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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

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Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

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Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

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Richard Dawkins, Growing Up in the Universe

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 14. 2 Replies

Here is an oldie, the young Richard Dawkins teaching kids about the universe. I especially like the one demonstrating how the eye evolved. This should answer those who believe it was impossible to evolve an eye. Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 11, 2014 at 1:31am

I've never felt or experienced an earthquake, but the prospect of being in a big one frightens me.  It's in the back of my mind every time I'm in Los Angeles and San Francisco.  I think about them when I'm in Seattle as well.  The thought of having the surroundings around me collapse and then being stranded away from home in an unfamiliar place without any utilities or working infrastructure is quite unnerving to me.          

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2014 at 12:59am

Felaine, I wouldn't want to be caught in that earthquake. It will devastate everything. My cousin was in the Northridge quake; they slept on the second floor and were tossed out of bed. They tried to get downstairs and the stairwell had collapsed. The next morning they found their china closet tipped over on the sofa and the only thing that didn't break was an antique clock that landed on the sofa. 

I can't even imagine what you must have experienced. Your poor cat surely had some advanced notice. I wonder what it is they feel? Something as delicate and valuable as your mother's crystal can't be replaced. On the other hand, you survived, I hope unscathed. 

Here is an update just in at 10:55 PM Spokane, time 

If you click on this, you might be able to scan in and out. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 11, 2014 at 12:39am

Mindy, I hope they learn something useful about your son's condition!

And the joy in so many of those one-second snippets in the video Carl shared is contagious!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 11, 2014 at 12:25am

I've been doing the same thing with the USGS maps, including the whole world, sometimes.  It scares me, but fascinates me, too.  The USCS maps change as soon as another "event" occurs.

I just had to learn what that silly icon was all about...you can choose all kinds of different views, including every known fault line in the USA....

And a "perfect" deity was supposed to have made all this chaos?  Huh! 

During the 1970 (?) Sylmar quake, it was pitch dark (after a bright flash of light outside), and seemed to go on forever.  I was holding onto the edges of my mattress with all fingers and toes, moaning, "Make it stop!  Make it STOP!"

My cat woke me up just before the quake because he was frantic to go outside...I thought he just had to pee, or something, so I let him out.  He didn't come back for three days.  I was afraid he'd been grabbed by a coyote or something.

Our house was a mess; all the kitchen cupboards had flown open, and the contents were all over the floor...including flour and sugar.  Ugh.. And  Mother's wedding crystal glasses were in shards. Not a single one survived.

Slopped a lot of water out of the pool, too, but the 1994 Northridge quake did more damage to the pool than to the house.

I just do NOT want to be here when the southern end of the San Andreas Fault finally becomes unstuck...I think it's going to flatten Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties altogether.  I hope it stays locked till my ashes are fish food.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2014 at 12:00am

Felaine, I misunderstood your question. The red dots on my Google Earth all shifted from red to orange when the event was 24 hours old. I watched them change color, one by one. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 10, 2014 at 11:59pm

Joan, I finally figured out how to change the maps on the USGS web site...there's a silly icon that looks like a gear; click on it and you get a drop-down menu that lets you look at all kinds of different views.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 10, 2014 at 11:39pm

Napoleon, like your Tea-rrific !

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 10, 2014 at 11:38pm

Carl, your celebration around the Earth with clips of so many different events reveals a broad range of ways to celebrate. 

Love your word transformations and photos. Very clever. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 10, 2014 at 11:35pm

Mindy, sorry to learn your son's swollen and painful knee has not been diagnosed. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 10, 2014 at 11:32pm

Felaine, I copied your earthquake map to my computer, scanned back until I got the entire Earth, and sent it back to you. It is quite remarkable to see all those swarms around the Pacific Rim. 

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

 

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