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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 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

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on January 19, 2018 at 2:22pm

My optometrist was very concerned that I might have a detached retina when I had a detached vitreous humor.  He gave me his cell phone number and said to call him anytime day or night, if I had any symptoms of a detached retina, even though he was going on vacation.  

He said if I had a detached retina, I would have to go to Salt Lake City to have an expert reattach it, and would have to go as quickly as possible.  If it was left unattached for about 2 days, I would go blind in that eye.

Comment by Patricia on January 19, 2018 at 1:53pm

Wow, those are quite the rules.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 19, 2018 at 1:49pm

I (confidently) hope Daniel will be fine!

A friend also had a detached retina recently, caught early. In addition to laser "spot-welding" the detached edges back in place, the treatment included a bubble of inert gas to hold the retina in place as it heals. Depending on where the lesion is, you might be required to stay in bed facing down, or keep your head at another angle. My friend was lucky, able to keep her head upright and do most normal things, except she couldn't lift things heavier than one pound, couldn't bend over, and had to sleep sitting up.

Visually, the bubble caused the interesting effect of "looking through a big magnifier", until it got completely absorbed after a couple of weeks.

Comment by Patricia on January 19, 2018 at 12:48pm

I'm sure Daniel will do fine.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 19, 2018 at 8:40am

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Comment by Ian Mason on January 19, 2018 at 8:40am

That should be a routine procedure. Wish him luck and a speedy recovery.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 19, 2018 at 7:36am

Our friend Daniel found out yesterday he has a detached retina. He's having surgery for it today.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 19, 2018 at 7:31am

Carl, it's good to hear from you. How have you been doing lately? Can you get outdoors in this frigid winter? What do you do during a typical day?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 19, 2018 at 2:14am

I've always been a big fan of ELO. Love the song All Over The World. It's one of those uplifting songs that has an "anthem" feel to it that you don't want to end.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 16, 2018 at 3:01pm

I've been to see the film 'The Death of Stalin'. While the state terror of the Soviet system is no laughing matter, the film's presentation of the Politbureau as a bunch of clowns and buffoons is comic. Really good performances and direction by all concerned.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_of_Stalin

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In September 2017, the head of the Public Council of the Russian Ministry of Culture said the Russian authorities were considering a ban on the film, which, he alleged, could be part of a "western plot to destabilise Russia by causing rifts in society".[8]

Nikolai Starikov, head of the Russian Great Fatherland Party, said the film was an "unfriendly act by the British intellectual class", and said it was very clear that the film was part of an "anti-Russian information war" aimed at discrediting the figure of Stalin'

 

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