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The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo 7 hours ago. 22 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Jul 20. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 24, 2015 at 2:06pm

Randy, I've never been a big sports fan, but one cannot escape  from admiring a true historic sports hero and gentleman like Ernie Banks.  There's a certain element of respect and honor of his natural talent that is sorely lacking from so many of the doped-up and hyper-physical athletes today.  

The Chicago Tribune has a very nice article about him which includes a short video. 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-ernie-banks-...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 24, 2015 at 1:42pm

Thank you everyone for the big hugs and support. 

Patricia, deep down I'm not really surprised I have heart problems.  My father had a heart attack when he was 54 (he'll be 80 this year!) and his father died of a massive heart attack when he was in his 50's.  My grandmother had a heart condition and TIA strokes.  Heart disease runs rampant in my family.  With proper care, I know that I have a lot of life left in me.  I've seen it with my father. 

Joan, thank for sharing the Branford Marsalis video.  That is some awesome swinging jazz!  Loved it. 

Chris, I am feeling calm.  I'm normally a calm and easy-going person.  It's my personality.  I'm not going to say that I haven't been stressed out by what's happening, but I'm not getting all worked up about something I can't avoid.  To be honest, I'm looking forward to getting these surgeries completed so I can start to heal, feel better, and get my life back. 

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 24, 2015 at 1:27pm

Carl, hope you will recover well from those operations.  

Comment by Randall Smith on January 24, 2015 at 8:19am

Thanks for sharing your health situation, Carl. Here I am complaining about the pre-colonoscopy prep I had to endure, and then read your story. Have courage and fight the bad draw as hard as you can. Keep us informed.

Another piece of sad news from Chicago: Ernie Banks, the greatest Cub of all, died. 

Comment by Plinius on January 24, 2015 at 3:07am

You've got such a calm way of telling bad news, Carl! I do hope you feel as calm! Heartfelt wishes to you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 24, 2015 at 1:24am

Carl,  such bad news! This is not good. Of course, I care so deeply about you and we will pull with you as you face the decisions and procedures ahead. I have no words that can comfort you or skill that can take away your health problems. All I can say is I care.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 23, 2015 at 11:15pm

Carl, You must have great courage and resolve to keep your chin up under these "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune". My hat off to you and a hug.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 23, 2015 at 10:59pm

Oh, Carl....I wanna hug you SO much!  Just think of me as RBG .... the  emotion is the same:

President Barack Obama hugs Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, before giving his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 23, 2015 at 9:58pm

Well, I've had a bit of a health set-back.  I recently had a echo cardiogram and a nuclear cardiac stress test.  Results show that I have moderate to severe aortic stenosis and that I need a aortic valve replacement. 

As I mentioned previously, I had a mild stroke in December.  These recent tests show scarring on my heart which indicate that I've also had a prior heart attack.  Thinking back, I can pinpoint the evening back in July when that must have occurred.  It's what prompted me to make an appointment with my doctor the following day which put me in the hospital where they discovered my kidneys failing.     

So now the big decision I'm waiting on from doctors is whether to have heart surgery first and then the kidney transplant, or vise versa.  Either way, I have some challenging months ahead of me.  Personally, I'd rather go ahead with the kidney transplant first, but I'm not a doctor.  The best I can do is heed the advice of the professionals.

The past six months have been overwhelming.  I've also noticed my health declining.  I'm now getting winded and out of breath just walking around my small apartment,  I lack the energy to perform simple tasks and chores.  Luckily, I have access to a computer and all you wonderful people here at Atheist Nexus to keep me occupied and sane when I'm not sleeping or napping. 

Comment by k.h. ky on January 23, 2015 at 9:45pm
It's snowing :( Two inches already. And I was so ready for spring.
 

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