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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover on Monday. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

Tags: poem

Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

Tags: life, joy, Richard Dawkins Foundation, Sean Faircloth

Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

Tags: stories, bedtime, Betty Bowers

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Comment by booklover on November 26, 2012 at 11:41am

Thanks Steph and Spud. :)  I know I'll scream when I get on the doctor's scale tomorrow!  Gotta do something about that!  Going to Key West in March!!!

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 26, 2012 at 11:34am

Anti-screaming cat is funny Booklover.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 26, 2012 at 11:32am

Beautiful snowflake Tony.

Comment by Steph S. on November 26, 2012 at 8:34am

Lovely snowflake Tony!

I love that lolcat booklover.

Cool Ian - that's funny.

Comment by booklover on November 26, 2012 at 7:36am

Comment by booklover on November 26, 2012 at 7:35am

Tony, that is a gorgeous picture!!!  Nature is SO amazing.  You have a good week!  Everyone have a good week.  That's an order. lol ;)

~ Melinda

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 26, 2012 at 6:08am

Good Morning, heathen nation! Getting ready to leave for work. Another day at the grind. But it's gonna be a great day. With the solstice coming up, I submit the following, for your approval. You have entered the science zone. (In his best Rod Serling voiceover).

Cool snowflake. Have a great one, my friends. Later

 

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 26, 2012 at 2:55am

Ruth wrote:

I'm still reeling from David Roberts TED talk. When we drastically cut back CO2, hope for humanity has a glimmer again. That day will outshine all previous sacred days. Let us achieve this day within five years. I'll really really be happy to celebrate that day.

That day would go far beyond the basis for many current holidays, one particular national/ethnic/religious group's survival or victory, to celebrate the hope for continued life for all of humanity!

I forget who said that civilization and maturity is exemplified by expanding the boundaries of "us" (as opposed to "them") to include ever wider circles, eventually all people.

(image from Alondra Anderson)

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 25, 2012 at 5:00pm

Jared Diamond Playlist
Professor of Geography and Physiology at UCLA,

author The Third Chimpanzee(1991/2004), Guns, Germs, and Steel(1997), Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (2005).
Jared Diamond cautioned us years ago of the coming challenges facing our nation and the Earth and that we need to start making changes in our beliefs, policies and practices. I recommend each one, but if you have limited time, 

"It's the end of the world as we know it"

Published on Apr 13, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr5dSGGjgZU


Comment by Idaho Spud on November 25, 2012 at 10:59am

Good question Ian.

 

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