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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

Tags: @SethAndrewsTTA, @morehead_sarah, @Matt_Dillahunty, @jteberhard, confirmed

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

Tags: Atheist Pig

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Comment by sk8eycat on November 29, 2014 at 10:07am

WHO was Plinius?  (Most Lunar features are named for somebody....)

Comment by sk8eycat on November 29, 2014 at 10:01am

I didn't name Pumpkin....but he's used to it after all these years.  He should have been named Stomper...or Thud.  He's the noisiest cat, when walkiing, I've ever known.

Comment by Plinius on November 29, 2014 at 8:54am

My red tabby was called Plinius....

Comment by Randall Smith on November 29, 2014 at 7:59am

I wonder if we all had cats by the name "Pumpkin"? We did. My daughter's cat is named "Shimmey" because they thought she was a him (or v.v.).

Comment by Plinius on November 29, 2014 at 2:35am

Thanks for the story! I didn't know that one.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 28, 2014 at 6:55pm

Our Fur-eeda is 6 years old...her original name was "Fred" because the Trimbles adopted her when she was so tiny that they couldn't tell whether she was male or female.  We've only had her for a year.

My baby boy Pumpkin will be 16 on January 1st.  He was brought to the Cat Hotel, along with his totally feral mother, and 2 littermates, at the beginning of 1999...before his eyes were open.

  We found homes for his mates, but the only place that would take SisterGirl (his mother) was the Best Friends Sanctuary in Utah.  I don't know if she's still alive...she was not even a year old when she had that litter. 

Several people wanted to adopt Pumpkin, but he was so rowdy (still is) that they all returned him to us, and he lived in luxury at the Hotel till it was closed by the city (long story) 3 years ago.  I always wanted him, but we had other cats at the time, and they all hated each other.  When the Cat Hotel was shut down, I went through a month of hell trying to locate him...finally found him in a cattery in Northern CA, and a friend drove up there, and brought him to me.

And now he's MINE! 

BUT it broke my heart when the Hotel was closed....a new owner took over after I could no longer handle the physical work, and let the place go downhill to the point that they had to get a haz-mat team to clean it up after the city closed it.  GROSS! 

It WAS a classy place for more than 10 years...Jay Leno, Loretta Swit, and other folks from the studios boarded their cats with us.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 28, 2014 at 4:37pm

That "Black Hole Cat" reminds me of one of the funniest punnish short stories ever written - Arthur C. Clarke's "Neutron Tide."

http://shaggy-dogs.briancombs.net/4776/neutron-tide

We have an all-black cat who is so chubby that she can't curl up like that....WE did not make her fat; she was that way when her former humans gave her to us.  It's funny to watch her run through the house with her "flaps" wobbling....but we love her. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 28, 2014 at 4:20pm

I've never seen a mammoth in a museum.  Only in pictures, and it's been so long since I've seen a picture of one.  I was a little boggled when I came-upon than picture.  If I hear of one like you have near me, I'll have to go see it.  Must be amazing.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 28, 2014 at 11:36am

It looks like this is your mammoth, Patricia http://blog.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/2010/07/woolly-unplugged.html

Comment by Randall Smith on November 28, 2014 at 7:59am

We in America are all recovering from Thanksgiving. Chris, glad you're free from another responsibility.

Joan, I was in Brugge 47 years ago! I can still see it in my mind's eye.

Patricia, my nephew in Blaine WA just sold his house and will be moving to North Carolina.  So it appears I won't be coming out your way as I'd hoped to do. Your museum sounds neat.

 

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