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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 Apr 25. 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

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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

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 15, 2014 at 2:26pm

Shorpy has some interesting historical photos. Cute monorail cat gif, sk8eycat.

My family used drinking glasses that were free from gas stations too, booklover.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 15, 2014 at 12:53pm

I have a complete set of DescoWare that I got from Blue Chip Stamps (a west Coast version of Green Stamps) back in the 1960s.

They were so ubiquitous that NO gas station or retail store could stay in business for very long without "giving" them out.  Of course the cost of the things was included in the price of the mdse they were selling, so the customer was really paying for the "freebies."

S'funny the way they all vanished with the first oil embargo in the 1970s...tee-hee!

They were a PITA to me because every bookkeeping outfit I worked for specialized in gas stations...and I got the job of costing them out. Gah!

Also...remember when there were gas stations on every damn corner?  You could choose your brand, knew the owners, etc?  Long gone.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 15, 2014 at 11:55am

I remember banks giving gifts.  I notice some still will give $100 for putting so much in and leaving it there for a certain period.

 I've been tempted, but it's too much trouble, especially because I like my credit union.  I've been a member of a credit union since I started making money.  They don't cost as much as a bank and give more in interest.  Never used a bank.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 15, 2014 at 11:39am

Felaine, that's hilarious.  Looks like something from Monty Python. 

Speaking of gas stations, remember when they used to give out premiums and gifts, like banks used to?  I know that one of our Xmas music records, a wonderful Julie Andrews album acquired in the 60's, was from a gas station promoted by Firestone. 

I also remember my grandmother moving her money around to different banks so she could get the free gift.  Blenders, fans, and little household gadgets.   

Comment by sk8eycat on June 15, 2014 at 10:45am

Monorail Cat. .. Dude, this was like the first thing I uploaded on FJ. Good times, goood times.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 15, 2014 at 10:44am

I like all you peeps pictures.  The Monorail Cat is great Mindy.

Randall, I do remember when you could save money on "self-serve" gas.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 15, 2014 at 8:02am

Carl, neat hobby!

Joan, I'll wait for a rainy day to peruse the site you suggested. I used to live in S. Cal.

Spud, remember when a "self-serve" filling station was a good way to save money? Not any longer. We're being ripped off.

And I love the poster humor!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 15, 2014 at 2:40am

Chris, thanks for the Shorpy link.  What a great site!  That's right up my alley.  I love those old photos.  I have my Chicago postcard collection with cards from 1898 through the 1940's.  So many of the postcards from the "turn of the century" are just like the street scenes in those photos of LA and from the Shorpy website. 

I have somewhere between 1,200 and 1,500 cards exclusively of Chicago.  It's my ambitious project to one day have them all posted (front & back) and categorized on a personal website for all to enjoy.  My collection is quite extensive, so I've basically stopped acquiring additional cards unless I come across something that is so extraordinary or rare. 

Comment by Plinius on June 15, 2014 at 12:57am

Those LA photos are beautiful! Do you know Shorpy? http://www.shorpy.com/

And thanks for the cartoons! Saved and to be used in lessons!

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 14, 2014 at 4:26pm

Joan, I started looking at the LA photos.  After a few at the first, I went to the last and started back up.  Near the last is a photo of a Richfield Service Station, with a couple of uniformed service men.

I couldn't help think that service has gone down as prices have gone up (dramatically).

 

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