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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 10:56am

The "news" is misnamed. It should be called the "advertisements". I don't read or watch commercial news. The best ones, at least as far as I am concerned, are The Real News, Common DreamsNews, Views, and Tools for Progressives.

Yes, I know, these are all Progressive news sites and I do read the other views to keep up to date. But I want to see the progressive side of issues, not the conservative Republican or the traditional Democratic side. I want a vision of the world that looks at ways to participate in a flourishing economic, political and (and here is where I need that new word) "spiritual" life of our nation. 

The options for a new word include: numinous (Loren's idea), transcendent, free of the material world, (would that be immaterial, or disembodied, or ....?)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 1, 2014 at 10:08am

That's cute, Mindy.  lol

Comment by Randall Smith on October 1, 2014 at 7:50am

Let me get this straight. We now have one confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S. It's only contagious through bodily fluid contact. The public is assured that there's nothing to be concerned about. YET, it's the number one news item of the day in all the media sources! No reason to panic, they say, but we're getting the message "the sky is falling". Little wonder I'm such a "news cynic".

Comment by Plinius on October 1, 2014 at 5:58am

 I hope production of a vaccination soon starts. 

I hope so too, Ian! But I'm afraid the money grabbers will stop all that because of patents, and will drown us in legalese instead of helping people. I expect nothing good - but I still hope.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 30, 2014 at 11:04pm

My favourite radio stations: BBC Radio 3, classical plus some jazz and "world music". Radio Mozart, all Mozart all the time. KCSM, jazz, commercial free. Mozart and KCSM ask for voluntary contributions.

It seems that Ebola is more and more likely to spread outside a few areas at some point. I hope production of a vaccination soon starts. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2014 at 9:43pm

If I am correct, there are 5 Atheist Nexus members from Nigeria and one from Senegal. 

Guinea

Sierra Leone 

Liberia 

Nigeria   5 A/N members 

Senegal  1 A/N member 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2014 at 9:19pm

Mapping the Spread of Ebola

"The current situation

Five West African countries are battling the outbreak—Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Senegal, and Nigeria. Bordering countries are on high alert. Unlike previous outbreaks that primarily occurred in remote villages in Central Africa, this one includes urban areas. Inadequate medical facilities and distrust of health care workers exacerbate the crisis."

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2014 at 9:08pm

Ruth, your post Columbia Prediction of infections hit me like a ton of bricks. One death in two infections. So I Googled for the most recent infections and read

CDC: Ebola confirmed in Dallas patient

"Ebola has infected 6,553 people and has killed 3,083 in the three countries hit hardest by the epidemic — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — the World Health Organization says. The number of cases has been doubling every three weeks, and the CDC estimates that the disease could affect up to 1.4 million people by January if it's not quickly put under control."

Yes, those are the number of infections and deaths ratios. 

I agree, we have state of the art health quarantined facilities; this article reported:

"Hospital officials also said the patient will not be given ZMapp, the experimental serum given to Dr. Kenneth Brantly and Nancy Writebol, American aid workers who caught the virus in Africa and were later treated in the U.S. The supplies of ZMapp have run out. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2014 at 8:53pm

If I am reading that chart correctly, that means for every two infections, one results in death. Is that correct? 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 30, 2014 at 7:12pm

Dallas hospital sends Ebola patient home on Sept 26th.

Yeah, we don't have to worry because US healthcare is sooo superior.

 

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