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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 14 hours ago. 21 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 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

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

Tags: surreal

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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 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. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 2:32pm

Red dot means within last hour

Orange dot: past day 

Yello dot: past week 

This photo was taken at    ?

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on March 29, 2014 at 12:24pm
Comment by booklover on March 29, 2014 at 8:36am

Grinning, my daughter has that book.  I'll look for it and read it!  Thanks. :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2014 at 10:21pm

How intriguing! Mary had twins, Jesus (Good) and Christ (Scoundrel).

I like the idea of re-telling myths. I wonder how long it will take for someone to tell the new myth and a group forms in support of that story line. Oh Jeez, then we'll have another one to refute. 

I wonder, Mother Mary was a prostitute and didn't know who the father was, and .... Oh! it's too late to imagine. 

 

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