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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

Tags: Atheist Pig

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Comment by k.h. ky on May 15, 2014 at 9:43am
FA, funny. I remember when my older sister wore her hair like that.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 14, 2014 at 8:14pm

Mindy, enjoy your time out with the girls.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 14, 2014 at 9:43am

A-hah!  Sometimes you can tell a book by its cover!  Too bad buybull publishers aren't honest enough to print that information.

Thanks, Mindy!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 14, 2014 at 9:10am

Good picture, Mindy.  I'd bet my next paycheck that over half of self-described "christians" don't know those facts. 

Comment by Randall Smith on May 14, 2014 at 7:56am

Ian's where all the action is (Turkey's mine disaster). Some adventure!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 14, 2014 at 7:39am

Joan you have had some enviable adventures, but I'm too much of a coward to go to the dangerous places you've been, so I'll just have to live them through you.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 14, 2014 at 7:37am

Good bibble subtitle.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 13, 2014 at 11:43am

Ian, I loved Istanbul! I spent a few days there just wandering the streets of old Istanbul and experiencing the sounds, tastes and sights of Islam. It was an odd experience, to say the least. I was a woman, alone, in a male dominated society and in my wanderings I would see children playing marbles in the side streets, I would join them in their games and the children welcomed me tentatively at first, and then we were laughing, especially when my marbles went in some chaotic fashion. The mothers looked out of the windows two or three stories up. Eventually, a mother or mothers invited me in for Turkish coffee and chats. We couldn't communicate with words so we used sign language ... well not the official signs, but pointing to pictures, or fabrics, or whatever we could think of that didn't require verbal language. 

At one point I ran across a necropolis, a cemetery, and a woman who spoke English was sitting on a bench. We had a long conversation, and she was willing to answer any question I asked. The temperature was well into the 100 degree F range. She was dressed neck to feet in a black gaberdine coat, had a scarf on her head covering all but her eyes, and wore gloves. She had on black stockings. At first I asked simple question, you know, the small talk kind. Then I asked how she could wear the black clothing that revealed only her eyes. ... "I am used to it!" I asked if she was married, how many children, you know, the usual stuff about which we would wonder. 

Being a trained ethnologist, I was able to see things that others do not notice. My training helped me to observe, without judgment, so that I could compare and contrast different cultures. 

Ian, have a wonderful trip, I know you will enjoy the experience and be sure to taste the local food. It is delicious. I even ate bread a woman was cooking outside a caravansary, the old trade route service station for goat herders and camels, turned into a service station for automobiles. I went to a goat herders camp and a little boy gave me a metal cup of goat's milk his mother squeezed as I watched. 

I know, these are not wise things to do, but they make the experience so rich, and I survived. 

I love your, "Denoo-ded of hair". I will borrow it. I can hear my family and friends laughing now. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 13, 2014 at 9:14am

Yes, my favorite episodes of Bewitched were the ones with Gladys in them.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 13, 2014 at 1:24am

There was no such excitement where I grew up in the pleasant surroundings of Epping Forest although there was one quiet evening when we heard gunfire and the next day there was police everywhere. It seems that, after the  demise of the Kray family various London criminal gangs were having a war of succesion and had chosen our local area for a peace conference that went wrong.

Here and now it's 8 a.m. and I'm about to finish my packing for Istanbul, where the weather forcast is for showers/thundery showers and sunny  intervals. In the hope of good weather I had a drastic haircut yesterday, one of those where my head is Denoo-ded of hair. Must therefore take a hat or two. I'm not taking a PC but there'll be photos galore when I return. Have a great week, everyone. I'll be thinking of you.

 

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