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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan 4 hours ago. 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 on Friday. 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 26, 2014 at 1:34am

sk8eycat, great panda story. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 26, 2014 at 1:33am

Ian, according to Laura, Larry and Craig, they had the same frustration with Windows for years, yet they were so loyal to Windows they would not even countenance the idea of any other machine.

Laura helped me care for my son, Cary, who was in a comma. One of us was at his bedside day and night for eight days until he regained consciousness. She had to keep up with her business obligations because she owns her own business. She bought an Apple product and was able to work at the hospital. She changed her mind completely about Apple. She, Larry and Craig soon switched over to Apple. There were just too many down hours in which they had to repair the equipment and not at the business of doing business. 

I bought a refurbished iMac about five years ago and just replaced it with a MacBook Pro. I love it. 

Patricia seems to have some insight on her new Apple product. She is also good at following written instructions, and she will be a good resource for you. I do not have her talent. 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 26, 2014 at 12:58am

Ian, have you heard of, or seen the funny book on punctuation titled EATS, SHOOTS AND LEAVES...?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eats,_Shoots_%26_Leaves

A panda walks into a café. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and proceeds to fire it at the other patrons.

"Why?" asks the confused, surviving waiter amidst the carnage, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

"Well, I'm a panda," he says. "Look it up."

The waiter turns to the relevant entry in the manual and, sure enough, finds an explanation. "Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves."

Comment by Ian Mason on January 25, 2014 at 10:33pm

A couple of days off and I'm a long way behind what's happening.

Hope you're feeling well, Spud.

Bought a new laptop a couple of months ago and still struggle with Windows 8. There doesn't seem to be any logic in it compared to Vista. Perhaps a used Apple/Mac next time.

A quote from a book of funnies I've been reading, one that illustrates the importance of commas.

Rowan Atkinson as a police inspector in "The Thin Blue Line"

"You know what the result will be don't you? Your cock-up, my arse"

Comment by sk8eycat on January 25, 2014 at 9:22pm

Oh, I love Oliver!  KISSSY-POO!  (Clever PhotoShop work)

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 25, 2014 at 9:10pm

Comment by sk8eycat on January 25, 2014 at 8:13pm

I don't know "Herk" all that well, it's his Significant Other, Elizabeth that I sometimes talk on the phone with.  If I can get in touch with her, I'll ask if I can give you her addy, or phone number....or both.  She is VERY ill, and never going to get better, but we don't talk about that. I try to make her laugh...produces pain-relieving beta endorphins, ya know. Has good days and bad days. But she has been a great friend for more than 10 years, even though we have never met face to face. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 25, 2014 at 7:45pm

Felaine, I've got that "have you found jebus" joke in my humor folder.  Very funny.

Blackfoot is about 20 miles away.  It may be worth a trip to meet them.  I read some of Herk's blog and he seems to not take the inappropriate harassing of women seriously.  What to you think?

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 25, 2014 at 2:15pm

Patricia, you are a great tutor. Stupid me, I am a poor reader-learner. Show me and I can get it. Reading for instruction is like reading a formula written by physicists. You are a real treasure. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 25, 2014 at 1:55pm

LOL, Mindy. 

 

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