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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

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Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2014 at 1:26pm

I loved the hard rock cellos!

On another note: this is
from "44 examples of extreme irony": an opener labeled "STOP STRUGGLING with those stubborn plastic packages!", itself packaged in one of those annoying packages you need to destroy to open.

Comment by booklover on March 30, 2014 at 6:54pm
I thought the cello video was really different and cool! I was impressed! Glad you liked it Patricia!
Comment by Idaho Spud on March 30, 2014 at 3:19pm

Joan, I also agree that a lot of TV is nerve shattering.

I think they make most shows for a young audience.  They must think young people like disorienting fast action, with lots of gratuitous noises and flashing images.  Something I question.

In any case, I hate a lot of it.  The educational programming is starting to do the same thing.  I often watch educational shows that I very much want to learn from, but have to stop because of the annoying or frightening noises they add, and the jumping and flashing images that feel like they are going to induce a mental malfunction in me.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 30, 2014 at 3:10pm

Joan, I agree about Napoleon.

Napoleon, I like most of your comments, but can't abide your "chaotic, disorienting, cacophonous, nerve rattling" audio/video presentations.  

A lot of them are also gross and repulsive to me.  I hop on past them quick like a bunny.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 30, 2014 at 10:08am

Heh!  I have always been rather scornful of what the Disney company did to ice shows in North America.  They didn't advertise the principal skater's names, for one thing.  It was always, "Starring: Snow White," or "Cinderella," or something. That meant that the champion skaters didn't want to tour with them...I mean, who would want to be anonymous after all the work and sweat and pain it takes to get to Nationals and the Olympics?  (I wonder what they were paying their principal skaters.  Union minimum?  That's what Holiday paid first-year line skaters, but we were all so daffy about skating, and so young, we would probably have done it for free.)

Comment by booklover on March 30, 2014 at 9:26am

LOL, that's a great comic Felaine! :)

Comment by booklover on March 30, 2014 at 9:21am
Comment by sk8eycat on March 30, 2014 at 9:07am

Mindy, thanks for thinking of me...that was a weird quake; it was relatively close, but didn't even rattle the windows here.

Here's something that almost matches the mental picture I had when I first heard that Disney, Inc. had bought Ice Follies AND Holiday....

Bizarro- Disney on Ice (too funny)

Comment by booklover on March 30, 2014 at 8:23am

I was thinking about you Felaine, when I heard about the earthquake. Happy you are fine. :)

Hubby is at a Union meeting today.  Their contract didn't pass, so another vote.  Not really worried about a strike, we've only gone through one, but I always feel better when it's signed.  This one should last the rest of the time he's employed there.

My daughter went on a date with a friend of a friend, he looked her up on Facebook then to ask her out.  Weird new way of asking for a date to me, lol.  Anyway she actually liked him!  They are going to a movie today.  I was waiting for her to come home again and just say he was okay, but she wasn't interested. 

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on March 30, 2014 at 12:50am

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