags: change, Experiment, Prison, Stanford, Zimbardo

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

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Comment by kathy: ky on March 27, 2017 at 2:26pm
Randall, Italy is the perform reason to cut back on sugar now. .
Comment by Randall Smith on March 27, 2017 at 7:22am
My bad, dropping my birthday. Didn't mean to. The point was my sugar-free "experiment". Like any plan, one has to have a starting date. I just thought the 24th was a good day because on April 24th, I'll be going to Italy. Then I'll indulge! More on the Italy trip later.
Anyway, thanks for the good wishes.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2017 at 3:48pm

L & L returned home from Phoenix yesterday afternoon after a month in the sun and visiting Larry's relatives. They returned from 100°F temperatures to 41°F highs. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2017 at 3:39pm

"Yesterday, the day after my birthday,"

~ Randy

March 24, ????

I hope the coming year is full of all things pleasing to your eyes, ears, nose, mouth, skin, and feelings!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 26, 2017 at 3:13pm

Happy b-day Randy! There's a Spanish saying: Biecho el biento, mas ainda sopla. (Not sure I spelled all that right.) The wind is old, but it still blows.

Comment by Plinius on March 26, 2017 at 12:59pm

Your birthday? Many happy returns, Randall, and a great day!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 26, 2017 at 12:12pm
Happy Birthday, Randy!
Comment by Randall Smith on March 26, 2017 at 7:32am
Finally! The grass is greening up. A warm rain overnight helped.
Yesterday, the day after my birthday, I started a 4 week "sugar-free" program--detox, if you will. Despite my comparitively low weight (which would be normal 75 years ago), I really need to cut out the sugar in my diet. It's bad for so many reasons.
Since I don't have the will power to resist when it's sitting in my pantry, I put all my cookies, chocolate, sugary things (like syrup and honey), in my safe!
It takes me about 10 minutes to get the dumb thing open, so that should deter me from temptation. Let the cold turkey experiment continue (second day)!
Comment by Plinius on March 21, 2017 at 10:48am

Someone here put me on the track of the film 'I, Daniel Blake' but I forgot who. Beautiful and shocking film, about surviving the neo-liberal welfare in Great Britain. Beautiful because the main character manages to keep his integrity, shocking because of the dehumanizing system. And our government would like the same kind of welfare here...

Anyway, thanks for the tip and I'll pass it on - it's really worth watching!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 20, 2017 at 7:35am

Yet, Ian, I've read (or heard) that the Danes are rated the "happiest people on earth". (Americans 15th, by the way.) This despite Denmark having one of the highest suicide numbers. Hmm.

Ruth, I'm sorry about your depressed state of mind. I'm the first to admit I watch no "nightly news" and little "local news". Anything about our jackass president I avoid. I'm a much happier person, ill informed as I wish to be.

 

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