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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat on Wednesday. 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

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Patricia on Wednesday. 4 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

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Tuesday. 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 on Sunday. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 21. 5 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

Attacks in Canada Oct. 22nd/14

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 20. 4 Replies

This was devastating for us........…Continue

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Comment by booklover on August 25, 2014 at 4:25pm
Carl, everyone says my daughter resembles me. Maybe she has jowls to look forward to also! Ha ha. I always say it's better than the alternative! And my kids and pets won't care what I look like!
We took out a loan today, which I hate to do, but we are going to fix- up our paid- for home and pay the loan off befit my husband retires in 4 years. New roof first, but the thing Im most excited for is a screened-in porch off the back of our attached garage. It will have a ceiling-fan and electrical outlets, but best of all an opaque shade to pull all the way down so my favorite fundie neighbors can't see me! Lol.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2014 at 4:16pm

Patricia said, "at least I'm still among the breathin'......I hear this is a good thing"

You got a good hearty laugh out of me with that one, Patricia.  That truly was a LOL. 

I just need to look at my 79 year old father to see what I'm going to look like at that age.  People definitely know my dad and I are related when whey see us together.

Comment by booklover on August 25, 2014 at 3:03pm
I'm sorry, Patricia! I loved my Grandma with all my heart, but I'm not looking forward to jowls. Lol.
Comment by booklover on August 25, 2014 at 1:51pm
Patricia, when I put a pic of me now next to a pic of my favorite Grandma when she was in her 70's or 80's, I have a clear view of exactly what Im going to look like in 20-something years, jowls and all! It's eerie!
Comment by Randall Smith on August 25, 2014 at 7:47am

Ian, it's nice to see what you look like! Thanks.

Carl, my "new" avatar was taken by a fellow passenger on Amtrack's Zephyr (Chi to Oakland), from two years ago. That's why the background curtain. Wonder why Napolean left us?

Did you all see Joan's blog on Lake Mead?

I'm off to the dentist to have my teeth cleaned (and checked). My daughter (#3) is the farmer/hygienist, the latter being part time for now. And yes, Ruth, they live only 5 miles from me.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2014 at 12:37am

Found the article, Ruth.  Here it is from the BBC News - Science and Environment.

Global warming slowdown 'could last another decade'

This article mentions many of the points you make about the oceans heating during this supposed "slowdown."  I'm curious what your opinion is of this article.  The author certainly appears not to be a climate change denialist.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2014 at 12:25am

Ruth, your points about our climate heating are well taken.  You obviously have a lot more background in studying this topic than I do.  I believe the point of the article I read (I'll try to find it and pass it along to you) was that our surface air temperatures only were plateauing for about 10 years but would then increase quite exceptionally after that time. 

It's a complicated topic.  Like I said, I'll try to find the original article for you.  Thanks, Carl

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 24, 2014 at 11:07pm

Flying Atheist, I take great exception to the current framing of Climate Change taking a break. Journalists talk about a steadily heating water world (Earth), as if heating oceans don't count. Just because the heat is going into the deep Atlantic, Pacific and Southern Oceans doesn't mean Climate Change has slowed down.

I used to expect another rapid acceleration of air and land temperatures when the El Nino comes. That tuned out to be a simplistic, too linear, take on what's happening. The way excess heat effects the planet has been changing. We pass invisible tipping points, and the heat begins to go new places instead of where we expected. For example we discovered that rising hot air over the warmer Atlantic, after it cools aloft, comes back down as higher air pressure in the Eastern Pacific, which changes trade winds and slows down the El Nino's development and strength. Warmer ocean water is destabilizing methane hydrates now, in the East Siberian Sea and Beaufort Sea of the Arctic and also off the US East Coast. I expect that hindsight will tell us that Climate Change wasn't in a hiatus at all during this period, we were too narrow-minded to recognize a complicated climate destabilization process.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2014 at 10:40pm

I have to hand it to you Carl, that's a good one. The music's fun too, in a silly way.

Hope you don't melt, Cathy.

Comment by booklover on August 24, 2014 at 9:58pm
Don't enjoy, ha!
 

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