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The MMR vaccine and autism: Sensation, refutation, retraction, and fraud

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck on Sunday. 2 Replies

The MMR vaccine and autism: Sensation, refutation, retraction, and fraud"Scientists and organizations across the world spent a great deal of time and…Continue

Tags: fraud, scientific, rate, incident, measles

exposing abuse | Jehovah's Witnesses on trial | part 2 (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Feb 1. 0 Replies

We need to focus on the institution, not the individual priests. Practice and policy; show me the church manipulated the system so that these guys wouldn't have to face charges, show me they put those same priests back into parishes time and time…Continue

Tags: child abuse, TheraminTrees, Jehovah's Witnesses

Web slang

Started by Roswatheist. Last reply by Craigart14 Jan 29. 115 Replies

Is it me, or can most people on social networking sites not spell? I get acronyms, but actual misspelling, really? I'm not that old, either-not even thirty.Does this make anyone else crazy or is it just me?Continue

Introduce yourself

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 28. 207 Replies

So we can picture you sitting at the table with us, how about telling us your favorite food and drink?I'm Ruth and you'll find me eating a cup of vanilla Greek yogurt, constantly refilling my teacup from a gigantic pot of hot green tea. (I share,…Continue

Tags: food, favorite

F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia (NY Times)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 21. 5 Replies

WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against…Continue

Tags: Russia, Putin, investigation, FBI, James Comey

Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jan 17. 10 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

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Comment by Ian Mason on December 25, 2015 at 2:24am

Love the cats, Chris and Carl.

Now it really is the holiday season: just finished my last shift ever in elderly care after more than 18 years. I feel so happy and alive again.

Hope you're all enjoying youreslves as much as I am.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 25, 2015 at 2:17am

Dear friends of Atheist Nexus, I hope each and every one of you have lots of rest, renewal, and relaxation during this darkest time of the year. In a day or two, our days will begin to get longer, and we can wipe away the dumps with the sweep of a broom and hands in the soil or whatever revs your energy. 

According to my weather report, at 10:28 Newport time, our temperature is 28, Vancouver is 39, Philadelphia and Bensalem are 63, Chicago is 43, and Cleveland is 48 degrees F. 

Whether with family, friends, strangers, or alone, may your time be filled with delicious food, beautiful sounds, pleasing smells, inspiring sights, and happy thoughts. 

One year at this season I realized my children would be going with their friends, and I knew I would have to learn how to celebrate without them. So, I told them I wanted to conduct an experiment to see if I could enjoy my time with them growing up and away. They each had friends and made plans to spend the holidays with them. 

I planned my meals, picked out my favorite music, selected a book to read and settled in for a pleasant time alone. I had a very nice time, the kids did too, and we were all happy. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2015 at 11:50pm

Whatever your plans may be tomorrow, I hope the day goes well for you.  I'll be with my family having good food and once a year baked treats during the day and then with my extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins in the evening for more indulgence.  We all get along well, so it should be pleasant.

The ground is dry and not a flake of snow is anywhere in the forecast, so her in Chicago we will just have to pretend.

 

Comment by Plinius on December 24, 2015 at 11:39pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2015 at 6:10pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 24, 2015 at 5:18pm

Sierra Nevada Snowpack at 500-Year Low

In 2015, researchers reported that snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California was at its lowest ever recorded level. But the official record only went back about 80 years.

TROUET: “We’ve been working with tree-ring data from California and we realized that we can reconstruct that snowpack number back to the early 1500s.”

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 24, 2015 at 2:22pm

I've been marveling at the Phila green grass, until I just saw a Canadian news broadcast showing green grass in Ottawa now.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 23, 2015 at 7:30am

Daniel, I just read about your endoscopy results (cancer group), and that's great news! Really great news! Hope you're feeling good. Retirement is just around the corner!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 22, 2015 at 6:32pm

Randy, I haven't sent cards for at least thirty years, probably more. My life was so hectic, trying to get the kids through puberty, keeping a roof over our heads and food on the table, I decided to cut out any and all stress-makers. Sending cards was one. We kept the big feasts and it was about that time that I blasted anything religious out of my life.  It was about the time I wrote "Toward a Theory of Family Violence: its Antecedents, Treatment, and Prevention" and "A Splendid Heresy: the Role of Religion in Maintaining and Perpetuating Family Violence". 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 22, 2015 at 6:17pm

Ian, your part of the world seems to have come out from under the Ice Age at about the time as ours. Any traces of earlier civilizations were mostly swept away with the ice and then the floods. 

Ancient girl’s skeleton changes scientist’s mind on human migration

 

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