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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 15 hours ago. 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

Tags: surreal

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Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2014 at 6:55pm

Interesting.  I didn't know they made noise. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 6, 2014 at 6:12pm

What kind of noise/sound do they make?

Comment by sk8eycat on May 6, 2014 at 5:34pm

Yeah, I kinda got that impression from watching "Northern Exposure."  Spooky.

What I really want to do is take the long train ride to Churchill, and see both the Lights AND the bears.  Totally beyond my budget, but I can still dream...

Comment by sk8eycat on May 6, 2014 at 5:20pm

Gah!  The history is amazing, but I think the entire Middle East is the last place on Earth I'd want to be.  I want to see the Canadian Rockies, and Alaska...because I've been fascinated by the Northern Lights since I was a small child.  I wanna see them with my own naked eyeballs.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 6, 2014 at 2:34pm

Wow!  Great photos and interesting history, Ian, always makes for a rewarding holiday. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2014 at 1:27pm

Views from the top make it clear how tall it is!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 6, 2014 at 1:20pm

Comment by Ian Mason on May 6, 2014 at 1:19pm

That is Masada, king Herod's desert palace and fortress. Site of the mass suicide of the last Jews to hold out against the Romans during the uprising of 66-70 CE. 350 metres high but the "snake path" is a steep and winding (hence the name) 2 km. Hard bloody work and I hadn't allowed for the weather. Even though it was only the 2nd of April the sun was like a hammer. I brushed off flakes of skin for days afterwards. Worth it though. Views from the top:

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2014 at 12:57pm

That looked like a small hill until I enlarged it and spotted the tiny people.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 6, 2014 at 10:01am

Nice to hear from you, Randy and Carl. Thanks for the travel suggestions. So many places, so little time and money. History, culture and nature are my 3 big things and the Americas have them in abundance so I will have to go west soon before "time's winged chariot" takes my strength and stamina. I love walking but will have to accept that, in about 10 years time I won't be able to do what I can do now. This was my most recent climb (can't remember if I've posted this before)

 

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