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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 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

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

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 5, 2016 at 8:17pm

Great video, Daniel. It's very mild profanity. I liked "sentient septic tank" and if you cut Mein Kampf into tiny pieces it sounds like tRump on twitter.

As to the black son story, it's not a story without DNA.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 5, 2016 at 3:22pm

Bill Clinton's black son claims a DNA test was never taken in spite of the Clinton's claims of taking a test.  He certainly is entitled to one! There is a resemblance in his eyes, definitely, and his voice; his lips are more on the Negroid side as is his hair. He is a very handsome man and one that I would be proud to call "son". 

"Clinton, the maker of bastards"

I wonder if Clinton has any regrets? No! or he would take responsibility for his actions. 

Bill Clinton, like Trump, have an attitude of entitlement with women and money. No sense of accountability or responsibility.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 5, 2016 at 3:11pm

Daniel, the HOLY SH*T video perfectly states the intensity of the situation. The rising generation will not be afraid to speak out in strong terms and colorful language. There are time I really regret my Victorian upbringing, but I am a fast learner. I won't stutter with the F word as much as before. 
Joseph Stigliz made video in 2015 in which he warned about the growing wealth gap, and this gentlemanly economist speaks out strongly, or as strongly as Stigliz can mutter about the need for radical change. It is 18 minutes long and well worth the listen. 

Joseph Stiglitz: It’s Time to Get Radical on Inequality

Comment by Daniel W on November 5, 2016 at 9:23am

Here's a story I expected to hear from the Trumpanzees.  Surprize they didn't publicize this one.

Bill Clinton's black son.

He does look a lot like President Clinton.  The ears, eyes, mouth, chin, and even the voice.  Then againm it's like seeing Jesus in the clouds, human paradolia.  Everyone is aware that Bill Clinton was frisky. 

Comment by Daniel W on November 5, 2016 at 8:55am

The language here is pretty foul - warning - and youthful irony is not my thing, but I'm glad they are trying.  In case you haven't seen...

Comment by Randall Smith on November 5, 2016 at 7:26am
Loren, has anybody ever told you "It's only a game"?! Your have to feel somewhat happy for Cub fans. After all, I feel somewhat sad for Cleveland fans. NOT!!

Thanks, Carl, for the baseball videos!
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 4, 2016 at 10:23pm

Loren, I get it! You are angry! A splendid emotion and one to be nourished. 

Comment by Loren Miller on November 4, 2016 at 10:19pm

Oh, and gang ... before you have too many multiple orgasms about the Chicago Cubs ... let's remember that there are those of us who live in Cleveland, Ohio ... and who have had victory waved in front of us like the carrot in front of horse for more years than I care to count ... and who have gone home wanting.

And before you mention the Cavaliers, let's also remember that they are the YOUNGEST of the sports teams of Cleveland, and that they gained their championship fundamentally because of ONE PERSON, and without that person, no one would know or care who Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love were.  We've dealt with Red Right 88 and The Drive and The Fumble and Jose Mesa in the top of the 9th in Game Seven and more other bullshit than you want to guess at.  Cleveland was The Mistake on the Lake, characterized by a burning river, and I STILL hear shit about that.

Am I angry?  Am I disappointed?  You Bet Your Ass I Am!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 4, 2016 at 9:07pm

Oh! it feels so fine to have comments go through on the first try! Thank you, Loren, and all those who participated in the effort to get changes made on Ning. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 4, 2016 at 9:02pm

To my Texas Atheist Nexus fellow members, I just read the string from the Southeast Texas Atheists group and realize the traffic has been very slow on that sight. I understand why, I taught in a high school in Central Texas in the early 1970s and what a group of creationist group they were. I dared not introduce any ideas that were not told them from their families, culture and cohorts. I could not teach, I had to ask questions in order to get them thinking. 
I feel for those of you who can't teach, work, or otherwise reveal your non-beliefs in myths and superstitions. 

I hope you will be able to develop a friendship with those of us on A/N so that you do not feel so alone. Perhaps the ideas break through the barriers of religion with all the films, videos, radio programs, and groups that seem to be popping up all around the country. 

I live in Washington state and when I first returned in 1974, I could find no atheists with whom to share. My neighbors TPd my trees and home and wrote filthy sentiments on my light sand colored home with black spray paint. I had to use varnish on the spray job to keep the words from seeping through.

Well, the good news is, we have a fine group of people here who can hear your frustration, recognize the ways christians intimidate non-believers, and learn more effective ways to counter their assaults. 

We have to use real words, when some say they spray paint, we have to state clearly that our property has been violated and harmed. When they state they make night time calls in order to stir fear in us, we have to state that they assaulted us. For just one example of the fear tactics a male voice used over and over in the middle of the night was to tell me who, where, and what I was and he intended to rape me with a blow torch. 

Yes, fear is a real emotion in such events. Yes, we can never know if they will act on their words or not. Yes, christian can be brutal when they encounter someone who does not believe as they. 

I found out the hard way, standing up to brutes is the best way to overcome the fears, doubts, and not knowing who would do such things. 

We have great materials to help us support us as we encounter such barbarism. Just ask if you don't know where to look for material. Or just look around the internet for fellow atheists, they exist and in greater number than you know. 

 

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