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Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 11 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Chris G Dec 15. 9 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat Dec 12. 11 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat Nov 26. 41 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 24. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 22. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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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.  

Comment by Ian Mason on December 17, 2013 at 11:37pm

Agree with you there, Patricia. Outdoor lighting that's on all night? How wierd! These people's electric meters must be close to exploding. And yes, I think I've caught a few colds from being stuck in a metal tube with 200+ other people for a hours.

Got back yesterday from a long weekend in England. Saturday was my step-Mum's 90th birthday and a bunch of us went out for lunch. She was pleased to tears. I just plain relaxed with family the rest of the time. Very nice too :-)

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2013 at 10:59pm

Xmas display, or epilepsy trigger?  (Bet this guy's neighbors wish he'd move somewhere else, even though he IS a computer genius)

 
 
 
Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 17, 2013 at 10:55pm

Ruth, glad to hear your medical issue was (relatively) minor.  I seem to be at that age where little medical issues seem to pop up more frequently.  I guess I'm "middle-aged."  I not in that mind-set, though (which I suppose is a good thing) but I know that I have more years behind me than ahead for me. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 17, 2013 at 10:43pm

Patricia, actually I think I'm more susceptible to colds and flu from being in such close quarters with other people inside an airplane cabin and from picking up their trash than from changing climates.  I'm constantly washing my hands.  I also get a flu shot every year.  Just the other day a passenger came to the back of the plane to use the lavatory.  I could tell by looking at her that she wasn't feeling well.  I struck up a conversation with her as I thought she might be airsick, as I wanted to help her.  She readily admitted that she thought she had the flu.  It's just impossible to control what you're exposed to on an airplane. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 17, 2013 at 10:03pm

With Laminectomy stories and other serious illnesses, I feel as if I got off easy this week. One of my fingers snapped down and wouldn't straighten out. On medical advice I got it opened up an hour later, after soaking in hot water, and splinted it till I saw the orthopedist. By now the steroid injection has worked, and the ache from that is gone too. No more splint needed. Whew! One trigger finger is as nothing compared to what many of you went through.

Still, it was scary. I'm so lucky to live in an age where treatment is possible.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 17, 2013 at 9:54pm

Hi, Steph.  Trying to stay warm with these cold, cold temperatures and additional snow here in Illinois.  Had the pleasure of some warm weather the other night when I spent a night in Tampa.  72-degrees and swaying palm trees.  Nice!  Los Angeles was gorgeous as well.  That's one of the great perks of my job.  It goes both ways, though.  I've spent many miserably hot times in Miami and Washington DC in the sweltering August heat.  

Hope you are well, Steph.       

Comment by Steph S. on December 17, 2013 at 9:20pm

Good to know you are Felaine!!! Sorry to hear about your name mixups you had. How is everyone doing this week?

Comment by Steph S. on December 17, 2013 at 9:17pm

 

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