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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 Joan Denoo on October 29, 2013 at 10:19pm

Mindy, I love Taco Cat!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2013 at 10:18pm

Carl, I know what you mean about those manufactured sounds. The thing I like about these is the way it helps kids get the idea about how different natural processes work, i.e. the nitrogen cycle, water cycle, etc. There is one for elements that is great for the school kids, and I get help with trying to get my mind around physics. There is something about music and rhythm that helps learning.

I understand the ancient "memory keepers" used songs to remember lineages. Alex Haley talked about going to Africa, the village where his ancestor was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the colonies. That memory keeper used a song to trace their ancestry up to the day Kunta Kinte was kidnapped, and Alex could pick it up from his grandmother's song of her ancestry back to Kunta Kinte's arrival. So, he had a very long history of his ancestry.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2013 at 10:04pm

Patricia, yes, the clinic gives me all I need of Aloe Vera, 4 time a day; Silver Sulfadiazine Cream, as needed; pure refined Emo Oil, at night; and Hydrocortisone Cream 1%, as needed. 

These all give me great relief, especially now that the blisters all popped and my first layer of skin began peeling off. The second layer of skin has several holes in it to reveal whatever is under that. This is what they called, "skin breakdown";  the radiologist checks it weekly, and P.A. check it daily. There is no infection, and I am able to keep the area clean. All the other entry points are fine, just sunburned; I think there were five different angles they had to shoot because of my heart, lungs, and pacemaker.

I use Cetaphil, a mild lotion, for cleansing.

If you have a suggestion, I will gladly look into it. I was alerted that this was to be expected because the last five daily treatments were focused on the tumor area itself, not the surrounding tissues. It was kind of like getting shot with a shot gun for five days a week for five weeks, and then shot five days a week for one week with a rifle. 

Everybody, get your cancer check up. Drs caught mine very early and I had no symptoms that I or they picked up. It was the mammogram that found those beastly devils. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 29, 2013 at 9:25pm

Joan, I'm usually not a big fan of those auto-tune melody songs, but I really like the one you just posted a lot.  It's quite catchy.  I'm glad to hear you're getting a reprieve from treatment and now having the opportunity for your body to relax and regain some state of normalcy.  All my best to you! 

Mindy, I love the taco cat.  Oh, yeah.....and you're dog's snout.  Cute picture. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2013 at 7:54pm

Symphony of Science - Secret of the Stars

Cold, windy, clear skies, a beautiful autumn day! No chemo, no radiation, I'm free! Feel great although weary. My tissues hurt like blazes, literally, and I am healing. Ruth, you and I can just sit back, take our leisure, and heal; without feeling guilty! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 29, 2013 at 4:57pm

Ruth, time for all those wonderful fall soups and chowders for the next two weeks.  Glad everything went well. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 29, 2013 at 4:25pm

Thanks, everyone for your concern. Tthe surgery was far easier than I'd feared. After the topical anesthesia, the surgeon used computer controlled anesthesia. The computer makes sure the anesthesia flow is slow and steady. Later the traditional injections, but not all at once. *sigh of relief* It was as pain free as one could imagine. (Horray!)

Now I'm on ice packs every half hour, no gym, antibiotics four times a day, Naproxen sodium, yucky mouth washes, no hot food or beverages. I'm also on totally soft food for two weeks. The antibiotic-caused diarrhea is already starting to kick in.  :(  Oh well. The tooth will be worth it.

Nice flowers, Joan.

Will we get to see your new hairdo, Chris?

Funny drawings, Patricia.

Comment by Plinius on October 29, 2013 at 7:20am

Thank you, Carl and Joan, how kind you always are! I'm all right. Got a lot of fresh air and a new hairdo. The streets are full of leaves, torn off branches and dead umbrellas, but the cleaning has started and life goes on as if nothing happened. The storm made wonderful pictures and happy cats - and victims, yes.

And here comes Luna: she supports the "Freeze all work until cat decides to move" so that gives me a good excuse to sit at the pc and NOT start household chores.

Best wishes for your surgery, Ruth!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 28, 2013 at 10:53pm

Rest and renewal with autumn colors. Hope all goes well. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 28, 2013 at 10:13pm

Take care, Ruth.  Wishing you well and a smooth procedure. 

 

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