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Eruptions

Chaiten? Or Minchinmavida? Or Minchinhuila?

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almost 6 years ago

The big eruption news today is an unexpected eruption in southern Chile. In fact, it is so unexpected that depending on when and where you read about it, you might get a different answer to what volcano is doing the eruption. What we do know at this point is an eruptive column has been spotted ...

Strange Maps

269 - What A Great War: Art From the Trenches

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almost 6 years ago

The First World War ( 1914-1918 ) obviously didn’t get that name while it was still raging*, on account of the Second one still being a few decades in the future. Some called it ‘the War to End All Wars’ (which didn’t quite turn out that way), others labelled it ‘the Great War’, although that ...

Eruptions

Welcome!

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almost 6 years ago

Welcome to the inaugural post on Eruptions, a weblog about volcanic eruptions, volcanoes and the people who live near them. I'm going to attempt to compile everything I can about volcanic eruptions currently going on worldwide on this weblog in a hope to foster better understanding of volcanic ...

Daylight Atheism

On the Morality of: Abortion

Dabanner
almost 6 years ago

Although abortion is stereotyped as the most controversial and divisive social issue there is, I think the moral issues at stake are actually fairly unambiguous. This installment of "On the Morality Of" will explain why. Pared down to its essence, the moral question posed by abortion is a simple ...

Strange Maps

268 - Jamerica the Beautiful

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almost 6 years ago

People of a very religious disposition have been known to see the face of Jesus in a slice of burnt toast, or the Virgin Mary’s silhouet in a tree. Map-nuts similarly observe simulacra of states and continents in everyday objects. “I’ve seen photos of clouds resembling maps, pancake surface ...

Daylight Atheism

Poetry Sunday: Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Dabanner
almost 6 years ago

Today's Poetry Sunday features a few selections from the American poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Wilcox was born in 1850 in Wisconsin and soon acquired renown as a poet, becoming well-known for her writing by the time she graduated high school. Her poems were resolutely plain and optimistic, and though ...

Daylight Atheism

And We're Back

Dabanner
almost 6 years ago

If you're seeing this post, then you've made it back! This is Daylight Atheism at its new, and hopefully much faster, host. Thanks for your patience. Regular updates will resume shortly. I do have a request to make of my readers. Until the move, I hadn't upgraded WordPress since I first set up ...

Strange Maps

267 - EU Plots to Destroy Britain - Again

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almost 6 years ago

It’s déjà vu all over again. Post #163 of this blog (d.d. Aug 5, 2007) dealt with a secretive plan by the European Union to carve up the United Kingdom into several transnational zones, linking parts of the UK with parts of the Continent and wiping out the British state in the process. The ...

Daylight Atheism

Important Note: Site Transfer

Dabanner
almost 6 years ago

Given the patently unsatisfactory response of my hosting company to the recent slowness issue, I've begun preparations for moving Daylight Atheism to a new host. The DNS transfer will begin soon, and while it's in progress, my domain name may not function for a day or two. If this happens, don't ...

Daylight Atheism

Open Thread: Site Slowness Redux

Dabanner
almost 6 years ago

Survey time: Has the slowness problem of the past two weeks gone away or are you still experiencing it? After some back-and-forth, my hosting company claims to have fixed the problem, and it does seem substantially better on my end. Have you all noticed the same?