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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 27, 2013 at 11:25pm

Booklover, love the cabinet cat. But how does it do that? Is there a hole in the bottom of the cupboard? Good luck with the new med. You might be able to get out of jury duty due to medical issues. If you didn’t get a form with that option to check off call the number and explain you medical problems re:sitting. Give the person in charge your doctor’s number. I know exactly what it’s like trying to lose weight when you’re ill. Since I’ve had more pain I eat too much to self-soothe. It think it’s instinctive. If you keep exercising as much as you can, it’s good. I found it helpful to have bowls of ready to eat salad munchies in the fridge.

Yes, Ian. Even with technically the same volume a commercial sound track can seem louder and be extra annoying. We keep a finger on the mute button when commercials pop up.

Love the Gay Agenda, Idaho Spud! As for positive long term memories of commercial products, my husband buys Hostess Snowballs because they remind him of his childhood. These commercials get imprinted in us when we’re young, and later remind us of that happy innocence when we took much joy in the simple pleasures of (crappy) commercial quality cake or sweet and breakfast cereal. LOL on identifying with Grumpy Cat. I think he’s so popular because we all recognize a bit of ourselves in him.

Have a happy! (and eat it too)

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This cake makes me think of Tim Burton

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2013 at 11:23pm
Melinda, I can't believe a home owner would cut a hole in a cabinet to get that kitty shot! Why they did it, it doesn't matter, that is a dandy shot. Their kitchen appliances look sharp as well.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2013 at 11:13pm

I agree so whole heatedly and we really have to participate with those trying to get single payer plans through. It will be really tough because of money owning all branches of government. USA is totally off track as far as government is concerned. Patient care has to be prime mover of health care, not insurance profits. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 27, 2013 at 10:38pm

Melinda, some pharmaceutical companies have patient assistance programs for people who are low income and can't afford any type of insurance. I am on Medicare, but never signed up for Part D because it's a scam for the benefit of Big Pharma only, BUT Pfizer sill has their Connection to Care service, and I get two prescriptions from them...at absolutely NO cost.  Neither one (Glucotrol-XL, and Neurontin) is horribly expensive, but still...the program saves me about $50 a month.

What always upsets me is that they deduct about 10% of my monthly Social Insecurity to pay for Medicare Part B...outpatient expenses. After I pay the utilities and maintenance on this house, I have a hellova time trying to decide whether to buy my other meds from the neighborhood pharmacy (they  give me an enormous discount on some meds...and free delivery. I always want to hug the owner. He's such a gentle man...in all senses of the word[s]), or food, and cat care stuff. The kittehs' needs come before mine do.

Another thing that sets my hair on fire is that the same drugs that cost a month's salary in the US are priced quite reasonably in other countries.  Not generics, but the exact same drugs, made by the exact same companies.

That is SO wrong!

This has not really been a democracy since the Reagan/Bush years.  We are a plutocracy.  Or is it oligarchy?  "OILigarchy"?  (When the price of fuel goes up, so does the price of everything else....see all them big trucks on the roads?  Except for short runs, ALL merchandise should be shipped by rail. Much more economical.)

O HAI!  Felaine is ranting again.  Yanno whut?  It feels GOOD!

PS: A very dear friend of mine has severe Crohn's disease, and she got duped into signing up for Medicare Part D when it first started up, and half the time the insurance company that pays the bills refuses to refill her prescriptions for one BSing reason or another.  So, she's bedridden and suffering, and can't do anything about it.

Universal Single-Payer Healthcare is the ONNNLLLY way to go!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2013 at 10:09pm

Melinda, it matters that you don't feel good and can't find the way to end it. Are there any foods you find that stir it up? Have you tried staying away from wheat, or milk, or gluten? Surely you have tried all the obvious things. Do keep looking for the trigger, surely something is making mischief. 

I have no problems such as you describe and am of no use to helping you find the culprit. Keep asking; someone may have an idea. 

You are able to keep your pretty smile, even as you are not feeling good. That's positive! 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 27, 2013 at 3:18pm

Sentient Biped, GET WELL, PLEASE!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 27, 2013 at 3:04pm

Dear Spud, the novel, THE HUCKSTERS, by Frederick Wakeman is a "must read"...it was first published in 1946, and was made into a movie starring Clark Gable in 1947.  It was "cleaned up" for the movie version, so get the book. 

It's an expose' of the advertising industry, and nothing has changed much since 1946. What caught my attention was the "philosophy" that annoying commercials are memorable, and the sheeple will still buy the product when they see it on the shelf.  I have news for them, I have always avoided products whose commercials p*ss me off...like the old "Please don't squeeze the Charmin," and "Oh, I don't use Tide anymore.  I use New, Improved Tide!"  Both are Proctor and Gamble products, and I refuse to buy anything marketed by that mega-company.  I also avoid Kraft products for the same reason.... they all believe that females are stupid.

I have another reason for avoiding P&G, but it's a long story, and has nothing to do with marketing.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2013 at 12:06pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 27, 2013 at 12:00pm

News of the weird:

Rhode Island city drops fine for allegedly foul-mouthed cockatoo

Reuters news article

A Rhode Island city has dropped its case against a woman who was fined $15 for violating a noise ordinance after her pet cockatoo allegedly swore at her ex-husband's girlfriend, who lived with him next door, a lawyer said on Wednesday.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2013 at 10:50am

G-Cat, I hope it's not, but people having a positive long-term memory of commercial products may be true.  In any case I'm sure it's not true for me.  In fact, the more a product or service is advertised, the more suspicious I am of it being a good product or service.  And, I don't forget.  

I've never purchased anything advertised on TV if it's not available in stores.  Hardly ever if is is available in stores.  And, I've never asked my doctor about an advertised drug.  As far as common products like detergents, I rely on Consumer Reports.

 

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