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The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Sunday. 14 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

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Jan 31. 15 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

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on February 24, 2016 at 5:31am

Thanks for the kind wishes, and I love that picture, Carl, it´s just right! Tomorrow I get some help for the pc, so perhaps I,ll be able to mail again. I lost the teaching material I wrote in the last half year, that´s what you get if you forget about backups..

Yes Joan, our household consists of Rien, Chris, Dido and Luna.

One thing that also happened this week, was a very pleasant experience. The VCR broke down and we found one on internet offered for free. When the owner found out that we travel by public transport he wouldn´t hear of us going there to pick the thing up, but he brought it by car, came in for coffee and enjoyed himself enormously telling long stories. So kind!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 23, 2016 at 12:42pm

Good luck, Chris. I don't know if it's a subjective feeling with no rational basis (probably) but problems do seen to come in swarms.

Glad to hear that the rest of you are being taken care of by your support teams. Love the pic, Carl.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 23, 2016 at 12:11pm

Carl, what a perfect photo for Chris!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 23, 2016 at 12:10pm

Chris, what stress you must be feeling. So many things, so fast. Dido's liver infection was the cause of his weight loss? He survived! I hope your new computer works well for you and is easy to learn. 

Rien, is that your partner's name? I have not heard it before. It has a strong and stable sound to it. 

Peace!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 23, 2016 at 12:05pm

Oh, boy, Chris!  That is a terrible week!  Glad to hear that Dido is OK and that you're back online.  Next up:  taking care of that broken molar.  I wish ALL of you well.

Comment by Plinius on February 23, 2016 at 11:51am

What a week! Dido just survived an infection in the liver, while I was running to and from the vet the pc crashed so badly that we scraped some money together to buy a new one. So we´re running around getting the thing working and trying to find the programs we need, etc. Rien breaks a molar... This will be the end of my piggy bank! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2016 at 11:33pm

Now, we need to work to get universal health coverage. Preventive care cuts down on too-late-diagnoses. A simple test of blood can catch so many things before symptoms appear. My being anemic was a total surprise to me because I take my daily iron pills, as directed. The doctors now look for the cause of my anemia. 

I feel fine, just overwhelming fatigue. But then, I am entitled! I worked very hard all my life. I  enjoy my lethargy.  

Carl, I am happy you have such excellent care. What an experience for you, your sister and family! I hope you can do what you know how to do, or can retrain into something interesting. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 22, 2016 at 10:19pm

Joan, I have had excellent care throughout all my recent medical episodes.  In addition to my kidney surgery there is a tremendous amount of post-surgery after care and treatment, so it continues.  When I left the hospital in November I had a two-page list of all my future scheduled appointments going all the way into 2017.  I just had my 3-month follow-up kidney biopsy last week.  Constant monitoring of my condition is critical.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2016 at 7:57pm

Randy, which day will we ring out celebrations of your birthday?

I am very grateful for our modern medical care. I have regular checkups and had early diagnoses of any of my ailments that in my parent's day would have caused their deaths much sooner. My doctors have all been outstanding educators, explaining options, pros and cons, and had data to show effectiveness. I made informed choices; I was in charge of my health care. They also offered information about alternative treatments. I feel very confident in my medical care, both from the doctor's diagnosis and choices of surgeries, radiation, chemo and medication, and the outstanding care of the nursing and assisting staff members. 

Carl, how do you feel about your care? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 22, 2016 at 5:44pm

In Darwin's era living to 73 was quite an achievement.  Just think about the difference in available medical treatment between now and in the 1800's.  There's no doubt Darwin died a sickly man at 73.  He was born in 1809.  Life expectancy was approximately 40 years at that time.

Randy, I'm sure running a farm kept you quite physically active.  Although I've always read that farming ranks high as one of the most dangerous professions. 

 

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