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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 Plinius on November 29, 2014 at 2:35am

Thanks for the story! I didn't know that one.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 28, 2014 at 6:55pm

Our Fur-eeda is 6 years old...her original name was "Fred" because the Trimbles adopted her when she was so tiny that they couldn't tell whether she was male or female.  We've only had her for a year.

My baby boy Pumpkin will be 16 on January 1st.  He was brought to the Cat Hotel, along with his totally feral mother, and 2 littermates, at the beginning of 1999...before his eyes were open.

  We found homes for his mates, but the only place that would take SisterGirl (his mother) was the Best Friends Sanctuary in Utah.  I don't know if she's still alive...she was not even a year old when she had that litter. 

Several people wanted to adopt Pumpkin, but he was so rowdy (still is) that they all returned him to us, and he lived in luxury at the Hotel till it was closed by the city (long story) 3 years ago.  I always wanted him, but we had other cats at the time, and they all hated each other.  When the Cat Hotel was shut down, I went through a month of hell trying to locate him...finally found him in a cattery in Northern CA, and a friend drove up there, and brought him to me.

And now he's MINE! 

BUT it broke my heart when the Hotel was closed....a new owner took over after I could no longer handle the physical work, and let the place go downhill to the point that they had to get a haz-mat team to clean it up after the city closed it.  GROSS! 

It WAS a classy place for more than 10 years...Jay Leno, Loretta Swit, and other folks from the studios boarded their cats with us.

Comment by booklover on November 28, 2014 at 5:05pm
Awwww, our cat, Dale is 13 1/2, long-haired, and all black. He almost died a few months ago, but totally turned around and he's fine now! Of course, this is after undergoing about $400 worth of tests!
Comment by sk8eycat on November 28, 2014 at 4:37pm

That "Black Hole Cat" reminds me of one of the funniest punnish short stories ever written - Arthur C. Clarke's "Neutron Tide."

http://shaggy-dogs.briancombs.net/4776/neutron-tide

We have an all-black cat who is so chubby that she can't curl up like that....WE did not make her fat; she was that way when her former humans gave her to us.  It's funny to watch her run through the house with her "flaps" wobbling....but we love her. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 28, 2014 at 4:20pm

I've never seen a mammoth in a museum.  Only in pictures, and it's been so long since I've seen a picture of one.  I was a little boggled when I came-upon than picture.  If I hear of one like you have near me, I'll have to go see it.  Must be amazing.

Comment by Patricia on November 28, 2014 at 2:40pm

Yes, the size of that mammoth in the museum is kind of mind boggling when you walk around the corner & confront it in it's setting.

Comment by Patricia on November 28, 2014 at 2:27pm

We used to go to the beaches (Birch Bay) near Blaine every summer when I was a kid. Likely wouldn't even recognize it now, Randy.

Comment by booklover on November 28, 2014 at 1:10pm

Science Cat :)

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 28, 2014 at 11:36am

It looks like this is your mammoth, Patricia http://blog.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/2010/07/woolly-unplugged.html

Comment by Randall Smith on November 28, 2014 at 7:59am

We in America are all recovering from Thanksgiving. Chris, glad you're free from another responsibility.

Joan, I was in Brugge 47 years ago! I can still see it in my mind's eye.

Patricia, my nephew in Blaine WA just sold his house and will be moving to North Carolina.  So it appears I won't be coming out your way as I'd hoped to do. Your museum sounds neat.

 

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