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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 5 hours ago. 19 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 11 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 Dec 15. 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

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 booklover on August 28, 2014 at 3:04pm

Just wanted to report that I got a letter in the mail today, and it said all the samples they took when they did my upper-endoscopy were benign.  So!  One less thing to worry about! :)

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 28, 2014 at 1:54pm

Joan, I usually ride on the road with my recumbent trike for several reasons.  One, there's less snow and ice on the road.  Two, the road is less bumpy than the sidewalks.  

Three, when riding on the sidewalk, I don't like stopping at each intersection, and waiting for all traffic to disappear before I go again.  When riding on the road, I actually feel safer, because cars can see me better.

My ride to work was uphill but was at 6AM, so not much traffic.  My ride home was downhill, so I could keep up with traffic, and rode fully in the roadway just like a car.  Again, I was more visible that way.  I increase my visibility by having a multicolored twirling windsock type of thing on a pole.

My trike does well on ice as long as I didn't push too hard, and it does well with snow, which is usually less than an inch.

With a trike, the 3 wheels means you won't fall over if you slip on ice or snow (or gravel).  

I've only fallen over twice.  Both times were when I was learning and turned corners too sharp and fast.  It happened on dry pavement when there was enough friction to keep my tires from skidding.

Comment by booklover on August 28, 2014 at 11:11am
Felaine, if anyone on FB looks at my profile page, they will say that saying. :)
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 28, 2014 at 7:40am

GC - you reminded me of Woody Allen's crack that if there is a god, he must be an underachiever.

Comment by Plinius on August 28, 2014 at 7:14am

It's our BS-detector, Randall.  "innocent" also irritates me - should I be overjoyed when someone dies who is not innocent? Innocent of what?

Comment by Randall Smith on August 28, 2014 at 6:55am

When I read or hear about "innocent" people being killed (or whatever), I often transfer my sad feelings to a rationalized expression of "See--what kind of god would allow such a thing to happen? Ha. Showed you." I'm not proud of feeling that way, but it helps deaden the sadness.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 28, 2014 at 1:25am

Here's another fun song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9bMi4s_yOE&list=PL4F31A2E482D6...

I found a whole slew of Atheist songs on YouTube...don't know why I never looked for any till tonight.
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Grinner, I am SO Mac illiterate that I don't know how to do anything but look at my own ugly face on the screen, and click icons just to see what happens. 

I NEED to learn to use that Mac because this Dell is 10 years old, slowing down, and crashes or freezes at least 4 times a day.  I actually do two small jobs via the net...I don't get paid for them, but it's something to keep me busy for one week a month.

I'm effing BORED!
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When everyone was talking about swearing, I realized that I don't "swear" at all, I just cuss (use dirty words).  I'll say "ohhhhhh sh*t" and the F-word occasionally, but my hyper-religious sister is the one who says "godammit" when she drops a spoon or something equally trivial. I think Homer Simpson is her role model since she has Asperger's Syndrome, and doesn't really understand how real humans behave.  She will be 70 in November....

Comment by sk8eycat on August 28, 2014 at 12:57am

I found a couple of shortened versions of Dan Barker's atheist songs on YouTube (Hallelujah!  *snicker*)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIoXPlGwois

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 28, 2014 at 12:49am

The good but quite limited god Harold Kushner posits in When Bad Things Happen to Good People, who's just as outraged as we are over tragedies and injustice, makes much more sense than the traditional version. (Then again, people here would agree that any god is imaginary and unnecessary.)

Kushner, a rabbi who had a traditional view of God, was moved to rethink his beliefs when his son died of progeria, literally dying of old age in his teens. He absolutely rejects "mysterious plans" bullshit as profoundly immoral.

(The "moral supporter" sort of god Kushner came to believe in reminds me somewhat of the idea of "avatars" I read about somewhere else: characters -- like Lady Liberty, Santa Claus, or the Geico gecko -- who exist only in our cultural consciousness, but who, unlike those examples, speak and advocate for the well-being of all of humanity, and know they're fictional.)

When Bad Things Happen to Good People might be worth recommending to all those Facebook theists!

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 28, 2014 at 12:46am

Felaine, I too love that password, and how your sister will have to use it! (Just make sure she doesn't figure out how to change it! Or... does MacOS have a feature similar to that of Windows, where it can create a special "password reset disk" using a flash drive, that'll let you log in without the possibly changed password?)

 

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