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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

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 10, 2014 at 2:44pm

Patricia, I remember several months ago when you were discussing the topic of delta theta waves.  I had never heard of it, so out of curiosity I did a Google search and educated myself a little bit.  In doing so, I found a plethora of sleep and relaxation soundtracks on YouTube.  Since then, I've been listening and falling asleep to some chosen favorites of mine that play on my laptop in my bedroom.  I've also been using them in hotels with a small portable speaker hooked up to my smartphone when I travel.  I thank you for introducing me to something new and very beneficial.     

Comment by Ian Mason on January 10, 2014 at 1:38pm
—the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care,
The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast
Macbeth.
Glad to hear that your sleep is improving, Patricia
 I've had depression/angst related sleep problems over the years and have tried various (sensible) remedies: relaxation massage, relaxing music (a CD series called Musicure) and small doses of Mianserin, a tetracyclic antidep. med. All have helped. Also had to wear a heart monitor for 48hours because of irregular beating. The problem is now gone but the cure was, unfortunatly, a return to tobacco. Feel a bit "damned if I do, damned if I don't" with that.
Have a great weekend, lovely people.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 10, 2014 at 11:20am

Mindy, I guess you forgot about that 50 bucks you owe me. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 10, 2014 at 10:29am

Glad you can get more sleep now Patricia.  I'm going to look into those CDs as I only get 5 hrs a night. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 9, 2014 at 7:13pm

Patricia, getting 4 or 5 hours of sleep is indeed a vast improvement.  I'm glad to hear the cd's are working for you.  I understand your apprehension of using drugs to help you sleep.  Getting that additional sleep certainly must make you feel better throughout the day.  Hopefully over time you'll be able to extend your sleep to longer periods.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 9, 2014 at 6:57pm

Mindy, I've had to wear a heart monitor a couple of times in the past.  Throughout the years (starting in my early 20's) I've had periods of tachycardia (fast heart rate).  In later years I experienced anxiety and occasional panic attacks.  Through it all, and after having stress tests and EKG's, it was extremely reassuring to learn that I have a normal, strong heart.  And starting on high blood-pressure medication a few years ago has pretty much eliminated any problems I was having. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 6:29pm

Patricia, I have spent much of the past year in bed, asleep and I just wish I could wrap up a package to send you. Are you able to nap? Even short naps, perhaps. I know it is the deep sleep you really need and napping won't do it. However, if that helps then go for it. 

Are you able to stay home to take naps? I am so grateful that I am able to sleep during the day. And I have Cary who is an outstanding cook. Do you have such assistance. 

Jeez, I wish I could help you solve your sleep problems. Well, I can just say I care about you and hope all goes well for you. 

What Is Paroxysmal Atrial Tachycardia?

There are nine paragraphs of information here, if you haven't already found it. I looked to see treatments and I assume you have a good heart doctor.

I had irregular heart beats that were successfully treated with a pace maker. It doesn't seem to be the treatment for your condition.

Do you need help in finding more delta/theta wave sleep cd's? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 3:04pm

Mindy, I am sure you keep track of your heart rate and pay attention to how you feel! It is better to wear a heart monitor than not know when you are in trouble. until it is too late. 

One thing about cancer, paying attention to feelings occurring in my body becomes second nature. Little twitches here, feelings of ants crawling up inside my legs, all are red flags telling me I have to pay attention to what is happening and make adjustments if I need to. Diabetes is a good indicator, too, giving off all kinds of signals that could be easily missed.

I don't know why I am telling you this, you know all about these things with your son's condition. So, just ignore my intrusive words and do what you know to be best. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 2:57pm

OK! We can write freely and without censorship. I'm blocking Yahoo ... well I don't follow their news streams anyway. So no big deal. 

Do you have any idea where the source of blockages occurs? 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 9, 2014 at 12:28pm

Joan, your words in here weren't censored at all.  Probably because A/N is not a branch of Yahoo.  The morass of censoring seems to be attached to the Comments sections of stories and articles published by Yahoo News only.  There are many people with vocabularies, or minds, so limited that they can't say anything without using words most people consider impolite, crude, or offensive.  And using those words on the internet probably make the knuckle-draggers (horses asses?) feel important. 

BUT censorship offends ME.  (And I think I just insulted the equine race...in truth they have beautiful behinds!)

 

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