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Your favorite photobombs?

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Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Wednesday. 17 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

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Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 19. 8 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

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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 Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 10:04pm

Kevin Carter fell prey to feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and depression. Human suffering caused by human action continues. In order to gain victory over depression, we need to work at keeping our spirits up. We are not helpless victims. We can take action to predict and control, to some degree, what happens to us. 

One way is to do what Patricia, Carl, Felaine, Mindy, Daniel and the rest of us are doing, preventive checkups. By the way, have you had your cancer check up this year? 

Between 1500 and 1800 A.D. the average lifespan was 30 to 40 years. Today's life expectancy is 75 + years. This was not because we prayed harder, it was because we understand hygiene and because of medical advances through research. We are lucky to be alive, as Richard Dawkins claims, and we are fortunate to live in a country that respects modern science. For those who don't respect it, well, too bad for them. Education would help them too. 

Even as it is easy to become discouraged, it is hard to stay positive and pro-active. Waking up to a new day with gratitude, taking on each challenge with determination, loving, caring and with compassion for life and living, we make each day count. Life is precious. We have all that it takes to meet our challenges with poise. We exist as social animals, needing and giving a sense of community to and with each other. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 9:35pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 5, 2014 at 9:22pm

Patricia and Joan, I agree.  As gruesome and excruciatingly horrible some images are to look at, it's utterly important for the betterment of humanity to know about and to see the grossly inhumane and unjust conditions of our fellow peoples.  For one to say that such images are too disgusting to view is to be part of the problem.  We should not be immune to their suffering.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 8:28pm

Patricia, I am glad you keep tract of the progress of your eyes. Like cancer, other diseases can come from out of nowhere and catch us off guard.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 8:26pm

Patricia, I agree that the photos revealing reality must be posted, often and as many as it takes to wake people up. I hesitated about showing some of the other photos Kevin took, but here goes: 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 5, 2014 at 7:02pm

Patricia, always go to Charity Navigator before donating money to any org.  Of course in the US, churches don't have to file anything with the IRS detailing how much they take in, and what they spend it on....but all other non-profits DO.  That's where Navigator gets its info, and posts it online.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 6:51pm

Patricia, sorry to learn of your progressing macular degeneration. What are your presenting symptoms? Were you aware of it before you saw your ophthalmologist? So many eye conditions have no feeling associated with them and much damage can occur before one goes in for a checkup.  

Cataracts are one example of pain-free progression. There is usually sight loss before a person notices something might be changing. Glaucoma has the same painless progression, usually. 

Dame Judi Dench Among Millions With Macular Degeneration

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 6:01pm

Patricia, this horrible photo was taken by Kevin Carter, Photojournalist. He was an African photojournalist who was so devastated and depressed by the scenes he took revealing the 1994 famine in Sudan, he committed suicide at the age of 33. He received a Pulitzer Prise for his photos. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 4:07pm

Sorry about you peeps vision problems!  I can partially understand because I've had to wear glasses since the first grade, when I couldn't see the teacher's writing on the blackboard, from the front row.

After 52 years of wearing glasses, eventually, without them, I could only see clearly what was 4 inches from my eyes, and needed to carry 4 pair so I could see at various distances.

I finally got tired enough of them to have an operation.  I was going to get laser surgery, but the doctor talked me into getting my lenses replaced instead, not telling me that would likely cause big floaters in my eyes which now make reading a chore.

He also didn't tell me the artificial lenses would let in a lot more Ultraviolet radiation than my natural lenses, so I now have to wear annoying sunglasses outside, or get retina damage.

But, I'm still not as bad as you guys.  My left eye sees reasonably clearly at around 2 feet, and my right eye at distance, so between them both, I can see reasonably well from 1 foot to infinity.  I now only need glasses to read a book or the computer without straining too much.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 3:54pm

I was riding with my sister when she sort of froze-up.  She started sliding on a snowy road, heading toward the river, so what did she do?  Threw her hands-up in the air, and screamed, instead of trying to control the vehicle.  My bad memory doesn't tell me what happened after that, but I know we didn't end up in the river!

Since that day, I try my best never to ride with her.

 

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