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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo 10 hours ago. 0 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Ian Mason on February 16, 2014 at 12:46am

Nice one, Napoleon.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 15, 2014 at 2:44pm

Si seulement j'avais quelqu'un pour partager un câlin avec.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 15, 2014 at 1:19pm

Noted Joan ... just lemme know when Mike & Jill get to the zoo!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2014 at 5:46pm

Loren, I am about half way through "Stranger in a Strange Land". Just to let you know I am on task! HEHEHEHE

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2014 at 5:44pm

Mindy, your daughter has a dilemma, for sure. I wonder how she will choose to resolve it? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2014 at 5:43pm

A slight adjustment in naming:

December 21-22 Winter Solstice Shortest day of the year 

February 5 Cross-Quarter Day Mid-winter's Day 

March 19-21 Spring Equinox Equal day and night 

May 5 Cross-Quarter Day Mid-spring's Day  

June 20-22  Summer Solstice Longest day of the year 

August 7 Cross-Quarter Day Mid-summer's Day  

September 21-24  Autumn Equinox Equal day and night 

November 7 Cross-Quarter Day Mid-autumn's Day 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2014 at 5:18pm

As to valentines day ... I agree wholeheartedly! How else will candy makers and flower growers make a living if it were not for weddings, funerals, and celebrations such as valentines day. 

On the other hand, I love mileposts in my life. Simple things like the day I plant cabbage seeds knowing they will be sauerkraut in a crock to be opened on Dec. 21 or 22, whichever is the winter solstice.  

We celebrate all four season changes as well as the cross days.

­­­­­­Solar Wheel of the Year in the Northern Hemisphere:

December 21-22 Winter Solstice Shortest day of the year 

February 5 Cross-Quarter Day Halfway between 

March 19-21 Spring Equinox Equal day and night 

May 5 Cross-Quarter Day Halfway between 

June 20-22  Summer Solstice Longest day of the year 

August 7 Cross-Quarter Day Halfway between 

September 21-24  Autumn Equinox Equal day and night 

November 7 Cross-Quarter Day Halfway between 

These have nothing to do with pre-historic traditions or religious customs, and yet all the major early and recent holidays follow very closely to these dates. They are the ways time is tracked from :

Solstice, Equinox. and Cross-Quarter Days  

http://www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/~pogge/Ast161/Unit2/time.html

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2014 at 3:07pm

Loren, your wife is a jewel! What a wonderful gift! What all does that timepiece do? I don't suppose they manufacture such a timepiece that is affordable? Well, I love things that measure. And I guess you do too. 

Give your wife a big hug from me and tell her I think she is a most caring woman I know ...  partly because you love her so much, she must be a very special. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 14, 2014 at 3:05pm

I've never celebrated valentines day either. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 14, 2014 at 3:00pm

Diamonds is one of my pet peeves.  The companies that control them only let a few on the market at a time to keep the price high.  At least they did in the past.  Don't know about today.

Plus, I just don't see the attraction.  I find colored glass "gems" far more beautiful. 

 

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