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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 k.h. ky on December 10, 2015 at 3:20pm
Daniel, hope all is well. I just heard on the weather channel that a tornado had touched down in Battleground Wa.
Joan hope you are fine too.
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2015 at 1:28pm

Carl, My primary care doctormedical oncologist, surgical oncologist are all women, and from Russia, India, and Iran.

It is exciting for me to learn from these women how they balance family, training, profession, and personal time management. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2015 at 1:17pm

Carl, glad you could hear "Sammy". The video shows him from many different venues as he sings. His posture and gestures add so much to his rendition. 

I looked for a different video; I found "That Old Black Magic" in later versions.however, he was not as physically active as his younger days. I guess even Sammy slows down as he ages. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2015 at 11:46am

Carl, your report of your sister's quick recovery from surgery is good news, indeed. Fatigue may be a new normal for both of you. For person's as young as both of you, I imagine that will create a problem because you are still in the "Productive" stage of life. Daniel faced that problem, too. Luckily, his retirement starts soon, and he can enjoy a more leisurely pace. Slowing down is difficult;  my fervent hope is that you, your sister, and Daniel become quickly at ease with the new normal. You still have a few years to go until the usual retirement age; I am a little old lady and have no reason to resist the urge for a nap.  

I had a devil of a time finding a way to send Sammy's video. It is so "Hot!". Many of Ruth's excellent photos and videos do not come through to me; sometimes I can find them, other time  I cannot. Bummer! I"ll see if I can get "Sammy" into a readable state for everyone. 

I am glad your health care delivery system is close to you, and you have excellent attention from your entire team. Your "Attitude of Gratitude" will help your healing. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 10, 2015 at 11:00am
Got to hear Sammy! The audio works on my phone but not on my laptop. Whatever. That's a clip from the I Dream of Jeannie show! How funny. That's Doctor Bellows and Roger in the audience. I've always liked that song. Judy Garland has a great rendition as well. Sammy was one of those all around great entertainers. Sang, danced, acted. I've always enjoyed watching him.
Comment by Randall Smith on December 10, 2015 at 7:42am

Sammy came through loud and clear: "That Old Black Magic"--surprised he'd choose that song (being black and all).

Nothing special going on. Babysat my grandkids the other day. Exhausting! Took a long walk down the road yest., and noticed a woods was being logged. I asked the logger about the availability of the tops for me to cut and take home. No problem, but do I want to do it? I have enough wood for at least two seasons. I guess it can wait. Cutting firewood is a disease of sorts. It's hard to explain.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 9, 2015 at 9:14pm

Kathy, I'm elated to hear you vision is back to 20/20.   That's fantastic!  I'm really happy for you.

My sister is doing quite well.  Like me, she gets tired very easily but is healing from the surgery nicely. 

Is anybody else not hearing the audio for Joan's "Sammy" link, or is it just me?

Joan, I remember you previously saying that the staff at your cancer center became like friends, after seeing them so often.  Yes, it's becoming the same situation with me at the kidney center.  I see them very often and I have an assigned nurse to my case who calls me regularly.  I have gotten the best of care from one of the leading transplant centers in the country.  I'm so lucky to live in their back yard.  The clinic is part of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  When you drive through the parking garage, you see license plates from all over the country.  I'm also proud to say that my transplant surgeon and quite a few of the doctors who have treated me have been women!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2015 at 5:15am
Comment by k.h. ky on December 8, 2015 at 6:28pm
Yes Ruth and my vision is 20/20. You were correct when you said it is easy and worth it. Kidney transplants, or any transplant, are a much different story. But they can give a person life. It's amazing what modern medicine can do.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 8, 2015 at 2:27pm

Thanks for your health update, Flying Atheist. <sigh> It can be hard to come back when the medicine makes you feel bad. At least you can expect things to ease over time. Meanwhile, be careful to avoid contagious people.

Ian, it will be over soon. Too bad you can't just join the ranks of the retired after your three month vacation.

Thanks for the good news, k.h. ky. I assume your vision is good now. My husband just got his second adjustable artificial lens and has to do 12 weeks of eye exercises. Did you get the traditional kind, as I did?

 

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