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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 12:14pm
Ruth, such a playful cake; I bet the baker/decorator laughs a lot through the day, and makes everything a bit more fun.
sk8... Poor cat who does all the work. I used to feel that way; now I do what I want to do and let the rest go ... what will it matter 50 years from now. Except taxes, grocery shopping, a wee bit of laundry and washing a dish or two. Life gets better after 70 years.
Comment by booklover on March 28, 2013 at 10:11am

Chris, rant in any language!  We'll understand!!! :)  That is so awful!  I am lucky that my husband's job has good insurance, but I'm terrified about it not lasting...  I shouldn't have to worry that I can't get my meds, or worry about my son not ever getting his own health ins. that pays for his insulin...  Sick.  Just sick.

Comment by Plinius on March 28, 2013 at 9:41am

Yes Melinda, they say that our healthcare system is too expensive - hah, they privatized it first, took out the juicy bits and the bills are for the ordinary people. More and more things are 'own risk' meaning that you have to pay everything yourself and the bills are rising. People have already stopped using medicins because of the cost; yesterday I heard of someone with a bleeding stomach ulcer - he had stopped using antacids. I can't rant in English but I feel like it! 

I'll stop it now. Enjoy you good day! 

Comment by booklover on March 28, 2013 at 9:28am

Joan, thanks!  I have tried eliminating a lot of things over the years to no avail.  I do have a week of two a month where I feel GOOD!  It's then that I have hope and think I can do something, like get a job, etc. and then BAM! the symptoms return.  I can live with it, but I hate it.

I am sorry Felaine about the money being so tight.  That sucks!  And you have every right to complain, and your friends here will sympathize! I could not agree more with you about Universal Single-Payer Healthcare being the only way to go!!! OILigarchy~ ha ha that's great!

Ruth, I am going to tell them why I feel I can't be on a jury, and give them my Dr.'s number.  I thought of bringing in all my prescription bottles! lol.  That cake is too gorgeous to eat!  I'd hate to be the one to make the first cut in it!!  That's a piece of art! I do eat healthy things a lot, but the problem is when I don't feel well, the most soothing thing that makes me actually feel better is ice cream!  I think the heavy coldness in my stomach or something. You're right about the self-soothing!  I'm sorry you have pain!

Chris, is your country seriously trying to make their system more like the US?  NO ONE should use our healthcare system as a model!!!

I actually feel good today, so, I'm off to take advantage of that!  All of you are awesome!!  I love starting my day by looking on Hang with Friends! :)

Comment by Plinius on March 28, 2013 at 8:55am

AN was down for maintenance - most of my day but I'm glad you're back. What a horrible healthcare system have you got! And to think that they break down our healthcare system to make it more like the US system!  

Comment by sk8eycat on March 27, 2013 at 11:58pm

Hah!  The top of that cake immediately reminded me of this classic LOLCAT:

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 27, 2013 at 11:25pm

Booklover, love the cabinet cat. But how does it do that? Is there a hole in the bottom of the cupboard? Good luck with the new med. You might be able to get out of jury duty due to medical issues. If you didn’t get a form with that option to check off call the number and explain you medical problems re:sitting. Give the person in charge your doctor’s number. I know exactly what it’s like trying to lose weight when you’re ill. Since I’ve had more pain I eat too much to self-soothe. It think it’s instinctive. If you keep exercising as much as you can, it’s good. I found it helpful to have bowls of ready to eat salad munchies in the fridge.

Yes, Ian. Even with technically the same volume a commercial sound track can seem louder and be extra annoying. We keep a finger on the mute button when commercials pop up.

Love the Gay Agenda, Idaho Spud! As for positive long term memories of commercial products, my husband buys Hostess Snowballs because they remind him of his childhood. These commercials get imprinted in us when we’re young, and later remind us of that happy innocence when we took much joy in the simple pleasures of (crappy) commercial quality cake or sweet and breakfast cereal. LOL on identifying with Grumpy Cat. I think he’s so popular because we all recognize a bit of ourselves in him.

Have a happy! (and eat it too)

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This cake makes me think of Tim Burton

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2013 at 11:23pm
Melinda, I can't believe a home owner would cut a hole in a cabinet to get that kitty shot! Why they did it, it doesn't matter, that is a dandy shot. Their kitchen appliances look sharp as well.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2013 at 11:13pm

I agree so whole heatedly and we really have to participate with those trying to get single payer plans through. It will be really tough because of money owning all branches of government. USA is totally off track as far as government is concerned. Patient care has to be prime mover of health care, not insurance profits. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 27, 2013 at 10:38pm

Melinda, some pharmaceutical companies have patient assistance programs for people who are low income and can't afford any type of insurance. I am on Medicare, but never signed up for Part D because it's a scam for the benefit of Big Pharma only, BUT Pfizer sill has their Connection to Care service, and I get two prescriptions from them...at absolutely NO cost.  Neither one (Glucotrol-XL, and Neurontin) is horribly expensive, but still...the program saves me about $50 a month.

What always upsets me is that they deduct about 10% of my monthly Social Insecurity to pay for Medicare Part B...outpatient expenses. After I pay the utilities and maintenance on this house, I have a hellova time trying to decide whether to buy my other meds from the neighborhood pharmacy (they  give me an enormous discount on some meds...and free delivery. I always want to hug the owner. He's such a gentle man...in all senses of the word[s]), or food, and cat care stuff. The kittehs' needs come before mine do.

Another thing that sets my hair on fire is that the same drugs that cost a month's salary in the US are priced quite reasonably in other countries.  Not generics, but the exact same drugs, made by the exact same companies.

That is SO wrong!

This has not really been a democracy since the Reagan/Bush years.  We are a plutocracy.  Or is it oligarchy?  "OILigarchy"?  (When the price of fuel goes up, so does the price of everything else....see all them big trucks on the roads?  Except for short runs, ALL merchandise should be shipped by rail. Much more economical.)

O HAI!  Felaine is ranting again.  Yanno whut?  It feels GOOD!

PS: A very dear friend of mine has severe Crohn's disease, and she got duped into signing up for Medicare Part D when it first started up, and half the time the insurance company that pays the bills refuses to refill her prescriptions for one BSing reason or another.  So, she's bedridden and suffering, and can't do anything about it.

Universal Single-Payer Healthcare is the ONNNLLLY way to go!

 

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