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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 August 9, 2013 at 7:52pm
I, with my daughter, Laura, and granddaughter, Laurie, had a very informative hour with the radiologist and he explained the procedures, their rationales and the research that bright them to this point in treatment. We all asked questions, he gave very straightforward answers, and I feel confident that I am on the track I want to be with their protocols. I start in radiation by having measurements taken on Sept 5, after my last chemo. Then I start six weeks of five times a week of radiation.
If I understand, from all the people I have talked with, there may be some fatigue ... I am used to that and have a nice routine of sleep and reading that suits me well.
Comment by sk8eycat on August 9, 2013 at 6:50pm

I'm trying to get used to Firefocks  instead of Internut Exploder, and I'm terribly confused right now.  My security program, which shall remain nameless, became obsolete a few weeks ago WITHOUT ANY WARNING!!!  And I had more Trojan Horses on my network (not on my hard drive) than the stables at Santa Anita.  Everything is cleaned out now, including my bank account, and I'm going to make a cup of tea and crash.

BEST OF EVERYTHING TO YOU ALL!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 9, 2013 at 6:41pm

Joan, I have been out of it again...tech problems that have taken DAYS to clear up.  Obviously I don't yet know what everyone has been talking about, but I was wondering if you also enjoy Eric Idle's "Galaxy Song."  The one that starts with the line, "Life got ya down, Mrs. Brown." (or something like that)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uq0lI-rSFJ8

It helps me a lot.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2013 at 12:07pm

@Loren, master of music for the emotions, I could surely use a great pick-me-up bit of music. Got any great ones? 

Of course I like, Eric Idle - "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life" - STEREO HQ, "life is a piece of shit when you look at it, ... just remember the last laugh is on you!"

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2013 at 11:57am

Mindy, Patricia, Carl, and Chris, I feel your care and compassion and really do appreciate your reassurances and funny contributions. Laughter provides great medicine, especially as mind and body and emotions get all tangled up with chemicals. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2013 at 11:54am

Well, the first scheduling snafu. I was not on the chemo schedule this week and called to see if there had been a mistake. I went for my appointment with the radiologist and I had made a mistake. The appointment is for 1:00 PM not 9:00 AM. So I talked to the scheduler directly and in person, and it turns our that I have two more BIG MEAN chemo treatments and four more little ones. When I am finished with chemo I will start radiation. Today's appointment is with the radiologist to plan the treatments and set up appointments for the actual radiation.

I am feeling more comfortable about unknown future events; anxiety does not help, and I just have to muster my anxiety management skills and get on with life. 

Comment by Plinius on August 9, 2013 at 1:45am

Glad no one was hurt, Joan, but I think it was a big scare for the neighbourhood.

When you start radiation, does that mean that you're through with the chemo? Then I think the rest is easier. But the positive thoughts keep coming: ((((((((((((((((Joan)))))))))))))))

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 9, 2013 at 12:15am

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 8, 2013 at 10:39pm
Patricia, yes, by all means, slathered on often and heavy!
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 8, 2013 at 8:27pm
Spokane firefighters are fighting a defensive battle on a house fire near the intersection of 19th Avenue and Sherman on the South Hill.
http://www.kxly.com/news/spokane-news/firefighters-battling-south-h...
I live on 21st Ave, just south of the explosion.
 

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