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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2014 at 4:31pm

Your home improvement sounds very nice, MIndy.  There's nothing like a screened-in porch to enjoy in the nice weather.  That, and the roof, are good investments if you want to sell the home later on down the road.  Don't feel bad about taking a loan out for something like that. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2014 at 4:16pm

Patricia said, "at least I'm still among the breathin'......I hear this is a good thing"

You got a good hearty laugh out of me with that one, Patricia.  That truly was a LOL. 

I just need to look at my 79 year old father to see what I'm going to look like at that age.  People definitely know my dad and I are related when whey see us together.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 25, 2014 at 7:47am

Ian, it's nice to see what you look like! Thanks.

Carl, my "new" avatar was taken by a fellow passenger on Amtrack's Zephyr (Chi to Oakland), from two years ago. That's why the background curtain. Wonder why Napolean left us?

Did you all see Joan's blog on Lake Mead?

I'm off to the dentist to have my teeth cleaned (and checked). My daughter (#3) is the farmer/hygienist, the latter being part time for now. And yes, Ruth, they live only 5 miles from me.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2014 at 12:37am

Found the article, Ruth.  Here it is from the BBC News - Science and Environment.

Global warming slowdown 'could last another decade'

This article mentions many of the points you make about the oceans heating during this supposed "slowdown."  I'm curious what your opinion is of this article.  The author certainly appears not to be a climate change denialist.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2014 at 12:25am

Ruth, your points about our climate heating are well taken.  You obviously have a lot more background in studying this topic than I do.  I believe the point of the article I read (I'll try to find it and pass it along to you) was that our surface air temperatures only were plateauing for about 10 years but would then increase quite exceptionally after that time. 

It's a complicated topic.  Like I said, I'll try to find the original article for you.  Thanks, Carl

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 24, 2014 at 11:07pm

Flying Atheist, I take great exception to the current framing of Climate Change taking a break. Journalists talk about a steadily heating water world (Earth), as if heating oceans don't count. Just because the heat is going into the deep Atlantic, Pacific and Southern Oceans doesn't mean Climate Change has slowed down.

I used to expect another rapid acceleration of air and land temperatures when the El Nino comes. That tuned out to be a simplistic, too linear, take on what's happening. The way excess heat effects the planet has been changing. We pass invisible tipping points, and the heat begins to go new places instead of where we expected. For example we discovered that rising hot air over the warmer Atlantic, after it cools aloft, comes back down as higher air pressure in the Eastern Pacific, which changes trade winds and slows down the El Nino's development and strength. Warmer ocean water is destabilizing methane hydrates now, in the East Siberian Sea and Beaufort Sea of the Arctic and also off the US East Coast. I expect that hindsight will tell us that Climate Change wasn't in a hiatus at all during this period, we were too narrow-minded to recognize a complicated climate destabilization process.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2014 at 10:40pm

I have to hand it to you Carl, that's a good one. The music's fun too, in a silly way.

Hope you don't melt, Cathy.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2014 at 9:34pm

In honor of Napoleon, here's some just plain awful music.  I liked Napoleon but I didn't care for his taste in music.  I wish he was here to hear this.  This is my retribution.  Don't enjoy........

 

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2014 at 9:15pm

I noticed some activity on the right-hand side of the page in Napoleon's Les Athees Napoleonienne group.  I was reminded that we haven't heard from him in quite some time.  I clicked on his profile and discovered that he is no longer a member of A|N.   

Comment by k.h. ky on August 24, 2014 at 4:01pm
I want in on the hugs. The weather is brutally hot here. With storms and rain coming in right after dark the last two nights. It's 95 out now. Next week is supposed to be better.
 

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