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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 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

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 sk8eycat on March 24, 2014 at 12:32pm

Mindy, I don't know what "spirituality" means anymore...and I'm sure that most people who use any form of it don't know what they're talking about, either.  Here's a more concise version of the same statement:

Comment by sk8eycat on March 24, 2014 at 12:30pm

Randall, I want daylight in the morning so I can see where stuff is without turning on every light in the house...(It doesn't "save" energy...it just shifts the time of peak usage.)

I really want to know the rationale for the whole thing...

Do farm animals set their internal clocks ahead on someone's say-so?  Of course not!  Same goes for wild animals, and the ones who live with us...."Why are you feeding/walking me now?"  (Of course most dogs I've known will eat and go "walkies" any time.)

Comment by Randall Smith on March 24, 2014 at 8:28am

Indiana succumbed to DST a few years back. I hate it. I'll skip all my reasons, but basically, it has to do with me being a morning person. And I want daylight in the morning, darkness after supper. It's the opposite now.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 23, 2014 at 9:21pm

Elaine and Joan, love the information the two of you posted about cats.  Those are beautiful creatures, both the wild and domestic cats. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 23, 2014 at 9:19pm

Patricia, Arizona doesn't change their clocks, either.  Sensible.

50+ years ago, when I was with Holiday, we toured by rail 90% of the time, and ALL the railroads everywhere in the US stayed on Standard Time all year.  Now that all passenger travel is via AMTRAK, they follow the crowd.

Disgusting.

(My first year with HOI, we rehearsed in Minot ND, and they were trying Daylight time...it was twilight till almost midnight.  The local yayhoos drove around and around the town all bloody night.

We hated it; we had to be on the ice at 8:30AM....that meant getting up around 6AM if we wanted to get any breakfast in the hotel's tiny coffee shop.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2014 at 8:24pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2014 at 8:19pm

Felaine, I enjoyed the photos of those cats very much. The Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) rang a few bells in my head, so I looked them up and went back and reread the information about the Bengal cat. They look alike, their characteristics are alike. Here is a little blurb on Bengal cats, the domestic kind. Notice the markings on their heads and their love of water. 
Domestic Bengal Cats: an Exotic Cat Breed

Notice its facial markings and compare them to the Fishing Cat. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 23, 2014 at 8:04pm

I'm still trying to get used to Daylight Squandering Time; I have always hated it.  I mean, HOW are we "saving" anything, and what good does it do, except give after-work golfers an extra hour to play? All it ever did for me was blind me as I was driving home from work...facing directly west.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 23, 2014 at 6:01pm

Apparently dogs can have parasomnias too. That looked a lot like sleepwalking when the "running" dog got up and crashed right into the wall. I had a few brief episodes jumping out of bed from nightmares. Apparently grinding your teeth during sleep is also a parasomnia, which I do nightly.

That Napoleon penguin gif is a tad creepy.

I hope all of you in the Northern Hemisphere enjoyed the first Spring weekend.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 23, 2014 at 4:22pm

Oh, carl!  Thanks for the LMAO!  I needed that!  Now, here's a place for everyone to look at wild kittehs...BIG ones (all-sized ones, really...rare and endangered ones.)

www.wildcatzoo.org,

 

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