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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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on March 17, 2014 at 12:46pm

Hope that's all you get Felaine.

In the 11 years I lived in California, I can only remember one earthquake.  I was in a phone-booth talking to my girlfriend when the booth started rocking, but not enough to scare me.  I just told her the booth was rocking and kept on talking.  I don't know how much it would take to scare me, but I think it would take a lot.

The only other one I felt was in bed in northern Idaho.  I thought one of the other boarders in the building had crawled under my bed and was rocking it as a practical joke, but finally figured out it was an earthquake.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 17, 2014 at 8:47am

Well, we had  "our" earthquake this morning; it wasn't much, just enough to rattle the doors and windows...and wake me up. And scare the cats.   A 4.4...I hope that's ALL we're going to get.

Going back to bed.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 16, 2014 at 7:35pm

Joan, about all the quakes off the coast...there will likely be aftershocks for months...even a year or so after such a big jolt.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 16, 2014 at 5:10pm
RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD

The People's Temple: this Kool-aid tastes like shit.
Comment by sk8eycat on March 16, 2014 at 4:32pm

When Daad died in 1985, I made a miatake, and called Forest Lawn...we did eventually have him cremated with no ceremony, as he had wished.  Cost a LOT!  When Mother died in '92, I called the Neptune Society...cost about half of what Forest Lawn charged six years earlier.  So...I decided to buy a contract with them in advance.  My sister has to do nothing but call them, and they will do the rest.  I specified no prayers or songs when they scatter my ashes.  Unless they want to sing "Springtime for Hitler," or "Let Me Entertain You"...or "Gellicle Cats"  or even..."Happy Holidays"...my Alma Mater.  Really...That was ALWAYS played before the overture, and the very last part of the finale...every show.

"Happy Holiday, Happy Holidays,

 May the calendar keep bringing

 Happy Holidays to you!"

Yeah.  I still like it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 4:25pm

Ruth, the photos of the fellow in conflict with his father didn't come through on this site, however, I ran across it in my incoming mail. The poor guy has a demanding father. Sadly, the father has a medical profession ... pretty difficult for a child to live up to those expectations. 
I wonder what the son does for a living and what his films are? Obviously, "shit" was not of any interest to him. 

Funny!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 3:59pm

Here is a lovely piece of furniture: 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 3:48pm

Felaine, when my mother and father died, I told the crematorium that they didn't want to be embalmed. There was some kind of a problem with Mom's body, something about they didn't have time or something and requested to embalm her. I told them absolutely not! and so they stuck her in a cooler until they could get to her. 

I have instructed my kids to put my ashes in the compost pile in my beloved garden.
A friend wants her ashes spread in the rose garden at Manito Park (which is illegal, so we devised a plan to take little packets and quietly spread her remains. She looks like she is going to outlive all of us. 

Another friend's ashes went into the Spokane River, with destination unknown. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 3:09pm

Eathquake activity off shore from Ferndale, Ca this past week. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 16, 2014 at 2:31pm

Joan, I'd seen that "Religions of the World" thing before, and thought about it a lot.

I like your "recycling" idea better, but with the way the laws are now, we can't even "replenish the Earth" with our bodies when we're finished with them.  As far as I know, only the Muslims bury their dead without embalming them or putting them in coffins.

WE are required by law to embalm empty bodies, and most people waste thousands of dollars on metal caskets, and sometimes they even enclose those in concrete....  Or slide them into marble mausoleums.

I've already paid my full membership in the Neptune society, so my ashes will be scattered off the California coast, but I have no idea if ashes will feed anything in the ocean. I sort of like the idea of being fish food (or B&J's "Phish Food"...or however they spell it)

I told my sister that she could flush what's left of me down the loo, or us it for cat litter, if she felt like it.  I don't care....

 

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