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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan 18 hours ago. 9 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 on Tuesday. 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 on Friday. 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

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Comment by booklover on October 1, 2014 at 9:37am

Comment by booklover on October 1, 2014 at 9:32am

One of the bodily fluids that a person with active Ebola spreads it, is sweat.  So if you touched sweat, and you had a cut on your hand, you could get it.  I don't know how likely that scenario is, but it's still possible.  I'm a news cynic also, Randy.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 1, 2014 at 7:50am

Let me get this straight. We now have one confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S. It's only contagious through bodily fluid contact. The public is assured that there's nothing to be concerned about. YET, it's the number one news item of the day in all the media sources! No reason to panic, they say, but we're getting the message "the sky is falling". Little wonder I'm such a "news cynic".

Comment by Plinius on October 1, 2014 at 5:58am

 I hope production of a vaccination soon starts. 

I hope so too, Ian! But I'm afraid the money grabbers will stop all that because of patents, and will drown us in legalese instead of helping people. I expect nothing good - but I still hope.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 30, 2014 at 11:04pm

My favourite radio stations: BBC Radio 3, classical plus some jazz and "world music". Radio Mozart, all Mozart all the time. KCSM, jazz, commercial free. Mozart and KCSM ask for voluntary contributions.

It seems that Ebola is more and more likely to spread outside a few areas at some point. I hope production of a vaccination soon starts. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2014 at 9:43pm

If I am correct, there are 5 Atheist Nexus members from Nigeria and one from Senegal. 

Guinea

Sierra Leone 

Liberia 

Nigeria   5 A/N members 

Senegal  1 A/N member 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2014 at 9:19pm

Mapping the Spread of Ebola

"The current situation

Five West African countries are battling the outbreak—Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Senegal, and Nigeria. Bordering countries are on high alert. Unlike previous outbreaks that primarily occurred in remote villages in Central Africa, this one includes urban areas. Inadequate medical facilities and distrust of health care workers exacerbate the crisis."

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2014 at 9:08pm

Ruth, your post Columbia Prediction of infections hit me like a ton of bricks. One death in two infections. So I Googled for the most recent infections and read

CDC: Ebola confirmed in Dallas patient

"Ebola has infected 6,553 people and has killed 3,083 in the three countries hit hardest by the epidemic — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — the World Health Organization says. The number of cases has been doubling every three weeks, and the CDC estimates that the disease could affect up to 1.4 million people by January if it's not quickly put under control."

Yes, those are the number of infections and deaths ratios. 

I agree, we have state of the art health quarantined facilities; this article reported:

"Hospital officials also said the patient will not be given ZMapp, the experimental serum given to Dr. Kenneth Brantly and Nancy Writebol, American aid workers who caught the virus in Africa and were later treated in the U.S. The supplies of ZMapp have run out. 

Comment by booklover on September 30, 2014 at 9:03pm
I think that's right, Joan.
Ruth, that scares me to death. And you are so right about people thinking our health system is so superior. Why was this outbreak not taken more seriously right away?!? I don't even have words to say what I'm trying to say. I'm going to go take a Clonopin and go to bed.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2014 at 8:53pm

If I am reading that chart correctly, that means for every two infections, one results in death. Is that correct? 

 

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