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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 Daniel W on December 1, 2016 at 8:46pm

Randy, I hope you love the new TV!

Ian that shows progress.  Is the electrical mainly wind?

Spud, some atheist stamps are needed!

Chris, I think we are in the post-post WWII era.  Most people have long forgotten what extreme nationalism really did.  That means some interesting times ahead.

I can't get motivated to watch TV.  Ning watched the entire "Shameless" series on Netflix last month.  A very, very, very dysfunctional family, none of them with any redeeming qualities.

When I was working, I put on crime shows to play in the background while I did my homework.  Not lately.

Here is the current state of my kitchen after removing the cabinets for modifications to meet local builder's code for our new gas stove.

I made a schedule for each step.  We are through steps 1-3.  Next is take down the range hood. We did a pre-removal today except for the wiring.  After that, the soffits come off (Day 5), re-frame new soffit (Day 6), drywall new soffit (Day 7), Paint (day 8), and re-install the range hood, cabinets, and under-cabinet lighting (Day 9).  Then call inspector.  I'll fit the backsplash tile work in between and after, does not need to be before the inspector comes.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 1, 2016 at 1:32pm

Some good news. Last year in Denmark 56% of electricity came from renewable sources and use of coal fell by 35%. CO 2 emissions have been cut by one third since 1990. These are official figures but even taken with a pinch of salt things are going the right way here.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 1, 2016 at 12:32pm

I just noticed that the United States Postal Service has a lot of religious stamps.  In just a 30 minute search I found  5 christian stamps, 1 Hanukkah stamp, 1 Hindu stamp, and 1 Islamic stamp.  But of course, none about atheism, even though atheists comprise about 20% of the population.

Isn't the 5 christian stamps against the separation of church and state?

Comment by Plinius on December 1, 2016 at 11:30am

National expansion - they do it only to get a better grip on a few small islands in the Meuse. I have not the slightest national or patriotic feeling and I really hate Wilders. He makes money from rousing people's unhappy feelings and puts the blame on foreigners - and I'm afraid he will win the elections with his usual one liners like Trump did.

I see I have been slow in answering - I work too hard but the mountain of chores won't disappear...

Comment by Loren Miller on December 1, 2016 at 8:58am

Believe me, Randall, the difference between a stretched 480p signal (old NTSC) and a full HD 720p or 1080i is considerable, and the larger your screen, the more you'll notice it.

Hope you enjoy!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 1, 2016 at 7:24am

I bit the bullet and upgraded my television package. I talked the guy on the phone into a better rate, saving $16/mo. So, for an extra dollar a day, I'll have HD (high definition) and more programs--not that that is a positive(!). (PS, Q-M: I've tried all those screen adjustments. It only does so much.)

Happy December 1st. It suddenly turned cold around these parts.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 30, 2016 at 2:34pm

National expansion, Chris. Wilders must be extatic.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/29/belgium-and-the-nethe...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 30, 2016 at 2:16pm

Bad luck, Randall. That's a lot of extra money every month. Keep a lookout for holiday special deals, though at Dish network.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 30, 2016 at 12:59pm

My last TV was still working when I got rid of it after more than 20 years. I only changed because the cable went digital. The electronics shop nearly fell over with shock when I asked for the smallest possible flat-screen model (28"). I must admit that electronics etc drive me to distraction.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 30, 2016 at 11:26am
Making connections with all the different electronic types and models from different manufacturers, and then to get the "right" package to make it all work is a nightmare. I wish there was more universal uniformity with all of it.
 

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