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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 8 hours ago. 21 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 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

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 booklover on March 20, 2013 at 5:46pm

Carl, I could not agree more about getting your healthcare through your employer!  We don't get our car insurance through them!  We've had the same healthcare provider ever since my husband started his job over 25 years ago, but we worry with each new contract.  SO stressful!

Ruth, adorable spring kitten!  I want another kitten, but I'm afraid my husband would flip-out! lol.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 20, 2013 at 12:45pm

Sorry to hear about your stepmother, Ian. That’s a lot of life stress in a short time.

A pit bull like Siamese, I don’t think I could get along with Buddy, Joseph.  Thanks for sharing the Buddy fell from tree story. It sounds as if he had no lasting harm.

LOL, great quote sk8eycat, and the rubics cube is a perfect touch to the classic prayer image. I did not get the Moondoggie pun. But I’m not that good at puns.

Steph, your Starwars LOLcats were a hoot.

I regret nothing cat was great  too, booklover. Great way to start my day.

Or to anyone in the Southern Hemisphere, Happy Fall!

Comment by Steph S. on March 20, 2013 at 10:19am

I am glad you enjoyed that Spud : )

I thought that was so cute.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 20, 2013 at 10:18am

Steph, thanks for the cute princess leia!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 20, 2013 at 10:15am

Happy first day of Spring to all of you.  Almost all the snow is gone from the ground, the sun is shining.........but it's 14-degees outside!!  Yikes!  I'm sure looking forward to the warmer weather. 

Ian, I wish you well as you attend to your family.  Sorry to hear about your bad news. 

Melinda, I'm also in a union, so health care coverage is always subject to the bargaining process during contract negotiations.  I have to say, I've been pretty lucky having decent health care throughout the years despite having different coverage from different insurance companies from time to time.  I've also been very lucky to have been able to keep my same doctor that I've had for over 20 years.  I know some people have to switch doctors or pay more money because they are 'out of network.'  This is why we need universal health care in this country.  Our employers should NOT have to be in the business of offering us our health insurance.  Employers are only looking at the bottom line costs to provide insurance which is why so many people end up with inferior coverage or no coverage at all.  [stepping off soapbox now.] 

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on March 20, 2013 at 10:10am

Be the 2000th visitor to Punk Rock Anarchiste Français and win a car.

Comment by Steph S. on March 20, 2013 at 9:51am

Tony that cartoon is very funny. Happy first day of Spring to you too booklover. Yeah I'm not too happy with these insurance changes. Everything is going up and more expensive. : (

Comment by Steph S. on March 20, 2013 at 9:50am

Comment by booklover on March 20, 2013 at 8:04am

I know Joan, outrageous right?!  I had to pay around $400 in total I think.  I am lucky we are good with money and had it.  Otherwise my Mom would insist on paying for it!  Our ins. co. pays for so much because my son is a type 1 diabetic, I have health problems, and my daughter and I are both on meds for anxiety.  They don't pay for preventive care.  My husband is in a Union, and the ins. we have is negotiated and in their contract, so I don't really have a choice.  It does suck!  They never paidfor any well-baby checks when my kids were babies either.  It's only now "good" ins. because they pay for stuff that is wrong with us.  I am worried about the upcoming contract.  I will say, our ins. for hospitilization, which is a different company, is wonderful.  I have had 2 kids, 3 operations, and my son was in when he was first diagnosed, and we didn't pay a dime for any of it.

Tony, love the cartoon!

Happy First Day of Spring everyone, even though it's freezing here in Northern Illinois, and there is snow everywhere! lol.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2013 at 2:07am
Tony, it is so funny. I don't see any dinosaurs. or alpacas. or snow leopards. or orangutans.
 

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