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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W 21 hours ago. 10 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

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud yesterday. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Jul 20. 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 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

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Comment by Ian Mason on November 8, 2015 at 2:23pm

Carl, I've often thought that I tend to get sniffles after travelling and put it down to spending time in a metal tube with 150 other people. Thanks for the practical tips.

A lovely, cheerful song, Joan. Thanks.

I will attempt to translate some poems in the coming days and hope you'll like them.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 8, 2015 at 2:11pm

A wonderful, wonderful song by Peggy Lee!!  Thanks, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2015 at 12:50pm

Thanks, Carl, for the information of the progression of your disease. Also, about the air being filtered and the touchable germs are not. You make good sense. 

My thoiughts certainly are with you. I spent a couple of hours in the greenhouse yesterday and it is a good time to just let my mind wander. All kinds of things come up, happy, sad, and hopeful for your speedy and complete revery. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 8, 2015 at 11:48am

Joan, my kidney disease, IgA Nephropathy, is most likely genetic.  It's a very slow progressing disease.  Looking back, I see that I have had the tell-tale signs off and on for decades.  Even when I was in grammar school and high school I had periodic episodes of protein and blood in my urine, which are the first systems.  In college I was very sick one time with a kidney infection.  I'm my late 20's I developed a kidney stone.  In the past five years I had swelling in my feet and calves.  These are all signs of the slow progression throughout the years of my failing kidneys.  When I had a biopsy done earlier this year, it showed my kidneys were smaller than normal and were very scarred.

As far as germs on airplanes, a lot of people blame the recirculated air, but that's not really the case.  The air is filtered and is surprisingly fresh.  Most germs you encounter while flying are sitting on surfaces just waiting for you to touch them. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 8, 2015 at 7:34am

Boy, Carl, it's enough to make one quit flying at all. Glad I didn't get sick flying back from California a couple of weeks ago.

By the way, I just read a Dr. Mercola web page on the subject of flu vaccines. You all might be interested in reading it. Personnally speaking, I've had only one flu shot my entire life (in 1970). Guess what? Yep, I got the flu. Never have had the flu since.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2015 at 8:26pm

Carl, you tell an amazing story of germs on airplanes and your experiences while working and after. Flying as a passenger, I very often had lung and bronchial problems after a flight and the long ones to China and Turkey were tough. I don't know how you worked in that germ incubator and didn't come down with lung diseases. Perhaps kidney disease is occupationally related. Do you know the kidney disease rate of flight attendants? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2015 at 6:54pm

Grinning Cat, that's a great song.  I've always liked it. 

Speaking of health, as a flight attendant, I can tell you that it's no secret that airplanes are a smorgasbord of germs.  The close proximity of people, vomit from airsickness, food eating, diaper changing on beverage tray tables, garbage in seat-back pockets, inadequate or non-existent hand washing by passengers.  I was constantly washing my hands while working because of the constant contact with germs.  Still, it was common that I would get a bad cold three or four times a year in addition to the flu once or twice, despite getting a flu shot. 

Because of my kidney disease, I haven't been able to work for the past 15 months.  As a result, I haven't had a single cold or flu during that whole time. 

Comment by k.h. ky on November 7, 2015 at 10:50am
Grinning Cat, that is WONDERFUL :)
And so approp. Thank you.
Comment by Grinning Cat on November 7, 2015 at 10:34am

Randy, I missed that "forum", but while I'd like to see a Bernie Sanders presidency, I wholeheartedly agree that any of the Democratic candidates would be far better than any of the Republicans (Republicons; Rethuglicans; official party motto: "I've got mine; screw you").

Bertold, sorry to hear of your furry family member's passing. It sounds like she had the least worst way to go, enjoying life until the end.

Ian, I too look forward to reading your poems in translation, hopefully one that transmits a lot of their spirit and quirks as well as their basic sense.

And for Kathy:

Comment by Randall Smith on November 7, 2015 at 7:42am

Except for Bertold's loss of his beloved pet, there seems to be a lot of good news going on. I like to hear that.

Did anyody watch the MSNBC "forum" with Rachel Maddow, last night? She interviewed the 3 Democratic pres. candidates. Enlightening and informative. I could live with any of the three. Just no Republicans.

 

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