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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 Randall Smith on May 21, 2015 at 7:21am

Felaine, you had better stay! I miss Mindy (Booklover, who left in a huff), and Carl, who's dealing with health issues. (I wonder how he's doing?)

I have many reasons for opposing home schooling, but they aren't really "the socialization" reasons, although that's important. For one, science (my subject) has access to tools for many lab experiments--not found at home. Teachers are trained in and have greater knowledge of their subject matter. If I home schooled my kids, I would be deficient in art, history, and other areas. Plus, no sports, no school plays, no band, etc.

One of the biggest reasons parents choose home-schooling is the religion factor. They don't want their children exposed to the truth--evolution, in particular. (There are many other reasons: bullying, eliteism, antisocialism, etc.) 

Comment by Plinius on May 21, 2015 at 12:46am

I wasn't homeschooled but I was just as isolated as homeschoolers because of my parents' religion. I feel children should interact with all sorts of people and learn to stand their own ground. I tried to find positive sides of homeschooling to complete the picture but I didn't hear many positive comments.

Thanks Gerald, I'm glad of it. 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 20, 2015 at 3:24pm

Back in the 1940s we used to play in the street and vacant lots around here after school..."Kick the Can" and "Statues." 

Now, I NEVER see or hear kids playing outdoors in the neighborhood, unless someone is having a private pool party.  Everything else is so over-organized that I often wonder when kids get to use their imaginations.  If they have any.  (I took ballet lessons 5 days a week after school, but I still had time to play invent-your-own games with the other neighborhood kids....or row all over Balboa Bay by myself when we went there for the summers.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 20, 2015 at 3:04pm

Sometimes kiddos homeschooled  through grade school show up in high school and earn a black belt in promiscuity with lightening speed. Missing all that socialization, even such as it is, may not be an entirely good thing.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 20, 2015 at 2:40pm

Randall...I'm with you on the subject of home schooling.  Even if it's NOT religion-based, there's something anti-social about it.

In science fiction from the 1950s and '60s, there were a lot of stories about kids "going to school" on computer-like devices at home.  If it was an important part of the story, I always felt sorry for the isolated kids.  (Where's the playground?  Or the level spot where the girls always played jacks during recess?  Hell, WHEN and where IS recess?  Assemblies?  Sock hops in the gym?  What gym?)

Comment by Gerald Payne on May 20, 2015 at 1:49pm

Plinius if you go to Politics, Economics, and Religion you'll find it's more a comedy of errors than using substances.

Comment by Plinius on May 20, 2015 at 12:54pm

Sk8eycat - I don't know what substances Gerald uses and I don't understand his posts. Never mind him, I want you to stay.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 20, 2015 at 12:26pm

I enjoy your posts sk8eycat.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 20, 2015 at 12:21pm

@Gerald Payne:

WTF have I done to offend you so? 

Medicareless is NOT free, and that is all I am eligible for.

I know I am useless, but physician-assisted suicide is illegal in California, or I would have been out of here years ago.

If you all want me to leave the Nexus, take a vote, and I will abide by the results.  With a few exceptions, this site is getting too nasty for me.

Comment by Plinius on May 20, 2015 at 8:45am

Went out for an hour and now it works again - thanks!

Why are you opposed, Randall? 

 

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