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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Wednesday. 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

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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 Grinning Cat on June 20, 2013 at 12:42am

And now for some recent literal bible-thumping:

Sheriff's Office: Woman arrested after using Bible as a weapon (shelbystar.com, May 13)

A Kings Mountain [NC] woman was arrested Saturday and charged with assault inflicting serious injury after beating another woman with a Bible, according to arrest warrants.

[The 57-year-old woman] struck another woman "numerous times about her body with a closed fist and striking her with a Bible about her left arm," the warrant states.

 

So it's not just ninth-graders, as in the detention notice Matthew Greenberg posted last year:

Comment by sk8eycat on June 19, 2013 at 9:57pm

LMSAO! (The "S" stands for "skinny") You find the neatest stuff, Loren, and very often when I need a laugh.

Do you think that scene was before or after Lot went to bed with his  girls?

Comment by Loren Miller on June 19, 2013 at 4:41pm

And now for something completely different:

Comment by Plinius on June 19, 2013 at 1:00am

So that's where the Sputnik ended! Thanks for the pictures, Ian!

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 19, 2013 at 12:10am

Patricia, you have determination and style -- that license plate for your scooter is perfect (and not just because of the cat)!

And thanks, Ian, for that taste of "Sculpture by the Sea". (Their website has an extensive gallery.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 18, 2013 at 11:48pm

Ruth, I like your comment of Eva's version of "Imagine". Her mellow sound, coupled with her story, does produce a melancholy rendition.

Eva died of melanoma cancer in 1996 at the age of 33. 

 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 18, 2013 at 11:41pm

Interesting sculptures, Ian. I didn't realize the second one was a dragon, thanks Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 18, 2013 at 11:41pm
Patricia, I have a whole new appreciate for you and your life's journey. With your wit and wisdom, you will always come out a winner. Especially appreciate the scooter, its license, you wearing purple and giving off that air of self-respect and dignity. Please include a photo of you and your husband riding your scooter. So sorry to learn of your husband's stroke and its consequences.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 18, 2013 at 11:34pm

Ian, take advantage of the senior discount if you can get it, the consideration may not be there in 8 1/2 years. 

On the other hand, it may feel better to be an "adult" not a "senior citizen". So, I guess it is best to do what works for you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 18, 2013 at 11:30pm

Ian, is this most recent piece also a light? I love the shape. All these interesting shapes arouse my curiosity. The Sputnik must have a story behind it. I am puzzled by the dragon ... is it flowers, or beer cans or ? "Sculpture by the Sea", Aarhus" led me to this intriguing site:

sculpture by the sea aarhus denmark. It answered my first question about the piece that looked like an imaginative  lamp post. Thanks for the treats!

 

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