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The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W 9 hours ago. 10 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud 13 hours ago. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G on Wednesday. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 12:28pm

Napoleon Bonaparte, this dreadful permit to hunt an endangered species indicates the values that glorify killing while ignoring preservation is just one of the indicators of culture not worth keeping. I think it is time for the end of religious and capitalist values and time to define a system of values based on deeper thinking. 

To kill, whether for dogma or dollars, is not worth preserving. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 12:24pm

Carl, a delightful history of the old facility over time and times. It is so strange to see how little USA values historical properties. As you know, it is not uncommon to go into a 200-600 year old building still in use in many places in Europe. Prince Phillip of Great Britain stated, "Countries that destroy their past deserve no future."

Saxon Shore Fort

Thanks, Carl, for this glimpse into Chicago's history. 

Comment by Ian Mason on January 13, 2014 at 10:26am

That's a horrible picture, NB.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 13, 2014 at 10:25am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2014 at 12:29am

From Wikipedia:

The Rainbo

The Rainbo, at 4812 N. Clark, was purchased in 2002 and torn down to make way for a new condo and townhouse development. At one point, however, it was a very popular outdoor music garden, fashioned after the Moulin Rouge Gardens in Paris, which is the original namesake for what was then called "Moulin Rouge Gardens."[16]

Investors bought the Moulin Rouge Gardens property and spent one-million dollars to expand the facility. Opened in 1921, Mann's Million Dollar Rainbo Room, named after Fred Mann's wartime service in the U.S. Army's 42nd Infantry or "Rainbow" Division, was said to be the largest nightclub in America, featuring some of the biggest names in Vaudeville and musical entertainment. Larry Fine (actor) was performing there the night he was asked to join The Three Stooges. The Rainbo Room had a revolving stage to allow for continuous entertainment. There was table seating for 2,000 patrons and space on the dance floor for an additional 1,500. Until 1927, WMAQ radio shared the 670 kilohertz frequency with station WQJ, which was owned by the Rainbo and Calumet Baking Powder Company; it broadcast music of the Rainbo's performers as a form of promotion.[17][18]

In 1927, during prohibition, it was converted to a major casino and sports venue, called the Rainbo Fronton.

In 1934, during the Chicago World's Fair (Century of Progress), it became French Casino. The French Casino is where John Dillinger spent his birthday, June 22, 1934, a month before he was shot.

In 1939, it became Mike Todd's Theater Cafe, which was a popular dinner theater. Tommy Sutton, the Theater Cafe's choreographer, went on to work with Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole, among others. It was also a venue for Championship Wrestling where, in 1955, the first women's tag team wrestling match was held.

In 1957, The Theater Cafe was converted to an ice skating rink, called Rainbo Arena, which was a practice rink for the Chicago Blackhawks including the year they won the 1961 Stanley Cup. The Rainbo Arena was also a training rink for several Olympic figure skaters, housed a pro bowling alley and the original Kinetic Playground music venue.

In the 1960s and thereafter, The Rainbo was a popular late night roller rink until it was torn down for a new housing development called Rainbo Village. When the building was being demolished in 2003, an assortment of human bones and tennis shoes were discovered in what had been the building's basement.[19] How the bones and shoes ended up there has remained unresolved.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2014 at 12:25am

I added my name, Sk8eycat.  I hope the building and the business get saved.  Good luck!  I hate seeing wonderful icons of the past so readily discarded.  

In recent years here in Chicago we lost an iconic roller-skating rink......torn down for condo buildings.  The property (The Rainbo) was part of a entertainment venue that dated to before World War I.  It survived Prohibition as a speakeasy and hosted many of the famous big bands throughout 30's and 40's.  It had a fantastic history.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 12:16am

I signed and shared. Good luck! Sounds like a lot of ice skating people in your community would support this effort.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 12, 2014 at 10:57pm

I wanted to explain some of the history of Culver, but it would have taken too much time and space...one small example is that Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner trained there before and after they became US and World Pairs Champions, and several of my friends from Holiday (and before) taught there.  It's one of the "homier" ice rinks in SoCal. 

There's a big rink here in Burbank, but they are so snotty about who is allowed to teach there that most people don't bother with the place.  They want ALL their teachers/coaches to have national titles at the very least, whether they have the ability to teach and encourage kids or not. Plus they are nervous, even after all these years, about skin color. Can You imagine that?!  Culver has NEVER cared about color...except the color of money. Which they are still raking in. It's the landlords, who don't even live in California, who want to try condos or a (money-losing) mall.

After all these years, and all the champions and ice show stars who have come out of that rink, the place should be declared some sort of cultural/sports landmark.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 12, 2014 at 9:12pm

PLEASE spread this around ASAP:

You know I rarely send petitions to friends, but this one is important to ME.  The people that own the land that Culver Ice Arena is on want to get rid of it, and build condos, or something equally stupid.  After 52 years, there is so much permafrost under the rink that if/when they cut off the refrigeration, they'll end up with a useless swamp.
Please read the petition, and if you are so inclined, sign it Monday before 6PM Pacific Time..
Thanks!
Felaine, aka La Bruja del Hielo

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/990/371/335/save-the-ice-rink-in-culver-city/

Comment by sk8eycat on January 12, 2014 at 4:10pm

I don't know if the kitten in that video was having a nightmare, or if dogs are dreaming when their paws twitch while they are asleep.

  In humans, we are paralyzed during REM sleep.  At least some of us are; I have had what are called "waking dreams" when I'm half awake, try to move or yell, and can't do anything for a minute or two till I'm fully awake.

(Had one episode where I heard something outside my bedroom window...probably an animal...my dreaming mind thought "prowlers!," and I tried to yell, just made incoherent noises...couldn't move, scared my sister half to death.  She called 911, but by the time the police and EMTs got here I was fully awake, and terribly embarrassed.)

 

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