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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Wednesday. 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 on Tuesday. 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

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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

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 24, 2015 at 2:22pm

I've been marveling at the Phila green grass, until I just saw a Canadian news broadcast showing green grass in Ottawa now.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 23, 2015 at 7:30am

Daniel, I just read about your endoscopy results (cancer group), and that's great news! Really great news! Hope you're feeling good. Retirement is just around the corner!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 22, 2015 at 6:32pm

Randy, I haven't sent cards for at least thirty years, probably more. My life was so hectic, trying to get the kids through puberty, keeping a roof over our heads and food on the table, I decided to cut out any and all stress-makers. Sending cards was one. We kept the big feasts and it was about that time that I blasted anything religious out of my life.  It was about the time I wrote "Toward a Theory of Family Violence: its Antecedents, Treatment, and Prevention" and "A Splendid Heresy: the Role of Religion in Maintaining and Perpetuating Family Violence". 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 22, 2015 at 6:17pm

Ian, your part of the world seems to have come out from under the Ice Age at about the time as ours. Any traces of earlier civilizations were mostly swept away with the ice and then the floods. 

Ancient girl’s skeleton changes scientist’s mind on human migration

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 22, 2015 at 3:29pm

Your area sounded like a great place to live, until you described the MRSA pig slurry spraying, Ian. <face palm> It's greener than chemical fertilizer, but what's the carbon footprint of passers by getting MRSA? Saturnalia sounds like more fun than other Winter season celebrations. Locally there's no official HumanLight event this year. I don't much miss it, excepting for the music. Humanists tend toward boring lecture-like "celebrations".

There's plenty of benefits to mental health living "in country", Randall. But I prefer easy access to world class medical facilities from the Philly suburbs.

Love the LOL, Plinius! Those big eyes say so much.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 22, 2015 at 1:36pm

I do NOT like pig muck. Between a third and a half of pigs in Denmark have MRSA and spraying slurry everywhere seems like a good way to spread it. The last time I had a hospital appointment for a prostate exam, the first two questions were: 1) have you been to any 3rd world countries? and 2) do you live or work on a farm? Both are considered high risk and involve special precautions.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 22, 2015 at 11:06am

Happy solstice, everyone!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 22, 2015 at 7:44am

There's a lot to be said of living "in the country" (as we say here), despite the pig manure odor. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Thanks for the solstice greetings. It's also my parent's 75th wedding anniversary--if they were still living. I miss them. 

One more thing. Every year, up to this one, I send out Christmas cards or emails, usually about two weeks before Christmas. Then people trickle back responses. This year I'm waiting to see if anyone does it to me first. So far, with 3 days to the 25th, I've heard from NOBODY! Perplexing.

Comment by Plinius on December 22, 2015 at 2:35am

Happy solstice to all of you!

I like your town very much, Ian! And pigs smell a lot better than cars!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 22, 2015 at 12:43am

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odder

Sorry, no ring-fort remains in reality. There is an old Viking cemetary a couple of miles away but that was only discovered a few years ago under arable fields. The area has been populated since the retreat of the glaciers about 10,000 years ago but the modern town is not much more than 200 years old, built around a village, a church and two watermills. There isn't much industry left now, just agriculture and a limited amount of turism. Most residents commute to the larger towns of Aarhus, Horsens and Skanderborg. It suits me as a place to live though. There are shops enough, a small cinema and a library. The countryside and woods are 15 minutes walk away and the coast only 5 miles. For theatre and concerts, I take the bus to Aarhus, a 40-minute ride. The only disadvantage is when the farmers spread pig slurry on the fields: it stinks. All in all, a pleasant place. As the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy puts it, "mostly harmless."

 

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