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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

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 8, 2015 at 2:11pm

A wonderful, wonderful song by Peggy Lee!!  Thanks, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2015 at 12:50pm

Thanks, Carl, for the information of the progression of your disease. Also, about the air being filtered and the touchable germs are not. You make good sense. 

My thoiughts certainly are with you. I spent a couple of hours in the greenhouse yesterday and it is a good time to just let my mind wander. All kinds of things come up, happy, sad, and hopeful for your speedy and complete revery. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 8, 2015 at 11:48am

Joan, my kidney disease, IgA Nephropathy, is most likely genetic.  It's a very slow progressing disease.  Looking back, I see that I have had the tell-tale signs off and on for decades.  Even when I was in grammar school and high school I had periodic episodes of protein and blood in my urine, which are the first systems.  In college I was very sick one time with a kidney infection.  I'm my late 20's I developed a kidney stone.  In the past five years I had swelling in my feet and calves.  These are all signs of the slow progression throughout the years of my failing kidneys.  When I had a biopsy done earlier this year, it showed my kidneys were smaller than normal and were very scarred.

As far as germs on airplanes, a lot of people blame the recirculated air, but that's not really the case.  The air is filtered and is surprisingly fresh.  Most germs you encounter while flying are sitting on surfaces just waiting for you to touch them. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 8, 2015 at 7:34am

Boy, Carl, it's enough to make one quit flying at all. Glad I didn't get sick flying back from California a couple of weeks ago.

By the way, I just read a Dr. Mercola web page on the subject of flu vaccines. You all might be interested in reading it. Personnally speaking, I've had only one flu shot my entire life (in 1970). Guess what? Yep, I got the flu. Never have had the flu since.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2015 at 8:26pm

Carl, you tell an amazing story of germs on airplanes and your experiences while working and after. Flying as a passenger, I very often had lung and bronchial problems after a flight and the long ones to China and Turkey were tough. I don't know how you worked in that germ incubator and didn't come down with lung diseases. Perhaps kidney disease is occupationally related. Do you know the kidney disease rate of flight attendants? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2015 at 6:54pm

Grinning Cat, that's a great song.  I've always liked it. 

Speaking of health, as a flight attendant, I can tell you that it's no secret that airplanes are a smorgasbord of germs.  The close proximity of people, vomit from airsickness, food eating, diaper changing on beverage tray tables, garbage in seat-back pockets, inadequate or non-existent hand washing by passengers.  I was constantly washing my hands while working because of the constant contact with germs.  Still, it was common that I would get a bad cold three or four times a year in addition to the flu once or twice, despite getting a flu shot. 

Because of my kidney disease, I haven't been able to work for the past 15 months.  As a result, I haven't had a single cold or flu during that whole time. 

Comment by k.h. ky on November 7, 2015 at 10:50am
Grinning Cat, that is WONDERFUL :)
And so approp. Thank you.
Comment by Grinning Cat on November 7, 2015 at 10:34am

Randy, I missed that "forum", but while I'd like to see a Bernie Sanders presidency, I wholeheartedly agree that any of the Democratic candidates would be far better than any of the Republicans (Republicons; Rethuglicans; official party motto: "I've got mine; screw you").

Bertold, sorry to hear of your furry family member's passing. It sounds like she had the least worst way to go, enjoying life until the end.

Ian, I too look forward to reading your poems in translation, hopefully one that transmits a lot of their spirit and quirks as well as their basic sense.

And for Kathy:

Comment by Randall Smith on November 7, 2015 at 7:42am

Except for Bertold's loss of his beloved pet, there seems to be a lot of good news going on. I like to hear that.

Did anyody watch the MSNBC "forum" with Rachel Maddow, last night? She interviewed the 3 Democratic pres. candidates. Enlightening and informative. I could live with any of the three. Just no Republicans.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2015 at 12:19am

Kathy, I like your suggestions for Carl to be especially careful during this waiting time. Those little sniffles, sneezes and coughs can sidetrack procedures too easily. Yes, we join in as your team of encouraging support. 

I had dogs throughout my childhood and made sure the kids had their pets and learned to care for them. When our last cats and dogs dies of old age, and after my kids flew the nest to build their own, I retired from animal care. What a splendid gift to have such fine animals in my new home during this stage of my life. I receive so very much pleasure from them.

Dominic has a personality that suits me very comfortably with his quiet attention and joining me in my activities. He seems to enjoy each day as much as i. He belongs to my daughter, Laura. 

Spaz offers all bounce and vigor that I no longer have. 

Zeek, or Zeak, or Zeke, I don't know how they spell his name, is a reckless, undisciplined, wild animal that has no concern for manners or impositions. He and Spaz belong to Michelle, my granddaughter who lives down the gravel road from my new home. 

Each one is a treasure that I love. Dominic offers me companionship with quiet affections that I treasure. 

 

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