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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat 12 hours ago. 17 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 83 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Friday. 8 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 18. 2 Replies

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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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 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

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 8, 2015 at 10:35pm

Flying Atheist, you got me at "diaper changing on beverage tray tables."

Comment by k.h. 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 k.h. ky on November 7, 2015 at 10:50am
Grinning Cat, that is WONDERFUL :)
And so approp. Thank you.
 

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