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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 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

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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 Idaho Spud on January 30, 2015 at 5:03pm

Glad to hear some good news Carl.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 30, 2015 at 5:02pm

Good one Bertold.  Gods do want us to beg (and suck).

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 30, 2015 at 4:43pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 30, 2015 at 4:11pm

Patricia, on behalf of your neighbors to the south, I apologize that you get our television and commercials. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 30, 2015 at 12:24pm

LOL, booklover! You started my day with a chuckle.

That "musical bath" experience sounds interesting, Ian. Thanks for sharing.

Glad to hear you're handling your situation quite well, Flying Atheist. :)

Comment by Ian Mason on January 30, 2015 at 11:34am
Comment by Ian Mason on January 30, 2015 at 11:32am

Glad to hear you're doing well, Carl.

Have a nice tri-generational evening, Mindy.

Have been to the hospital today for the non-invasive part of a prostate examination. It went fine but I'm not looking forward to next week, with probes and tissue samples on the agenda. While I was in town I went to an art exhibition, really interesting. I'm not that wild with "instalations" but this one included Thomas Tallis's "Motet for 40 voices" with each voice recorded separately and then played back through 40 loudspeakers, put in an oval shape. It was possible to go round and listen to each small part that made up the whole or sit in the middle and take a musical bath.

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Comment by Randall Smith on January 30, 2015 at 8:09am

Carl, stay positive!

I picked up four books at my local library yest. The Hunt for the Golden Mole: All creatures Great and Small, and why they Matter, The Blue Tatto: The Life of Olive Oatman; The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and doesn't want) Another Great President; and Waking up: a Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, (by Sam Harris, one of us).  I had a hard time deciding which one to begin with!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 30, 2015 at 2:11am

Carl, that is god news. You will whip these challenges because you have a spirit. And good doctors. And you are a good patient.  

Comment by Plinius on January 30, 2015 at 1:58am

Most of the time there's a stack ´to be read´, and usually I read three or four books at a time - one for 100 % concentration, other books for relaxing and a travel book (she reads at the busstop!), and rereading when I feel not well.

 

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