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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 Joan Denoo on January 12, 2015 at 2:14pm

Felaine, fusion implies loss of motion. Do you have loss of motion after the spinal laminectomy & fusion and does it bother you? Thankfully, you have pain relief. The Google images for stenosis look like bad news! These must surely reduce your quality of life. 

Does exercise hurt or help these conditions? 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 12, 2015 at 2:03pm

Patricia, where did that photo come from?  I mean, is that someone in your family, or an anonymous photo posted on the net?

If that baby is chewing on a real firearm, maybe the gun-worshippers can become self-limiting with enough time and ammo.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 12, 2015 at 1:56pm

Patricia, I am always shocked at the mindset of the gun-culture crowd.  Their fascination and giddiness about lethal weapons is downright disturbing. 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 12, 2015 at 1:54pm

Joan, I had severe sciatic pain for more than 20 years after a fall when I was trying to get back into skating just for fun.  At that time, surgery prognosis was 50-50, so I delayed and denied, and kept working at the Cat Hotel till one night my legs just gave out while I was climbing the stairs, and I had to yell for help.

I had MRIs and CT scans, and finally, in 2009, I had a spinal laminectomy & fusion....instant relief!  Forever.

BUT I still have problems with my neck...it's crooked, and the spinal canal is slowly closing in on the nerve (stenosis)...I have 50% normal feeling in my hands, and I am just waiting for the "final pinch" when I can stop breathing.  That's why I have "DNR" on my MedicAlert bracelet.

Plus....diabetic neuropathy in my feet and lower legs.  I am just effing tired of it all.  Today.  Tomorrow might be different.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 12, 2015 at 1:38pm

Spud, Spokane supplies tubs for recyclables. That worked for a couple of years and now they have recycle bins where all recyclables go with no sorting. They look the same as regular trash bins except they have a different color. 

When we lived at Ft. Hood, my Cub Scout group got 5-gallon barrels at the Motor Pool, painted and labelled them "Paper", Glass", "Cans" and used them for each Cub members' family. That idea caught on and we started making them for other families for a small fee to pay for the paint and any costs we had. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 12, 2015 at 1:29pm

Randy, hope your back gets back o normal soon. You probably have seen this or something similar: 

Low Back Pain

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 12, 2015 at 1:19pm

Comment by sk8eycat on January 12, 2015 at 10:53am

City of Los Angeles has that same rule about not bagging recyclables...IMO its only purpose is to eliminate a simple step in the sorting process.

I am often thankful for gazillion reasons that my parents chose Burbank to settle in.  Better public services all around.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 12, 2015 at 9:44am

I think I'll send the new mayor an email with my thoughts.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 12, 2015 at 9:39am

Spud, sounds like a good problem to take to the city council or whatever form of government you have. Putting paper in paper bags and plastic in plastic bags seems a reasonable thing to do. I certainly would not want paper and plastic flying all over. 

I spent a month at Mata Ortiz, Mexico, and they had a forest of plastic bags, blown by the wind and caught by cactus and mesquite. At first, it looked like a new species of desert plant. Oh! plastic trees! 

 

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