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The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

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Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

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Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 10. 20 Replies

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The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Aug 2. 2 Replies

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2012 at 11:12am

I need to clarify one thing about the calico cats. I had each one spayed after their first litter, kept the calico baby and when they proved to not be good mothers I had them spayed and that went on for three or four generations. No disinterested mother had a second litter. Thus, Calico I, II, III. So, I never had more than two mother cats and her kittens, and on a military base, with people moving in and out all the time, there was a lot of demand for cats. I don't know about dogs. We didn't have a mice problem, and cats even took care of the scorpions and spiders for us. I could never understand how a cat could eat a poisonous spider, but they did.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 6, 2012 at 10:35am

Interesting story Joan.

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 6, 2012 at 5:55am

Happy World Animal Day!

It was October 4. A couple days late, but still, everybody have a good day. Heading to work. See ya later.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 6, 2012 at 4:12am

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, too.  But living with a JW makes it difficult now that I'm unable to run to the door and hand out the treats.  The JW sits out back by the pool so she won't be "contaminated."

When I was in Holiday, we had FAAAAAABulous Halloween parties.  The company had nothing to do with them; we did all the work ourselves, including a "floor show" that was a parody of that year's production.  LOLz all over the place.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 6, 2012 at 12:42am

I kinda see Yosemite Sam in the black orchid. Napoleon Bonaparte, *yuch!* that's not what I had in mind by "Hang With Friends", it's supposed to be a casual form of Hang Around With Friends, as in keep company together.

Joan, I think both genetic and environmental factors influence mothering behavior. I would not have kept breeding a cat, no matter how pretty, who was a disinterested mom. To me a cat's behavior is most important, and beauty less so. Cute analogy.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2012 at 12:06am

A black cat wandered into our lives when we lived in Ft. Hood, TX. We named her Ebony and she joined another female calico cat who also wandered in and we named her Calico. They always came into heat together and Ebony would take excellent care of her babies, keeping fed, clean and cuddled. Calico immediately abandoned her nest and returned only long enough to have her milk sucked away, then she would leave. Her babies were in constant motion, always hungry, dirty, never cuddled. When Ebony's babies were a few weeks old, she would take care of her babies and then go to Ebony's baby, feed them, clean them and their nest and cuddle them. This went on for several pregnancies. 
I tried to entice Calico into her nest by putting food and water in with her babies, but she would stay as short time as possible and then be off. She always had a Calico baby, so I would give mama Calico away and keep her daughter. 
The same pattern repeated, Ebony and Calico would come into heat, have their babies and Ebony cared for her babies and Calico abandoned hers. I tried with Calico II to keep her in the nest, but she refused. When Calico III matured and had kittens, she abandoned them and Ebony adopted them. Calico III was barren and so the experiment ended and I gave away all the cats but Ebony. She continued to have a few more litters and then became a crotchety old lady. I had her spayed and she was a young, frisky, playful cat again. Kind of like a human female who gets worn out having babies.

Obviously, I contributed to the overpopulation of cats at Ft Hood, but there was always someone who wanted the babies. When Calico I proved to be a poor mother I wanted to see if I could break the pattern. No, I could not.
Is motherhood learned or inherited?  

Comment by Steph S. on October 5, 2012 at 11:03pm
Cool Tony so glad you liked it!
Oh that's a real good one Tony - collections more great pics today!
Hope everyone has a great Friday night!
Comment by Tony Carroll on October 5, 2012 at 10:03pm

Collecting the haunted house, Steph. Gonna put it on my computer at work.

This made me really laugh. From UK Atheists site;

 

Comment by Steph S. on October 5, 2012 at 9:38pm

Yeah I have already started on buying the Halloween decor. All kinds of cool skeletons and stuff.

A lot of fun.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 5, 2012 at 8:54am

Thanks for all the fun posts, everyone.  I enjoy catching up.  Halloween is my favorite holiday....always has been.  Even as a kid I loved making homemade decorations and reading/watching/listening to anything scary or ghostly.  Still do!!  I guess I can honestly say that purchasing vintage Halloween decorations from eBay in recent years has been my attempt to re-live the spirit and era of my childhood.  

 

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