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Optical Illusions

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 3. 58 Replies

This one seems a bit creepy, like the middle one shouldn't be able to change rotation like that. from Cheezburger.comContinue

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

Tags: abuse, animal, puppy mills, Henry, The Thinking Atheist

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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Something we should all think about.....

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jun 19. 2 Replies

Got this in my email today...........Patricia - There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be interested in signing it:Google Maps: Help people with mobility challenges. Make your maps accessible!By Randy…Continue

Religious Calling (Mrs. Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Jun 17. 0 Replies

Very curious - a Betty Bowers video with NO Betty Bowers!  Yahweh IS here, though, and he's gotten all 21st century with his own cell phone!!!  Can't help but notice that he's a bit selective with just WHO he wants to talk to.  Meh ... got to keep…Continue

Tags: cell phone, Yahweh, Betty Bowers

Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Randall Smith Jun 15. 1 Reply

Kathleen Wynne is Ontario’s 25th Premier. She was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 as the MPP for Don Valley West, and she became the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party in January 2013.Kathleen is dedicated to building a better…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 10, 2012 at 8:21pm

Sk8eycat, from Wikipedia to answer your question: 

"Plans to launch a complementary Gay Winter Games, slated for February 1986 in Denver, Colorado collapsed, due to a lack of sufficient funding and logistical problems. There have been no subsequent attempts to launch a Gay Winter Games since, although Whistler, British Columbia, Canada hosts an annual gay winter sports festival."

You're right about having a shortage of non-gay male skaters!  lol

Comment by sk8eycat on December 10, 2012 at 8:09pm

Are there WINTER Gay Games?  LOL  I think if the "official" Winter Olympics were limited to str8 athletes, they'd have very few male skaters!  O, la!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 10, 2012 at 7:52pm

Melinda, the Gay Games are held every four years in cities around the world, just like the International World Olympics.  The first games were held in San Francisco in 1982.  It was originally called The Gay Olympics, but a few weeks before the opening ceremony, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of the International Olympic Committee claiming that the word 'Olympic' could not be used.  Since then they've been known as The Gay Games.  They were held here in Chicago in 2006.  I had the great fortune to volunteer and to meet and assist LGBT athletes from all over the world.  When I was in Amsterdam in 1998, several people from my Friday night LGBT bowling league were competing.  It was fun to be halfway around the world and to see fellow league-mates competing. 

Comment by Pat on December 10, 2012 at 7:27pm

I agree sk8eycat. Santa is more credible. I posted this somewhere else. During the Council of Nicea, where Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire, one of those that voted on it was Bishop Nicholas of Myra (present day Turkey). Nicholas, who was later morphed into St. Nicholas, then Sinterklaas, and now Santa Clause, voted to make Jesus a god. To me, that seems to be the perfect comment on Christianity. Santa Clause voted for Jesus being god.

Comment by Patricia on December 10, 2012 at 7:03pm

And at least Santa is fun, Sk8ey!!!!!

Comment by sk8eycat on December 10, 2012 at 6:01pm

I forgot to say that I had seen an article a few years ago about the Dutchman's smaller version of "Noah's Fictional Ark," and it mentioned that he was building a "full-size" version.  Hah!  Looks like he missed a few pertinent details; the buybull specifies ONE window, and ONE door.

The Hebrew storytellers didn't know Jack Schidt about boat-building OR animal care; if there was no way to keep everything clean, ALL of the "passengers" would have been sick before less than half the "40 days and 40 nights" were over.

So, is the guy now going to go all over the world collecting the specified number of animals?  Will he include saltwater and freshwater fish?  How will he keep them alive?  How about insects?  (Why save things like fleas and mosquitos?  And tse-tse flies?)

The Flood is one of the most childish stories in the entire book, and yet educated adults keep funding expeditions to "find" the ark...that never existed. 

I'd rather believe in Santa Claus.

Comment by booklover on December 10, 2012 at 5:50pm

Thanks Spud. :)

Me too Felaine! 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 10, 2012 at 5:42pm

I'm not really as irritated by punctuation errors as I am by things such as "your" for "you're," "flare" for "flair," and similar malapropisms. Makes me wonder what's being taught in our schools.

Right now I'm making typos all over the place because my right hand is almost useless.  I do try to proof my posts, but sometimes I just miss things.  (Makes logging in to web sites where I'm already registered a hassle some days.) Having a small orange cat standing on my lap doesn't help either.

I think I'll go to Schwan's and order some comfort food...the cats like to snack on their diced chicken breast, and so do I. Nom, nom, nom!

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 10, 2012 at 5:40pm

Sorry you have to put-up with another Aaaarrgghhh! day Melinda.

Comment by booklover on December 10, 2012 at 5:22pm

Spud, glad you like the cat pics!

Ian, so sorry about your Mom.  I have had close relatives on both sides of my family with dementia, so I am not unfamiliar with it.  It is hard.  I will be thinking of you.  Come here to talk whenever you need to!!

Carl, I love that you called Chris "girlfriend" after all of our explanations of the meaning! lol.  So jealous you got to go to the Netherlands!  I have never heard of the Gay Games.  I just asked my daughter, who is bi-sexual, ( and I did ask her permission before I put that on here) if she had ever heard of them, and she hadn't.

I know I am not good with punctuation.  I should try harder.  My daughter was the copy-editor of her high school newspaper, and is a Journalism major.

Where's Tony?  Probably working hard this week like Steph!

I had another not-feeling-good day. Aaaarrgghhh! I am so tired of this.  I need to learn to just deal with it, as this is how I will feel until they find a different med, or treatment, or whatever.  Some people have worse situations!

Have a relaxing evening friends~ Melinda

 

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