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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 Daniel W on September 11, 2016 at 11:10pm
Kathy, I bet you are right. I've set mine off a couple of times with smoky cooking.

As long as we are on the topic of fire hazard, it appears that fabric softener makes clothes more flammable.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/fabric-softener-suspected-...

there are multiple other articles about increased flammability of clothing treated with fabric softener. I don't know if that translates to dryer lint in the dryer exhaust, maybe? Fabric softener also interferes with wicking properties of some sport clothes, and damages microfabrics.
Comment by k.h. ky on September 11, 2016 at 11:18am
I would venture smoke detectors have contributed to fewer fires.
Comment by Plinius on September 11, 2016 at 4:24am

Many textiles for the home take longer to catch fire, due to new regulations.

Comment by Daniel W on September 11, 2016 at 3:30am
More data, again reassuring that despite flimsy furniture, home fires have decreased significantly in the past 15 years. Cooking is largest cause - frying maybe? - although that's only half.

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/
Comment by Daniel W on September 11, 2016 at 3:21am
house fires and deaths from them are much lower than 1977. Fewer smokers?

http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/f...
Comment by Daniel W on September 11, 2016 at 3:16am
I guess there's an advantage to hlving in an older home, and antique, or just old, furniture, minimal clutter, solid floors. i wonder if they had to discontinue old fire retardant upholstery due to carcinogens. I have driven 30 miles to check on whether I left coffee pot turned on - I did - and did it have auto shut-off - it didn't. Some think to think about when doing home improvements. We changed from carpet to bamboo due to easier to clean, fewer allergy, less flea hiding places - but bamboo might burn faster, I don't know.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 11, 2016 at 2:02am

I'm up in the middle of the night, thinking about what it means to have to leave 3 to 4 minutes after a fire starts. When our smoke alarm goes off, the two cats head to the basement. We would die if we tried to save them. We had an apartment fire decades ago. We were at ground level in a garden apartment, so had easy escape through the sliding patio door. Still, it took us a long time to evacuate. No pets yet. I had a terrible time waking my husband up. We both got some smoke inhalation, and left shoeless in our bed clothes. I'm sure our belongings today would produce toxic smoke.

Given my state, I'm not going to watch the passenger video. I'll have enough trouble getting to sleep again.

Yes, Plinius. In an emergency we operate from our primitive brains, not our higher brains. That's why fire escape doors can't have door knobs.

Comment by Plinius on September 10, 2016 at 11:58pm

Strange how frightened people cling to the things they'd normally do.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 10, 2016 at 11:01pm

Remember the Emirates airplane that crash-landed in Dubai last month on August 3rd?  I shake my head in disbelief at passengers retrieving their luggage while the plane is on fire.

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 10, 2016 at 10:48pm

Randy, enjoy your time up in Michigan.  That's a beautiful area.  I used to go to Boy Scout camp a bit south of there.  Of course that was in the 1970's.  We used to pick and then make sassafras tea. Make sure you have your mosquito repellent!

Ruth, we are using many more made made products to build homes these days which are full of toxic chemicals, especially when ignited and burning.  If you cannot escape you'll most likely die from asphyxiation from deadly chemical fumes before the actual fire reaches you.

Flight attendants are trained and required to be able to evacuate a full airplane using only half the exits in 90 seconds or less.  This is for the same reason.  

 

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