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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 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

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 Joan Denoo on May 7, 2014 at 1:03pm

Mindy, I don't know how it is now, but when I travelled in Europe, I bought a railroad pass and went all over Europe without a hassle. Then jump on a flight or ferry to Ireland and do the whole adventure at minimum costs. It is fun to get off the train at interesting looking spots and just wander around. Eat in local restaurants, even if they don't speak English. Just look around until you see a dish that someone is eating that looks interesting to you, point to it for the wait staff, and before you know it, you have discovered something different and mostly tasty. Sometimes you eat something that isn't appetizing to your pallet, but what the heck, you only live once. 

I don't think there is the problem with money exchanges now with the Euro. When I adventured there, every time we crossed a border I had to get money exchanged. Someone else will have to advise you on that. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2014 at 11:37am

Patricia, Aurora, beautiful name for a beautiful daughter. 

Ian, The Earth's climatic changes explain much of history's human story. Cosmos covers the events that made it possible for Africans to leave the continent and migrate east and north by moderation of climate. 

Ramesses the Great, had vast gardens, farms, forests, armies, "was the third Egyptian pharaoh of the Nineteenth dynasty. He is often regarded as the greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh of the Egyptian Empire."

Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote of Ramses II in Ozymandias
"Look on my works ye Mighty, and despair! 
    No thing beside remains. Round the decay 
    Of that Colossal Wreck, boundless and bare, 
    The lone and level sands stretch far away."

What were once abundant fields of crops now reveal only sand.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2014 at 10:36am

k8eycat & Idaho Spud, Ya, I listened through it wondering who would do her in. Loved the community covering for the perpetrator of the crime! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 7, 2014 at 7:40am

Unrequested help.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 7, 2014 at 5:11am

A very pretty daughter you have, Patricia.

That's the Judean desert, Joan. There's a lot of obvious erosion caused by rain. In Herod's time the palace was self-sufficient with water because it had huge cisterns to store rainwater. There was even s swimming pool. The Dead Sea is not far away but that's not drinkable :-D

Thoughts and feelings. I was impressed, as I often am, by the human ingenuity and skill involved but bore in mind that it was all created on the whim of a ruler. This is probably true of all ancient monuments. I have to take my hat off to the Jews of the time: the Briton's rebellion of 61 CE lasted a couple of months but the Jewish rebellion held out against several Roman legions for 4 years, ending atMasada. As a result all modern Israeli soldiers are "sworn in" there.

I think the landscape is fascinating and would love to wander about. I felt the same urge in Greenland and in Austria, always wanting to see what's over the next hill. In Austria it was possible to satisfy my urges to some extent without running any great risk to life and limb which was a real pleasure.

Comment by Plinius on May 7, 2014 at 4:49am

Help with suicide is still forbidden but there's discussion about it....

Comment by sk8eycat on May 7, 2014 at 1:02am

Actually, I think she had "help."

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2014 at 12:34am

Felaine, clever lyrics. She died eating her lute! 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 7, 2014 at 12:28am

Just for fun...listen to the lyrics very carefully:

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2UBJT3S8l0

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 6, 2014 at 11:28pm

Ian, what a godforsaken place! Even along the water's edge I see very little vegetation. Just sedimentary rock, that looks to me like the remnants of an ancient sea bed. There may be some metamorphic rocks in the scene, but everything looks sedimentary. Why do people die for such a place. The only commerce I see is tourist busses and there are lots of them. There looks to be an oasis where the busses park and I wonder how far down they have to drill to get water? 

What an interesting place to visit, Ian! What kind of feeling or thoughts did you have as you looked at Masada and recalled the history? 

 

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