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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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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 October 30, 2016 at 10:05pm

It's good to know I'm not the only one having problems using AN.

Today was lovely weather, followed by a thunderstorm. I kind of wasted it sorting out a chest of drawers that had been cleaned with borax a few days ago to get rid of the musty smell. By the time I'd finished, and rested, the wonderful day had gone away. <sigh> I hope you all have been more productive.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 30, 2016 at 12:23pm

I've been having the same problem as Randall.

It's been a nice weekend. A friend who needed to talk came over and we did some eating and chatting then watched "Father Ted" on DVD. It's amazing that Irish TV could get away with that kind of satire 20 years ago.

Comment by k.h. ky on October 30, 2016 at 10:52am
Randall, I'm having the same problems. Tried to send Joan an email last night and at some point it just evaporated into the unknown.
These problems have become persistent and frustrating as hell
Comment by Randall Smith on October 30, 2016 at 7:38am

As what is happening at this very moment, A/N seems to come and go. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. Very aggravating and frustrating. I'll make a comment, hit "Add Comment", and nothing happens. Later, I notice that my comment was sent, unbeknownst to me. I did write to Ning this morning to express my anger. We'll see what happens.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2016 at 4:00pm

Loren, If we lose our past discussions, I would rather put up with the inconvenience. So many times I go back to read about an individual and the challenges he or she faces. 

You do a wonderful job of keeping us informed, Loren. I agree with you that many phone calls might make a point to them. Tell them we need and want dependable service is a high priority for us and we want to stay with them, IF they can be more dependable. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2016 at 3:56pm

Kathy, A/N out, and cell phones, internet service out!!! I hate to think  what winter will be. Whether rain, lightning, snow, downed lines, or just plain old OUT, we need to prepare! Get lots of candles, books, warm blankets, warm clothes, boots, matches, food and find someone with a fireplace if you don't have one. Mine is over 100 years old and I have never put in a new liner so that I can use it.   

Comment by Loren Miller on October 29, 2016 at 3:51pm

As some of you know, Ning has said that they're committed to straighten out these problems. Personally, I think we need to keep the pressure on them, and report every time the system goes down preferably in numbers.

Certainly we could migrate to another platform, but that may be more problem than it's worth, as well as potentially losing things we don't want to lose.

Comment by k.h. ky on October 29, 2016 at 2:09pm
Affected.
Comment by k.h. ky on October 29, 2016 at 2:06pm
On top of the problems with atheist nexus our entire system went out for over six hours yesterday. It effected everyone's cell phones and internet services for a fifty mile radius at a minimum. I haven't been able to determine how far reaching it was.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 28, 2016 at 7:53pm

Carl - you snooze, you lose!

 

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