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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Randall Smith on March 31, 2016 at 7:20am

Oh jeez, Carl. What awful news. But it's good that you're telling us. One positive thing is that it shouldn't be as bad as something like "Lou Gehrig's Disease". I'm currently struggling with hip pain when walking. Could be arthritis, or from jogging as I'm trying to get in shape to run a 5k April 9th. I'm hoping I've simply overdone it. Perhaps it's because I'm not a spring chicken anymore!

Comment by Plinius on March 31, 2016 at 12:04am

I didn't know that one, Ian, thanks! It's beautiful!

Comment by Plinius on March 30, 2016 at 11:59pm

One problem on top of the other, Carl! I'm very sorry for you.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 30, 2016 at 10:06pm
Comment by Ian Mason on March 30, 2016 at 10:04pm

Nothing wild in the Danish weather either. One night with strong wind and rain and that's it.

I'm very sorry to hear that, Carl. You've been through enough already. I'm sure that we all hope, along with you, that the research will proceed fast enough to be of benefit.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 30, 2016 at 7:47pm

I've mentioned that I've been having a problem with weak legs and buckling knees.  I've seen a neurologist and was advised to have a muscle biopsy.  I recently had that procedure and a muscle sample was sent to a pathologist for testing.  I now have the results and unfortunately I don't have good news.  I have been diagnosed with a very rare muscle disease called Inclusion Body Myositis.  This is a condition where the immune system attacks the muscles and breaks them down over time. 

As of now there is no cure and no clear understanding why it happens.  It appears to be a genetic disorder but is not hereditary.  It's a disease that progresses very slowly and does not shorten normal life span.  Right now the biggest risk to me is breaking bones or getting injured from the increased chances of falling.  In addition to the weak legs and arms, balance problems are present, which I also experience.  At some point later on, a wheelchair may be necessary.  For some persons late into the progression, the disease can affect throat muscles causing trouble eating, swallowing and breathing. 

The only thing recommended right now is light resistance weight training to maintain strength.  However, a rigorous workout is not recommended as that would only speed up the muscle degeneration.

Apparently there are some promising stem cell research trials being done right now.  In addition, a new drug has been recently developed that has been presented to the FDA to be approved for testing.  For now there is no treatment available but perhaps some good news is on the horizon.  I can only hope.

So that's my latest news. 

Comment by Plinius on March 27, 2016 at 12:55pm

Calm over here, some gusts of wind and rain but nothing out of the ordinary. Tomorrow perhaps stormy weather.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2016 at 12:45pm

Our North European friends have heavy winds today. I am interested in how winds felt to the individuals.

Comment by Plinius on March 27, 2016 at 9:19am

Here we had 'god zij met ons' on the rim of coins, but the Euros show no gods, only markings for the blind. Much better!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 27, 2016 at 7:15am

I often take a black marker to cross out "In God We Trust" on dollar bills. I'd like to do it to Indiana license plates, too, but I'm afraid I'll get caught. 

 

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