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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 August 13, 2013 at 3:02pm

Have we seen this one before?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 13, 2013 at 2:09pm

Booklover, are you referring to your bookshelf?  :) 

Comment by booklover on August 13, 2013 at 9:08am

Awwwww Felaine, that is such a good story about the tummy-rubs!  My cat Dora lays across my, shall we say "shelf", lol, when I'm leaning back in my chair with my feet up and my computer is on my lap.

Ruth, that's a big cat!  More to hug! :)

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 13, 2013 at 12:14am

"...my 22 pound Ragdoll Trissa comes up and tickles my leg with her whiskers..."

That's one big bear of a cat!

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on August 12, 2013 at 11:55pm

Yes Joan, you're right again.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 12, 2013 at 11:47pm

Thanks for the LOLcat booklover, and the Jerry tummy rub story, Patricia.

When I'm at the computer my 22 pound Ragdoll Trissa comes up and tickles my leg with her whiskers, asking for me to lean down and pet her on the floor.

Is that your cat, Flying Atheist?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 12, 2013 at 10:48pm

Felaine, your commitment and compassion for the well-being of other living creatures is so inspiring.  I can't say enough how much I respect you for your benevolent actions. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 12, 2013 at 10:17pm

Oh, Melinda!  I absotively wanna kiss that grey love-cat!  My Pumpkin has always jumped into my lap when I'm at the keyboard, and I have to reach around his chest and butt to type with both hands because he just stands there.  Won't lie down, or even sit, he just purrs like a motorboat and "makes biscuits" on my thighs.

Since Jerry has been gone, he has started coming in my bedroom with me, but since he spent the first 12 years of his life (He was 14 this New Years Eve, or Day) in the Cat Hotel, he hasn't ever learned to bond with any particular human., so he doesn't know how to settle down and go to sleep with me. Yet.

He will lie beside me and let me pet his tummy forever, but as soon as I stop, he jumps up and looks for something else to do.

He's known about tummy rubs since he was a baby...his umbilical didn't close, and he peed out of his belly-button till he was big enough for a (VERY talented) vet to close it up and connect his plumbing, and neuter him. So we had to wash his tummy many times a day (and night), and apply a little ointment to keep his skin from getting burned. 

I don't know if he remembers that, but he loves to have his tummy rubbed...and the fur is SO soft there....

Comment by booklover on August 12, 2013 at 6:27pm

Comment by sk8eycat on August 12, 2013 at 5:13pm

Babel Fish produces a literal translation of each word. Sometimes the real meaning is a little vague.  But it's a useful web site, anyway.

http://www.babelfish.com/

 

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