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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

Tags: @SethAndrewsTTA, @morehead_sarah, @Matt_Dillahunty, @jteberhard, confirmed

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

Tags: Atheist Pig

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Comment by Loren Miller on September 4, 2013 at 6:47am

Comment by Loren Miller just now Delete Comment Some of us here know the Englishman Stephen Fry, perhaps from his appearance in the movie, Sherlock Holmes, Game of Shadows, or for his brilliant performance in the 2009 Intelligence-Squared debate, where he appeared "my trusty Hitch[ens] by my side," and basically wiped the floor with their opponents on the subject: "The catholic church is a force for good in the world."

Well, here, poor Stephen gets the tables turned on him on his own show - QI - though somehow, I'm not certain he minds too much!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 3, 2013 at 11:18pm

Ian, I left a reply to your post in the "NEWS" group. 

In the myth, the good big guy isn't supposed to hit the bad little guy FIRST.  If at all.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 3, 2013 at 8:25pm

Just my twopenn'th of opinion re the big issue in the news.

It seems to me that countries continue to believe in their own myths, no matter what evidence there is to the contrary.

America: if the "good" cowboy stands up to and shoots the "baddies" at high noon on Main Street the grateful townsfolk will come running to thank him as their problems are now solved forever.

Britain: send in a gunboat or a few planes, fire off a few shells and the ignorant "darkies" will run back to the hills and stop causing trouble.

Denmark: the issue doesn't matter, just as long as we get picked as a makeweight by the Big Boys for their team. We've been noticed!

Oh, one more thing. Poison gas in Damascus? That's what Winston Churchill suggested in 1919 as a method for keeping the uppity natives in their place

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 3, 2013 at 6:40pm

Single payer is definitely the way to go. The nonsense of it all ... I have type 2 Diabetes and I control it with Rx, diet and exercise. I don't need to test unless I don't feel good and then I usually find my blood sugar is too high. An easy fix, and I get back on track. I know when I need to check

My medical insurance sends me a new supply of strips and other supplies every month. It is usual for me to use three or four in a month. If you can use my style of strips, I will send them to you gladly. I suspect mine are mickey mouse compared to what your son needs.

  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 3, 2013 at 6:09pm

LOL sk8eycat.  We all have our moments of relapse from time to time.  I've been known to yell, "Oh God" during sex. 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 3, 2013 at 5:46pm

Mindy, I did something out of character a little while ago...I sent a friend a pomegranate e-notecard with a prayer on it for Rosh Whatever.  Pomegranates are an integral part of the second day's dinner/ceremony, or something, and Lori takes this stuff seriously, so I thought I'd "make nice" on her.

I really surprised myself.  (And damaged my Lucretia MacEvil image.)

Comment by sk8eycat on September 3, 2013 at 1:57pm

Insurance companies and certain people in our federal and state government(s) want everyone to die as soon as we reach retirement age, or before that if we have conditions that can't be fixed with a couple of aspirin. They have panic attacks at the mere thought of anybody ceasing to pay into whatever fund, and needing them to pay out (as they agreed to do when we bought the insurance, or spent our working lives paying into Medicare) , instead.

I have a friend who has both Crohn's Disease and fibromyalgia, and it seems like every month she is fighting with the insurance company that Medicare or SSI arbitrarily assigned her to.  They tell her they can't allow her to become "dependent" on the only pain meds that work for her.  WTF! She is never going to get well, so she should be allowed to live the rest of her life in relative comfort, if not totally pain-free. (That's impossible.) It's all about money...they have it, and they want to hang on to it.

Makes me so angry I want to scream, but not at you guys.

Single-payer insurance is the only way to go.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 3, 2013 at 10:48am

Booklover, I sympathize with you over the self-defeating short-sighted insurance company. Making it harder for type 1 diabetics to monitor their blood sugar will increase health costs later. That's the opposite of what insurance is supposed to do.

I don't watch shows that humiliate contestants. I don't get a kick out of seeing people publicly fail. To me it's painful, not funny.

My favorite dance performances are by Pilobolus. Here's a 30 second sample.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2013 at 8:15am

Oh, Felaine, at first I thought you said you loved the gong show, but then I saw you hated it.  Even though I loved it, I did feel sorry for some of the dummies that didn't know they were bad.

Well, everyone has different tastes.  I wasn't going to say it, but after you said you hated the gong show, I hope you don't mind me saying I hated Bob Hope.  

I can't stand egotists, and he stuck me as a big one.  Seems like every time he made a "joke", he would stop, give the audience a sideways look that to me looked like he was saying "OK, I'm waiting for you to recognize me as the funniest human ever, and start laughing."

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2013 at 8:05am

Thanks for the reminder FA.  I loved the gong show and Gene Gene, the Dancing Machine.  Great fun!

 

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