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The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Sunday. 14 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Jan 31. 15 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Comment by Ian Mason on November 22, 2016 at 3:02pm

Well done, Kathy. Great that you show your true colours.

Joan, what you write about depression is wonderful. I'm going to keep a copy and I'm sure it will bring sunshine into my bad days.

News is something a take very lightly so as not to feel crushed under it all.

Comment by Plinius on November 22, 2016 at 1:50pm

You're special, saving things from your mother's time! I don't, but I treasure the things I bought and found forty years ago when I started  on my own. That was such an exciting time! Even the garlic press I bought then and still use reminds me of it. All the rest disappeared, the hand-me-downs of course but even most of the old pictures. Nice, that feeling that there's nothing left rotting in corners!

Comment by Daniel W on November 22, 2016 at 1:33pm

Carl, Ning is still trying to get me to just drill a hole in the wall and run in a line from a gas grill tank.  No, no, no!  Oh well.

There are aspects that Im not looking forward to.  Demolition is my least favorite thing.  Most of it in this case is careful deconstruction so that I can reconstruct it hopefully without breaking anything.  After that, it's OK.

I also love that Joan has her mother's pie dish.  Maybe that's part of why I go to yard sales and second hand store for pyrex bowls and baking dishes.  They are not from my mom, but of that time.  I love those old bowls and dishes and use them every day, literally. 

Carl, I think you are right about the feral cats not eating rats.  They might eat mice and birds, and scavenge scraps keeping them from rats, but rats are too big and vicious for a rat to eat them.  You reminded me of when I lived near a cemetery, about Western and Peterson on the North side of Chicago.  I rode my bike every day down Western to UIC.  Some nights,  people would be standing by the cemetery fence with loaves of bread, throwing bread into the cemetery.  I looked, and saw a pack of gigantic, obese raccoons grabbing the bread.  Very strange.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 22, 2016 at 12:42pm

Daniel, I can't believe the nonsense you're having to go through with your kitchen.  I do like NIng's suggestion to modify your ruler.  That gave me a laugh.  Yes, you appear to be taking this whole situation in stride.  So much so that it sounds like you're actually looking forward to the project!  Though I could be wrong.

Joan, the videos you posted are beautiful.  Love the scenery!  How wonderful that you have your mother's pie pan.  Family heirlooms like that mean so much and continue the bonds of family through the generations.  

Chicago has had a dramatic 40% rise in the rat population this year because of last year's mild winter.  Many people and groups are using feral cats to stem the tide, but I'm a bit suspect on how effective they will be.  Easy food-pickings are available any place there are dumpsters, garbage cans and litter.  Why would a cat chase down a rat if there's stationary food available?  Plus, a lot of people here put out food regularly for feral cats.  In reality, Chicago also has an overpopulation problem with feral cats!

Like a lot of people in this group, I'm also avoiding much of the political news.  I'll look at the headlines to see what's going on and only read a story if it seems utterly important.  Trump has already flip-flopped on so many issues on a daily basis that it's actually a waste of time to follow his antics in depth.  To be honest, as horrible and frightening it is to have Trump as president, I'm more scared of the people he's choosing to have around him.  I think they can do the most damage in the long run. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 21, 2016 at 2:41am

Kathy, angry, disgusted, fed up, and concerned. Yes, that sounds like my feelings, too. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 20, 2016 at 12:11pm

Kathy, I admire your boldness as well.

Randy, I'm like you in that respect.

Comment by k.h. ky on November 20, 2016 at 10:02am
Joan, not to worry. I'm not depressed in any clinical sense. Words like angry,

disgusted, fed up, and concerned would be more accurate.
Comment by Daniel W on November 20, 2016 at 10:00am

Kathy, I admire your boldness!  You rock!

Chris, I think of myself as a realist too.  I never fit into the glass half empty / half full paradigm.  For me it's at the 50% point.  That doesn't mean I don't feel hope at times, or feel down at others, or worry a lot or celebrate or grieve, but I concentration on, it is what it is.

Thomas, thanks for the advice.  I've used my Sawzall for several projects.  I may have to resort to that for this one too.  Oh, the drywall dust, gets everywhere!  I cover and seal off the room, but it still gets in through the tracks!  Dremel tool can be helpful for some things too, like removing the grout and tile cement.  I want to do as much as I can by hand, less mess and quieter, but it's good to know the tools are there if needed.  I used my sawzall to dig and cut out clumps of bamboo to plant elsewhere.  I was amazed that it worked.  I can't imagine anything else would have worked.

Ruth, hang in there!  Humanity is resilient, and creative, and resourceful.  Even if the majority of states voted Trump, the majority of Americans voted Clinton.  I imagine there will be realignment in both parties.  If we had to have a Repub, I'm glad it's not Cruz, or  Rubio, or Fiorina, or Santorum, or Huckabee...  I didn't want Trump in any way, but it's unpredictable and probably people will come and go in his admin as purists become a pain and sycophants become boring and who knows what else.

Randy, I'm also doing my best to avoid political news.  If a headline states "Trump" or anything else political, I make a conscious effort not to read further.  It can be a challenge, since most of my news is NY Times or Google News, but worth it.

Joan, I'm having that first cup of coffee now.  It's a true pleasure.  I imagine talking across the kitchen table with you as you sip yours.

Comment by k.h. ky on November 20, 2016 at 9:58am
I'm with Randall and Chris on the news strike. It's unbearable. The speculation started as soon as Obama was elected to his last term. Who was going to run the next time.
We never seem to get a break from political guessing games and theories.
And we never seem to get any real news. I use BBC, pbs, vice, and newspapers from all over the world.
I've got to get a couple more ffrf shirts so I can offend everyone :)
Comment by Thomas Murray on November 20, 2016 at 9:33am

Daniel,

If you do not have one, I recommend you buy yourself a sawzall. I've use mine to cut nails, metals,wood, holes, and I've it to prune trees and roots, cut wood for boarders around the garden, cut  firewood. Also it came handy to remove tiles and caulking.

Sawzal would be on my top ten tools must haves.

 

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