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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover yesterday. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara on Saturday. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

Tags: poem

Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

Tags: life, joy, Richard Dawkins Foundation, Sean Faircloth

Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on April 14, 2013 at 1:30am

" the arias of rot that rise at empire's end"

That is beautiful, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 14, 2013 at 12:38am
Here is a new, to me, version of the 5-step problem solving process.
The Secular Life Coach: Critical thinking:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=488603757867890&set=a.4...
Comment by sk8eycat on April 13, 2013 at 9:04pm

Thanks, Chris, that sounds encouraging.  I've been noticing that Jerry is eating more often, but he eats less than usual each session.

Years ago I had a vet who makes house calls come euthanize a sweet old orange fellow who was in kidney failure.  It cost 10 times the price of an office visit, but it was worth it.  We sat on the floor in a patch of sunlight; in was very peaceful. She first made a clay pawprint plaque for us to keep, lit a candle, and read a short poem (I was VERY glad she didn't read the "Rainbow Bridge" thing!), and gave Lyle the drugs.  He was so weak that the first shot, the anaesthetic, probably stopped his heart.

I wish I could afford to do something like that for Jerry, but it's just not possible.  I was still working full-time when we had Lyle's "funeral."  However, The Animal Hospital I took him to is always very calming...no hysterical dogs in the waiting room, and stuff like that.  (There is a cat specialist closer to us, but I don't like him. Very brusque "bedside manner.")

I'll stick with Media City and "Doc Liz."

And no matter what happens, I'll still have my little Pumpkin.  He's 14 years old, and still roars around the house like a kitten.  Or sits on my knees and purrs when I'm trying to type. 

 

Comment by Steph S. on April 13, 2013 at 8:37pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2013 at 5:01pm
Sorry, that should read Grinning Cat!
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2013 at 5:00pm
Grinning Car, I like this "awesome" website you recommend. http://www.logicalfallacies.info/
I know I am not dumb, but frankly, a lot of the fallacy names make no sense to me. Guess I just don't have the lawyer's mind. People often state, "that is an XXX fallacy" and I don't get it. Why is it a fallacy? I welcome any instructions. In the meantime, I am going to look at this list and see if it is any clearer than the other lists I have read. Thanks G. Cat!
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2013 at 4:42pm

I posted a long piece that is rather somber, as the author often is, that you may be interested in reading at Politics, Economics, and Religion. Here is a paragraph from it. 

"When engaged in discourse with belligerently ignorant teabagger types and self-impressed democratic partisans, remember this: Their convictions and attendant acts are ushering the present order to its demise. They are part of the soul's song i.e., the arias of rot that rise at empire's end."

Phil Rockstroh

Comment by Plinius on April 13, 2013 at 2:53pm

Thanks Sk8eycat, I wasn't fully awake when I wrote the question. Then I remembered just when the vet told me that Prednizone boosts cancer: when my own red and white Plinius had a lump. On Prednizone he had six weeks more of the best sort of life we could give him, and when the pain came through we had him put to sleep.  I do hope Hairy Jerry will have an easy end too.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 13, 2013 at 1:31pm

Flying Atheist, Argument cat’s a keeper. I nearly rolled off of my chair laughing. I just had to put it in No Nonsense too.

Ian, appreciating the arts is great too. We can’t all have the same aptitude profiles, life would be too boring. I get an F on punning, for example.

Grumpy cat is a sweet girl, good to know. Thanks GrinningCat. Did you post that logicalfallacies link in No Nonsense?

Love Snack Cat LOL booklover. Every time I sit in my recliner to have a snack, within seconds our two cats are there with me asking for their snacks too. That expression captures the moment well.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 13, 2013 at 1:13pm

Oh!  I'm laughing at Snack Cat and Argument Cat!  Thank you both!

To Chris and Joseph...Dr. Liz said that Prednizone might help reduce some of the swelling because the tumor is pushing his esophagus and trachea to the side, and eventually he'll have difficulty swallowing.  We're trying to delay that. I did not ask her "how long?" when we were in the clinic...I don't think I want to know just yet.

And, yes, it's "people Prednizone."  (A very tiny dose, 0.01ml once a day)  Most all meds that vets use on mammals are the same stuff we use.  This is nasty, but all pharmaceutical companies test new drugs on animals before they ever test them on humans.  The ironic thing is that the one family of drugs that helps so many humans (myself included) is useless or lethal for dogs and cats...simple pain meds. Especially aspirin.

In the meantime, I'm going to be sans computer till the 26th.  I'll try to check in with you all before I leave tomorrow. (Sue is picking me up around 6 or 7 PM, and we're having dinner at a little hole-in-the-wall that serves the most dee-lishus barbecued pork chow fun I've ever tasted. I NEED a treat!)

I've been thinking about buying some alphabet pasta ever since I saw that black cat...tee-hee!  That really is such a great remark to use on the doorbell ringers.

 

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