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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by kathy: ky on November 8, 2015 at 2:37pm
Ian,I'm sure l speak for everyone when I say we are looking forward to it.
Comment by Ian Mason on November 8, 2015 at 2:23pm

Carl, I've often thought that I tend to get sniffles after travelling and put it down to spending time in a metal tube with 150 other people. Thanks for the practical tips.

A lovely, cheerful song, Joan. Thanks.

I will attempt to translate some poems in the coming days and hope you'll like them.

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 kathy: 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:

 

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