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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 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

Tags: surreal

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 15, 2014 at 2:40am

Chris, thanks for the Shorpy link.  What a great site!  That's right up my alley.  I love those old photos.  I have my Chicago postcard collection with cards from 1898 through the 1940's.  So many of the postcards from the "turn of the century" are just like the street scenes in those photos of LA and from the Shorpy website. 

I have somewhere between 1,200 and 1,500 cards exclusively of Chicago.  It's my ambitious project to one day have them all posted (front & back) and categorized on a personal website for all to enjoy.  My collection is quite extensive, so I've basically stopped acquiring additional cards unless I come across something that is so extraordinary or rare. 

Comment by Plinius on June 15, 2014 at 12:57am

Those LA photos are beautiful! Do you know Shorpy? http://www.shorpy.com/

And thanks for the cartoons! Saved and to be used in lessons!

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 14, 2014 at 4:26pm

Joan, I started looking at the LA photos.  After a few at the first, I went to the last and started back up.  Near the last is a photo of a Richfield Service Station, with a couple of uniformed service men.

I couldn't help think that service has gone down as prices have gone up (dramatically).

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2014 at 4:02pm

Felaine, out of curiosity, I tried to find a photo of "Jesus Saves" "S & H Green Stamps", unsuccessfully. However, I found an interesting site that just filled a lovely hour of time on a cold and rainy day. 

Early Los Angeles City Views (1900 - 1925)

I got about a quarter of the way through the photos and stories. Some very fascinating places and changes. 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 14, 2014 at 3:40pm

When I was in school we used to sing, to the tune of "John Brown's body",

Jesus puts his money in the National Savings Bank (x3)

Jesus saves, Jesus saves, Jesus saves.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 14, 2014 at 3:25pm

Joan, a long time ago, before PhotoShop, someone took a shot of a humongously ugly  "Jesus Saves" on a tacky downtown Los Angeles church, and added an S & H Green Stamps sign underneath it (via darkroom artistry.)  The L. A. Times printed it, and caused an uproar in the Letters column.  Some people have NO sense of humor.

There is also the saying, "Jesus Saves; Moses Invests."  I would add, "They ALL Kill."

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2014 at 2:20pm

Carl, Hehehe, satin, sateen, charmeuse island! Charmeuse? What is that? Don't see how it is different that satin or sateen. 

Ian, Oh! Yes! I can imagine myself on an dessert, cake, candy, confection, cookie, ice cream, pastry, and tart island. 

Felaine, we have so many beautiful basalt outcroppings with interesting patterns that solidified from the molten rock. Some dullard, nitwit, idiot, foolish, misguided, deluded, blockhead, simpleton, misled, deceived, clod, tricked, fools like to spray paint "Jesus Saves" on them. 

Anyone foolish enough to deface such beautiful natural basalt outcroppings should have to scrub the paint off with their noses.

Comment by booklover on June 14, 2014 at 1:43pm
Of all the things to hail... And if you have to be stranded somewhere! Dessert is my favorite.:)
Comment by sk8eycat on June 14, 2014 at 1:41pm

Oh, la!  I love both of those!

Years ago some nit spray-painted "Jesus Rules" on the stage door of a building next to an office where I worked.  I bought a 2' x 3' piece of stiff cardboard, and some florist's sticky clay, and stuck a removable sign under the spray paint:

SO DOES A YARDSTICK! (OR A T-SQUARE)

It stayed there for several months, so apparently nobody objected very much.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 14, 2014 at 1:20pm

I prefer polyester myself, and being stranded on a dessert island doesn't sound all bad.

 

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