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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François yesterday. 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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on October 25, 2014 at 1:12pm

Thanks for that wonderful quote Mindy!  One of the best I've ever heard!

Saving it of course!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 25, 2014 at 10:43am

The Muscato quote should be nailed to the foreheads of every proselytizing idiot who thinks they have a right to shove us into their preconceived mold of normalcy.

Very good stuff, Mindy - thanks for posting it.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 25, 2014 at 10:35am

That absolutely hits the nail on the head. But of course that means WE'RE persecuting THEM because we'll no longer shut up and take their BS.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 25, 2014 at 9:50am

Yes!!!

I'll repeat that quote to make it googleable:

"I would love to live and let live, as they say, but religious people won't let us. It's a two-way street. Stop trying to control other people's access to birth control, abortions, marriage, proper science education, proper sex ed, etc. and we'd be happy to simply go on with our lives. I want you to understand that everything we do is a response to what you do. If you stopped trying to take away our freedoms and force us to be part of your belief system, we would gladly leave well enough alone. But you don't, so we can't."

--Dave Muscato, PR Director for American Atheists

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 25, 2014 at 9:28am

That's a good one, Mindy. 

Comment by Ian Mason on October 25, 2014 at 4:38am

I hope the professionals manage to diagnose your mother's problem and find some way of easing it Brent. Good luck with the writing. It's very rewarding to be able to do something you have a passion for.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 24, 2014 at 11:59am

Brent, obviously xians believe they WILL "get out of it alive."  DUH!

Comment by Brent Feeney on October 24, 2014 at 11:45am

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

Sk8eycat, that hadn't crossed my mind about a TIA. I know she has a lifeline-type device that she can call for help, but one of us - me, sisters, niece and nephew - is always here so if anything goes wrong, we can call 911 and go from there.

I'll mention to the older of my sisters (I'm the oldest, with my brother next and then the two sisters) this idea and see how she wants to run with it. She's the shot-caller when it comes to mom's care, but it may not be a bad idea.

And yes, it's part of the whole process, I know. As was once put by someone, we're all speeding towards death at the rate of 60 minutes every hour. Or, as the great social philosopher Bugs Bunny put it - "the thing about life is - you'll never get out of it alive."

Comment by sk8eycat on October 24, 2014 at 10:27am

Brent, did anyone suggest that your mother had a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)?  I started having them when I was in my mid 50s, and had NO insurance, so went to a county hospital.  Nobody had a clue, but since it was/is a teaching hospital, they kept testing, scanning, etc.  It was all very frightening....I would lose control of my hands, legs, and/or mouth, sometimes just for part of a minute, sometimes longer.

They finally ran a carotid Doppler scan (because most TIAs are caused by intermittent blockage of the blood flow to the brain), and they found the cause.....in my case it was a grossly enlarged parathyroid that would press on the artery when I would turn my head a certain way....removed it, and no more TIAs.  So far.  (That was 20 years ago.)

They can be caused by almost anything...a clot or arterial sclerosis.....If your mother's insurance will cover it, make the doctors keep looking till they find the cause.  And/or get her on one of those services where she can just press a button and call for  help....IF such a thing exists where she lives.

Comment by Plinius on October 24, 2014 at 2:21am

Best wishes to you, Brent. I'm glad you're there with family that can work together and help your mother.

 

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