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The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G on Wednesday. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Tuesday. 4 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

NBC News Gives Ken Ham Free Advertising

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jul 2. 13 Replies

Ordinarily I toggle between CBS News with Scott Pelley and NBC News with Lester Holt in the early evening, mostly to avoid commercials, but I'm wondering if I should give ABC's news division another chance after this evening's broadcast.  NBC…Continue

Tags: advertisement, Ken Ham, Ark Encounter, News, NBC

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 6:10pm

Felaine, a "lumbar laminectomy and fusion" sounds really serious. I hope you found relief!!! My procedure is a simple out-patient procedure so I won't be needing a room, but I like the idea of covering the Catholic Scarecrow with "Imagine no Religion" sign. Maybe I should go prepared for when I am in recovery. 

I will start looking now for a film of the procedure I expect to have. 

Happy cat-sitting, and thank you for your care. This is a snap compared to what you had. 

Needles don't hurt at all, now ... remember those huge things they used to draw blood? Reminded me of needles used on cows. Nothing has hurt so far, except I had to go off Aleve and baby aspirin for several days for one test, and my joints hurt. I am back on my regular Rx routine and have no pain now. 

My life-span is at a good time, except for the mess our political and economic system is in. I liken human thinking and behavior as appropriate for beasts, but Homo sapiens should be able to rise above a beak-and-claw existence and stop using violence to gain power. We now have the capacity to reason, negotiate, compromise, and to create a just world. For those who would terrorize, they could be hunted down, singled out, put on trial, and allow the population and cultures to live without fear of bombs, or bullets. 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 6, 2013 at 5:38pm

In '09, I wanted a video of my lumbar laminectomy and fusion, but Doc said it would be done with microscopic instruments, and he would be too busy to have a cameraman/woman in the OR, anyway.

I found out later that the procedure took FOUR HOURS!  I don't remember anything between being wheeled out of the prep room and waking up in my own room (utterly painless...I totally understand why/how some people become addicted), and the first thing I saw was the Catholic Scarecrow on the wall.  I asked to have it removed, but they refused, so as soon as I was on my feet (3 days later) I covered it with my FFRF "Imagine No Religion" T-shirt.  Doc (very young secular Jew) laughed so hard when he saw it that I thought he was going to literally ROTFL.

There are places on the net where you can see animated (bloodless) depictions of almost any type of surgery; you just have to hunt for them.

I'll be off the net...cat-sitting... when you have your surgery (April 14 to the 26th), so I'm wishing you the best of luck now, and I'll keep on thinking about you till I get back home and check in here.

Idaho: I've watched my own blood draws and injections since I was a teen; IMO it hurts less when I know what's going on. Of course I can't see an injection in my rear...

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 6, 2013 at 2:49pm

Joan, the expanded-cheeks chipmunk is cute. 

I think Matt D. dropping the pen is great, and I very much like your post that talked about rats beating humans.  

I’m glad you’re ready for surgery.  You may be braver than I am, in wanting to watch, but a few years ago, I started watching when my blood was drawn.  My curiosity finally overpowered my chickenness.  Also, when I had a colonoscopy, I wanted to watch, but I was unconcious until the last 10 minutes.  But I did get to see a watermelon seed in my large colon.  : )

A video is a great idea.  Next time I’ll ask if I can get one.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 12:50pm

I have great news, the cancer cure train is leaving the station and I have my surgery scheduled for April 16. I feel fine, I am ready and I wish I could watch the surgery. Maybe I could get someone to film the procedure. Well, that is a task upon which to work. 

IZ "What a Wonderful World"

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 11:55am

Well, if I walk through an isle of jock straps, I don't feel any differently than I suppose men feel when walking through bras. 

In other words, poor planning on the part of the store. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 11:52am

Oh, I read further and realize the questions concerned magic. 
NEVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, MAGIC!

Looking at the effect of natural selection, I feel full of wonder, sometimes with goose bumps.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 11:45am

If we are discussing selection, natural would be the correct adjective, not random. Correct me if I am wrong, please. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 5, 2013 at 11:38pm

Patricia, you asked about playing Scrabble together using computers with different operating systems.

BlueStacks has an "app player" that lets you run Android apps on a Windows computer. An inveterate online Scrabbler I know tried it successfully with Wordsmith, the Scrabble variant he plays frequently on his Android tablet. (There are others, including the "official" Electronic Arts Scrabble app, and Words With Friends. I don't have an Android device myself, and haven't gotten into those. I play online at www.isc.ro which supports Windows, Mac, and Linux; you have to download their app.)

BlueStacks is free for now, while it's in beta.

http://www.bluestacks.com/

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 5, 2013 at 11:17pm

Would this creep you out?

Comment by Loren Miller on April 5, 2013 at 10:26pm

"Random" implies that, given a value, one cannot reliably predict the following value.  Considering that even Brownian Motion and Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle describe what is thought to be "random" motion or behavior, the concept of "random" as some attempt to apply it to this reality is inappropriate.

There are still rules for everything ... and the answer is never ... never, Never, NEVER ... "magic."

 

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