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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

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Forest Fire

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia on Monday. 14 Replies

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change.org

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Jul 16. 6 Replies

There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be…Continue

Optical Illusions

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Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 1. 9 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

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Human Rights for Atheists, Agnostics and Secularists

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 27. 11 Replies

I just ran onto this YouTube video, promoting a change.org petition aimed at amending the United Nations charter supporting the abolition of all anti-blasphemy laws. The petition referenced by the video is…Continue

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Comment by Loren Miller on August 3, 2013 at 10:11pm

I just spent a bit of this evening listening to an old friend ... actually TWO "Old Friends," being Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, and their amazing concert some 30+ years ago in Central Park.  As I listened, I was astonished to hear what was, for my ears, classic after classic after classic piece of musical legerdemain, mostly written by Simon and voiced by those two remarkable artists.

May I leave you this evening with this wonderful, understated anthem to America ... "An American Tune:"



Have a good night.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 3, 2013 at 9:44pm

For the weekend. Just a fun little ditty from a time long ago that I love. I hope everyone enjoys.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 3, 2013 at 8:23pm

I forgot to say that I still have Pumpkin, aka Prancer, aka The Brat. He and Jerry weren't exactly friends, but  he KNOWS something happened today.  You can't tell ME that cats (and dogs) aren't sentient creatures.

Thank you for the flowers, Carl.  They're lovely.

Dirty Elaine.

Comment by Patricia on August 3, 2013 at 8:06pm

Very sad....poor kitty!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 3, 2013 at 7:47pm

Elaine, so sorry to hear that news.  Thanks for checking in an letting us know.  We've all been thinking about you two.  Although the finally outcome was not a  surprise, getting there is never easy.  If it's any consolation, you can be sure that Jerry had the best of care and shared a wonderful companion for many years. -- Carl

  

Comment by sk8eycat on August 3, 2013 at 7:28pm

Hello.  I haven't been around for a while because I was fussing over Hairy Jerry, and when I wasn't fussing, I was in my room re-reading my favorite books to take my mind off everything.

SO...it finally got to the point that Jerry couldn't even swallow water, and we took him to the vet today....and you know the rest. It was actually very peaceful for him, but my eyes are still wet from time to time.

I'm blaming myself as usual...for hanging on to him as long as I did. I always do this.  I'll get over it, and be back sometime soon

 

Bye-bye, Jerry. You were the most affectionate cat I've had in ages. 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2013 at 1:39pm

Melinda, that is exactly why we have to fight against health insurance linked to jobs, and for universal health coverage. It is a tough fight, and one well worth the effort. Our nation cannot be strong as long as the system doesn't work for all its citizens.

It seems to me, the major issue besides health care for all, is education for all, even life-long learning. Investments in education always pay back to the system more than it takes out.

Take a simple example, when I lived in Alaska, the native kids didn't know about hygiene. With just a few very short, quick instructions, we were able to teach them how to blow their noses into tissues, toss them into a fire, and how to wash their hands. The colds and flu went down, school attendance improved, and the general health of the kids improved. Prevention is so easy, doesn't require a degree in science, is easy to learn and everyone benefits.

Does your husband have good stress management techniques? In reality, one can't cure stupid, and when management is not as smart as they think they are, the workers pay a price. So, workers can learn procedures that reduce stress, even as they take on management. Part of the strategy is building coalitions, which is exactly what unions do.

With you and your kids having health problems, and living in a culture such as ours, we need strong leadership to take on systemic problems. You can't do it alone, but you can and do take necessary action when it is called for. This is no time for prayer ... it is time for praxis, thought + action.

Praxis is usually considered a liberation theology word meaning to express how the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be lived in the world.
In secular terms, it means the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, practiced. embodied, or realised.

Thought without action is a daydream. Action without thought is a chaotic nightmare.

Comment by booklover on August 3, 2013 at 9:01am

Thanks Joan!  The management heard him alright.  He's in a Union, so he can say a little more than if he wasn't, and 'get away with it.'  Meaning, he wouldn't lose his job over it.  They 'fixed' it, but they'll do something dumb again, and soon. There is no doubt about that!  His job is very stressful physically, and then management causes the workers mental stress by being idiots.  I feel really bad, but he has to stay there.  We have REALLY good health ins., and the kids and I need it.  Luckily the kids can stay on it until they're 26.  It sucks having your health ins. tied to your job, but then, that's a whole other can-of-worms!

I hope you get a break in the heat Chris!  It really sucked when  we had ours a few weeks ago!

Comment by Plinius on August 3, 2013 at 4:54am

:-D Thanks Ian! Is Denmark still in a heatwave?

Comment by Ian Mason on August 3, 2013 at 4:40am

Would this work, I wonder?

 

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