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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 Ian Mason on December 9, 2016 at 6:55am

Go Kathy! Very brave of you.

That's one of my favourite poems, Joan. And that earthquake must have been frightening.

No job this time around. So it goes. I'm not worried.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2016 at 3:41am

It was April 4, 1965, Don was a dentist in the army and we lived on base at Ft. Lewis. I felt the quarters begin to rock and a sound began that became louder and more shrill. I ran to the bedroom and looked at Cary, 19 months old in his crib, and the twins, Craig and Laura, 14 months old, trying to figure out which one I would carry outside first. I couldn't make that decision, so I grabbed all three of them and carried them downstairs and outside to a large lawn area. We were safe and soundly shaken. 

Puget Sound area, Washington 

1965 04 29 15:28:43.7 UTC 

Magnitude 6.5 

Intensity VIII

This earthquake caused about $12.5 million in property damage and killed five people. 

The Duwamish River and its mouth slumped, as did Harbor Island, damaging buildings. The ground under a major highway along Admiral Way slumped.

In Issaquah a brick building collapsed, a school suffered extensive damage, chimneys in the area sustained heavy damage. 

The quake occurred in an area of Puget Sound where at least four glaciations occurred. During the interglaciation periods, sediments filled valleys and shorelines with sand, gravel and silt, in some places two to four thousand feet deep. The earthquake caused these deposits to “liquify”, causing failures of buildings, bridges, and highways. In general, the damage was directly related to geology. 

~ Geologic Hazard in Seattle,

http://www.tubbs.com/geohaz77/geohaz77.htm.

~ The Seattle Earthquake of April 29, 1965,

http://www.johnmartin.com/earthquakes/eqpapers/00000015.htm

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2016 at 1:32am

Nothing remains, not the vast forests and field, nor the armies and navies used to conquer other lands, nor the art and music of the liberal arts, nor the science and discoveries of that era, nor the royalty with Pharaohs, nor the obscene wealth.  

All that remains are stone with words and images chiseled into them. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 9, 2016 at 12:28am

I've never experienced an earthquake or even tremors.  The thought of them scares the bejesus out of me.  When tornado weather is in the forecast and on the horizon I can prepare.  Not so much with an earthquake.  They can occur at any time of the year, day or night.

On a related topic, scientists predict Los Angeles will slide north of San Francisco approximately 15 million years from now.  That is sure to cause havoc with subways, sewers and underground cable connections.  

Comment by Loren Miller on December 8, 2016 at 10:06pm

Stone ain't all that tough.  Ask anyone who has ever lived through an earthquake.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 8, 2016 at 8:33pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2016 at 7:50pm

Try again: 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2016 at 7:49pm

Daniel, I love your idea of Festivus. You have an incredible memory; I forgot that program. Sorry, I could not get my embed to work. So ...

Festivus | Seinfeld | TBS

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2016 at 7:24pm

FESTIVUS FOR THE REST OF US!

Festivus dinner, 

Festivus unadorned aluminum pole,

"Airing of Grievances" practices, 

"Feats of Strength" practices, 

"Festivus miracles”, the labeling of easily explainable events.

~ Daniel Wachenheim 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2016 at 6:17pm

Being a Firebrand Atheist can be a frightening experience, especially for the shy, those who face demonic responses, and if a job or housing can be a cost of standing out. For those people, there are other ways to respond, i.e. give support to those who do perform the firebrand strategy, or develop less stressful methods, or work to toughen up thin-skin. There is no one-way to challenge those who threaten non-believers. Just remember, the work has to be done by someone if we are going to change what we think needs changing.

The Blacks had Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, Mary McLeod Bethune, Shirley Chisholm, and many others.

Women had Simone de Beauvoir, Sojourner Truth, Robin Morgan, and the list goes on and on. 

LGBTQ had Barney Frank, Harvey Milk, Tim Cook, Trevor Burgess, and more became known as times changed. 

Community and Union Activists have Aaron Bartley, Jennifer Epps-Addison, George Goehl, Stephen Lerner, Eric Schneiderman, Kamala Harris,  and the list grows as I write. 

These people took on difficult challenges, they identified problems, explored options, made the decisions, took actions, and evaluated outcomes. They took risks, had to endure foul language and false accusations.  

Yes, it is tough being a firebrand, and that often is what is needed to bring about positive change. It is relatively easy to talk about challenges, it is tougher to speak up and take action. 

We need the quiet ones, too, there is room for us all. In fact, we need the philosophical ones and the reconcilers. 

 

 

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