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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 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 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 31, 2015 at 12:27pm

Pliny and Joan, thanks for asking.  I effing HURT!  And I'm angry; my doctor doesn't give a damn, congress wants to cut MedicareLess....and the whole country is too busy breeding to think about where and how all these people are going to live and feed themselves.

I lost some skin from my knees in last night's fiasco (I was wearing bicycle shorts 'cause the weather was hot yesterday)...and I think I need to have a spinal MRI, but it ain't gonna happen.  I can't afford the co-pay.  I would "leave the building" right now, but I can't even consider the thought of abandoning my cats and my autistic JW sister...  (I hope you've noticed the order of my priorities...Heh!)..

La Bruja del Hielo

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 12:00pm

Felaine, I am sorry to learn of your dizziness and fall. Those bumps and bangs to the body hurt, a lot! I hope you have no damage that slows you down! The decade of the 70s is very different than the decade of the 60s. I will soon reach 80 years old and expect to pay attention to the challenges that decade holds. 

Do be careful, take good care of yourself and enjoy each and every minute you can. 

Comment by Plinius on May 31, 2015 at 11:53am

How are you now, Sk8eycat? I hope better than Aunt. She is black and blue all over, loose teeth, and VERY scared. I hope you do better!

Aah! The gardens and ice mines of Luna City!

Comment by sk8eycat on May 31, 2015 at 11:39am

Dear Pliny, what a coincidence!  I had a major dizzy spell last night, and landed on my knees and hip on the hardwood floor.  Took me 10 minutes to crawl to a chair and haul myself upright again....still dizzy.  I was too angry to be scared. 

I'm 75, and sick and tired of fighting gravity....in 1969 I had hopes of retiring to 1/6 G, but Tricky Dick Nixon wiped out that dream. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 11:18am

Ian, your description and history of "hotbed" makes gardening and sharing such a healthy hobby even as it produces something useful. 

Now, if we can all eat strawberries at Xmas time, I will be happy. Too bad the peasants couldn't enjoy the benefits of fresh fruit during the cold weather of Elizabethan England.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 31, 2015 at 9:40am

Lovely team-work, Joan. A family to be proud of.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXo6G5mfmro

The garden bed resembles something I know as a 'hotbed': dig a hole, fill with horse manure, top off with soil. Brought from the Nederlands by Protestants fleeing Catholic persecution, it revolutionised vegetable and fruit farming in England. I've read somewhere that Elizabeth I ate strawberries at Xmas that way.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 31, 2015 at 7:39am

Ditto, Joan (to what Chris said). And don't worry about your repeat sentences. We know about the glich. Just keep writing!

Ian, I've never been to Ireland. Eager to hear about your trip.

 

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