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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 25. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

Tags: God's Not Dead, patheos, Neil Carter, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

Tags: @SethAndrewsTTA, @morehead_sarah, @Matt_Dillahunty, @jteberhard, confirmed

The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

Tags: maintenance, community, availability, Atheist Nexus

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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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. 

Comment by Randall Smith on February 22, 2016 at 7:34am

I try not to think about my age (or my children's). However, I just read that Charles Darwin died "a very old and sick man" at age 73. Guess who will be that old in one month?  State of mind, right?

Comment by Ian Mason on February 21, 2016 at 8:57pm

Agreed, Joan. Western capitalism seems to have reached its moribund stage. Let's hope that coming generations can find solutions that benefit the people rather than the elite. For the time being, enjoy your nesting.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 21, 2016 at 8:09pm

Joan, you know I'm the same age as your kids.  I'll be 52 in July.  Hard to believe. 

Thinking about you as you settle into your new surroundings. 

 

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