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Plinius commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I see you have almost no wind, but there's a big curl near Vancouver Island. Am I right?"
1 hour ago
Plinius commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"That the usual pattern here, our weather comes from Iceland and/or the Azores (the islands under the big curl on the Atlantic). Storm tomorrow, I just read - 9 or 10 Beaufort."
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Plinius replied to John Jubinsky's discussion Coffee Lowers Risk of Liver Cancer in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"But it's not ´the more the better´. I read somewhere that the beneficial influence of coffee works up to three cups a day. More coffee and the negative influence of coffee reigns."
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Plinius commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"It's about 6 or 7 bft here, that means the wind whistles, growls and pushes against the windows. Flags are slowly unravelling at the edges and the seagulls make a game of sailing without moving a wing. But it's not an unusually strong wind…"
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Plinius replied to John Brunelle's discussion Religion in America.
"A double possessive is OK says my grammarbook!"
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Plinius replied to Joan Denoo's discussion ISLAMIC INVASION OF SWEDEN HAS LED TO RAPE CRISIS. in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"The Israelis use the bible to prove their "right" to be in Palestine, and their "right" to kill Palestinians. They say their god has given the land to their forefathers, and therefore they can make the Palestinians into…"
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Plinius replied to Joan Denoo's discussion ISLAMIC INVASION OF SWEDEN HAS LED TO RAPE CRISIS. in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"I feel for her and she really has good points but she is one of the people who help the circle spiral downward. In her years in the Netherlands that had already started and there grew a hate-mongering cluster of people around her, all busy to use…"
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Plinius replied to John Brunelle's discussion Religion in America.
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Plinius commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"You're right Joan, it's about 6 bft today; we get a lot of fresh air!"
18 hours ago
Plinius commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Hi Barbara, your ´doing not much´ is quite a lot! And it's a good cure for a grayish mood!"
18 hours ago
Plinius replied to Irving Larson's discussion Where did morals come from?
"A god without morals can't create people with morals."
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Plinius commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Something for Carl. This is one of Shorpy's pics today: Chicago 1952. "
23 hours ago
Plinius replied to Joan Denoo's discussion ISLAMIC INVASION OF SWEDEN HAS LED TO RAPE CRISIS. in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Thanks Joan. There are plenty of Muslims here, and most of them work hard and fit in. Of course teenagers and young adults have trouble: they are not sure what ideology or society to identify with, and they feel more than their parents that…"
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Plinius replied to Joan Denoo's discussion ISLAMIC INVASION OF SWEDEN HAS LED TO RAPE CRISIS. in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Joan, I)ve tried to google this newsitem, but the only sites I can find that mention it are far from independent. The item seems to be almost two years old. Scandinavians have open societies and would not suppress news, so I cannot figure…"
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Plinius commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"A little below average - about 9°C, and we have plenty of rain, so my garden gets a good first wetting. The containers are 30 cm. deep, and I made some drainage holes 7 cm. from the bottom, so every container has its own stock of rainwater.…"
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Plinius commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Nice map! I can see the high wind we have here."
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Posted on February 10, 2015 at 9:28am 13 Comments

I grew up in a fundie household in the 50s and 60s: parents, two brothers and myself. I quickly started to decode the things I was told. My mother said “we” when she meant herself and my father, my brothers said “we” when they meant “boys only”, and when my father said it, he meant himself, backed up by his god. It soon became clear that I was alone in my group.  I couldn’t be in a group with the girls at school…

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project brother-in-law

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:47am 5 Comments

We've been busy this year. Brother-in-law fell on his head in January and contracted brain damage..  So we went to the hospital (the rest of the family is dead or not interested) and kept contact with the staff, took decisions, shared information and did whatever was necessary. Then we went to his apartment and found that his cat was phobic about people, and the apartment was totally neglected, dirty and full of broken stuff. We found a cat-nanny who accepted the bizarre situation and tried…

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Crash Course - measures

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 3:04pm 0 Comments

One of the things to do was to get rid of debt. Six years ago we lived in a starter flat that was almost paid off - and a hallucinating mad neighbour terrorized us into moving and buying this wonderful apartment. I'm happy here, but I realize better than before that we've got a rather big debt that cannot be paid off in a few years. O well, it cannot be helped.

Shopping is more expensive now, as I'm trying to build up a food stock. But it's also a training; we expect necessary things…

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Crash Course

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 6:30am 4 Comments

 

I have never been a big consumer - my bank account wouldn't hear of it - and so I favoured a simple lifestyle, buying only what I needed and trying to find no-nonsense durable goods that could serve me a long time. I worked at our rather fragile household budget, wondered what to do if serious trouble arrived - our luck still holds - but also wondered about the destruction of nature, the depletion of oil etc. and what would happen to this planet and its inhabitants before the sun…

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At 11:16am on January 22, 2015, Don said…

Thank you!  Let me say you're not too old for POLLY, Plinius.  It's a fairly sophisticated construction for YA, but, in any case, the popularity of the genre among adults has been much remarked on and discussed in recent years.  I've written about it on my blog.  There are some good links.  You may be interested:

"What explains the popularity of YA fiction?"

At 2:10pm on November 15, 2014, sk8eycat said…

Thank you for the kind offer, and friendship.  I will gladly accept friendship, but my rejection of cell phones is only partly financial.  I really detest the things! 

The arrogance of people who use them in public places, and thoughtlessly disturb everyone around them with meaningless chatter, are a symptom of a sick (as in "terminally ill") society.  When I was working in an electronics store 20+ years ago, I swore an oath on my cats that I would never own one of the pesky things.  I did consider getting a very inexpensive "emergency" phone while I was commuting to work, but now that I can no longer drive a car, or own one, I don't need a phone to call the Auto Club.

Our land line may go out once a year, and I can live with that.  and,if I stop breathing, I DO NOT WANT to be revived, anyway.  I'm wearing a MedicAlert bracelet that advises EMTs NOT to resuscitate me EVER.

That may sound stupid, but I have heard too many stories of people who have had CPR performed on them, and "come back to life" permanently brain damaged.  NOT moi!

But many thanks for the offer; that was a kind and very thoughtful thing to do.  You just didn't know about my peculiar weirdness regarding cell phones.  <3

At 10:04am on July 20, 2013, john kennedy opiyo said…

Keeping you in mind always is the point ,wishing you well mum

At 10:01am on July 20, 2013, john kennedy opiyo said…

l love you Chris but above all l would like to work with you on matters touching on the development of what both of us believe in,finally darling allow me to keep in a special place right inside my heart,,,,,,,,,,,,

At 11:28am on February 26, 2013, The Flying Atheist said…

Thank you for the nice message and the friend request.  I'm honored to be a part of this community with you.  --Carl

At 7:36pm on December 31, 2012, John Jubinsky said…

May you and yours have an extra happy new year Chris.

At 6:42am on October 8, 2011, Steph S. said…
Greetings Chris! Thanks for replying to my discussion.
At 2:37pm on May 13, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…
Thanks for joining Hang With Friends, Chris. :D I thought I was the only one who liked tap water, hah-hah. I'd go to parties and get some instead of soda or wine.
At 11:59am on May 13, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…
Greetings, Chris! I'd like to invite you to a group where we talk about anything on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D
At 2:54pm on February 11, 2011, ninjafury said…
thank you so much, and I'm happy to be here. I had no idea there was a place for people like me online. Living on the bible belt can be very isolating when you're an atheist.
 
 
 

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