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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Wednesday. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Tuesday. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

Tags: God's Not Dead, patheos, Neil Carter, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

Tags: @SethAndrewsTTA, @morehead_sarah, @Matt_Dillahunty, @jteberhard, confirmed

The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

Tags: maintenance, community, availability, Atheist Nexus

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

Tags: Atheist Pig

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Comment by sk8eycat on December 20, 2012 at 3:19pm

Solstice Customs and historical stuff:

http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/december-solstice-customs.html

There's also a very technical article about the Myan/Aztec calendars and cycles on another page on this site.  Something to send your friends who think the world is gonna end tomorrow (IF you know anybody that dumb.)

Comment by sk8eycat on December 20, 2012 at 3:03pm

dr. kellie: Sounds like you're having the cold, dry, gusty wind we had here (SoCal) on Tuesday. 

My 2 cats acted like it really was the end of the world even though it was warm enough in here.  I guess it was the sound of the wind whistling through the trees, and dead leaves skittering across the yard and against the house.  Poor kittehs couldn't find any place they thought was safe (both of them spent most of their lives in big catteries); they don't know what things like cardboard cartons, pillows, and deep closets are for.  They don't even know that beds are for hiding under.

BUT the wind stopped suddenly around 10PM, and didn't start up again.  It's still cold, but calm.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 20, 2012 at 2:29pm

It's always nice to see happy people, no matter what their gender, inclination, ethnic background. A smile is the shortest distance between people.

Denmark is chilly and damp at the moment with snow or sleet/freezing rain on the way and I'm working this weekend. Bugger! I would have enjoyed a couple of days at home in the warm with cocao and a good book. Oh well, there'll be another chance for that before the winter's over.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 20, 2012 at 2:16pm

Joan, those two men are charming!  I'm so happy for them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 20, 2012 at 2:08pm

Here are our two happy whiskered grooms, this time, not in flannel, but in suits, with vests! www.RingsOnOurFingers.com

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 20, 2012 at 2:07pm

By the way, I hope I haven't insulted the numerous fine people here who live in Texas in places other than Austin and San Antonio!

Comment by dr kellie on December 20, 2012 at 1:42pm

Here in Texas there is a cold wind blowing.  I was in the yard yesterday to cut down a dead tree and I was sweating up a storm, and bitching to myself about why it was so damn hot in December.  All that changed overnight.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 20, 2012 at 1:29pm

Hi, Steph.  Thanks for asking about us.  You're so nice!  Hope all is well with you in Austin (the one place in Texas I enjoy going to......oh, and the river walk in San Antonio.)  We're supposed to be hit with a snow storm later tonight here in Northern Illinois.  First snow of the season.  We've actually set a new record for number of days without snow.  The effects of global warming?  Whatever the case, this situation is not 'normal.'  It will be interesting to see how intense this storm will be.....the media usually has a way of over-sensationalizing these events, especially the first big snow of the season.  The worst part is supposed to be the high winds.....30 to 40 miles per hour with wind gusts 50 to 60 MPH.  Chicago is only supposed to get 1 to 3 inches, but Northwest Illinois, where Booklover lives (Hi, Melinda!), may get considerably more. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 20, 2012 at 12:19pm

While writing my last post, it dawned on my that I should put "Atheist Nexus" after my subject in the box.  I just did, and it appears to work.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 20, 2012 at 12:15pm

Steph, you're in Texas, right?  That probably means your posting during your lunch-hour.  I've got a question for you (or anyone that knows).  How can we search Atheist Nexus?  Several times I've tried that box on the right that's labeled "Search Atheist Nexus:" but I get results from everywhere except Atheist Nexus.

I often want to post something on Nexus, but with my bad memory, I can't remember if I've already posted it here or somewhere else.

 

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