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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 4 hours ago. 21 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 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

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 June 29, 2013 at 9:01pm
I have a lovely young squirrel visiting my feeders, and it has no tail. I haven't seen "Notched tail" yet, nor "Fluffy tail".
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2013 at 9:00pm
Mindy, I apologize for not reading further into the article to realize it was about Diabetes II. I do hope breakthroughs come for Type I.
About anti-depressants, there are far too many unknowns to make any good judgments as a non-professional. We have to put our faith in medical experts, ask a lot of questions, talk to others, and go from there.
The great value of this kind of site is the ability to compare experiences, even as they may mislead. But then, so does medical opinion sometimes mislead. Sho knows? We have to do our homework.
Comment by booklover on June 29, 2013 at 6:09pm

Hi Patricia!  I would think your son was misdiagnosed because with Type 1 their bodies actually attack the insulin-producing cells and kill them.  The cells can't regenerate.  Maybe he had Type 2?  Hmmm.  No, the journalists are NOT responsible about differentiating. I have left so many messages on the local news' websites when they do stories, but no answer!

Glad you and Steph enjoyed the squirrel picture!  :)

Comment by Steph S. on June 29, 2013 at 1:09pm

Melinda that squirrel is so cute  - I love it !!

Comment by booklover on June 29, 2013 at 9:04am

I just thought this squirrel, who looks like he's punching, was funny. :)

Comment by booklover on June 29, 2013 at 9:01am

Comment by booklover on June 29, 2013 at 9:00am

Joan, I hate how the article doesn't say that it is Type 2 diabetes until you've read quite a bit.  It is so unfair to Type 1 diabetics to lump them together.  Type 1 is an auto-immune disease, and when kids get that and ignorant people tell them they wouldn't have it if they ate better and exercised it's awful.  People are so ill-informed on so many subjects, that it's irresponsible of journalists to not say which type right away.  Of course, they may be ignorant of the fact themselves.  So frustrating. 

Back to the article though, uh oh!  I've been on anti-depressants for years!  Thanks for the information about it!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2013 at 12:03am

"long-term antidepressant use may be an invitation to diabetes."

According to a recent paper by Andersohn et al. inAm J Psychiatry 2009; 166:591–598,

Depression, Diabetes, and You

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 28, 2013 at 12:46pm
 28 June 2013 at 10:20 AM  I feel vibrantly alive with all my senses alert to the sights, smells, tastes, sounds, touch and emotions of life's energy. My passions of thought and action spring from my basic animal nature. These strengths ground me to the Earth and the universe beyond. I am part of all that exists in this web of life, begun in the primordial soup of evolutions and passing through me to future generations.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 28, 2013 at 8:12am

Loren, that Buzzfeed link it great.  It is definitely being passed around to my friends. 

 

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