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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Monday. 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 Plinius on September 24, 2012 at 12:05am

Bomb implants - that's a funny one! We've been to London this year, and forgot to mention at the airport that my partner has got a lot of metal in his body after a broken pelvis and hip replacement. Screaming alarums, they searched him three times over and he was treated with deep suspicion. Once we were on the plane we couldn't stop laughing.. 

Comment by Steph S. on September 23, 2012 at 11:28pm
That's funny LOL Ruth!
They will think of even more invasive scans and searches Ian.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 23, 2012 at 11:24pm

Sweet music for your bedtime relaxation.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 23, 2012 at 10:00pm

The next threat is said to be bomb implants, put in place by a surgeon. Imagine what kinds of examination/search that will lead to. :(

Comment by sk8eycat on September 23, 2012 at 9:41pm

Steph, re:TSA searching infants and toddlers...somebody got the idea that drugs or bomb components could be smuggled inside the kids' Pampers.  Yeah.  Right.  Something really lethal, like baby poop. 

Comment by Steph S. on September 23, 2012 at 6:03pm

Comment by Steph S. on September 23, 2012 at 5:58pm

That's a funny lol booklover!! Love it!

I agree sk8eycat - the country is nuts with all the airport searches and scans. Craziness!

You have a point - they want their "minions" to not use their brains and just do what they are told to do. They do not give any thought to it at all. Have you also noticed that they pat down 4 year-olds? I've seen them search preschoolers  - as if they are a threat to the passengers. All insanity.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 23, 2012 at 4:22pm

Pat, I think the people they hire for these jobs are so stupid and inflexible that the only way they can function is "by the book."  In everything.  Maybe that's the way the Powers That Be want it.

Comment by Pat on September 23, 2012 at 12:30pm

sk8eycat, it's not confined to the US. A few years ago, when Shrub II was the Prez, I was at Heathrow Airport in London. A British lady, who appeared to be around 80, and in a wheel chair, was being yelled at and publicly humiliated for trying to bring one bottle each of shampoo and conditioner in her carry on luggage. Yeah, she posed a real threat to me and all the other passengers!!!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 22, 2012 at 10:29pm

Pat, re: airport paranoia  The previous administration used fear to control people.  The "Security" people were so inept and ill-trained (I don't know if they still are) that they would have qualified for one of those "Priceless" jokes that floats around the net.  They wouldn't have recognized a terrorist wannabe if one whacked them over the head with a Qu'ran.

One woman I know, who was almost 80 years old at the time, 4'11", and legally blind, was pulled out of line and searched (this was before they installed pornograph machines).  She was with a group of LA Dodger fans who were flying from Chicago to Denver to go to an effing baseball game! 

Oh, and she's Nisei...spent a good part of her childhood behind a barbed wire fence due to another brand of good old USA patriotic paranoia.  It's a wonder she didn't flip out, or have a stroke.

This country has gone totally nucking futz.

 

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