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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

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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 Ian Mason on March 8, 2013 at 3:48am

I've got behind, so this is a bit belated.

Sympathies, Felaine. I went through 3 years suffering and of a lot of money thanks to an incompetent dentist. Dentists and drunk-drivers are the only people who should suffer capital punishment.

Yes, 50 years old is far too young to go. That's tragic.

Great cats all. They've put a smile on my face.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2013 at 2:12am

Did you lose a cat?

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 7, 2013 at 9:39pm

'I seez a caption!' 'Me too!'

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 7, 2013 at 6:55pm

This one's for you booklover.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 7, 2013 at 5:55pm

Patricia, sorry to hear of your dental and emotional ordeals!

Felaine, I'm glad things are going better... and Eloise would undoubtedly make a better pope than 99% of the cardinals!

BTW, there is a one-sentence bill in the U.S. House that would simply repeal the s*q**st*r: HR 900, the Cancel the Sequester Act of 2013. Signon.org has a petition.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 7, 2013 at 2:45pm

The major pain vanished around midnight last night, and I'M FINE! Thanks! I think I was a little goofy lasy night because I came up with the following (wishing Kay Thompson was still alive...and sane.)

ELOISE

IN

THE VATICAN

Eloise, Nanny, and Weenie are in Rome when Rat-Boy quits; they take the usual tour of the public parts of the Vatican, wander away from the group, and get lost. They end up sequestered (pardon that dirty word!) with the cardinals, etc. when the convocation starts.

Lots of snarky comments about the men's "costumes." And the inside power politicking. Maybe she opens a door and finds two priests in bed together...or an all-out Borgia-style orgy going on.

Eloise scribbles her name all over the place, including the ballots and is ”miraculously" elected pope...I dunno.

I just don't have the Thompson Touch.

I'm only ME,

FELAINE!

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 7, 2013 at 11:17am

OUCH, OH Felaine!  That sounds horrible!   And, Patricia, I don’t like the thought of you having all your teeth pulled either.  I’ve got a few sympathy pains for you guys.

Chris’ doctor sounds like he had the answer about injections not entering the swollen area.   I’m going to try to remember that.  

I'm a chicken about pain and won't put-up with it anymore, but I’m usually lucky to have little pain due to surgery.  Melinda, when I had my wisdom teeth extracted, I had almost no pain afterwards and none during because I had a surgeon that laid me down and put me out completely.   I wonder if experiencing a lot of pain during a procedure somehow makes the recovery pain worse.

Patricia, I’m glad to hear you’re done with toxic people.  

Interesting pie chart Steph.  I especially like the “helping the poor/sick/needy” slice approaching zero.  

As for humor, I don’t like slapstick either Joan, and Carol B. had too much of it for my taste, so, although I thought the elephant sketch and a few others were funny, most of her humor did nothing for me.

I enjoyed Cosby for a long time, but got tired of him calling his children and teenagers “brain dead” along with other names, even though it appears to be true.

I don’t like violent “humor” either.  The exception was the 3 stooges when I was young.  For some reason, I liked them as a child (and I do think males like them a lot more than females).  As I’ve aged, I’ve outgrown them.  They’re mostly dumb now and the violence is disturbing.

Comment by Steph S. on March 7, 2013 at 5:37am

Grinning cat that is so cute!

Good morning everyone - drinking coffee and getting ready to leave for work early today.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 7, 2013 at 3:41am

A good family is a great thing. A bad family can be a nightmare.

My Dad was married twice so I've got 2 "Mums", both very jealous and posessive, so there's been some conflicts. Peace seems now to have settled over the situation but that's probably because they both know that the end is in sight, which is a sobering thought for them.

Patricia, please remember that your own well-being comes first. Do whatever moderates your mood and blood-pressure and to Hell with anything/anyone else.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 7, 2013 at 1:25am

Patricia, I am so very sorry that there isn't a warm relationship; life is too precious to have to put up with people who judge or don't accept one. So! Make each day extra special for yourself! Make your happiness and joy and enthusiasm depend on you, you are too precious to let another stand in the way of your standing proud, strong, happy, and full of vinegar.

 

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