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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

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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 The Flying Atheist on May 31, 2015 at 11:51pm
Ian, you're absolutely right. It's shameful, and I would say unethical, for a "developed" country like the US to have such a disparity in health care coverage. With a military budget of $615 Billion (18% of our total budget), we would certainly be able to take a small percentage of that and provide universal health care for all our citizens. And we should also be able to partly assist developing countries that cannot provide even minimal medical care.
Comment by sk8eycat on May 31, 2015 at 10:43pm

@Flying A: My sister WAS home, but she's missing some brain cells (Asperger's syndrome, I think)...She heard me hit the floor, but I had to call her several times to bring my steno chair to help me get back on my feet.

@Ruth...I NEVER take Tylenol/acetaminophen.  The doctor I went to for 40 years (until he retired) told me it's practically useless for women under any circumstances, plus being a liver-killer. 

I was told years ago that I do not qualify for MediCal for some obscure reason.  My sister has Medi-Medi, but she has never been on anyone's payroll.... if that has anything to do with it.   I need to talk to a social worker with a brain to see what I am eligible for.

I just remember back in the early '80s that the governor of Colorado said, during a SPEECH!....that it was our DUTY to die as soon as we reached retirement age.  If that's what the GOPhers want, they are going to have to legalize physician-assisted suicide first.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 31, 2015 at 10:06pm

Heh!  The only Chinese proverb I know by heart is really a curse, "May you live in interesting times."  I sure am!

I am now using my walker for the time being.  It makes carrying things (like a plastic mug of water) awkward, but not as awkward as "crawling on my belly like a reptile."  (If you remember that old song.) 

Pumpkin is fascinated by the whole process; he's been doing figure 8s in front of me when I'm trying to get anywhere.  Many years ago, when Mother was recovering from a bone graft (after removal of a tumor in her thigh), she had a cane with 4 little "feet"...very handy, really. One of the cats we had at the time must have thought it was an alien animal with a long neck; she would do that "thing" that cats do when they're investigating something; Get down on the floor and pat at it with one paw facing upwards. 

The 2011 Triforce Awards

Comment by Ian Mason on May 31, 2015 at 4:11pm

I hope you feel better soon, Felaine. The lack of proper health care in a developed country is a disgrace. Have you considered the padded underwear? It does offer some protection for hips at least.

"Kære børn har mange navn." A Danish saying meaning 'loved children have many names'  Similar to Joan's Chinese proverb.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 31, 2015 at 3:04pm

Felaine, very sorry to hear of your falling problems on top of everything else.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 31, 2015 at 2:49pm

I'm so sorry to hear about your fall, and inability to afford an MRI co-pay sk8eycat. Be careful not to take too much Tylenol for your pain. You don't need liver problems on top of everything else.

If you can't afford a second insurance such as Banker's Life, the one we use, do you qualify for medical assistance in a program such as Medicaid or one for seniors in your community or state?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 31, 2015 at 2:29pm
Sk8eycat!! I'm glad nothing is broken...or worse. Sorry you took a dive. I assume your sister wasn't home to assist you at the time of your fall. Remember.... the emergency room is always available if you need it. If you can't pay the bill, don't worry about it. You wouldn't be the first to pass along the charges. If you need health care...get it!
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 12:57pm

Ice Witch, I hear you and sadly too many people live with their heads in the sand and don't know what is happening to society and why. This period of history is very much like the Roaring 20s when everyone thought they had a good life, when, in fact, the economy and society was headed for very tough times. I know this statement doesn't help you or meet your needs. But, the facts are, we, as a nation, are not preparing for what is coming. 

That said, Felaine, it means you and I and all the others who can see the future will not be surprised when the collapse occurs. 

As to your health problems, I am really sorry you hurt, don't have resources to help solve some of the problems, and society does not respond to human needs. "Greed is good" never works out for the long-term benefit of society. 

We have a few choices. We can
"leave the building", 
Take a strong look at reality and create a life full of positive thinking, 

Complain, cry, bitch, blame, accuse, regret, lament, whine, criticize, etc. 

Learn, explore options, examine feelings, look around you, investigate, consider alternatives, observe, celebrate, etc. 

Will life get better as we age? I don't think so. Too many organs to malfunction, to many aches and pains that cannot be treated, not enough resources to do what needs to be done. 

Your wonderful sense of humor, your interesting way of seeing the world, your insights into the foibles of life, your compassion, your attention and concern for others all blend together into a person we know as sk8eycat, Felaine, La Bruja del Hielo and Ice Wich. There is an old Chinese proverb, "She with many names has much love!"

sk8eycat 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 31, 2015 at 12:27pm

Pliny and Joan, thanks for asking.  I effing HURT!  And I'm angry; my doctor doesn't give a damn, congress wants to cut MedicareLess....and the whole country is too busy breeding to think about where and how all these people are going to live and feed themselves.

I lost some skin from my knees in last night's fiasco (I was wearing bicycle shorts 'cause the weather was hot yesterday)...and I think I need to have a spinal MRI, but it ain't gonna happen.  I can't afford the co-pay.  I would "leave the building" right now, but I can't even consider the thought of abandoning my cats and my autistic JW sister...  (I hope you've noticed the order of my priorities...Heh!)..

La Bruja del Hielo

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 12:00pm

Felaine, I am sorry to learn of your dizziness and fall. Those bumps and bangs to the body hurt, a lot! I hope you have no damage that slows you down! The decade of the 70s is very different than the decade of the 60s. I will soon reach 80 years old and expect to pay attention to the challenges that decade holds. 

Do be careful, take good care of yourself and enjoy each and every minute you can. 

 

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