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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 20 hours ago. 84 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Wednesday. 22 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

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

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The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Jul 20. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

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Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 12:21pm

Carl, I don't have much desire to go white water rafting either.  Almost drowning in the ocean when a couple of things went wrong while scuba-diving was enough for me.  I would still go scuba-diving if I had the chance, but would be much smarter, and take more precautions.

I went rafting down a river in California once, but it was quite calm water.  Very nice for enjoying the scenery.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 12:15pm

Wow Felaine, you have worse slobs and theives than I do!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 12:06pm

Idaho: We don't do much gardening anymore, but our house in on a corner in a suburban neighborhood, and we often look out the windows and see people walking by helping themselves to oranges and avocados from our trees.  AND half of them are walking nasty little dogs that poop on our lawn, and leave it there.  The man we pay to mow the lawn (mostly crabgrass) gets very upset about these slobs, and so do we.

PS: Our side street is very dark at night, and people park there to smoke pot and have sex.  We also find used "roaches" and condoms tossed in the parkway in the morning....   Gah!

At least they've stopped tossing junk over the back fence into the pool....

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 10:31am

Bertold, yes, I'm in total agreement with you about cigarette butts being trash as well. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 10:30am

Throwing cigarette butts out of the car is bad, but what frosts my tush the worst is throwing them in my garden.  I garden my front yard, and areas between the sidewalk and road, so I get some in my gardens every day.  It's like they don't even think.  Just toss them anywhere.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 10:27am

Thanks, Spud.  I listened to his wedding podcast yesterday, as a matter of fact.  I've been a huge fan and regular listener of his since he first emerged on the atheist scene. 

I'm typically not a thrill-seeker either but to be honest, I wouldn't mind jumping out of a plane (with a parachute, of course.)  I would do that before I go white water rafting.  For some reason, dying in the water seems worse to me than going 'splat' on the ground.  lol

Comment by k.h. ky on August 15, 2014 at 10:22am
I recycle everything l possibly can. The hatchback of my little car is always full of plastic and papers. Recycle bins are few and far between in the country.
I've always composted too. If I could find a place to put vegetable scraps that's where they went.
Another thing I don't understand people not doing and a huge issue between me and my daughter. If I'm at her house and see a pile of newspaper's l throw them in my hatch and take them out with mine.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 10:19am

Carl, I've just been listening to Seth Andrews talk about his wedding, and at one point he reminded me of the discussion about working on the towers you showed us pictures of.  

He said he's not a thrill seeker at all, but let his wife talk him into going down some #5 rapids in Alaska, where they all got dumped in a bad place.

I'm not much of a thrill seeker, and have never done any of the things like that.  However, It's just because I've not had the money, the opportunity, or the time.  

I'm too old now, and have very little money, but I would have liked to have done several relatively safe thrilling things just once each.  

Just once each, I would have liked to do a bungee jump, skydive, and probably several other things I can't think of right now.

I mentioned before that I would have liked to climb that tower you showed pictures from, but I think I remember you saying what kind of person would want to do that job, and I don't think I would.  Like all the other thrilling things I would like to do, one climb would be enough.

Fear would not be the reason I wouldn't want to work there.  Working there every day would probably be more dangerous than I would want, but mostly it would just be hard work and annoying having to be strapped to the tower all the time.

Be that as it may, I thought Seth's wedding experiences were interesting, so here they are:

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 15, 2014 at 10:12am

To me one of the worst things is people who throw cigarettes out of cars. They could get me re-thinking my position on capital punishment. Death to all extremists!!!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 10:05am

K.H., I've mentioned it here before, but in the early 1970's when I was an impressionable kid, the whole Ecology and push to recycle made a huge impact on me.  I'm sure you recall the famous image of the native-American with the tear in his eye looking over a landscape of trash.     

 

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