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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 2, 2015 at 10:26pm

Thanks for asking, Joan. There's only symptom control for pinched nerve syndrome. I tried a neck stretching device (about $350) a few years ago. It did make my back feel better. After two weeks my hips got very very painful. It hurt so much I couldn't sit or stand still, just paced about with my walker. Lasted about 3 weeks, then subsided. Apparently the stretching, anchored at the hip girdle, inflamed cartilage there or something. I threw it out. Now I regret it, since my symptoms are worse. Bought another device, from Australia, that worked differently. Couldn't adjust it properly. It always rotated too far and too fast. Put it in the attic. Now I'm thinking of trying again. I have a cervical stretching deice that only works on the neck, that seems OK. But it felt as if it was making my current problem, nerves down my shoulder and right arm to my hand, a little worse. <sigh> I use a lidoderm patch to help me sleep, sometimes two.

It sucks getting old.

Don't have time to look at the 30 minute video tonight. Tomorrow.

250 trick or treaters, kind of overwhelming. I got nine.

Keep us up to date on your progress, please, Flying Atheist. And thanks for the virtual hug. Here's one for you too. Hubby will get a second cataract surgery in 2 1/2 weeks, he had a capsulotomy today.

Good night, All!

Comment by Randall Smith on November 2, 2015 at 7:54am

Joan, it's hilarious to see your repeated comments popping up here and there! I'm sure it's not your doing. Wish I had time (or took the time) to watch the video you referred to.

Yes, Carl, good weather approaching here in Indiana, too. 250 trick or treaters? Whoa!!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 1, 2015 at 10:27pm

Thanks to all of you here, once again, for your supportive and caring comments. I'm actually developing a bit of nervous excitement now that an actual surgery date has been set. 

One of my nephew's was in town from California on business and my family spent Halloween evening with him at my sister's house for dinner. She had over 250 trick-or-treaters!  It rained all day here until about 5 PM. The kids came out in force. The rest of the evening was rather pleasant and got warmer by the hour. We are expecting temperatures in the 70's this week.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 1, 2015 at 10:14pm

Kathy, that's great news about the improvement in your eye sight. You sound very excited. How wonderful it is to be able to fix such problems.

Ruth, I wish hugs could cure all ills. I would come over and give you a big hug.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2015 at 7:54pm

Have you seen the video just released by Nasa? NASA releases stunning 4K video of the sun as you’ve never seen it ...

It is a meditative piece lasting about 30 munites. Looking casually at it seems to have no motion except for the solar flares, but a careful look reveals little bits of action, then ribbons, and other intereting events happening. 

It is a splendid way to just look and not think or do anything. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 1, 2015 at 6:04pm

Ian, I'm jealous - he is an extraordinary actor. One of the best Sherlocks ever (next to Nicole Williamson in The Seven Percent Solution) despite Netflix having transplanted him into the 21st century and plagued him with irritating video effects.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 1, 2015 at 5:59pm

Wonderful! Marvelous! Just seen Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet via a live stream from London. The best Hamlet of my Shakespeare-loving life. It ended with an appeal for donations to refugee children, Cumberbatch quoting a poem:

"You don't flee your home unless home is the mouth of a shark.

You don't put a child in a boat unless the sea is safer than the land"

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2015 at 3:07pm

Ruth, a dreadful way to spend a day! Hope you feel better and have no reoccurrence. You wrote, "probably pinched nerve syndrome". what is the remedy for that?

Your Halloween photo perfectly catches the mood of the night. 

Randy, Living in Honduras must have some interesting events, do you plan to visit her there? I think optometry must be a good profession for a woman. Do you remember when there were no, or few, women in that profession? 

probably pinched nerve syndrome

Comment by Randall Smith on November 1, 2015 at 7:07am

Good news, Ruth! There's much good news going around these days.

I had two trick or treaters last night, that's all--my grandchildren! So cute. 

My oldest daughter (age 42) is home from Honduras (where she lives) for "continuing education" in optometry. Looking forward to seeing her tonight.

Comment by Plinius on November 1, 2015 at 1:21am

Looks like you had a very bad day, Ruth! I'm glad it wasn't thrombosis!

 

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