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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 1. 9 Replies

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Human Rights for Atheists, Agnostics and Secularists

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 27. 11 Replies

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Comment by sk8eycat on March 29, 2014 at 6:50pm

I think an atheist disaster relief charity  was started by Richard Dawkins' Foundation after the earthquake in Haiti a few years ago, but it wasn't Atheists Giving Aid. 

The reasoning is that people don't see us as charitable donors, and they don't know that organizations like Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders are entirely secular.

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on March 29, 2014 at 6:27pm

Ruth, I have never seen CSI Miami which I understand was a television series. What does 'The orienting response is an organism's immediate response to a change in its environment, when that change is not sudden enough to elicit the startle reflex.' mean ? After all. the subject matter of your comment is just visual artwork and music. Why don't you try watching my video again and get  a gradual "familiarity effect" and reduction of the orienting response with repeated stimulus presentations ? Seriously, I can't see how my video  "Viking Trance - Transfuseit" should bother anyone but am nonetheless concerned, particularly as you refer to mind control and manipulation. I'm interested to know more about your point of view.

Comment by Patricia on March 29, 2014 at 6:12pm

Seems to me I saw We Are Atheism on Twitter & I joined it. Then one thing led to another as I poked around & found it's little side line about atheists helping where needed.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 6:08pm

Ruth, I am not in the earthquake area and I submitted the earthquake maps knowing sk8eycat lives in Burbank, CA. I am concerned because of that area being such a quake prone place and kind of keep an eye on it through Google Earth. She and her sister's safety concern me.

I live in eastern Washington state, Spokane, and we get little jolts now and then but not like the Pacific Coast rim. We were closed down by Mt St. Helens for a day or two and we all have little jars of ash as souvenirs. I had a potter make me pots using ash for my mother's and father's cremains. Mt St Helens ash makes beautiful glaze for pottery, a lovely brown that looks like soil.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 6:00pm

Patricia, http://www.weareatheism.com/atheists-giving-aid/ looks like a perfect solution. How did you find out about them? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 5:59pm

sk8eycat thanks for the alternative view of earthquake activity. I have it Bookmarked. 

I am very relieved you are not in the hard shaking and are OK. Your sister is very fortunate to have you there even if you can't do anything about power outages. You can comfort her and reassure her. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 29, 2014 at 5:51pm

Sorry, Napoleon, but the video of "Viking Trance - Transfuseit" is uncomfortable for me. It continually evokes orienting responses. I never like to surrender control of my mind ( control of attention) that much. I even find that their less frequent use, as in CSI Miami, crosses my threshold for being manipulated.

Joan, I'm glad the earthquake didn't harm you.

Comment by Patricia on March 29, 2014 at 5:41pm

I felt I needed to donate a little something to Washington State's disaster, but was leery about 'lining someone's pockets' as I'm not right there to see where a donation goes. I found this site.....

http://www.weareatheism.com/atheists-giving-aid/

I gave a little something through them as it seems on the up & up.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 29, 2014 at 4:33pm

Joan, I use this web site because I find it easier to  navigater, and this page has a lot more info right up front:

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

To change the details, click the gear wheel in the upper right corner to get another drop-down menu, select your choices, and click the wheel again.

WE, my sister and I, did not feel anything.  That's unusual because Brea/La Habra is less than 35 or 40 miles from here as the proverbial crow flies.  NObody in the Valley seems to have felt much. 

BUT at about 2AM my sister woke me out of a sound sleep, all freaked because the power was out. (As if there was anything I could do about it.) It took her a while to look out a window and see that the whole neighborhood was dark. Everything was back on by 3AM, and I came in here, and went right to the link above to see if there had been a quake.

There was also something on Yahoo "News" but since there was no photogenic damage (blood & guts and fallen-down buildings), they pushed it to a back page, and went for the usual gossip and unscientific diet "advice" after a couple of hours.

I went back to bed.  [shrugs]

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 2:42pm

The former version of Google Earth had a date and time stamp on the photo. I don't see one here. This shows the large quake, but it was more than an hour ago. Todays are in orange, the past week is yellow. The size of the dot indicates the size of the quake. Press on the dot and it should tell you its Richter scale. 

 

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