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Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 11 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Chris G Dec 15. 9 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat Dec 12. 11 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat Nov 26. 41 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

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 24. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 22. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by Randall Smith on November 1, 2014 at 7:44am

I'm looking forward to seeing all four of my adult children and grandchildren together again this coming week. Two are coming from Calif., one from Honduras. The fourth lives here. They're coming today! They all get along great and will have a wonderful time together, I'm sure. I just wish their mother (my ex of 25 yrs) wasn't ubiquitously around. (She's currently living with my local daughter.) She drives everybody crazy (because she's crazy). Nevertheless, we'll all enjoy a rare gathering time. We'll do "Thanksgiving" early, beating the rush!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 1:58am

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 1, 2014 at 12:39am

An apropos juxtaposition:

Scariest. Pumpkin. Ever. [message carved into jack-o-lantern] THE WIFI IS DOWN(from cheezburger)

You never see churches with free wifi because no church wants to compete with an invisible power that actually works.(similar to a tweet by Will Ferrell)

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 1, 2014 at 12:07am

I hope you all had a happy Hallo­ween! Tomorrow Today (Nov. 1st) is also some­thing to cele­brate: All S Half-Price Chocolate Day! (For those who do Facebook, there's a Facebook page.)

About DST, I found this article at National Geographic interesting: "Time to Move On? The Case Against Daylight Saving Time". Air conditioning, and energy used during darker mornings, end up making DST waste energy. And that's not all...

Part of the story that is often ignored... is the energy required to get people from place to place—gasoline. In fact the petroleum and automobile industries have always been huge supporters of DST....

"When you give Americans more light at the end of the day, they really do want to get out of the house. And they go to ballparks, or to the mall and other places, but they don't walk there. Daylight saving reliably increases the amount of driving that Americans do, and gasoline consumption tracks up with daylight saving."

They also mentioned the golf and barbecue industry among others that have been huge supporters; and write about possible health effects of disturbing our circadian rhythms.

DST has been credited and blamed for all kinds of things, from rational to wacko: "Daylight saving has been ... blamed for ... browning out lawns unaccustomed to so much sunshine. As you can imagine, the Congressional Record on daylight saving constitutes the great comic novel of the 20th century."

Comment by booklover on October 31, 2014 at 1:33pm

Good ones, Carl and Ian!  Happy Halloween to all of you!  I bought candy I don't like, so I won't be tempted!  My husband and son "stole" some of it though!

Comment by Ian Mason on October 31, 2014 at 12:33pm

Thanks, Carl. haven't seen that in years.

Happy Hallowe'en all. Hope the Great Pumkin brings you something.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 31, 2014 at 7:46am

Carl, that animation is still clever after all these (those?) years.

Enjoyed all the DST comments/explanations. Indiana was with Arizona up until about 8 years ago. Boo hiss.

Comment by Plinius on October 31, 2014 at 3:24am

Thanks Carl! Must have been fifty years ago that I saw the Silly Symphony! Happy Halloween, all of you!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 31, 2014 at 1:19am

Comment by booklover on October 30, 2014 at 9:23pm
That's neat, Joan!
Got our new water softener installed today, bought our son a new bed with all new bedding, and got it set up, ordered new countertops and a sink for our kitchen... Time to get some things taken care if around here, so when my husband can retire from his job in just under 4 years, it will all look nice, and be paid for! He can retire from his current job at 52. He will have 30 years in there and we'll get full benefits. But he will get another job. One that's not so physically taxing. :)
 

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