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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Wednesday. 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 on Tuesday. 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

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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 Ian Mason on December 16, 2014 at 1:35pm

Sorry to hear that, Carl. You've got enough on your plate already. My sister-in-law recently had what the hospital called a "mini stroke" which was quite a fright but she was told that it was unlikely to happen again so I hope you're in the same position.

A great lesson plan, Chris. I can imagine it was very popular.

Today I had my first try at driving a car. NOT a success. I think someone kept changing the pedals round and someone had left some bloody silly plastic cones on the track and I couldn't avoid hitting them.

Comment by Plinius on December 16, 2014 at 1:31pm

Carl, no! As if you had nothing to worry about! Sending good vibes your way...

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.

 

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