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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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 16, 2014 at 4:53am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 16, 2014 at 4:46am

Chris, there's an old saying, "Good fences make good neighbors."  I sure agree with that.  Humans are very territorial.  The picture you posted is a common sight in big cities.  Having a little niche fenced off like the one in your photo is practically like owning sacred ground. 

I like the private and hidden aspect of your apartment door.  That would suit me just fine. 

Comment by Plinius on August 16, 2014 at 1:26am

Wonderful view, Felaine! And I mustn't think like a Dutch who'd put up fences and hedges and gates to keep private and common apart. The way we live is quite different! This is not where I live, but close by. My apartment is invisible from the street and you can only reach it through three doors and a lift, after a long search you'll find an unmarked door with a spyhole. Privacy, and I feel comfortable with it. Perhaps I am Dutch...

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 9:46pm

OMG!   I hated Florida!  We played Miami Beach and Tampa....both so humid that there would be 3 ft of fog on the ice when we went out for the opening number.  And in Tampa we had to check our boots for palmetto bugs and other ickies before we put our skates on.

But the worst was playing outdoor arenas (fairgrounds) in the Midwest.  Huge flocks of June bugs and other uglies would fly into the overhead lights and die....on the ice.  We had to keep on smiling and skating.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 9:44pm

Chicago used to be similar to Rome.  "All roads lead to Rome."  At the heyday of rail travel, all railroads led to Chicago.  To this day, still, Illinois has the highest number of deaths by trains because of all the ground-level grade crossings - another result of our flat landscape.     

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 9:38pm

The Flattest U.S. States? Not What You Think.

Kansas is not the flattest state, despite common perceptions.

National Geographic


Illinois comes in at the number 2 spot right behind Florida for the top two flattest states.  Kansas is seventh flattest. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 9:34pm

All I remember about Green Bay is that it was effing windy and COLD.  We always played there just before our December 10-day hiatus.

We changed trains in Chicago a lot, and the railyards were so peaceful-looking when covered with snow. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 9:29pm

I've always wanted to take the Canadian traiins from Vancouver to Nova Scotia, and Amtrak from New England along the Atlantic coast, and then back west via New Orleans to LA.....but Texas, parts of New Mexico and Arizona are (to me) too bleak and flat.

I have relatives in Winslow, AZ, and a 3 day visit is about all I can take in that town.  It's on a high plateau, about 4500 ft, but FLAT.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 9:19pm

Great photos, Felaine.  That's one thing I love about traveling, being able to regularly visit and see landscapes that are vastly different from the flat prairies of Illinois.  Every type of terrain is beautiful in its own respect, and natural prairies are filled with wonderful types of grasses and wildflowers.  Chicago is in a great location on the shores of picturesque Lake Michigan, but I've always loved seeing mountainous terrain.

We don't have mountains here.  We don't even have rolling hills.  About the best we can do are our ridges.  These are the long stretches of sloped ground common in this area where the edge of ancient glaciers sat that formed the five "Great Lakes."

Comment by k.h. ky on August 15, 2014 at 9:12pm
Lovely neighborhood Sk8eycat. It certainly did change as things in life tend to do. I think l would be tempted to post a sign for people to pick up after their dogs and leave the damned fruit alone.
Although it probably wouldn'tdo much ggood.
 

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