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The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo 13 hours ago. 11 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 on Monday. 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 sk8eycat on February 2, 2014 at 1:47pm

Oh!  Groundhog Day....I forgot.  Feels like winter has just begun where I am, Clear, cold, and windy ...57 deg. right now.  Not impressive compared to the ice storms than have been blowing through the rest of the country, but it's enough for me at the moment, and we need rain!

@Idaho - S'funny. Lyle did NOT say his name much.  When I first got him I thought about naming him after Percival Lowell, because he was a reddish orange color.  And when I had him neutered I figured he'd never develop a deep tomcat voice, so I changed it to Lyle.  BUT it turned out he could say "Lowell."  A LOT!  But I still liked the name Lyle for him, so it stuck.

I had read about a fictional cat named "Lyle" in a children's book about a pet boarding place called "Howla-Day Inn." (Or something like that.) That's also the title of the book.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunnicula  (scroll down)

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 2, 2014 at 12:59pm

Happy Punxsutawney Phil day y'all.

Fun fact:  During Prohibition, Punxsutawney Phil threatened that, if he was not allowed to drink, there would be 60 weeks of winter.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 2, 2014 at 11:24am

Felaine, did Lyle say his name much?

Comment by Plinius on February 2, 2014 at 2:01am

Yes, there is help for people who cannot stay at home. We went through it with Aunt when her Alzheimer's became worse. First a report about the disabilities, then a report about what's needed, after that you can put the patient on a waitinglist for a care home. Every person who needs to be in a care home can be admitted, but it's not free of course. The health care organizations look at the patient's income (together with the government) and decide on a reasonable share the patient has to pay. It is balanced so that the patient has got health insurance, all the housing and care he/she needs and some money for clothes and small outings. I'm very glad that this part of the health care still works, even if the system is cut into all the time.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 2, 2014 at 1:27am

Mindy, I'm glad your heart monitor results show that all is well.  

{{{ reassuring hug }}}

Joan, thank you for the kind words.  As always, you are an inspiration.  In fact, everyone here is an inspiration.  I marvel at the wide range of topics discussed here.  It's all these stories. our highs and our lows, that trigger the necessary support from others that we need from time to time.  What a great group of people!

And now on to the mundane.......I did my federal tax return earlier this evening.  

Oh, Sk8eycat.  I love the cat walk video!  I got quite a good laugh from it. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 2, 2014 at 12:20am

Joan, I posted this in the Kitty Group:

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I think he's attacking his reflection in that shiny, tall kitchen waste basket thingie.

One of our (orange tiger) cats did that "walk" many years ago, when I was holding a tiny toy mouse...one made of rabbit fur....above his head.  I never have a camera handy when things like that happen.
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His name was Lyle;  I called him that so he could say his own name.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 1, 2014 at 11:51pm

sk8eycat, a great kitty video! I've never seen a cat do THAT!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 1, 2014 at 11:48pm

Chris, I do hope your b-i-l's convalescent home stay helps him and relieves you. What is the procedure when a person is no longer able to live alone or at his/her home? Are there facilities that he can go into? Does the government pay those bills? Not to ask about your personal situation, but as a societal issue when a person doesn't have money resources. 

When I visited a home in Hamburg, Germany, it was nationally owned and financed, I think. At least that is what I understood them to mean. It included a children's home as well. I enjoyed my visit there and found the aged and young fit well together with proper planning and policies and age-appropriate programs.  

Comment by sk8eycat on February 1, 2014 at 7:42pm

Thanks, Spud.  Now I'm twitching a bit, too.  Went online to find out how long this is going to go on..."7 - 21 Days"  is what they said.  GACK!  I have a cat-sitting job starting the 11th.....

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 1, 2014 at 1:51pm

Sorry Elaine.

 

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