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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover on Monday. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara on Saturday. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

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Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 1, 2014 at 12:23am

Joan, have you ever visited Chicago?  I was in Spokane a long time ago,  It was 1974,  I was 10 years old and was there for the World's Fair, Expo '74.  One of the big memories I took away that made a really huge impression on me growing up was the theme of ecology, the environment and stopping pollution.  It pains me to see in the past 40 years how we've squandered so many of our natural resources and damaged our environment.  Sure, we've had some great technological breakthroughs to lessen the human impact on earth, but we're always playing catch-up.  And dealing with these important issues never seems to be on the front burner.  

What I remember from the fair:   

The United States Pavilion from Expo '74

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2014 at 11:34pm

Carl, like you, I am not afraid of the "end-times" as told by Revelations, I am afraid of the corruption of the Earth by human caused pollution and the natural changes taking place. You, in Chicago, and me, in Spokane, experience some mighty changes taking place that may foretell a far more dangerous future than we can even imagine.

I very much like your Chicago film. A beautiful city.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2014 at 11:27pm

Some die-hard religionists want the story told their way. What is the big deal, it is a myth retold in the 21st century with a modern bias, just like Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 28, 2014 at 9:57pm

I love time-lapse films and I love Chicago,  So please permit me to share the following for your viewing pleasure:

Chicago Timelapse Project - Windy City Nights from Max Wilson on Vimeo.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 28, 2014 at 9:35pm

Yes, Sk8eycat, I heard about the objections by xtians to the Noah movie, saying that the movie didn't faithfully follow the story in Genesis.  These nutcases are un-F'ing believable!  And of course the film studio is going to kow tow to their demands.  The films' only audience market is the religious, and they were hinting at boycotting the film because of the lack of "historical accuracy."  It was purely a financial decision for the studio.  I'm telling you, with religion on the decline, I'm not worried about the 'end times', I'm worried about the 'crazy times' that will come about as a result of the religious grasping to hold on to their fading influence. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 28, 2014 at 8:42pm

All I'm really concerned about is the snow level in the Sierra Nevada Mtns.  That's where most of our water comes from.
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To change the subject, did anyone see this article about some fundies having a hissy-fit ver a movie about "Noah"...someone who never lived through a flood that never happened...

http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-news/noah-disclaimer-forced-rel...

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IMO all buybulls should carry disclaimers that they are works of fiction, etc, and so on.  (And most xians seem to think the Charlton Heston version of the "10 commandments" is a documentary...including my JW sister.  Gack!)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 28, 2014 at 7:44pm

I'm glad you're finally getting some much needed rain, Felaine.  I hope it doesn't get out of hand (mudslides, flooding, etc.) 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 28, 2014 at 7:19pm
Comment by booklover on February 28, 2014 at 2:57pm
Just great Carl. Lol. My daughter is in Bloomington-Normal visiting friends. If they get that bad weather this weekend, she might have to stay until Monday! I gave her my car, which is newer and safer, and a credit card for emergencies only. Thank technology for cell phones, or I'd be more of a worrywart about my kids than I already am!
Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 28, 2014 at 8:37am

That's a funny video, Ruth.  It's so true! 

Good Day to everyone.  Not too much going on.  Just coping with the continued frigid temperatures and the prospect of more snow this weekend.  Augh!! 

And I just read an article yesterday (here) that 88% of the Great Lakes have been frozen over this year.  That's quite a lot.  What that means is......a cooler than normal Spring is in our future.  Not what I was looking forward to.  The sustained cold water temperatures will also cause a burden to the fragile ecosystem of the lakes for smaller fish such as minnows and the hatching of eggs of others.  One positive note, all this ice will raise the water levels of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, which are at historic lows. 

 

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