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change.org

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Jul 16. 6 Replies

There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be…Continue

Optical Illusions

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Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 1. 9 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

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Human Rights for Atheists, Agnostics and Secularists

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 27. 11 Replies

I just ran onto this YouTube video, promoting a change.org petition aimed at amending the United Nations charter supporting the abolition of all anti-blasphemy laws. The petition referenced by the video is…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2013 at 2:53am

Ruth, you wrote, "my fingers snapped down". That must have been awful and felt weird. I have never heard of that situation. Did it take long to permanently get them back into normal position again and did it hurt? I've seen people with arthritis that causes the fingers to bend over. Was arthritis involved? I am really sorry to hear about your experience; do you know what caused it and is there anything you can do to prevent it from happening again? Is there a name for the condition? 

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 Patricia on December 17, 2013 at 11:23pm

We seldom go anywhere now so for some reason the quick climate changes entered my mind first, FA. When we used to go anywhere on the Greyhound buses, we used to start taking echinachea a couple of weeks before we left because of being in enclosed quarters with people. You never know if someone is not well, doesn't hand wash, & of course the onboard bathrooms leave a lot to be desired, but sometimes there's no choice. I began carrying disinfectant in a spray bottle to use in the bathroom before touching anything, & then hand sanitizer afterwards as well. I have always been prone to infection so have to take precautions any way I can. After cancer, my dr. insisted I get the flu shot, so I am diligent now.

Personally, I am against the elaborately lavish outdoor displays....theft, waste of electricity, showing off about whose is best, etc., etc. Decorating is fine, but keeping it simple makes more sense.

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 Patricia on December 17, 2013 at 10:20pm

With changing climates so quickly FA, are you more susceptible to colds/flu, etc.?

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.

 

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