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Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith 3 hours ago. 1 Reply

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

Tags: talk, psychotropic, therapy, psychology, Elliott Ingersol

maggie and milly and molly and may (Edward Estlin Cummings & Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 20. 2 Replies

It's amazing what you discover when you go looking for something you had no idea you'd find.  On an impulse, I pulled up Eric Whitacre's website to see if he had created any new pieces.  It would seem that he has: a song cycle called The City and…Continue

Tags: e e cummings, Eric Whitacre

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 18. 1 Reply

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

Passive and Active voices

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 16. 1 Reply

Have you noticed that much of the discussion in families and with friends, in the print media, on TV, and now on the internet is in the Passive Voice? Many people whine, complain, gripe, accuse, blame, call names, ridicule, grumble, bitch, rebuke,…Continue

Tags: and, behaviors, communication., attitudes, learned

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 14. 2 Replies

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested"In 2009, a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney noticed…Continue

Tags: women, Enough, SAID, black, victims

Something Beautiful – Nathan Phelps & Seth Andrews

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 10. 7 Replies

And it is beautiful, too, indeed, I think some of Seth Andrews' best work.  Interesting point: rather than Seth's dulcet baritone doing the narration, this piece presses Nathan Phelps' deep bass intonation into service, bringing a different flavor…Continue

Tags: Nathan Phelps, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, beautiful, something

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 16, 2013 at 11:22pm

That's a hilarious video, sk8eycat.  The dog just sits there and watches.  He's probably thinking, "There's no reason for me to get up.  That crazy rabbit is doing all the work.  I'll just relax a bit." 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 16, 2013 at 11:13pm

Thanks for sharing so much of your personal life, sk8eycat.

And that's a great kitty gif, Patricia. Well worth sharing.

Have a good night, everyone.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 16, 2013 at 9:51pm

Ooooooh, Patricia!  I feel better already!

Joseph, it's not the whole world that is's the USA that needs a high colonic every time the fundies get one of their buybull-based restrictions added to the law books.  They THINK that the stiff-necked, bigoted puritans who settled Massachusetts in the 17th century were the people who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.  They know NOTHING about what happened on this continent between 1620 and 1776. And anyone who thinks the buybull is a history book will believe anything.  No wonder we call a congregation a "flock."  They'll let anybody herd them.

(You kind of have to wait for the video to load, but it's worth it.)

Comment by Joseph Corder on January 16, 2013 at 7:58pm

sk8eycat, It is a sick world in which we live!  One horror story after another and it all centers around basic needs for survival!  This is INSANE!!  Basic needs for survival, should NEVER have to be thought of as free handouts or for profit, EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

Comment by sk8eycat on January 16, 2013 at 12:25pm

Joseph, my Social InSecurity Increased by exactly $19 per month, and my MedicareLess Part B premium increased by exactly $5.  Last year I only went to my regular doctor 3 times, so I didn't even use up my deductible until the 3rd visit in November.

I am one of Mitt the Twit's useless, lazy 47%.  I'd like to see him, and the rest of the Tea Party leadership try to maintain a house, a 68-year-old Aspie sister, 2 elderly kittehs, and be able to sleep at night on my budget.  (I know that Ann Romney has...what?...Lou Gherig's Disease, ot something like that, BUT they can afford state of the art treatments and meds AND support a horse [NOT cheap!] and trainer. Plus more than one residence. And a collection of cars. I had to sell my car last summer...couldn't afford gas, smog checks, other maintenance...and the $300 I got from the wrecker helped pay the pool man.)

My sister gets about $600 a month SSI because she's never had a job which paid into Social Security and Medicare, but she blows most of it on mail order crap...scented candles and stuff from Crate & Barrel. There's no use talking to her about helping with the household expenses because her form of autism makes her deaf to anything that contradicts her world-view. She's also a JeeHoover's Witless...has been since she was 20 or so...because they are the only people who will put up with her.

Well, I have to put up with her because Mother's trust left the house to both of us, and she does help with the chores that I'm physically unable to do.  I just make sure to thank her (she has never learned to thank anybody for anything...nor has she ever had the impulse to give anybody a gift in her entire life).....and when she starts babbling about trivia, I just nod and say "Uh-huh," once in a while.

She knows better than to try to proselytize around me.

Actually, some of JWs attitudes are close to atheism than fundy ideas.  They know that most xian holidays are really pagan celebrations in drag, for one thing.  but they are in a close tie with Mormons for ringing doorbells and annoying people.

Oh, dear.  I'm bitching again.

Whoever it was who really said, "Old age is not for sissies," was spot on.  But I AM a sissy.  I just have no place left to run to.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2013 at 11:12am
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2013 at 11:06am

Gee, I think it is a  "GORGEOUS black leopard", let me look it up. 

Black Leopard

Yes, and other photos are labelled Black Panther. I don't know the difference. Either name, the cat is stunning. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2013 at 10:54am
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