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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller yesterday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 22, 2017 at 12:53am

Patricia, I like your solution, reading a book does not disturb Rick, and you can catch a little sleep.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 22, 2017 at 12:48am

Patricia, Laura is a night person, too. She does her best work after dinner. Thankfully, she owns her own business and is the mast of her time. She seldom takes naps. When she was really tiny, she liked to spend the night with my parents because Mom was a night person, too. 

I am a morning person; I fade as the day progresses. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 22, 2017 at 12:09am

Chris, I found this: 

OTSD, ongoing traumatic stress disorder

Read more: http://forward.com/opinion/138561/unemployment-is-an-ongoing-trauma...

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 22, 2017 at 12:04am

Chris, PTSD is defined as 

"a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event." 

"Anyone can develop PTSD at any age. This includes war veterans, children, and people who have been through a physical or sexual assault, abuse, accident, disaster, or many other serious events. According to the National Center for PTSD, about 7 or 8 out of every 100 people will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men, and genes may make some people more likely to develop PTSD than others.

"Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. Some people develop PTSD after a friend or family member experiences danger or harm. The sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can also lead to PTSD."

~ National Institute of Mental Health

Comment by Patricia on November 22, 2017 at 12:01am

No, falling asleep at inopportune times just does not happen. Somewhere between 3 a.m. & 9 a.m. is where I get my 3 to 5 hours, & that's it.

I am a night person, & have been all my life, so trying to go to bed earlier is useless, & a guarantee that I won't sleep at all. I go to bed at 1:30 a.m., & read until I feel I can sleep.

Comment by Patricia on November 21, 2017 at 11:56pm

Yes, genealogy in my history was/is a big thing, but I'm still glad to be x-moron.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 21, 2017 at 11:54pm

Patricia, I am very sorry to learn of your sleep deprivation. That must be very debilitating. Do you ever find yourself falling asleep while you do something risky, i.e., ride your scooter to town? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 21, 2017 at 11:50pm

Yes! Accessing the Mormon database can be very expensive if you are not Mormon.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 21, 2017 at 11:47pm

Chris, you are talking about the old "nature vs. nurture" dispute. 

"Do inherited traits or life experiences play a greater role in shaping your personality? The nature versus nurture debate is one of the oldest issues in psychology. The debate centers on the relative contributions of genetic inheritance and environmental factors to human development."

What Is Nature vs. Nurture?

About "Ancestry," it is owned and managed by the Mormon church because of their belief that they have to find their ancestors to bring them into the Mormon fold. 

The Mormon Church Is Building a Family Tree of the Entire Human Race.

I went to the Family Library in Salt Lake City to work on my family history, hoping to find presidents, kings, great leaders and found ordinary people plus a bank robber, a horse thief, and a murderer. I stayed in a lovely facility, ate at a nourishing cafeteria, and had outstanding help when I ran into difficulties in my search. I visited with two women from Kenya dressed in their beautiful attire; they shared their experiences as Kenyan women and their conversion to Mormonism.

The beautiful facilities and the peaceful walk from building to building evoked feelings of calm in me.

I discovered the Mormon church sanctified my grandfather Denoo!  WHAT! He would be outraged if he knew!

Well, anyway, the church makes a big deal on family history, and I know of no other place equal to their database.

 

Comment by Patricia on November 21, 2017 at 11:03pm

Yes, Joan, Femara affected my fibromyalgia in a big way, & nearly destroyed my ability to sleep, which still affects me to this day. That's why I am sleep deprived & began sleep music on sleep phones to wear in bed.  Napping is not possible....it just doesn't happen. The sleep music increased my 1 to 3 hour nights, to 3 to 5 hours, & that's a good thing.

 

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