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Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan on Wednesday. 9 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Chris G on Tuesday. 9 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat Dec 12. 11 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat Nov 26. 41 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 24. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 22. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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Comment by Joseph Corder on January 15, 2013 at 5:56pm

It worked for me!  I have gone onto a page that has about 3 running at the same time!  Very frustrating!!

Comment by booklover on January 15, 2013 at 5:20pm

Felaine, this IS a great place to come and rant.  AND people here actually care because we are friends.  I am not facing the same things as you are right now, but I certainly understand your frustration and I agree with you wholeheartedly! ~ Melinda

Comment by sk8eycat on January 15, 2013 at 3:18pm

Joan, You asked if I'd had a physical lately...my MD retired suddenly on Dec. 31st (he only gave me 2 weeks notice...after 42 years!), so I'm shopping for a new General Practitioner, or gerontologist, or whatever you call a doctor who specializes in the peculiar problems of aging.

Things are a little crazy because MediCareLess hasn't set the guidelines for 2013; I usually receive the information booklet for the new year in October or November, and I haven't, nor have any of my friends who are over 65 (practically all of them).

Some local doctors aren't accepting new patients until they find out WTF is going on...and in the meantime, I have about a month's worth of the meds I need to control my BP and diabetes.  Thank DOG I'm not on insulin!

All I can find about the 2013 changes in Medcare so far pertain to Part D, which I don't have because it's a scam to benefit Big Pharma, and always has been.  I get 2 meds free from Pfizer's Connection to Care, but I still need a written Rx to get them.

Also, I have heard that ALL Medicare patients who don't have any supplemental insurance (I am one) are going to be assigned arbitrarily to whatever insurance company is handy. What that sounds like is HMO-ism...snarls of red tape, and losing the freedom to choose my own doctor(s), and that doesn't ease my mind, either.

It's a mess. 

I have an appointment with a GP next week who was recommended by my pharmacist; I trust his judgment--I desperately needed a dentist a few years ago, and he sent me to one right here in our neighborhood...she's outstanding and very compassionate , so...we'll see.

In the meantime, I AM getting a little frantic about the whole thing, and what really p*sses me off that all this is not about keeping American citizens healthy (so we don't have epidemics and plagues) and/or useful (so we can work, pay taxes, and retire comfortably), it's about MONEY! 

The radical wrong will keep their wars going forever because they get mucho dinero from the armament manufacturers...while they begrudge grandma's Social Security benefits that she earned by working at low-paying jobs all her life.  And now they are even trying to cut back care for the veterans who were maimed fighting their damned wars...

Oh, dear. I'm ranting again.  My apologies.

Ruth....thank you for creating a place where we can tell jokes, post pics, just talk, AND rant.  I think I'm feeling better.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 15, 2013 at 2:11pm

Lots of pics that make me smile. Thanks.

Comment by booklover on January 15, 2013 at 1:43pm

I want a thinking-cat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

Comment by Tony Carroll on January 15, 2013 at 1:14pm

Joan, glad it worked. If you liked those pics, I put them up in Digital Life on Geek and Nerd Haven. Many more pics there, just stuff that caught my eye, for either content, color, subject matter, whatever. Come on over and peek at a few. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 15, 2013 at 1:01pm

Ian, The squash ducks delight me. Thanks.

Booklover, great photo of that huge dog! The bricks suspiciously look  like China where women went out every day to sweep streets with a corn-broom. There were no flies. Dog piles were shoveled into honeybuckets. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 15, 2013 at 12:56pm

Joseph, I "paused" and "muted" and I could think of nothing else that  works. 
Tony! Your hypothesis works! Thanks! In addition, the pictures you posted are keepers! 

Comment by Joseph Corder on January 15, 2013 at 10:17am

Joan, If you are still having trouble turning off the music, just pause the player!

Comment by booklover on January 15, 2013 at 9:22am

I love those squash-birds!  People are so clever!

 

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