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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

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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

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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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2017 at 1:15pm

Ian, your daughter who encountered Marxism in school has the opportunity to think about options. We know capitalism is unstable. It has frequent recessions and regular depressions. 

"Economists have empirically proven five Kondratieff cycles since the late 18th century."

"There is no uniform progression in the market economy; in fact, upturns and downturns regularly take turns with each other. The short business cycles that last approximately three years are called Kitchin cycles; the medium-term ones lasting between 7 to 11 years are called Juglar cycles. However, there are also long economic cycles that last between 40 to 60 years. They are named Kondratieff cycles after their discoverer Nikolai Kondra­tieff. The triggers for these long waves are groundbreaking inventions that are called basic innovations.

As my former mentor stated, "the ball bearing has been replaced by the computer chip."

~ Ed Lindaman

I recommend you read the entire article. It offers insights into what happens and why. 

In the meantime, I am prepared for The Greatest Depression Yet.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2017 at 12:45pm

Daniel, my eldest great-grandson just graduated high school and wants to go into the army. I was horrified! The US army takes our young men and women and sends them off to some country we can't even find on a map and uses them for fodder for the petroleum industry; if war breaks out, our young people already are in the middle of it. 

Your description of your experience makes sense to me. I will talk to him today to let him know I will support his decision. 

If he does enlist, you can expect to read my lament. He knows how I feel and I support his decision. 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 26, 2017 at 12:01pm

Joan, Silkeborg is close to 'Himmelbjerg', Denmark's highest mountain at 150 metres (500 feet). Nothing in Denmark is much above sea level.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 26, 2017 at 10:22am

Joan, I hear you! My children have trouble listening to "their old man". Actually, I don't have to tell them anything--not to do something, etc.--but they know me and how I feel. Then later, "you were right, Dad".

I handed over the check last night (to my farm kids) with all my concerns and suggestions. They actually listened and agreed! I'm still optimistic that they'll turn the corner. From now on, they're going to have to make it on their own. Thanks, all, for your comments.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 26, 2017 at 5:56am

Sorry about the farm problems Randy.  I imagine the youngsters are more stressed about it than you.  Hope to hear good news one of these days.

Comment by Plinius on June 26, 2017 at 4:17am

Joan, I think you're sensible to anticipate on the next crisis, but have you got someone who looks after your Spokane house? 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 26, 2017 at 12:54am

I've had several discussions with my daughter on the state of the world. She encountered Marxism in philosophy classes at high school and thinks he makes sense (base/superstructure model, capitalism as inherently unstable) but believes that nothing can be done. Such is life, put up with it, survive as best you can etc. All talk by us 'oldies' of the 'good old days' when there was solidarity, trade unions that fought for something and optimism that society could be changed for the better is just whinging and whining.

I find working hard to distinguish between accepting the things I cannot change and trying to change the things I cannot accept. These past few years I've been active again in demonstrations, rallies and petitions because I honestly think that society is regressing toward a dog-eat-dog world again.

Comment by Daniel W on June 25, 2017 at 10:33pm

Joan, I agree with you about whining and about ownership.

Sometimes some venting is needed, but mostly I like to proclaim victory over troubles by finding solutions or adjusting my response.

The first time I really took control, quit letting others define me, and changed my destiny was, as a teenager, enlisting into the USArmy.  Things were not going well before that.  I was working 3 minimum wage jobs trying to survive an attempt at college.  Most people were shocked, my parents were horrified, and anyone can argue that my teenaged logic at the time was very flawed.  But that decision changed my destiny, and changed who I was for the better.  It was the beginning to life on my terms.  So did volunteering to serve in Turkey, so did getting out when my time was done, and many other changes of course.  No fears and no regrets!  And no whining!

If your children laugh at you behind your back, thrn I have no respect for them.  if there is a forest fire -  something they acknowledge and fear, then your house in Spokane may well ve their refuge.  They need to grow up.  They need to respect you behind your back and be grateful.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 25, 2017 at 6:08pm

Ian, Silkeborg, Jutland, Norway, it is beautiful there! So flat! Is it near sea level? 

The photos are inviting: COME TO NORWAY.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 25, 2017 at 5:02pm

Randy, I am sorry to learn of the financial difficulties your kids have and that it puts you in a vulnerable spot. I like your plan to loan them the money, with definite conditions: cut back, save more.  

It is difficult in these days and many farms and businesses will be failing. Our city of Spokane, and also Newport, have so many closed stores, even as new malls go in. Even the doctors' buildings have vacancies.  

Sadly, too many people do know see what is coming, economically.  My daughter told me the other night that she and Larry and their friends just laugh at me because I tell them all indicators are in place for a depression like nothing we have ever seen.  

Under all is the land!

I decided to not sell my house because I know its value will rise in the recovery and all I have to pay are taxes and insurance. They don't think I know what I talk about. They make fun of me even as they are respectful toward me to my face.  

I'll be dead before the things that I expect to happen and they will not make any difference to me, so I agreed to sell.  

They don't realize that now is not the time to be in debt!

Smarty Pants! They know more than I do, they both own their businesses, they both have noticed a downturn in their businesses, they don't see that as a sign.

Oh! Well! the beetles and bacteria will be gnawing away at my bones and my children and their spouses will look back and realize I am not the old woman with wild ideas.  

Randy, you still have years ahead of you. Take care of your interests!

 

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