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Surreal, I haz it

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

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 7 Replies

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

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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

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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 May 16, 2013 at 12:44am

Good news, Sk8eycat! Wonderful to hear!

Comment by sk8eycat on May 15, 2013 at 11:56pm

PS: Melinda, I absolutely LOVE "Daisy Cat"!  Such a studious look on his face!
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To everyone, I am finally getting some help from the Beautiful Downtown Burbank DWP!  A Green Home inspector came yesterday AM to check the plumbing, electrical outlets, and the attic.  I was scared that he would take one look, and recommend that I lose my Lifeline eligibility.

NO WEIGH!

He replaced showe heads, and faucet thingies with much better ones, Gave us some LED 12.5 Watt light bulbs that are as bright as(or brighter than 60 W bulbs), set up an appointment for us to get decent insulation installed in the attic, and set up another appointment for us to get a brand new Energy Star fridge in exchange for the one I bought in 1984.

At NO CHARGE TO US AT ALL! 

Why do I cry when someone does something nice for me?

Comment by sk8eycat on May 15, 2013 at 11:41pm

Re: wasting tomatoes. 

How many of you have read The Missionary Position; Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens?  He describes an incident in Rome one summer when everybody seemed to be having bumper crops of tomatoes, and many donated the extras to one of her convents there. They couldn't even give them away (because nobody needed them), so the nuns prudently canned them to save for winter. 

MT pitched a fit and fell in it, saying that preserving food demonstrated a lack of faith in the ability of their imaginary friend to provide for them.

The woman was nucking futz...even the most fanatic fundamentalist would figure that preserving the overabundance, to be used during a time of shortage, and giving thanks, was the proper thing to do with a gift from what's-his-name.

If you haven't read the book, DO!  And then whenever someone uses the old bitch's name as an example of caring for the poor in your presence, give them a good slap upside the head. And tell THEM to read the book.

Comment by Plinius on May 15, 2013 at 11:34pm

You're right FA, it's so strange to see people waste good food so senselessly. Here food is wasted too, but people start to come to their senses. I see more Transition Town ideas coming up now, but perhaps that is because I read a little about it. A very nice project is a vegetable garden where volunteers grow food for people on benefit. I regret that I cannot take part in it, my bad back won't allow it.

And finally I'm getting into a holiday mood! Next week we're off to Naples for a few days!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 15, 2013 at 5:21pm

I just don't get it.......

Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Tomatina

Of course we waste much food here in the US as well.  We live in an era when food has never been so plentiful or readily available, yet still, millions of people around the globe are starving.  (Sorry to bring down the mood.)   

Comment by booklover on May 15, 2013 at 5:04pm

Comment by booklover on May 15, 2013 at 5:03pm

Wow I've never even seen food being thrown like that.  It's so true though that that is a horrible waste.  What could we throw to get our frustration out?! lol.  There are some people I'd like to throw! (just kidding.)

Love the video Carl!  Of course we wonder where our friends are when they haven't posted!!  When you don't post we miss you!

I was a cleaning-machine today!!!  I cannot believe how much dog/cat fur collects everywhere in my house.  Gross, but I wouldn't trade them for the world. :)~ Melinda, aka booklover, aka Mindy ;)

Comment by Patricia on May 15, 2013 at 4:39pm

That's funny FA!!!

I'm disgusted with seeing how food is treated sometimes. I do not believe food is a toy to play with, & I even had trouble with the kids using food in their school assignments that had nothing to do with science or nutrition. IE....'art' out of macaroni & glue, mountains out of flour/sugar paste & food coloring, etc......especially when it couldn't be washed & eaten later.

I get really bent when I see tomatoes thrown like that, or melons thrown from rooftops to see how much splatter can be gotten.....geesh!!!!!!!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 15, 2013 at 4:26pm

I also hate seeing good food wasted.  Especially once I started putting a lot of time and resources into growing my own.  

The hardest for me to watch is watermelon being smashed because I love eating them so much, and can't grow many on my small property.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 15, 2013 at 4:09pm

Here I am, Melinda.  I've been busy working and doing this and that.  Thanks for thinking about me.....I'm humbled and flattered. 

Joan, something you said in an earlier post about not wasting lemons hit a nerve with me.  I hate seeing good food wasted.  I am deeply saddened every year when I see that tomato throwing festival that occurs, I think, in Spain.  What a waste of precious food!!!

I love cats in boxes...and I guess so do they. 

On an unrelated topic, a friend sent me this video.  I thought I'd share it with all of you.

 

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