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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 Ian Mason on January 1, 2016 at 12:59am

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 31, 2015 at 8:15pm

Happy New Year, everyone! see gif

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 31, 2015 at 11:07am

Randy, who are the "Bastards"?

Comment by Randall Smith on December 31, 2015 at 7:46am

Loren, an old (like 48 yrs ago) roommate of mine used to play "light My Fire" constantly. If I never hear that song again, it won't be too soon.

I see on my screen, "Members Online (1)". That would be yours truly. Has New Years eve celebrations started already? Don't drink and drive. I'll be watching bowl games at my daughter's. I don't get ESPN, and that's where all the games are. Bastards.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 30, 2015 at 8:57am

I only have the one CD of hers, Randall, so I don't know her complete oeuvre ... but it wouldn't surprise me.  I CAN tell you that she does a take on "Light My Fire" which would all but wake Jim Morrison from the dead!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 29, 2015 at 7:44am

Loren, Ms. Barber is new to me. Sultry. Can she "scat", etc?

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 28, 2015 at 11:37pm

Ruth, thanks for the link re Russia's weather. 

"President Vladimir Putin rarely voices concerns about climate change, having famously said in the past that a little warming would not hurt the  country and seeing it as a boon for Arctic development."

What Putin doesn't seem to understand is that the changes taking place in Russia often causes social unrest. 

"while Russia is warming on the whole, some areas in the Far East and southern Siberia are experiencing harsh winters."

"Out-of-control fires and deadly floods have hit Russia nearly every year this decade."

"Permafrost is receding, there are earthquakes where there weren't before, there are landslides, flash floods, blow-outs of gas condensate ..." 

Alaska faces climate change problems, melting permafrost being only one symptom. 

Melting Permafrost Threatens Infrastructure, Homes.

“We’re getting freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw. We had a huge rainstorm in January; I think that was in 2011,” said Coffey. “It’s forced us to change the way we do our winter maintenance operations in that we’re actually now having to do anti-icing in the Fairbanks area, which 10 or 15 years ago probably wouldn’t have even been thought of.”

~ Mike Coffey, The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities’ chief of maintenance and operations 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 28, 2015 at 11:03pm

Ian, 18 years of service to others; now, you can do the things you want to do when you want to. You like the performing arts, you are a reader,  and travel keeps you active. All these are time consuming activities. Do you have other interests? R & R seems to be a first step to a new normal. 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 28, 2015 at 10:38am

Smoky ... moody ... intensely understated cool-school blues.  These are just a few of the adjectives which come to mind when I hear Patricia Barber apply her vocal talents to her own composition, "Silent Partner."

Dig it!

Comment by k.h. ky on December 26, 2015 at 12:07am
I'm happy it's over. I very much enjoy the family get together but am sick of the Merry Christmas. And that's only because people here are so serious about it. I say Happy Holidays just to piss them off. Work's at least half of the time. Lol
To my friends here l say let's make the most of what remains of 2015 and may the coming year bring us good health and wonderful gardens.
 

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