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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 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

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 10, 2016 at 7:32pm

For your pleasure here's some cool photos of Paris, old and new, juxtaposed.  http://golem13.fr/paris-fenetres-histoire/

A sample:

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 10, 2016 at 5:21pm

I haven't watched the debates for the same reason you gave Ian.  Oh, out of curiosity, I did scan through the channels to see how many had the last debate on, and saw a few seconds of it.  I saw Trump standing half way between the podiums glaring at Hillary while she was speaking, and thought what a juvenile bully!

If I were Hillary, I might just say "What are you doing skulking around behind me?  Trying to intimidate me?

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 10, 2016 at 5:12pm

Welcome April.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 10, 2016 at 2:19pm

I haven't watched the debates - too afraid of kicking the TV and breaking it. The thought has occured to me though: what happens if a substantial minority vote "independant"? If no candidate gets a clear majority? Can there be a president who only gets 45% (or whatever)?

I do try to have fun and good experiences. It's panic before closing time. I'll be 60 next birthday. I'm also aware of all the time that's been wasted during all those years as a depressive alcoholic.

Today I've been to an event at the local library, part of Mental Health Day and it's been great seeing so many young people who are coping with their problems and living full lives despite a psychiatric diagnosis. There are still a lot of problems with the health service in that area but the subject is no longer taboo so many more are seeking help at an age when help is more effective. There was even a high-school class that turned up and were invited to ask the panel of three any question at all. So much openness was unheard of when I was a teenager. And there was live music, coffee and cake (Big Smiley Face)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 10, 2016 at 1:56pm

Glad the site is back online.  These outages are frustrating and more frequent these days.  Something needs to be done.

Hi, April.  Welcome to our friendly group and to Atheist Nexus.

Randy, my high school class had a ten-year reunion and it was pretty much a waste of time for me.  We haven't had another reunion since.  At the time I was still in contact with my classmate friends and didn't much care to mingle with the folks a didn't like in high school. 

I agree with others here.  Ian, you're always doing fun, varied and interesting activities. 

Kathy, the dismal state of our political race is beyond words.  When the debate ended last night I actually felt sorry for Hillary Clinton for being subjected to such a maniacal display.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 10, 2016 at 1:50pm

The debate disappointed me too. I'd expected Hilary to wipe the floor with him.

"The language and content of one of Trump’s debates during the Republican primary season was scientifically analyzed and determined to be at the fourth-grade level. One of his public news conferences was determined to be at the third-grade level."

 "If Trump were a person of high intelligence who was only playacting to appeal to voters of low intelligence, he would still be able to communicate at a higher level as well. But Trump has never been able to communicate at a sophisticated level." From Alternet

I didn't expect they'd talk about pussygate up front and then just move on as if case closed, nothing to see here folks.

Also barely any mention of Climate Change.

Comment by Plinius on October 10, 2016 at 1:41pm

A very quiet weekend without you all! And the debate was really appalling, I've seen just enough to be disgusted and wouldn't see more. Once upon a time there were politicians who discussed their plans for the well being of the people in an educated manner and you can fill in the rest for yourself.

Comment by k.h. ky on October 10, 2016 at 1:22pm
We're back! The debate last night was sad. Trump skulking around behind Hillary on stage. Seems he likes stalking and intimidating women too.
Comment by Plinius on October 8, 2016 at 8:26am

Have fun, Randall! I stopped going to reunions after one - in which my former classmates made a spectacle of themselves, showing off husbands, jobs and whatever they had. Rather disgusting I thought, but I shouldn't have gone in the first place. I hope you have a nice meeting!

Comment by Randall Smith on October 8, 2016 at 7:29am

Yes, welcome April!

Last night, I went to the informal "pre-reunion" weinie roast gathering of my Class of '61. Joan, you are so right! Everyone looked so old and decrepit. Not to brag, but they all marveled at how good I looked and "haven't changed". I honestly believe that I'll be the "last man standing" unless I get hit by a car or something. I'll report on tonight's big affair tomorrow.

 

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