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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 October 21, 2017 at 2:38am

You ask valid questions, Chris, I wonder, too, why an evacuation plan was not in place? Are you inclined to follow-up by asking the city and county officials why a comprehensive policy did not exist for disabled people and those without transportation?

I like your question about water filtration systems for  Peurto Rico, Haiti, U.S. Virgin Islands and other places hit by storms, earthquakes, fires, and other "acts of God." That seems like another worthwhile question to raise. 

 

Comment by Patricia on October 21, 2017 at 1:46am

Such grim news & those terrible consequences for the people who weren't able to get out.

School buses were what got us out, & for any disabled, or people who had no transport.

Comment by Chris on October 21, 2017 at 1:07am

Thanks for all of your concers about the recommended evacuation.  I returned home yesterday.

It was stressfull. Winds were predicted at 40-60 MPH during the night so I left when recommended.  My car overheated on the way out of town.  Fortunately my cousin recommened purchising bottled water. I've never purchased bottled water before, but am glad I had it to refill the radiator in my car so it made it back to my house as the temperature guage peaked at high.  I'm glad the engine didn't seaze.    My brother came and picked me up. 

I stayed at his house longer than nececassary because I worked on the wiring of his house in attempt to repair a ground fault circuit interruper in his kitchen.  His house was extended from a small one bedroom house to a three bedroom house.  Often when that's done shortcuts are taken with wiring.   I almost had the wiring fixed, before he wore tired of me. 

My brother let me borrow his truck. When my car is fixed I'll return his truck and hopefully be able to finish working on the wiring of his house.

When the fire started the winds were blowing, which woke me up. I went outside. It looked like it was snowing from the ash falling. If it were embers I would have awoken all of the neighbors to alert them to evacuate.

My neighbor called me to let me know about the suggested evacuation.  

After some of this is sorted out I'm going to check with city and county emergency managers to see why a reverse 911 number wasn't used to assist disabled peoples evacuation.

Comment by Patricia on October 21, 2017 at 12:58am

Apparently, Joan, its better in the long run for recovery, less drugging, getting up quicker, & less bleeding too. I realize they know what they are doing but I am a devout coward.

Comment by Patricia on October 21, 2017 at 12:53am

Yup, got a 5 inch thick chair pad to raise me up. All my seating has to have arms for me to hold onto as I get up.

Comment by Chris on October 21, 2017 at 12:50am

Patricia,

An  elevating chair or seat  may help you get up from a seated position. I put an advertizement in a local exchange paper and someone gave me on when I was recovering from my surgery.

The link will show you what I'm refereing too: https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Vic-2018-Best-Sellers-Best-P...

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2017 at 12:49am

Patricia, why do they want you awake during hip replacement? That seems counter-intuitive. I suppose you asked the same question. 

Comment by Patricia on October 21, 2017 at 12:07am

Nope, I wanna be sleeping through something that major. I hope they let me have headphones & music if they want me awake.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2017 at 12:05am

@Chris, I wrote you a personal message and received part of an answer from you but could not find the end of the first sentence or further information.

I/we are concerned about your safety and situation. When you have time, we very much would like to know how you are. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 20, 2017 at 11:57pm

Patricia, it seems you have the needed equipment to help you through the recovery. A toilet riser and a bath bench feel good to me, and I don't have a hip problem (knock on wood!). Getting expert help may be more of a challenge; I hope you find someone you like and who knows what he or she is doing. 

I was extremely fortunate in finding help when I cared for Dad his last seven years. Her name was Vicky and a real jewel. 

How do you feel about the spinal? Not everyone wants to be awake during surgery. I usually ask if I can watch and the doctors reply, "Sure!" and I wake up after the doctor completes the surgical process. I want to watch a colonoscopy and slip into slumber every time. The doctor allowed me to see the incision after he cut my hands for carpal tunnel surgery. That was interesting to look at the bones, muscles, and ligaments of my hands/wrists.  

Ian, undoubtedly, your experience working with people gives you some insight into peoples' pain and recovery styles. 

 

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