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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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Comment by sk8eycat on December 19, 2013 at 12:39am

Joan, no...my hands started becoming arthritic when I was in my early  40s, and it may have been tendons or ligaments getting hung up on calcium deposits in my fingers.  Also, I had a condition called hyperparthyroidism...a rogue parathyroid gland was drawing calcium out of my bones, and depositing it where it didn't belong...all over my body (and expelling some of it through my kidneys).  A LOT of the deposits slowly went away after I had surgery in 1992, and so did symptoms like trigger finger. 

Oh!  I forgot!  I had carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands, too.  I had the right hand fixed (they wanted to do the left hand first, and I argued and argued till I finally wore them down) in 1993  because I desperately needed to go back to work, and my best office skill always was on the 10-key.  I was a whiz.

The amazing thing was that the carpal tunnel release was done as "day surgery." I wen in at 6AM, they worked on me starting at 11 AM, and I was alert and ready to go home by 2PM.  I was wearing a steel wrist brace wrapped with elastic bandage, but my fingers were free.  The first thing I did when I got home was pet Lyle, the ORNJ cat we had back then, and already I could feel the silky texture of his fur...every single hair...for the first time in years. I cried a little...for joy.

At that time I was going to a County (charity) hospital, and I can't praise the surgeons and nurses who took care of me enough.  The surgeons were senior residents from UCLA Medical School, and they were so gung-ho about finding out the cause of anything and everything,and fixing it.  Another surgeon that I met at a formal banquet a few years later told me that the one who did the parathyroid surgery was "an artist."  The scars from both operations are almost invisible, and always have been.

PS: I just read your good news!  YAYYYY!  CONGRAD-JULASHUNZ!!!  Ai iz sew happee 4 U!  HUGS to the nth degree!

(jumping up and down and singing!)

Have a VERY Sunny Solstice!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 18, 2013 at 11:35pm

Sk8eycat, did you just talk trash to me?!  LOL

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2013 at 11:25pm

sk8eycat Did you ever figure out what cause "trigger finger"? I have never heard of it before and am really curious as to its cause, treatment and prevention. 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 18, 2013 at 11:11pm

Ruth, I used to have "trigger finger" in my right middle finger...I don't remember how or why it went away; it just did.  Now I have sort of the opposite...if I curl one finger down toward the palm, they all go along with it.  No pain, just very frustrating 'cause I can't give anyone the famous Mono-digital Salute...one of my favorite gestures...there are so many people in this world who deserve it.

That's why I picked the "Phbtttt Cat" for my whaddaya-callit...Icon?

Comment by sk8eycat on December 18, 2013 at 11:02pm

Mindy and Carl, I had to giggle at your wishes for a "good Wednesday"  In my neighborhood Wednesday is Trash Pickup Day, and the truck arrives on the intersection behind our house some time before 7 AM, and idles until the exact time.  THEN he revs everything up and gets to work...has to vroom-vroom for every different motion the automated arm makes: reach down for the bin *vroom*...clamp onto the bin *vroom*...lift the bin *vroom*...upend and empty the bin *vroom-vroom*...and do everything in reverse order till the bin is back on the ground.  Then it's *vroom-vroom-vroom* as he drives up the hill to the next house. 

The truck(s) make 3 trips, one for green material (plant cuttings), another for recyclable stuff, and the last one for useless trash.

I suppose it's more efficient than the way they used to do it with one guy hanging on the back of the truck...the poor guy who had to physically pick up the (metal) cans, and throw the contents in the back of the truck.  But it sure is noisy, and the noise lasts till about 1 PM.  I'm retired (wish I could find some light work...I'm bored and need money!), and one of my pleasures is sleeping in with Pumpkin curled up beside me.

But not on Wednesdays.

Comment by Steph S. on December 18, 2013 at 7:11pm

Thanks I am doing good Flying Atheist. Traveling must be nice FA and seeing all those places first hand. Sorry to hear about your finger Ruth. So glad you got it taken care of. So are you able to use that finger like before Ruth?

Hope everyone is doing well.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 18, 2013 at 6:47am

Good morning, everyone.  I hope you have a good Wednesday. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2013 at 2:53am

Ruth, you wrote, "my fingers snapped down". That must have been awful and felt weird. I have never heard of that situation. Did it take long to permanently get them back into normal position again and did it hurt? I've seen people with arthritis that causes the fingers to bend over. Was arthritis involved? I am really sorry to hear about your experience; do you know what caused it and is there anything you can do to prevent it from happening again? Is there a name for the condition? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2013 at 12:56am

Talking about exposure, I had a PET/CT scan today and was told to not come within 10 feet of any pregnant woman or nursing baby for 24 hours because of having radiation isotopes in my body. 

Laura and I usually go out to lunch after a procedure but didn't want to be near someone who might be harmed by my radiation. So Laura got take out on our way home and rested assured we had not unknowingly caused any harm. 

The procedure was interesting ... I wonder how these devices were ever thought up. In any even, I am grateful. 

It looked a little like this one: 

PET/CT Scanner

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2013 at 12:40am

sk8eycat, A case of exhibitionist, show-off, flaunter, grandstander, flasher, and braggart! Not a very neighborly way to retell a myth.  

 

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