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Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 13 Replies

It seems as though some numb-nuts New York pastor by the name of Stephen Kim has written two marriage advice pieces for christian men and women.  Not surprisingly, his suggestions come straight out of his never-fail magic book.  Seth Andrews of The…Continue

Tags: advice, marriage, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Stephen Kim

Living in the Answers

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Patricia Jan 18. 13 Replies

I am weary of those who declare they understand all the answers to the creation of the universe and Earth. They claim they know the answers to the questions of life, meaning, death, and the afterlife. Those with all the answer speak with confidence,…Continue

Tags: confidence, education, government, family, afterlife

Twin terrorists caught

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jan 11. 7 Replies

Canada: twin terrorists caught before going to Mideast Saturday, January 10, 2015 By Martin Barillas L-R: Carlos and Ashton Larmond The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested and charged a pair of 24-year-old identical twin brothers on…Continue

Betty Bowers Best of 2014

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jan 4. 33 Replies

Happy New Year, everyone!  Now that we're off on another 365-day stint of sniping at believers, leave it to America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, to sum up the year past from her holier-than-EVERYBODY point of view! Have You had YOUR Betty today?!?Continue

Tags: 2014, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover Dec 28, 2014. 23 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 Dec 24, 2014. 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

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Comment by sk8eycat on January 11, 2014 at 5:26pm

Joan, I've forgotten what kind of cross Bengals really are,some kind of small Asian wild cat and domestic shorthair. We had one or two that were boarded at the Cat Hotel when I worked there.  They are beautiful, but almost always hyper, difficult to train, and one was abandoned at the Hotel.  The owners just dropped him off, pre-paid his bill for two weeks, and vanished.  The credit card was cancelled, phone disconnected, "Moved - No Forwarding Address," etc.  He was a sweet fellow, but there was a lot of wild cat in his genes, and he had a bad habit of spraying....

I'd like a me-sized version of this cat to hold me at night, but I can't afford to feed such a biggie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfNnfpRj7No 

Some friends of mine used to have Boston Bulls...little black & white dogs with pushed-in faces.  They snored, very softly, and that sound almost always relaxes me to the point where I nod off.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 11, 2014 at 12:40pm

sk8eycat, I laughed when I read your desire for "a warm, floofy cylindrical pillow that vibrates softly...and makes low-level purring sounds."

That is what I hoped to have when I visited Laura's family in the north woods, "a warm, floofy cylindrical pillow that vibrates softly...and makes low-level purring sounds."

We brought my granddaughter's cat to keep me company, (and catch mice) and she slept  (more like attacked) with Laura and Larry one night and so I took her one night. She attacked my sleeping eyebrows, nose, ears, hair, crawled between the covers and took bites out of my hide whenever she had an urge. We sent her home the next day; we still had the mouse. I am sure she had Bengal tiger in her heritage. 

Here is a photo of a domestic cat x Bengal tiger mix. Now a breed of domestic cat.

I wonder if this breed has been calmed?

marble bengal domestic cat

Comment by sk8eycat on January 11, 2014 at 10:40am

Hmmmm.... I wish someone would develop a warm, floofy cylindrical pillow that vibrates softly...and makes low-level purring sounds.  I can doze off when Pumpkin lies next to me (under the covers) and purrs, but he's more restless than I am; rolls over, stands up, sits down, hops off the bed and then gets back on...or wants the door opened so he can check out the other rooms.  At 15 he's still as active as a cat half his age, or younger.

In the past I've had kittehs who would let me hold them all night, or until they sensed I was soundly asleep, and then quietly move down to the foot of the bed, and stay there till morning.

I've had insomnia most of my adult life, and it's become worse as I age...aches and pains, and mental/emotional stress. 

I read light fiction at night; books I've read before so I'm not glued to the story to find out what happens next. I also find Robert Ingersoll collections comforting...they confirm my own opinions about many things.

I'm just glad that I don't have to get up at the screech of dawn and put on "office clothes" (pantyhose!  Ick!) And hit the freeways with hundreds (thousands) of other frantic people anymore.  I don't know how I did that for almost 50 years...

It's a wonder that more people don't flip out and rebel or break down.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 10, 2014 at 7:43pm

Patricia, this is kind of ironic, but when I was discovering sleep music on YouTube I came upon Gregorian Chants.  This one in particular (Collage of old Gregorian music in Latin) is very relaxing and soothes me to sleep.  Basically, it's sacred Medieval Catholic music sung in Latin. 

Learning about this type of music was part of my music history studies in college, so I have an appreciation for its beautiful musicality.  I didn't grow up Catholic but perhaps, if I did, this music would prompt bad memories and scary dreams.  Luckily that's not the case for me.  It does the job.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 10, 2014 at 6:55pm

Thanks Patricia.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 10, 2014 at 5:10pm

Patricia, what low priced delta theta wave aid would you recomend to start with?

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 10, 2014 at 5:07pm

Those ice crushes are interesting, but would be a slow-motion distress for the owners of the houses they trash.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 10, 2014 at 3:09pm
Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 10, 2014 at 2:44pm

Patricia, I remember several months ago when you were discussing the topic of delta theta waves.  I had never heard of it, so out of curiosity I did a Google search and educated myself a little bit.  In doing so, I found a plethora of sleep and relaxation soundtracks on YouTube.  Since then, I've been listening and falling asleep to some chosen favorites of mine that play on my laptop in my bedroom.  I've also been using them in hotels with a small portable speaker hooked up to my smartphone when I travel.  I thank you for introducing me to something new and very beneficial.     

Comment by Ian Mason on January 10, 2014 at 1:38pm
—the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care,
The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast
Macbeth.
Glad to hear that your sleep is improving, Patricia
 I've had depression/angst related sleep problems over the years and have tried various (sensible) remedies: relaxation massage, relaxing music (a CD series called Musicure) and small doses of Mianserin, a tetracyclic antidep. med. All have helped. Also had to wear a heart monitor for 48hours because of irregular beating. The problem is now gone but the cure was, unfortunatly, a return to tobacco. Feel a bit "damned if I do, damned if I don't" with that.
Have a great weekend, lovely people.
 

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