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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 25. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

Tags: God's Not Dead, patheos, Neil Carter, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

Tags: @SethAndrewsTTA, @morehead_sarah, @Matt_Dillahunty, @jteberhard, confirmed

The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

Tags: maintenance, community, availability, Atheist Nexus

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

Tags: Atheist Pig

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Comment by Plinius on March 31, 2016 at 12:04am

I didn't know that one, Ian, thanks! It's beautiful!

Comment by Plinius on March 30, 2016 at 11:59pm

One problem on top of the other, Carl! I'm very sorry for you.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 30, 2016 at 10:06pm
Comment by Ian Mason on March 30, 2016 at 10:04pm

Nothing wild in the Danish weather either. One night with strong wind and rain and that's it.

I'm very sorry to hear that, Carl. You've been through enough already. I'm sure that we all hope, along with you, that the research will proceed fast enough to be of benefit.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 30, 2016 at 7:47pm

I've mentioned that I've been having a problem with weak legs and buckling knees.  I've seen a neurologist and was advised to have a muscle biopsy.  I recently had that procedure and a muscle sample was sent to a pathologist for testing.  I now have the results and unfortunately I don't have good news.  I have been diagnosed with a very rare muscle disease called Inclusion Body Myositis.  This is a condition where the immune system attacks the muscles and breaks them down over time. 

As of now there is no cure and no clear understanding why it happens.  It appears to be a genetic disorder but is not hereditary.  It's a disease that progresses very slowly and does not shorten normal life span.  Right now the biggest risk to me is breaking bones or getting injured from the increased chances of falling.  In addition to the weak legs and arms, balance problems are present, which I also experience.  At some point later on, a wheelchair may be necessary.  For some persons late into the progression, the disease can affect throat muscles causing trouble eating, swallowing and breathing. 

The only thing recommended right now is light resistance weight training to maintain strength.  However, a rigorous workout is not recommended as that would only speed up the muscle degeneration.

Apparently there are some promising stem cell research trials being done right now.  In addition, a new drug has been recently developed that has been presented to the FDA to be approved for testing.  For now there is no treatment available but perhaps some good news is on the horizon.  I can only hope.

So that's my latest news. 

Comment by Plinius on March 27, 2016 at 12:55pm

Calm over here, some gusts of wind and rain but nothing out of the ordinary. Tomorrow perhaps stormy weather.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2016 at 12:45pm

Our North European friends have heavy winds today. I am interested in how winds felt to the individuals.

Comment by Plinius on March 27, 2016 at 9:19am

Here we had 'god zij met ons' on the rim of coins, but the Euros show no gods, only markings for the blind. Much better!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 27, 2016 at 7:15am

I often take a black marker to cross out "In God We Trust" on dollar bills. I'd like to do it to Indiana license plates, too, but I'm afraid I'll get caught. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 26, 2016 at 3:14pm

Quite right, Bertold.

 

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