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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2016 at 11:31am

Randy, I am very sorry to learn of the storm damage. Your family works so hard, and they obviously enjoy their lifestyle.  

Storms leave me feeling helpless; don't allow hopelessness to turn into depression. 

Two things often trigger depression, helplessness and not being in control. Farming imposes both factors on farmers. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 26, 2016 at 10:07am

Thanks for the encouragement. I've already had my uvula removed and turbinates cut back to improve breathing at night. Don't think there's third surgery that would help, Carl. I have about ten issues apart from the apnea. Steeply sloped bed for reflux, usually sleep in a fetal position  due to pinched nerve, chronic sinus condition, use an occlusal guard for teeth grinding, get up every 1 1/2 to 2 hours due to bladder problem, and on and on. My mask has to be held over the nose with one hand while the other hand pulls the straps around my head. Yours sounds much easier to get into, Donald.

I appreciate your support.

The CPAP nags me to not get up as often. Reminders every day that I have to acknowledge. <eye roll>

Comment by Donald L. Engel on June 26, 2016 at 1:46am

Ruth, it took me about a week to get used to my CPAP machine.  Now I feel lousy if I'm not wearing it in bed.  I learned to put my head on the pillow, and then use the pillow to hold the face mask while I moved my head within the mask to get the most direct air flow to my nose.  It just takes the slightest movement of my head to adjust it right.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 25, 2016 at 10:38pm

Ruth, my ex had to start using a CPAP and he struggled with how uncomfortable it was.  I'm not sure what your issue is, but my ex finally ended up having a small nasal surgery which corrected his problem.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 25, 2016 at 10:28pm

Sorry to hear about the awful storm and its damage to your kids property, Randall.

Thanks for your physical therapy update, Flying Atheist. The parade was not in your cards.

I haven't been here as much as I'd like. Struggling for over a month to get used to sleeping with a CPAP. <sigh><bags under eyes> I read that most people only take a week or two.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 25, 2016 at 10:04pm

Hello to all.  I hope you're having a good weekend.  Not much new here.  Just doing my twice-weekly physical therapy and going to intermittent doctor appointments.  The physical therapy is definitely helping to give me strength and more confidence in walking and moving about.

Chicago's gay pride parade is tomorrow, Sunday, and I really felt a strong need to attend because of the horrific massacre in Orlando.  But I realize I can't physically stand for hours and hours, especially in the hot sun.  It would also be extremely difficult to navigate through such a large crowd because of the high risk of falling.  One million or more people are expected to be there.  It's a huge parade that is at least three hours long.  Perhaps I should just be sitting on top of a float in the parade!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 25, 2016 at 9:04pm

Randy, sorry to hear about all the weather problems you and your family are going through.  The flooding of farmland and the loss of buildings and so many trees is devastating. 

Comment by kathy: ky on June 24, 2016 at 12:23pm
Randall, sorry to hear that. Weather reports were running on the TV last night predicting your area would be hit hard. By the time it arrived here after midnight we only had a small amount of thunder and almost no rain.
Comment by Plinius on June 24, 2016 at 10:44am

That's bad Randall, a pity about the trees and I do hope the greenhouses were insured!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 24, 2016 at 6:38am

Things got even worse on the farm after a storm with 100+mph winds blew through. My kids "lost" two greenhouses with damage to others. And I (we) lost at least 30 nice trees, some 3 feet in diameter, in the 7 acre woods. I walked through it, scrambling over and around downed maples, buckeyes, oaks, etc. It was devastated, as was I. It'll take time to recover.

 

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