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The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Wednesday. 22 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

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Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

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The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Jul 20. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

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The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

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We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 30, 2015 at 1:12am

Cary woke me at 5:00 AM this morning and the temperature was 85 degrees F. I have never felt a morning like that in Spokane before. I used to feel them when we lived in Texas. I worked about four hours and came in exhausted. 

Laura, Larry, Michelle and Jared are all geared up to move as soon as a call comes into about any fire. They volunteer and go out on called all hours of the night and day, 365 days a year. Jacob, the 16-year-old is now able to go on fire calls but is restricted about what he is able to do. They all have full time jobs to tend to, but leave for their various duties. 

Wenatchee is in the midst of a terrible fire now. 

Photographer captures heart-breaking scenes of wildfire's rage

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 30, 2015 at 12:55am

Carl, I like your new avatar! Very handsome indeed! I am relieved to learn that your federal assistance comes in for you. 

I like the idea of no badges and no tiered access to information. You offer a good idea about contacting Richard and appreciate that you are willing to do it. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 29, 2015 at 8:46pm

Pat, that's such a great movie!  One of Humphrey Bogart's many classics.  The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)......in case anyone was interested.

I like your suggestion of having the badges display optional.  Perhaps I could get a note off to Richard about this conversation.  It's only been discussed here in Hang With Friends, as far as I know.  I'm curious what the rest of the users on this website have to say. 

Comment by Pat on June 29, 2015 at 6:54pm

Sign me up to get rid of the badges. "Badges? BADGES? I don't need no stinking badges!

Seriously, at least make the display optional. For those who want to advertise their donations (not me), great. They should have the option. And for those that don't, they should have the option of removing it from their avatar.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 29, 2015 at 6:27pm

I'll also "vote" to do without the badges.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 29, 2015 at 8:02am

Carl, well stated. I know we can't give to every hand thrust in our face. I continue to support about 15 "causes", averaging $30 per. Fortunately, I can afford it. And it makes me feel good.

However, I wish to remain "anonymous" about who and how much. One can't help but notice the who and how much here at A/N. I say to myself, "I wonder why he/she hasn't supported this site". I say to "Brother Richard", please remove the insignia.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 28, 2015 at 2:07pm

Carl, special rooms and special privileges does not sound like a good thing to me either.

There is probably no perfect answer to supporting Atheist Nexus, but I wonder if drawing for a prize is legal.  That might be better than special people.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 28, 2015 at 1:29pm

Randy, I tend to agree with your sentiment about donation recognition.  I didn't donate to get a badge. 

Last year, prior to being approved for federal disability insurance, my financial future was quite precarious.  Without even asking, members here on AtheistNexus began pledging financial support if I needed it.  I was humbled and very moved by those offers.

Luckily, my federal assistance came through, so obtaining financial help from individuals here was not necessary.  When Brother Richard sent out his recent request for donations, I strongly felt the need to support a community that was so supportive of me.  AtheistNexus is a very important community for me, and I wish to see it continue.  Making a $30 yearly pledge seemed very reasonable to me.

I totally understand that even $30 may not be available in the budgets of many of our members.  I know.  I've been in that situation more times than I ever expected.  If I was able, I would donate for everyone on their behalf.  

I guess this brings me to my final point.  Brother Richard has alluded to idea of having special rooms and special privileges for paying members.  To be honest, I am against any type of tiered system for members based on anything financial.  Everyone here is too important for the cohesion of our community to be dismissed from participation.

I understand that running this website costs money, and I agree that Brother Richard should not have to pay for it solely.  If additional monies are needed, a general fundraising call should go out with a requested goal.  It's been two years since the last donation request.  Although I'm not privy to all the financial details which Brother Richard is dealing with, the fundraising method used two years ago seemed to work, without the badges of recognition. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 28, 2015 at 12:25pm

Comment by Randall Smith on June 28, 2015 at 7:31am

Ian, nothing like getting away to restore the "soul" (or whatever).

I don't like that star on my avatar. I didn't ask for recognition. Besides, it's obstructive.

 

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