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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 sk8eycat on July 2, 2015 at 2:23am

Ian, that's a VERY classy statue!  I love ones that are casual and lifelike.  (I'd like to see one of Robert Heinlein sitting next to Ginny, with Pixel between the two of them. I have a Polaroid shot like that somewhere around here....)

Comment by Plinius on July 2, 2015 at 12:06am

How you can stand such hot weather! Here it's damp, stuffy and hot and I'm busy raindancing.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 1, 2015 at 11:26pm

Another writer who was unique. James Joyce.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2015 at 10:39pm

I hope you find some relief from the heat, Chris. 

It is 92 outside now, at 8:15 PM

I saw a statue based on Kafka's Metamorphosis in Berlin outside a convention center. It was such a grotesque piece, I cannot forget it. However, I can't find a photo of it in the many places I have looked and Googled. Sadly, I didn't take pictures during my many adventures. 

Comment by Plinius on July 1, 2015 at 11:12am

Then we're all young, Ian! Getting off-line now, it's 31°C in this room. Perhaps the cellar is better now.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 1, 2015 at 10:47am

A quote from Franz Kafka:

: “Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2015 at 9:03am

Ian, I wonder if there will ever be an appreciation of the aging population. We do present a dilemma for the "Sandwich" generation. 

I marvel at how Laura can get me to my medical care, help my granddaughters and fill in to care for my great-grandchildren and manage her own business. She would not be able to do these tasks if she worked for wages. 

Not everyone is entrepreneurial. It is interesting to observe her with her children. As young adults too often do, they get into financial troubles with their credit cards and then come to her for help in budgeting to get free of debt. She coaches beautifully, never blaming, always encouraging and offering sound advice.  

Young people need to learn how to manage their financial matters. They have closed ears to any advice until they get in over their heads, and then they welcome information. Laura knew that and handled her girls beautifully. Even the great-grandkids learn from her. I am so very fortunate to have these individuals in my family. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2015 at 8:50am

A crow pair lives in a maple tree on the property SE of my place. They crow with great vigor! I try to put meaning to their voices unsuccessfully. I assume they had babies, but I haven't seen any sign of young crows. I have a feeding box with peanuts in shells for the squirrels, and they have to lift the lid to get the peanuts. These two crows discovered the box, lift the lid and fly off to the top of a telephone post, crack and eat the peanuts. I imagine some of their raucous squawks are "thanks" for the delicious peanuts. 

Comment by Randall Smith on July 1, 2015 at 7:49am

Felaine, I would be greatly saddened if you left. I love your biting humor and wit.

Thank you, Richard, for your explanations. Your willingness to listen and "do the right thing" is appreciated. We all know, you can't please everyone. I do agree that, at least, a smaller "badge of honor" would be an improvement.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 1, 2015 at 5:52am

Felaine, Joan and many others: the 'use and discard' society is alive and flourishing. The new Danish government is preparing tax cuts for the well-off, to be financed by cutting funding at the bottom. Child care, elderly care etc. will be reduced again. The handicapped for example 'cost too much.' By the time it's my turn there won't be anything left.

Yes, Joan, I'm building up a store of good experiences to treasure later on. Something to tell the grandchildren until they think I'm a boring old fart.

 

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