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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan on Wednesday. 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 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 booklover on May 14, 2013 at 8:37pm

And I like the cat in the lamp Steph! :)

Comment by Steph S. on May 14, 2013 at 8:32pm

Booklover I love that cat checking on the hamster. It is so cute!!

Comment by Steph S. on May 14, 2013 at 8:31pm

Comment by booklover on May 14, 2013 at 5:16pm

Tom, cool video!

Joan, as always I love to hear your words of wisdom. Yes, this is my daughter's last summer where she doesn't have to support herself in some way.  I know she is enjoying it! I hope you are feeling okay.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 14, 2013 at 2:31pm

Mindy, the potted puppy is funny!

Steph, I very much like the boxed cats on the desk, and like the grey can in the red flowers.  I think silver-grey is my favorite cat color.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2013 at 12:20pm
Tom, great video on merging galaxies. Kind of like the current financial crisis, chaos of financial collapses results in bank mergers into bigger and bigger institutions. "What happens when two galaxies collide? Although it may take over a billion years, such titanic clashes are quite common. Since galaxies are mostly empty space, no internal stars are likely to themselves collide. Rather the gravitation of each galaxy will distort or destroy the other galaxy, and the galaxies may eventually merge to form a single larger galaxy. Expansive gas and dust clouds collide and trigger waves of star formation that complete even during the interaction process."
Hey folks, we have the power to stop this insanity. Stop using big banks, boycott credit cards and banks that exploit people. If enough people did that, we would end these ridiculous patterns of people being afraid because of losing huge chunks of money and running helplessly to banks to solve the problems they created in the first place.
People, wake up! Who cause the financial collapse? Who benefited by it? Why paid heavy prices for others' greed? Who is going to rescue us? Are we helpless?
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2013 at 12:00pm
Steph, love the boxed cats! They look sublimely content.
sk8eycat, Eric Idle has such a great way with lyrics and delivery, he makes the songs. As to freezing lemons and throwing them to the objectionable ones, wastes a lot of good lemons; perhaps freezing the nuisances out of our lives and making lemon ade to drink with friends in the garden and having a good chin-wag would feel better.
Mindy, it surely doesn't take much maturity to realize work, work, work, is what life is all about. The summers off end, the free weekends end, the free day occurs so very seldom, and starts again every week. I think that is the hardest part of the transition from school to adult living. I see it in my grandchildren, and the realization of my children that they went through that period as well. It is at that point children begin to appreciate their parents and forgive them. At least, that has been my experience.
Comment by Tom Sarbeck on May 14, 2013 at 11:06am

If you want to watch galaxies colliding, in both computer simulations and real pix, visit http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/

today, May 16 before midnight EST.

If you don't make it today, you can scroll down to the bottom  of the screen, click on Archive and click on the May 16 line.

Comment by booklover on May 14, 2013 at 8:40am

Steph, I love the cats in boxes!

Felaine, ha ha I love the throwing lemons!  That would make me feel better sometimes! :)

Ruth, that kitten is precious.  Glad you liked the potted puppy. :)

It's supposed to be 83 here today!  We just had the heat on 2 days ago!  My daughter has a whole day off (except an a.m. Dr. appt) and she can't stop talking about how excited she is to be home and get to do whatever she wants ALL DAY. lol.  My son has his last final and then he's free all day too. Poor hubby still has a usual work day.~Melinda (Mindy ;)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 13, 2013 at 11:38pm

I was lucky to have loving parents without serious dysfunction. I grew up poor but uncomplicated.
Thanks sk8eycat for the Galaxy and DNA song.
Booklover (Melinda or Mindy) the wilted puppy was a hoot.
Cute cats, Steph.
Joan, thanks for keeping me up to date on how you’re doing. Good luck with chemo.
Thanks for Chris Hadonfield’s Space Oddity, Tony.
Ian, your witness guardian link came up “file not found”.
Good night, all.

 

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