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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 booklover on April 6, 2013 at 7:56pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 6:10pm

Felaine, a "lumbar laminectomy and fusion" sounds really serious. I hope you found relief!!! My procedure is a simple out-patient procedure so I won't be needing a room, but I like the idea of covering the Catholic Scarecrow with "Imagine no Religion" sign. Maybe I should go prepared for when I am in recovery. 

I will start looking now for a film of the procedure I expect to have. 

Happy cat-sitting, and thank you for your care. This is a snap compared to what you had. 

Needles don't hurt at all, now ... remember those huge things they used to draw blood? Reminded me of needles used on cows. Nothing has hurt so far, except I had to go off Aleve and baby aspirin for several days for one test, and my joints hurt. I am back on my regular Rx routine and have no pain now. 

My life-span is at a good time, except for the mess our political and economic system is in. I liken human thinking and behavior as appropriate for beasts, but Homo sapiens should be able to rise above a beak-and-claw existence and stop using violence to gain power. We now have the capacity to reason, negotiate, compromise, and to create a just world. For those who would terrorize, they could be hunted down, singled out, put on trial, and allow the population and cultures to live without fear of bombs, or bullets. 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 6, 2013 at 5:38pm

In '09, I wanted a video of my lumbar laminectomy and fusion, but Doc said it would be done with microscopic instruments, and he would be too busy to have a cameraman/woman in the OR, anyway.

I found out later that the procedure took FOUR HOURS!  I don't remember anything between being wheeled out of the prep room and waking up in my own room (utterly painless...I totally understand why/how some people become addicted), and the first thing I saw was the Catholic Scarecrow on the wall.  I asked to have it removed, but they refused, so as soon as I was on my feet (3 days later) I covered it with my FFRF "Imagine No Religion" T-shirt.  Doc (very young secular Jew) laughed so hard when he saw it that I thought he was going to literally ROTFL.

There are places on the net where you can see animated (bloodless) depictions of almost any type of surgery; you just have to hunt for them.

I'll be off the net...cat-sitting... when you have your surgery (April 14 to the 26th), so I'm wishing you the best of luck now, and I'll keep on thinking about you till I get back home and check in here.

Idaho: I've watched my own blood draws and injections since I was a teen; IMO it hurts less when I know what's going on. Of course I can't see an injection in my rear...

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 6, 2013 at 2:49pm

Joan, the expanded-cheeks chipmunk is cute. 

I think Matt D. dropping the pen is great, and I very much like your post that talked about rats beating humans.  

I’m glad you’re ready for surgery.  You may be braver than I am, in wanting to watch, but a few years ago, I started watching when my blood was drawn.  My curiosity finally overpowered my chickenness.  Also, when I had a colonoscopy, I wanted to watch, but I was unconcious until the last 10 minutes.  But I did get to see a watermelon seed in my large colon.  : )

A video is a great idea.  Next time I’ll ask if I can get one.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 12:50pm

I have great news, the cancer cure train is leaving the station and I have my surgery scheduled for April 16. I feel fine, I am ready and I wish I could watch the surgery. Maybe I could get someone to film the procedure. Well, that is a task upon which to work. 

IZ "What a Wonderful World"

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 11:55am

Well, if I walk through an isle of jock straps, I don't feel any differently than I suppose men feel when walking through bras. 

In other words, poor planning on the part of the store. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 11:52am

Oh, I read further and realize the questions concerned magic. 
NEVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, MAGIC!

Looking at the effect of natural selection, I feel full of wonder, sometimes with goose bumps.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 11:45am

If we are discussing selection, natural would be the correct adjective, not random. Correct me if I am wrong, please. 

Comment by booklover on April 6, 2013 at 8:19am

Comment by booklover on April 6, 2013 at 8:18am

Ruth, that chick pic is beyond adorable.  And yes, lol, the bra/men's restroom picture is creepy! lol.

Loren, of course you are so right that the answer is NEVER magic!

 

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