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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

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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

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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 Idaho Spud on March 1, 2014 at 12:42pm

Great comic Ian.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 1, 2014 at 2:37am

I have driven across the US on I-90 that drops south to join I-80 as it goes south of Lake Michigan, bypassing Chicago. I have made that trip several times as we search the northern tier of the U.S. for places my ancestors lived. Driving was so crowded, I had all I could do to keep the car from going into the wrong lane and didn't see much. As we got farther away from the heavy traffic I was able to look at the terrain and notice the effects of the glaciation on the landscape south of the Great Lakes. On one trip I went from Spokane to Boston on I-90. 

I didn't go into downtown Chicago, but according to your film, and other scenes of the city, it is quite remarkable. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 1, 2014 at 2:14am

What a nice memory you give me. Yes, I was there that year. Spokane had some very incredible people in those days, Ed Lindaman being just one. They were environmentalists and got us started to thinking "In the Future Tense", one of Ed's books. It was a time of great enthusiasm for living closer to the Earth. Ed started a program at Whitworth University that was called Nutrition 1985: Recipes fo alternative eating. It was designed to eat lower on the food chain and secure food produced closer to local markets. He also started an architecture program designed to have houses smaller, in smaller communities so that people could walk to work or to markets for food. He also envisioned mass transit with the goal of getting more cars off the roads. It caught on for a while and spread to other universities. Then it just petered out. 

You may remember our lovely river and the city park that follows the river through town. Before Expo '74 it was a railroad line through town with railroad tracks, smelly air, and the whole strip was pawn shops, brothels, taverns, and looked like skid row. 

A man by the name of King Cole spearheaded the project, to the great consternation of working class tax payers. He had a vision and a small community of people who shared his vision. Thus, Expo '74. 

Those progressive men and women have mostly moved on to other towns and we have reverted back to the conservative, religious, right wing political group that keeps us bound to the status quo. 

If, by any chance, you went to Manito Park and Botanical Gardens, which was part of the city tour for Expo, I live just one block east of the park. A lovely place designed by John Charles Olmsted, designer of New York's Central Park. Spokane was a wealthy mining and lumbering town and had tremendous wealth. Those days are over with the mines and forests petering out. 

Manito Park

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 1, 2014 at 1:48am

Hi, Ian.  That's a funny comic.  How are you, friend? 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 1, 2014 at 1:11am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 1, 2014 at 12:23am

Joan, have you ever visited Chicago?  I was in Spokane a long time ago,  It was 1974,  I was 10 years old and was there for the World's Fair, Expo '74.  One of the big memories I took away that made a really huge impression on me growing up was the theme of ecology, the environment and stopping pollution.  It pains me to see in the past 40 years how we've squandered so many of our natural resources and damaged our environment.  Sure, we've had some great technological breakthroughs to lessen the human impact on earth, but we're always playing catch-up.  And dealing with these important issues never seems to be on the front burner.  

What I remember from the fair:   

The United States Pavilion from Expo '74

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2014 at 11:34pm

Carl, like you, I am not afraid of the "end-times" as told by Revelations, I am afraid of the corruption of the Earth by human caused pollution and the natural changes taking place. You, in Chicago, and me, in Spokane, experience some mighty changes taking place that may foretell a far more dangerous future than we can even imagine.

I very much like your Chicago film. A beautiful city.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2014 at 11:27pm

Some die-hard religionists want the story told their way. What is the big deal, it is a myth retold in the 21st century with a modern bias, just like Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 28, 2014 at 9:57pm

I love time-lapse films and I love Chicago,  So please permit me to share the following for your viewing pleasure:

Chicago Timelapse Project - Windy City Nights from Max Wilson on Vimeo.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 28, 2014 at 9:35pm

Yes, Sk8eycat, I heard about the objections by xtians to the Noah movie, saying that the movie didn't faithfully follow the story in Genesis.  These nutcases are un-F'ing believable!  And of course the film studio is going to kow tow to their demands.  The films' only audience market is the religious, and they were hinting at boycotting the film because of the lack of "historical accuracy."  It was purely a financial decision for the studio.  I'm telling you, with religion on the decline, I'm not worried about the 'end times', I'm worried about the 'crazy times' that will come about as a result of the religious grasping to hold on to their fading influence. 

 

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