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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

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

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Comment by sk8eycat on November 1, 2014 at 5:53pm

Joan, if I didn't have two cats to support, I would take an overdose the next time I get my Rx refilled.  I don't really give a damn about my twisted sister....but the cats are another matter.

I have never wanted to live a long life...I did what I really wanted to do before I was 30.  All I am doing right now is surviving, and it isn't much fun...or even comfortable.

PS: Clinical depression runs in both sides of our family....both parents felt they had lived too long....dad had major strokes before he finally left the building at 82, and mother had operations, radiation, chemo, all in one year.  They cured her cancer, but the rest of her body slowly fell apart...for the next 9 years.  It was horrendous.  I don't want to do that.  But I can't abandon my fur-people....

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 5:39pm

Felaine, we have fire in our bellies, common sense in our brains, a lifetime of experience and know how outrageous this Boom and Bust economy is. We can work on campaigns, have the party put up yard signs, Offer a class in geriatrics at your local school, Do some awareness building with your neighborhood doctors and dentists, develop a reputation as a no-nonsense person. 

Some of my ideas will surely make matters worse, so into the trash bin they go. I know I am not going to do some of the things I did as a young woman on a mission. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 1, 2014 at 5:11pm

Our closest neighbors are either older and more frail than we are, or have abandoned their houses (to move in with offspring, or into an assisted-living building) because they can't get a decent price for them....and this is a "good" neighborhood!  Elementary school one block up the hill, convenience stores and some doctors and dentists' offices one block down the hill....

BUT the resale value of our house has dropped from $700,000 to $550,000 in the past six or seven years, and all our neighbors are in a similar fix.. F*CK you so much, Mr. Bush!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 5:08pm

Mindy, I forgot to mention what a great idea to get your house all ready for the retirement years. New counter tops! That must bring some cheer as you go about your chores. 

I wonder if someone can get a message to A/N if they wanted to send us information? Do they have to be a member to have access to our group? 

Mindy, thank you so much for telling me that I don't come across as bad-news-only. I want everyone to know what I have learned and that is not available in the commercial news sources. I check my sources every morning, first thing. And then start corresponding. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 1, 2014 at 5:03pm

I just checked the phone, and it's working now, but it feels like another storm is on the way.  Bog know we need the rain, but I think I need to do something about contacting the police or fire dept if we ever need to.  WITHOUT BUYING A DAMNED CELL PHONE! 

(I worked in the accounting office of a retail electronics store when cell phones were just becoming smaller and slightly lighter than a brick...the Motorola Flip Phone was the first one....and I swore 'd never buy one. I still find cell/text phone users annoying; they seem to live in a different world.  One that they are the center of.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 5:00pm

Felaine, do you have neighbors close by that you could get to in case of problems? You have a lot of responsibility taking care of your sister and having to carrying the load for the two of you. 

The neighborhood had an agreement with an elderly neighbor that lived next door to me. If she needed help, she would put a little flag out. Well, she needed help and couldn't get the flag out. Bummer!

Another thing we have in Spokane, the mailperson is to keep track if the mail isn't picked up regularly. 

I can't think of any other alternatives. Anyone come up with an idea? 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 1, 2014 at 1:52pm

Joan, I get emails (I suppose all A/N members do) when anyone posts something to a discussion I have joined, or posted to.  I have seen NOTHING from Patricia in several weeks. 

At first I thought it was because I couldn't get at my email for nearly a month....I still haven't read or deleted everything that came in during that time.  Yahoo Mail is not the easiest thing to deal with.
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Now we are having weather "fun."  It finally rained a little last night, and I'm getting nothing but static when I pick up the phone (we have ONE land-line.  Period.  Can't afford an additional cell phone account.)  Squirrels and birds chew holes in the insulation around the outside (copper) wires, then water seeps in when it rains, and we have to wait for the phone company to install new wires, or for the sun to come out and dry everything.... till the next storm comes along.  It's been overcast all morning, but I see a bit of blue sky to the east now.

I guess my DSL, or whatever it is, still works because those lines are fiberglass.  I don't really know. 

If one of us gets sick or injured, there's NO WAY we can contact the city emergency services unless we go looking for a neighbor who has a cell phone.  There is NO setup for emergency emails.  But the city keeps raising the rates for everything.

I'm feeling somewhat abandoned right now.  I can email my cousins and their adult children in Arizona, but I can't phone anybody for help if I need it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 12:47pm

Mindy, Patricia and I have had several discussions about my writing about the grim science of economics and politics on this site because she needed and wanted uplifting things to read. I agreed to post my comments on other sites so that she wouldn't have to read these things. 

I don't like the woo-woo aspect of the Pollyanna kind of writing and I can easily ignore it when/if it occurs. A positive attitude in the face of dirty religion and politics is not my cup of tea. I do agree with her point that we need to have a safe place to relax and enjoy life. She and my daughter would agree totally to that. I can accommodate on that point.

In the meantime, my vitriol gets dumped on other sites. I'm really happy with that arrangement.

My concern is that I may have overstepped our agreement. I hope not.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 11:59am

Randy, four adult children and their children, together in one place at the same time !!!! What a joy! I hope your time together is full of lovin', talk'n, eat'n, rememberin', imaginin', and all that stuff that goes on at such a gathering. 

I love to look at the youngest of the tribe and try to imagine what their lives will be like when they are the same age as we. 

Would love to see a photo of your clan. Happy Family'n. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 11:39am

Carl, I have not heard from her in a long time, too. Thank you for noticing and calling this to our attention. Her name doesn't come up in the membership list. Perhaps someone else can find it.  I sent her an email just now and hoped she and her husband are well and invited her to tell us if she continued to be annoyed with my negativity. 

 

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