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Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Thursday. 2 Replies

TheraminTrees doesn't release videos very often these days,  but when he does, they are positive GEMS.  Most recent of his works is the following, wherein he dismantles some of the common rebuttals atheist get from believers when we assert our…Continue

Tags: seeing things, YouTube, TheraminTrees

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15. 4 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

You'll NEVER Guess Who Just Showed Up on Mr. Deity!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 14. 11 Replies

I don't believe this one either, but ... well, here it is: And would you believe - Mr. D made me laugh!  RD, that is!Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Mr. Deity

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 6. 20 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

Seth Andrews' New Book, "Sacred Cows" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Feb 6. 7 Replies

For the last few podcasts, Seth Andrews has been alluding to a new literary effort he's been working on.  Well, the cat is out of the bag ... or perhaps I should say, the cow is out of the barn!  Seth's new opus is entitled: Sacred Cows: a…Continue

Tags: book, Sacred Cows, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

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Comment by Steph S. on August 15, 2012 at 6:10pm

Wow - all kinds of good stuff posted here. I've got to get caught up.

Patricia I love the dog GIFS - really cute.

I'm a night owl and find it easy to stay up late. I can still get up in the morning early - but not a morning person.

and a cool dog GIF - all for you dog lovers out there.

I hope you all had a good day today.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2012 at 3:49pm

TFA, nice to hear someone else is a morning person also.  One of the reasons I like to get things done in the morning, is because I get tired as the day goes on, so If I wait too long, I get nothing done.  I usually don't even feel like going to evening parties or dances.

In the 2 years that I flew model airplanes, I got up at 2AM so I could get to the airport just before sunrise, before others were there to distract me and cause me to crash!  Also, model airplanes are tough to fly if the breeze is above 4 miles/hour, and early morning is usually breeze-free.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 15, 2012 at 2:33pm

Nice neologisms. Will try to spread them.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2012 at 1:59pm

Sk8eycat & Steph, I think you're right about carbs.  Years ago, I went on the Atkins diet.  I lost 35 lbs, all my blood reading were good, most of my flatulence, burping, and acid reflux went away, but most importantly my Triglyceride level, which was high, went way down into the good area.

My present doctor doesn't like that diet, but I think I'm going to go on it again and not tell him.  See what he says about my blood tests after a few months.  I'm been getting a lot of exercise the last two months, and it looks like I may be able to keep it up, at least until very cold weather gets here, but that diet may give me extra help.

Sk8eycat, I like your new words, especially Mormoninnies, as I used to be one. :)

I'll have to admit I don't get what ElRoninnies are though.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2012 at 12:44pm

Ahah!  Verrrrrry interrressstinnnnng!

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I bookmarked the article so I can refer back to it as needed.  Thanks!

I had to laugh because my 250+ lb sister (the JW), who thinks she knows more about everything than I do, is still on the low-fat, high pasta, vegetarian diet, and can't figure out why I'm losing weight and she's not. She drinks about 1 qt of low fat milk a day (well, she pours some of that on her Shredded Wheat...Heh! Talk about processing!), eats non-fat cottage cheese, has cous cous or angel hair pasta EVERY night with her dinner, uses margarine, while I won't use anything but 100% butter.

She swims almost every day while I either sit here or lie around reading....and I eat *gasp!* meat!  And one of my faves is bacon!  I cook it in the oven when the weather isn't as nasty hot as it's been lately; less mess.

If I knew where I could buy beef I could trust, I would grind my own...I have always loved Steak Tartare, but haven't had any in about 20 or 30 years because of all the frightful stories in the media.

Oh, noes!  Now I'm hongreeee!

Comment by Steph S. on August 15, 2012 at 11:33am

hey sk8eycat!

My other discussion answers that question - the question on finding a middle ground.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2012 at 11:03am

Oh, dear.  I thought whole wheat was okay.  Whole multi-grain?

How about Swheat Scoop cat litter?  LOL  (It's a helluva lot better than clay, no perfumes, and lightweight.  Also expensive.)

Comment by Steph S. on August 15, 2012 at 10:34am

Overview from Amazon: A renowned cardiologist explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems.

Every day, over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat. As a result, over 100 million of them experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes and high blood sugar to the unattractive stomach bulges that preventive cardiologist William Davis calls “wheat bellies.” According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter: It’s due to the whole grain wraps we eat for lunch.

After witnessing over 2,000 patients regain their health after giving up wheat, Davis reached the disturbing conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic—and its elimination is key to dramatic weight loss and optimal health. In Wheat Belly, Davis exposes the harmful effects of what is actually a product of genetic tinkering and agribusiness being sold to the American public as “wheat”—and provides readers with a user-friendly, step-by-step plan to navigate a new, wheat-free lifestyle.

Informed by cutting-edge science and nutrition, along with case studies from men and women who have experienced life-changing transformations in their health after waving goodbye to wheat, Wheat Belly is an illuminating look at what is truly making Americans sick and an action plan to clear our plates of this seemingly benign ingredient.

Comment by Steph S. on August 15, 2012 at 10:31am

Here's the book I was talking about earlier - sk8eycat mentioned the concept about carbohydrates earlier.

and a link to my discussion:

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2012 at 10:20am

Oh, yes, the Russian amusement ride.  I'd go on it if it was in a different country.  I hate to paint with a broad stroke, but I don't trust the safety of Russian maintenance and engineering. 


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