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Optical Illusions

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This one seems a bit creepy, like the middle one shouldn't be able to change rotation like that. from Cheezburger.comContinue

White House Petition: Change National Motto Back to "E Pluribus, Unum"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky Jan 22. 8 Replies

There is a petition being sponsored by whitehouse.gov to remove "in god we trust" as the national motto and replace it with the original: "E Pluribus, Unum" or "Out of Many, One."  As of this writing, there are around 11,000 signatures on it, with…Continue

Tags: E Pluribus, Unum, in god we trust, petition

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 24, 2015. 3 Replies

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

coming out (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Atheist in FundyLand Dec 23, 2015. 6 Replies

Whether as atheist, agnostic, gay / Lesbian or whatever, the process of coming out has been a repeated topic of discussion here on Atheist Nexus and for good reason: it is at once a necessary yet potentially supremely painful process, depending on…Continue

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If God Exists (DarkMatter2525)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 23, 2015. 4 Replies

"Practice makes perfect."  That's the concept, isn't it?  Work diligently at something, especially something you enjoy and are adept at, and your skills sharpen, your judgment improves, and the product of your efforts demonstrate that improvement. …Continue

Tags: religion, YouTube, god, DarkMatter2525

Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 1, 2015. 1 Reply

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

Tags: talk, psychotropic, therapy, psychology, Elliott Ingersol

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 16, 2014 at 12:04pm
Hello, friends. Just checking in and adding to all the medical news here. I have a bit of bad news. I had a very mild stroke on Sunday. I'm feeling well and having lots of tests done. The good news is the stroke was very small and no crippling damage. I also do not appear to have any coronary disease. Medications should be able to control this from happening again. Cheers and happy thoughts to all of you.
Comment by sk8eycat on December 16, 2014 at 8:48am

Oh. Brav-O, Chris!  I love that song, too.

Comment by Plinius on December 16, 2014 at 5:57am

Thanks for posting Kraftwerk! It's been a long time since I heard Autobahn, I enjoyed it very much!

I hope your husband can live with a different medicine regime, Patricia! It's often such a delicate balance!

I'm doing the last lessons of 2014, two this morning. They expected me to do something xmaslike, but instead I gave them a text on our neolithic ancestors' winter solstice, followed by The Beatles' Here comes the Sun. They loved it, even the xtians! 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 16, 2014 at 12:40am

Patricia: I was a guinea pig in a BP study starting 20 years ago.  It was a form of double-blind study, the only difference was that they were testing 3 different med, and nobody got placebos.  We just didn't know which drugs we were given until it was over.  Happened I was on Ateolol and chlorthalidone, and it worked for me. I'm still taking both of them, and my BP has been low to normal for 20 years now.  Before I started the tests it was dangerously high, and I am terrified of having a stroke and surviving it....my dad and his mother both had horrendous strokes....and I don't want to be that helpless, or a vegetable for months before I die.

My "new" MD suggested that I cut the pills in half, and take a half every 12 hours.  That regimen seems to be working better than ever, my pulse is slower, and my BP is usually 110 (or less) over 60.  Haven't checked my glucose lately....I have a meter, but I havte this new one...the strips are in a circular insert...like contraceptives used to be...but the damn things are expensive! 

DON'T EVER GET A BAYER METER!!!  Not even if it's "free."  They aren't selling meters, they are selling the strips....like Kodak and Polaroid were in the business of selling film, not cameras..

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 15, 2014 at 10:15pm

Too bad on your Bowel problem and arm scrape, Randall. As an IBS sufferer, I "live" on oral rehydration some days.

Sorry about your husband's heart, Patricia. I juggle numerous health challenges, but my blood pressure got better a couple of months after I started taking MitoQ. In rodent studies, it helped the vascular epithelium become elastic again, normalizinging high blood pressure. This version of coenzyme Q-10 designed to penetrate mitochondria well seems to have helped me in the same way. It's from New Zeland. Apparently healthy mitochondria improve the vascular epithelium elasticity.

BTW, we've signed up to participate in a local HumanLight celebration. Don't forget, it's coming soon.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 15, 2014 at 9:12pm

Patricia, I hope that helps your husband without too many side effects.

Joan, a mistake in my last post. the ferry sails to Sjælands Odde, not Kalundborg. That was another route from a long time ago. Since the bridge opened in 1997 a lot of ferries have stopped. I don't know the capital very well. When I'm there it tends to be for a definite purpose and I don't stay that long.

I've had problems sleeping lately. I fall asleep feeling tired and then wake up early, between 3-4 a.m. from what feels like a long narrative dream that leaves me more tired than when I went to bed. The only solution seems to be to get up and move about, have some tea to clear my head and then relax on the sofa where I finally nod off again with a book. Strange.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 15, 2014 at 7:24pm

Patricia - sorry to hear your husband got a less than encouraging report. Hopefully the suggested juggling of dosages will help.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 15, 2014 at 3:54pm

Randall: I think whatever you had is "something that's going around."  A local friend had the same thing last week, and we both live in the San Fernando Valley of SoCal.  With air travel so prevalent, a virus or bacterial illness can spread almost as fast as light.

One of the (many) reasons I quit driving and shop online exclusively.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 15, 2014 at 3:47pm

Mindy, we have a Meijer's close by. I'd rate it somewhere between a Target and Walmart, maybe a B- grade.

Joan, I'm inspired to make some use of the "churches and children" site as a counter to my grandchildren's grandmother (my fanatical ex). I've been wondering how, and this might be the ammo I can use!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 15, 2014 at 3:41pm

Whew, I'm back, after a couple of "irritable bowel" days. Vomiting, bloating, cramps--the yucks. From where? My granddaughter, it appears. As luck would have it, I had a scheduled doctor's appointment this morning (Mon). I had an Xray of the abdomen for signs of blockage. Again, whew, nothing. I'm slowing feeling better. A huge upper arm scrape from a throw rug tumble (Fri) was cleaned and bandaged, too.  I'm going to stop telling people to "have a nice weekend", e.g. That's too close to praying, isn't it? What good does it do?

 

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