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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 23 hours ago. 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 Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 5:13pm

Ruth, I am with you when it comes to trees. They not only add shapes and textures and lovely homes for birds, they offer year round pleasure. I have not planted poplars, aspens, willows, elms or maples because they cause problems with foundations, drains, sewers, and sidewalks. There are so many other trees to choose from that do not create problems.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 4:55pm

We notice loss of trees in forests of the northwest, especially the forest Laura lives in. The trees migrate to higher elevations where there is not enough moisture to sustain their growth, so the young new forests do not thrive. I have no idea what the liability is for a neighbor's tree falling on your property; I would surely want to know my rights. 

Whispers from the Ghosting Trees

2. Shifting Baselines

3. Scientific Evidence that Trees are Dying – Across Species, Ages and Locations

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 4:33pm

Questions on: Poplar Ron Smith, Horticulturist, NDSU Extension Service

poplar tree problem roots

poplar tree dead branches

Patricia, the roots of a poplar are shallow and subject to allowing a tree to be blown over in a wind storm. They also are subject to many diseases and pests that weaken the branches. Preventing spread of roots can be done, but is a big job. Sorry I don't have better news for you but I sent the sites that may be of help in finding a solution. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 7, 2013 at 4:12pm

Those two cute hugging kitties remind me of the Spike Lee film Jungle Fever.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 7, 2013 at 4:03pm

CAT LOVE!  [chuckle!]

Comment by booklover on September 7, 2013 at 3:45pm

Comment by booklover on September 7, 2013 at 3:44pm

Awwww Pumpkin is so cute.  Love the Boop gif, Ruth.  We're having a lazy Saturday here.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 7, 2013 at 2:03pm

Sorry, Patricia and Joan, I can't imagine viewing any tree that isn't poisonous or excessively invasive as ugly, even if branches die and it looks degraded. Wabi-Sabi. Fast growing trees absorb CO2 faster. Guess I'm a tree hugger at heart. However, planting Polars farther from your house only makes good sense.

Just sayin', "Boop!"

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 12:59pm

Patricia, the tree looks like it is poplar, notorious for growing fast, having brittle branches and turning incredibly ugly as branches die. By all means, do what you can to get rid of them. When they are young, they are so pretty and lush ... old age sets in very early and they become hazards. Many farmers of the Palouse plant them for wind breaks and very soon they become old hags. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 7, 2013 at 10:48am

Yes, he looks a lot like Pumpkin's baby picture, Patricia. I'm glad you're both doing better.

sk8eycat, loving a terrifying father is part of Dominator cutlure. To someone who is comfortable with mutual respect and unconditional love for children (Partnership Culture) it is illogical. Dominator parenting is explained by Riane Eisler in several of her books. It's the emotional foundation for people adoring the nasty dictators who oppress them. People raised by "strict fathers" are perfectly comfortable with this, and don't really get love or respect for leaders who don't act like Alpha Male primates. If you weren't raised with unconditional love and treated with respect for your feelings and intelligence as a child this makes perfect sense to you.

 

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