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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 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

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

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Comment by Ian Mason on September 3, 2013 at 8:25pm

Just my twopenn'th of opinion re the big issue in the news.

It seems to me that countries continue to believe in their own myths, no matter what evidence there is to the contrary.

America: if the "good" cowboy stands up to and shoots the "baddies" at high noon on Main Street the grateful townsfolk will come running to thank him as their problems are now solved forever.

Britain: send in a gunboat or a few planes, fire off a few shells and the ignorant "darkies" will run back to the hills and stop causing trouble.

Denmark: the issue doesn't matter, just as long as we get picked as a makeweight by the Big Boys for their team. We've been noticed!

Oh, one more thing. Poison gas in Damascus? That's what Winston Churchill suggested in 1919 as a method for keeping the uppity natives in their place

Comment by booklover on September 3, 2013 at 7:20pm

ha ha Carl!

Oh well Felaine!  Just don't do it again. ;) lol

Joan, thanks for the sweet offer!  He uses Bayer Contour Next.  The tester sends the results directly to his insulin-pump!  Pretty cool!  I know there are many different kinds, but you're such a sweetheart for offering!  What lovely people there are on Hang with Friends.  True Friends!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 3, 2013 at 6:40pm

Single payer is definitely the way to go. The nonsense of it all ... I have type 2 Diabetes and I control it with Rx, diet and exercise. I don't need to test unless I don't feel good and then I usually find my blood sugar is too high. An easy fix, and I get back on track. I know when I need to check

My medical insurance sends me a new supply of strips and other supplies every month. It is usual for me to use three or four in a month. If you can use my style of strips, I will send them to you gladly. I suspect mine are mickey mouse compared to what your son needs.

  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 3, 2013 at 6:09pm

LOL sk8eycat.  We all have our moments of relapse from time to time.  I've been known to yell, "Oh God" during sex. 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 3, 2013 at 5:46pm

Mindy, I did something out of character a little while ago...I sent a friend a pomegranate e-notecard with a prayer on it for Rosh Whatever.  Pomegranates are an integral part of the second day's dinner/ceremony, or something, and Lori takes this stuff seriously, so I thought I'd "make nice" on her.

I really surprised myself.  (And damaged my Lucretia MacEvil image.)

Comment by booklover on September 3, 2013 at 4:28pm
Thanks Patricia and I'm sick of everything being about money too. Felaine, that is horrible about your friend! Single payer is absolutely the way to go. The RepuliCons would never let that pass. F- ing idiots.
I'm in a mood because on Facebook my sister put a pic of my niece on her first day of school, and their pastor (I'm appalled my sister goes to church, she was raised better than that!), put "have a great first day of school in the lord." WTF?! I wanted to put that I was pretty sure her school was "in the building," but I didn't want to get into it with my sister. AAAAARRRRGGGHHHH! SO happy to have all of you to talk to! Hugs Friends, Mindy
Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on September 3, 2013 at 3:18pm
Comment by sk8eycat on September 3, 2013 at 1:57pm

Insurance companies and certain people in our federal and state government(s) want everyone to die as soon as we reach retirement age, or before that if we have conditions that can't be fixed with a couple of aspirin. They have panic attacks at the mere thought of anybody ceasing to pay into whatever fund, and needing them to pay out (as they agreed to do when we bought the insurance, or spent our working lives paying into Medicare) , instead.

I have a friend who has both Crohn's Disease and fibromyalgia, and it seems like every month she is fighting with the insurance company that Medicare or SSI arbitrarily assigned her to.  They tell her they can't allow her to become "dependent" on the only pain meds that work for her.  WTF! She is never going to get well, so she should be allowed to live the rest of her life in relative comfort, if not totally pain-free. (That's impossible.) It's all about money...they have it, and they want to hang on to it.

Makes me so angry I want to scream, but not at you guys.

Single-payer insurance is the only way to go.

Comment by booklover on September 3, 2013 at 10:56am

Thanks Ruth! Of course I totally agree! We can afford to pay for extra strips, but what about those who can't?!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 3, 2013 at 10:48am

Booklover, I sympathize with you over the self-defeating short-sighted insurance company. Making it harder for type 1 diabetics to monitor their blood sugar will increase health costs later. That's the opposite of what insurance is supposed to do.

I don't watch shows that humiliate contestants. I don't get a kick out of seeing people publicly fail. To me it's painful, not funny.

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