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We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 16 minutes ago. 11 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 19 hours ago. 1 Reply

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 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

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius on November 15, 2014 at 12:00am

I often tried to make or fix the things we needed ourselves, so I can knit and sew a bit, cover chairs anew, repair books, etc. The last thing I learned was knitting socks, but they wore quicker than I could knit, so I went back to buying good quality socks. This summer I knit a scarf with a meander pattern for partner.

That stingray is something to see! Too bad they didn't put that omg woman back into the water!

Comment by Plinius on November 14, 2014 at 1:16am

Thanks Joan, two lazy days and I'm all right again. The only problem is the stack of work...

November is quiet, grey, wet and mild, so far, temperatures about 12 °C - 50 °F. And I'm knitting a cowl for a cold day.

Friday morning - I'm off to the market: fish, cheese, fruit and veg. See you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2014 at 10:14pm

Chris, I hope your migraines have subsided. Are you having the cold that we northern US experience? I haven't looked at the weather map for the world yet. Hope you can stay warm!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2014 at 8:23pm

An interesting man, Thomas Hood, who seemed to have seen and felt the misery of the working poor. For example 

The Song of the Shirt (1843)

  • With fingers weary and worn,
    With eyelids heavy and red,
    A woman sat, in unwomanly rags,
    Plying her needle and thread—
    Stitch! stitch! stitch!
    In poverty, hunger, and dirt,
    And still with a voice of dolorous pitch
    She sang the “Song of the Shirt.”
    • St. 1.
  • Sewing at once a double thread,
    A shroud as well as a shirt.
  • No blessed leisure for love or hope,
    But only time for grief.
  • My tears must stop, for every drop
    Hinders needle and thread.
  • Work! work! work!
    While the cock is crowing aloof!
    And work—work—work,
    Till the stars shine through the roof!
    • St. 2.
  • Oh, Men, with Sisters dear!
    Oh, Men, with Mothers and Wives!
    It is not linen you're wearing out,
    But human creatures' lives!
    • St. 4.
  • Oh, God! that bread should be so dear,
    And flesh and blood so cheap!
    • St. 5.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 13, 2014 at 5:01pm

The actual title is November, with an alternate title No! It was composed in London in 1844.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2014 at 4:53pm

OK Bertold, I will credit Thomas Hood. This is what I have written to post with your approval: 

No sun - no moon!

No morn - no noon -

No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day.

No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,

No comfortable feel in any member -

No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,

No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! -

November!

~ A little something by Thomas Hood:

Thanks to Bertold Brautigan 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 13, 2014 at 4:04pm

@Joan - but be sure to credit Thomas Hood, the creator!

Comment by sk8eycat on November 13, 2014 at 3:31pm

Joan, we haven't really improved much since LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act in the '60s.  And most of the TP agitation is still about skin color....they have only added women's rights to their "enemies list."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 13, 2014 at 3:20pm

@ Joan - sure, glad you liked it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2014 at 3:16pm

Felaine, what a remarkable story. I hated driving the souther tier of the US because of all the signs, "Whites Only", "Blacks enter in back". Defacto slavery still existed and the whole nation suffers from it.  

 

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