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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 Ian Mason on June 1, 2015 at 5:19am

The things politicians say still amaze me. I don't know why as I should be used to it by now. I hope your fighting spirit is still intact, Felaine and that you're getting better.

Comment by Plinius on June 1, 2015 at 1:17am

I hope the governor took his own advice! Feeling any better today, Felaine?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 31, 2015 at 11:51pm
Ian, you're absolutely right. It's shameful, and I would say unethical, for a "developed" country like the US to have such a disparity in health care coverage. With a military budget of $615 Billion (18% of our total budget), we would certainly be able to take a small percentage of that and provide universal health care for all our citizens. And we should also be able to partly assist developing countries that cannot provide even minimal medical care.
Comment by sk8eycat on May 31, 2015 at 10:43pm

@Flying A: My sister WAS home, but she's missing some brain cells (Asperger's syndrome, I think)...She heard me hit the floor, but I had to call her several times to bring my steno chair to help me get back on my feet.

@Ruth...I NEVER take Tylenol/acetaminophen.  The doctor I went to for 40 years (until he retired) told me it's practically useless for women under any circumstances, plus being a liver-killer. 

I was told years ago that I do not qualify for MediCal for some obscure reason.  My sister has Medi-Medi, but she has never been on anyone's payroll.... if that has anything to do with it.   I need to talk to a social worker with a brain to see what I am eligible for.

I just remember back in the early '80s that the governor of Colorado said, during a SPEECH!....that it was our DUTY to die as soon as we reached retirement age.  If that's what the GOPhers want, they are going to have to legalize physician-assisted suicide first.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 31, 2015 at 10:06pm

Heh!  The only Chinese proverb I know by heart is really a curse, "May you live in interesting times."  I sure am!

I am now using my walker for the time being.  It makes carrying things (like a plastic mug of water) awkward, but not as awkward as "crawling on my belly like a reptile."  (If you remember that old song.) 

Pumpkin is fascinated by the whole process; he's been doing figure 8s in front of me when I'm trying to get anywhere.  Many years ago, when Mother was recovering from a bone graft (after removal of a tumor in her thigh), she had a cane with 4 little "feet"...very handy, really. One of the cats we had at the time must have thought it was an alien animal with a long neck; she would do that "thing" that cats do when they're investigating something; Get down on the floor and pat at it with one paw facing upwards. 

The 2011 Triforce Awards

Comment by Ian Mason on May 31, 2015 at 4:11pm

I hope you feel better soon, Felaine. The lack of proper health care in a developed country is a disgrace. Have you considered the padded underwear? It does offer some protection for hips at least.

"Kære børn har mange navn." A Danish saying meaning 'loved children have many names'  Similar to Joan's Chinese proverb.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 31, 2015 at 3:04pm

Felaine, very sorry to hear of your falling problems on top of everything else.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 31, 2015 at 2:49pm

I'm so sorry to hear about your fall, and inability to afford an MRI co-pay sk8eycat. Be careful not to take too much Tylenol for your pain. You don't need liver problems on top of everything else.

If you can't afford a second insurance such as Banker's Life, the one we use, do you qualify for medical assistance in a program such as Medicaid or one for seniors in your community or state?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 31, 2015 at 2:29pm
Sk8eycat!! I'm glad nothing is broken...or worse. Sorry you took a dive. I assume your sister wasn't home to assist you at the time of your fall. Remember.... the emergency room is always available if you need it. If you can't pay the bill, don't worry about it. You wouldn't be the first to pass along the charges. If you need health care...get it!
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 12:57pm

Ice Witch, I hear you and sadly too many people live with their heads in the sand and don't know what is happening to society and why. This period of history is very much like the Roaring 20s when everyone thought they had a good life, when, in fact, the economy and society was headed for very tough times. I know this statement doesn't help you or meet your needs. But, the facts are, we, as a nation, are not preparing for what is coming. 

That said, Felaine, it means you and I and all the others who can see the future will not be surprised when the collapse occurs. 

As to your health problems, I am really sorry you hurt, don't have resources to help solve some of the problems, and society does not respond to human needs. "Greed is good" never works out for the long-term benefit of society. 

We have a few choices. We can
"leave the building", 
Take a strong look at reality and create a life full of positive thinking, 

Complain, cry, bitch, blame, accuse, regret, lament, whine, criticize, etc. 

Learn, explore options, examine feelings, look around you, investigate, consider alternatives, observe, celebrate, etc. 

Will life get better as we age? I don't think so. Too many organs to malfunction, to many aches and pains that cannot be treated, not enough resources to do what needs to be done. 

Your wonderful sense of humor, your interesting way of seeing the world, your insights into the foibles of life, your compassion, your attention and concern for others all blend together into a person we know as sk8eycat, Felaine, La Bruja del Hielo and Ice Wich. There is an old Chinese proverb, "She with many names has much love!"

sk8eycat 

 

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