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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

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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 The Flying Atheist on September 24, 2013 at 11:36pm

Sk8eycat, I'm with you.  I will not patronize Walmart.  I don't agree with their business model or their treatment of workers.  There are Walmart stores in the Chicago suburbs but very few locations have made inroads into the city proper due to Chicago having such a strong historical and traditional influence of unionized labor.  The folks here have fought tooth and nail from being infiltrated by Walmart, being mostly successful with just a few exceptions.  

I can honestly tell you that I have been inside a Walmart store three times in my entire life.  Two times in other cities while on a layover at work when I needed an item and no other option was available (each time spending less than $10.00) and the third time, not as a customer, but just accompanying an acquaintance with a work-related purchase.

I'm trying to do my part by not encouraging this business.  I'm just one person, but I have been active throughout the years with online petitions that speak out about the myriad of problems associated with Walmart.  I wish I could do more to be more effective.

Napoleon, thanks for posting that video on circumcision.  In recent years I've become quite vocal against this horrible practice.  When I've brought up the subject in conversation while in the presence of my mother, she gets quite disgusted that I would even consider taking such a stance.  I'm thinking I may need to send this video to her, but it might send her into a fit.  She enjoys living in her bubble and doesn't like to talk about such topics. 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 24, 2013 at 9:07pm

Mindy, higher education is becoming an elite reservation. In my day (that's the 1980s) university education in Britain was free and there were student grants to live on.When I was finished I owed about £350 to the bank. One of my nephews who's just starting expects to have debts of around £50,000 when he's finished after 3 years. Most of the "reforms" to the education system were brought in by the so-called Labour government of Tony Blair.

Here in Denmark most education is still free and there is a form of financial support, albeit means-tested and not enough to live on. My daughter will end up owing very little when she's finished despite having to support herself for her 6-month period studying in Australia. That was paid for by the savings me and my ex had put aside every month for 18 years plus her own weekend job. I can't understand how any country calling itself "civilised" can restrict access to education in this way.

Ever read Gray's "Elegy in a Country Churchyard"? That laments all the unrecognised genius that's 6 feet under, the undiscovered Shakespeare that was an unlettered ploughman unable to express himself because he couldn't go to school.

Bit of a rant but I'm also outraged by the system, particularly when we're told that education is the key to the future but only the rich get through the eye of that particular needle.

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 24, 2013 at 8:28pm

This is from Uncle George's site (as in George Takei). Laughed so hard nearly split my gut, as the saying goes. How can something so wrong be so right? He does look fabulous, I must admit.

 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 24, 2013 at 1:54am

I buy groceries online from Schwan's (everything is frozen, but the veg taste VERY fresh, even when you nuke them. Their ice cream is to slide under the table in ecstasy for.), and Vons/Safeway for everything else. Electronic coupons are valid, and they have other specials.

I have a couple of friends who moved to Payson, AZ in 1999, and there's one of those giant Walphart stores right across the street from a Safeway AND a chain supermarket that's popular in Arizona.  My friends think WailMart is just wonderful.  The store plus the parking lot have destroyed several acres of what was once a large market garden... Ugh.

People don't understand that once something that large is built on fertile cropland, it is gone forever.  Or at least for our lifetimes.

This country's wealth has always been the land, but it's all being paved over at breakneck speed....nobody can eat asphalt.

I don't know if Schwan's delivers in Canada, but they WILL send packages via UPS...packed in dry ice.  Go to the Safeway web site and see if they deliver in your area...do they have stores in Canada?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2013 at 12:38am

sk8eycat, I feel so much pain from your story, and the countless other stories that good, decent, honest, hard working people tell. The real parasites remain untouched, and it seems they remain untouchable. 

Yes, there will be an uprising and the sooner the better. The Walmart family steals time and money from those who work for them and should be held accountable. 

Can you see the masses assembling outside Walmart stores across the country with valiant leaders ready to storm the citadels? 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 24, 2013 at 12:22am

There is a loud segment of our population, including elected representatives of ALL the people in their districts,  who consider those who need public assistance to survive "parasites." Like Mitt R-Money's famous 47%.

On the contrary, the true parasites are the greedy moguls who keep sucking money out of the system, sending it to overseas banks so they won't have to pay taxes on it, and are so emotionally damaged that they will NEVER have enough of anything...money, power, toys....anything.

Yeah...I am physically weak, and facing bankruptcy, but I'm ready for an uprising....I wish people, in vast numbers, would boycott Walmart for starters.  That family disgusts me.

Comment by Steph S. on September 23, 2013 at 4:28pm

How's everyone? I am enjoying all the posts here and pictures.

Hope everyone has a good start to the week.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 23, 2013 at 10:46am

Love the bunny lady, Mindy. Perhaps she's a clever hunter/furrier..

R.e. a hermit life: by coincidence I've just started the novel "Oblomov" by Ivan Goncharev. I do heartily recommend it to those who think they'd like a withdrawn life.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 23, 2013 at 1:18am

Have just read Douglas Adams's "Long, Dark Teatime of the Soul" (1988) and was suprised by the similarities to Niel Gaiman's "American Gods" (2001) Shall we be kind and call it "inspiration"?

Comment by sk8eycat on September 22, 2013 at 8:35pm

Ooops!  Typo alert! Carl Sagan!

And I meant to add that the Heinleins really did have a cat named "Pixel."  Mrs. Heinlein sent me some Polaroids of him, but I've been searching and I can't find them...yet.

 

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