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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 21. 81 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

Richard Dawkins, Growing Up in the Universe

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 14. 2 Replies

Here is an oldie, the young Richard Dawkins teaching kids about the universe. I especially like the one demonstrating how the eye evolved. This should answer those who believe it was impossible to evolve an eye. Continue

Tags: universe, teaching, Dawkins, Richard

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Comment by Ian Mason on April 19, 2013 at 4:22am

Sounds like you're back on form, Joan. I hope the discomfort is minimal and the prospects good.

I get new JWs at regular intervals. The majority of people (about 98%) of people in this block of flats are pensioners and the God Squad must think that they're easy converts, what with The Reaper sharpening his scythe close behind them. They've got me out of bed in the morning after a night-shift too and I've slammed the door on them.

I read somewhere recently the comment that the news isn't getting worse. It's just the coverage of it that's more comprehensive. As far as climate change is concerned, I don't think that's the case. New records seem to be set every year: hot, cold, drought, rain, snow. There's a lot of evidence for those who care to take notice.

I hope the flood recede soon for those affected and that the insurance companies pay out without pulling the "act of God" number.

Have a great weekend all.

Comment by Plinius on April 19, 2013 at 4:14am

I grew up in a fundie church myself, so I know that nothing anyone says will make an impression on a xtian. If I used agressive language they'd only hope to get a cushion on their chair in heaven because of that. But I just want to be left alone.

Comment by Plinius on April 19, 2013 at 3:57am

I never stopped to find out which church they belong to, it's not important. And I won't argue - only reminded them that this apartment block is full of people who work night shifts and they've just woken them. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 3:12am

Excellent response Chris! Good for you!

Comment by Plinius on April 19, 2013 at 3:08am

They're early today; the people who knock on the door. I told them: Of course I won't listen to you. You never caught me on your doorstep telling you what to think!

Now I'll hug my cats so they can help me to lower my bloodpressure...

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 2:08am
The photos are dreadful! I don't want to even think of the repairs needed after this. Thanks Carl.
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 1:24am

Flying Atheist and Melinda, I am so very sorry to learn of your flooding. 

OK! It has started, all the chaos coming from every direction, flooding, the bombers, an explosion and as Ruth said, this is the new normal. People feeling out of control unable to make things right, feel frustration, depression, anxiety, fear, blaming, and get conflicting, unverified accusations. The job now is to stay calm and stay focused. 

The thermohaline circulation decline will make the weather unpredictable. Heavy rains on the Great Lakes area will make terrible hazards. You probably don't want to know what is happening there, but if you have information, you may be able to take measures to reduce damage to your property. If the main rain is north of the Great Lakes, the flow will be north. If south, it will flow into the Mississippi drainage system. 

During the last ice age, Ice scoured off the soils all across Canada and scoured out the Great Lakes, dumping the sand and gravels south of the USA/Canadian border, leaving huge sand and gravel mounds all across the moraine's southern edge. Sands and gravels become saturated and water rises to flood stage. If you are in a low spot of the moraine the probability of getting flooded is high. If you are on a high spot, you have better probability of escaping the floods. Make an analysis to decide where you are located in elevation on those moraine piles. 

The good news is, sands and gravels drain fast if there is a place for the water to go. If the Mississippi floods, it will take some time to drain. 

Ruth, your thermohaline circulation decline illustration is very helpful. At least we know what causes the outrageous weather, even if we can do little to stop it at this point. Let's hope everybody gets the message. 

I am so sick of delusional people telling us who is to blame when the fact is, they have a very faulty Ouija board.

 

Comment by Plinius on April 19, 2013 at 12:45am

What a lot of bad news! I hope Melinda and Carl - and all the other victims of course - can get back to normal soon!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 19, 2013 at 12:30am

Sorry to hear about your flooding Melinda and Flying Atheist. Thanks for your flood pictures. This is likely to be the new normal, so please do what you can to prevent future damage. We installed a sump pump in our basement, but it turned out to be a poor decision. Basically, it's a big hole in the cement slab floor directly in the ground. So now it works fine when there's a little rain, but if the water table rises during a really heavy downpour such as a hurricane or flood that's a giant welcome hole. Sewer systems will become floodwater pipes directly into your house too when a river rises. Water flows both directions in pipes. I saw water shooting out of a drainage pipe into a former ground floor apartment we had.

Yeah, I'm full of gloom and doom today. It's not so much the bombing, floods, and fertilizer plant explosion as the thermohaline circulation decline.

Though I did get a shock from that amateur video of the explosion from the car. The fire and muffled explosions seemed so far away, then wham the car was engulfed. We saw British news coverage, and they actually talked about the dangers to the public from regulatory capture. You never hear that on US TV.

Debra, I don't waste brain space scoffing at Xian blame games. They aren't worthy enough to even ridicule.

Comment by Steph S. on April 19, 2013 at 12:02am

 

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