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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

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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 Ian Mason on August 17, 2012 at 2:52pm

The teapot collection has mostly been packed away. There's only about 20 on display now. It all started just over 8 years ago after my last alcohol relapse. The urge to collect them has faded now. I did start collecting weapons but recent changes in the law in Denmark has made that impractical and perhaps illegal. I'll take some photos of the pots. In the meantime.....

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 17, 2012 at 2:23pm

Ian, thanks for the Russell's Teapot "fish", and the shocked kitty after the vet visit!

My favorite fish emblem is the Evolve fish holding a wrench. To me it signifies not only tool-using as a step in evolution, but also that our tools (and ideas and memes) coevolve with us.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 17, 2012 at 1:51pm

I always love hearing about and seeing what people collect.  Because interests are so varied, it's always fun to see the plethora of items that have inspired each and every one of us to have our own mini-museums or galleries d'arte.  

Comment by sk8eycat on August 17, 2012 at 12:00pm

I'd like to see the rear end of the GOP elephant with a "thoight balloon" saying something like, "I'm quitting this damn circus! It's worse than a zoo!" 

Some of my animal activist friends do picket the circus when it comes to town, and are also trying to get the LA Zoo to send their elephants to a wildlife sanctuary. Pacing around on cement cripples their feet, for one thing....

Comment by sk8eycat on August 17, 2012 at 11:44am

Ruth, I think the xians stole the fish meme/icon from a much older Goddess religion. If you stand the fish on its "tail" it's a simplistic diagram of female genitalia.  Maybe.

I like Evolve Fish because we did evolve from sea creatures who developed special fins that allowed them to crawl up on the land.

The one that made me laugh when I first saw it was the Evolve Fish holding a wrench in its fin/hand/paw/whatever.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 17, 2012 at 11:05am

Bad Vet!

Ian, I like Russell's fishy teapot.

Comment by Steph S. on August 17, 2012 at 10:39am
What a cool hobby Ian! Do you have your teapots in a display case?
Ian that cat picture made me LOL! So funny!
Thanks for starting my Friday with a smile.
I hope all of you are having a good day!
I'm drinking French Vanilla coffee today.
Comment by Ian Mason on August 17, 2012 at 10:30am

Those we have lost :(

Comment by Ian Mason on August 17, 2012 at 9:54am

So many good things here today :-D Just when I neede cheering up. Thanks, everyone. Here's my contribution.

 By the way, I collect teapots and have over 80.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 17, 2012 at 9:40am

Tara, thanks for the link to the uncompassionate rich study.  It reminded my of what I observed when I "moved on up" to a little more affluent neighborhood in California.  My new commute took me through a wealthy neighborhood, and I immediately noticed the drivers were much more uncaring and selfish.

 

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