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We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 6 hours ago. 9 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 10 hours ago. 1 Reply

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 8, 2015 at 11:48am

Joan, my kidney disease, IgA Nephropathy, is most likely genetic.  It's a very slow progressing disease.  Looking back, I see that I have had the tell-tale signs off and on for decades.  Even when I was in grammar school and high school I had periodic episodes of protein and blood in my urine, which are the first systems.  In college I was very sick one time with a kidney infection.  I'm my late 20's I developed a kidney stone.  In the past five years I had swelling in my feet and calves.  These are all signs of the slow progression throughout the years of my failing kidneys.  When I had a biopsy done earlier this year, it showed my kidneys were smaller than normal and were very scarred.

As far as germs on airplanes, a lot of people blame the recirculated air, but that's not really the case.  The air is filtered and is surprisingly fresh.  Most germs you encounter while flying are sitting on surfaces just waiting for you to touch them. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 8, 2015 at 7:34am

Boy, Carl, it's enough to make one quit flying at all. Glad I didn't get sick flying back from California a couple of weeks ago.

By the way, I just read a Dr. Mercola web page on the subject of flu vaccines. You all might be interested in reading it. Personnally speaking, I've had only one flu shot my entire life (in 1970). Guess what? Yep, I got the flu. Never have had the flu since.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2015 at 8:26pm

Carl, you tell an amazing story of germs on airplanes and your experiences while working and after. Flying as a passenger, I very often had lung and bronchial problems after a flight and the long ones to China and Turkey were tough. I don't know how you worked in that germ incubator and didn't come down with lung diseases. Perhaps kidney disease is occupationally related. Do you know the kidney disease rate of flight attendants? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2015 at 6:54pm

Grinning Cat, that's a great song.  I've always liked it. 

Speaking of health, as a flight attendant, I can tell you that it's no secret that airplanes are a smorgasbord of germs.  The close proximity of people, vomit from airsickness, food eating, diaper changing on beverage tray tables, garbage in seat-back pockets, inadequate or non-existent hand washing by passengers.  I was constantly washing my hands while working because of the constant contact with germs.  Still, it was common that I would get a bad cold three or four times a year in addition to the flu once or twice, despite getting a flu shot. 

Because of my kidney disease, I haven't been able to work for the past 15 months.  As a result, I haven't had a single cold or flu during that whole time. 

Comment by k.h. ky on November 7, 2015 at 10:50am
Grinning Cat, that is WONDERFUL :)
And so approp. Thank you.
Comment by Grinning Cat on November 7, 2015 at 10:34am

Randy, I missed that "forum", but while I'd like to see a Bernie Sanders presidency, I wholeheartedly agree that any of the Democratic candidates would be far better than any of the Republicans (Republicons; Rethuglicans; official party motto: "I've got mine; screw you").

Bertold, sorry to hear of your furry family member's passing. It sounds like she had the least worst way to go, enjoying life until the end.

Ian, I too look forward to reading your poems in translation, hopefully one that transmits a lot of their spirit and quirks as well as their basic sense.

And for Kathy:

Comment by Randall Smith on November 7, 2015 at 7:42am

Except for Bertold's loss of his beloved pet, there seems to be a lot of good news going on. I like to hear that.

Did anyody watch the MSNBC "forum" with Rachel Maddow, last night? She interviewed the 3 Democratic pres. candidates. Enlightening and informative. I could live with any of the three. Just no Republicans.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2015 at 12:19am

Kathy, I like your suggestions for Carl to be especially careful during this waiting time. Those little sniffles, sneezes and coughs can sidetrack procedures too easily. Yes, we join in as your team of encouraging support. 

I had dogs throughout my childhood and made sure the kids had their pets and learned to care for them. When our last cats and dogs dies of old age, and after my kids flew the nest to build their own, I retired from animal care. What a splendid gift to have such fine animals in my new home during this stage of my life. I receive so very much pleasure from them.

Dominic has a personality that suits me very comfortably with his quiet attention and joining me in my activities. He seems to enjoy each day as much as i. He belongs to my daughter, Laura. 

Spaz offers all bounce and vigor that I no longer have. 

Zeek, or Zeak, or Zeke, I don't know how they spell his name, is a reckless, undisciplined, wild animal that has no concern for manners or impositions. He and Spaz belong to Michelle, my granddaughter who lives down the gravel road from my new home. 

Each one is a treasure that I love. Dominic offers me companionship with quiet affections that I treasure. 

Comment by k.h. ky on November 6, 2015 at 11:06pm
Thanks to everyone for the kind words.

Carl, be a germ freak while you wait. Carry an extra bottle of hand sanitizer with you and use it! Wash your hands often. You know the drill!! We all want you healthy and well prepared for surgery and you know we will all be thinking of you.


Joan, you seem to have been adopted by a lovely dog. Is he your first?
Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2015 at 10:56pm

Ian, I'm all for an English translation of your poems as well.  Either that or a pop-up picture book.

 

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