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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

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Comment by Plinius on September 23, 2015 at 8:39am

Thanks Carl, but I think the song is hard to understand, I'm totally out of touch with O My Papa. Is it satire, do you think? Or why the slow whining?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 23, 2015 at 7:58am

Ian, I was born in July 1964.  It was a big year in the US for the Beatles.  They had lots of #1 songs that year.  A couple of years ago I attended a screening of the film "A Hard Day's Night" at my local art-house/movie revival theater.  I have a copy of the July 1964 National Geographic Magazine.  The lead story is about the huge Easter morning earthquake in Alaska that previous Spring.

Here's a Medley of Number One Songs 1964 link.

It's from this fun website:

http://www.bobborst.com/popculture/number-one-songs-by-year/?y=1964

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 23, 2015 at 7:21am

Joan:

Bertold:

Chris:

Comment by Plinius on September 23, 2015 at 5:19am

1954 "Oh mein Papa" ... no, never heard of! 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 23, 2015 at 3:28am

What a youngster you are, Carl. I remember going to see the film of "A Hard Day's Night."

Just ordered this T-shirt.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 22, 2015 at 11:54pm

Good Night Irene, Gordon Jenkins and the Weavers

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2015 at 11:48pm

#1 song for 1936 was Bing Crosby, "Pennies from heaven"

I forget how to get the Imbed Code to bring the film here. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2015 at 10:53pm

Ian, it seems uncertainty is the only constant during this period in human history. If that is an accurate statement, then the remedy for working folk is to learn how to thrive in uncertainty.

I do hope your situation becomes stable, and you receive the benefits that you worked to gain. 

It is a crime that workers and those who hire workers agree to terms that include retirement benefits; when the time comes to collect the benefits, sometimes the rules change. The worker fulfills his or her part of the bargain throughout their working years, and those who hire workers don't and are not required to perform their part of the bargain. 

If enough workers fall into this trap, and if workers organize to retain their legitimate claims to retirement, then the benefits may be restored.

If those who hire workers have clout with changing laws, law enforcers, attorneys and judges, then the workers lose. 

The workers also lose because during their working years the cost of living is at one level but upon retirement the cost of living is higher because of inflation. Workers who retire often have to lower their standard of living.  

Capitalism stinks when it does not prepare workers for this reality. People in socialist countries face threats of lower standards of living because of threatened loss of security benefits. 

The proof of what I state becomes verified by the growing gap between rich and poor around the world, in every political system. 

If work has value it should pay wages that maintain a modest to medium income. If the work does not support a medium income, then the system works to create an imbalance. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2015 at 9:55pm

Ian, I don't have Facebook, but I looked up the #1 song for the day I was born.  It was "Rag Doll" by the Four Seasons.

The week before and the week after I was born the songs were, respectively, "I Get Around" by the Beach Boys and "A Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles. 

I think it would be fun if everyone here looked up the #1 song for the day they were born and posted it here.

Ian, here's yours.  It was introduced in the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock film "The Man Who Knew Too Much."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2015 at 9:41pm

There's one good thing I hope comes as a result of the pope's visit.  The pope has been on a mission lately against income inequality and uncontrolled capitalism. 

Right now between Donald Trump's racist Hispanic comments and the Republican Party's dismissive policies on immigration reform, hopefully the pope will energizes the Hispanic community and get them even more politically involved.  This would mostly benefit a Democratic or progressive presidential candidate.  Right now, Hispanics are countering Donald Trump's remarks by registering voters. 

While the pope is in the US, fourteen of his scheduled eighteen speaking engagements will be delivered in Spanish. 

 

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