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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 Donald L. Engel on September 4, 2016 at 10:54pm

Daniel, it sounds to me like it's way past time to put the dogs down.  14 and 15 makes them really old dogs.  And it sounds like they both have arthritis, and maybe just a little dementia?  Or even Alzheimer's?  If they are in that much pain, and you make them walk 4 or 6 blocks they are probably looking forward to euthanasia.

Comment by Daniel W on September 4, 2016 at 10:28pm

Hello Friends,

Old Daniel has a dilemma on his hands.  It relates to his dog, and to his dog's dog.

Charlie is my dog.  He's 15 years old.  Charlie is nearly blind, falls down frequently.  He can walk 4 blocks, slowly, some days 6 bocks but it's very slow.  He still appreciates a treat.  He can climb a flight of stairs, but sometimes falls on the stairs, and it takes time and looks painful.  HIs gait looks painful.  A med helps a little with that.  He no longer hears much, and has gone from instantly running to my side when called, to wandering around looking lost.

Baugou was a rescue, who we got to keep Charlie company.  He's never been interactive or bright, but he did his job as Charlie's dog.  Baigou is 14.  Baigou has always been lazy, but now I have to pull him up to get him outside.  He can also walk 4 blocks if urged, and we do daily.

Both are incontinent now, after a lifetime of no accidents.

Charlie

Baigou.  He always looks dead, but is arousable with some effort and patience.

I want to do the right thing by my dogs.  I don't want to make them suffer needlessly.  I don't want to put them down just because it makes me suffer to see them old and slow..  I don't anthropomorphise, I think.  I will find it very hard to bear being without Charlie, but it's going to happen unless I have a fatal stroke or something soon.  He's my best friend by far, and feels like the only friend I have, here by my side.

I think a lot of people are age-phobic, and I wonder if they euthanize their pets for being old, thinking that old=suffering=bad.   Some suffering is OK - I suffer too - but I'm struggling with how to decide when to have them euthanized.  i don't want to keep them going selfishly because it hurts me to let them go.   I don't think I will just wake up and they've died.  That would be less hard, but it's not how this is looking.

Ning is in China for 2 weeks.  He's not attached like I am.  It will be up to me.

This is subjective, but I score Charlie at about 16 on this test.

 I think prpbably when Ning comes back I  need to tell him it's time to call it time. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 4, 2016 at 9:00am

Some of the things I like about my new computer are:

1.  The word processor is much easier to access.

2.  The old computer weighed 20 pounds, but my new one weighs only 2.8 pounds.  The TV/monitor weighs only 7 pounds, making a total of 9.8 pounds, less than half the weight of the old one.

3.  The old computer used about 50 watts of power, but the new one uses about 5 watts.  The TV/monitor uses 18 watts, bringing the total to 23 watts.  Less than half of my old computer.

I'm sure there will be other things I like better.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 4, 2016 at 8:37am

Joan, I don't have a touchscreen on my Mac Mini.  They made it for people like me that don't have much money.  For $449, there is no screen, keyboard, or mouse.  My old iMac is too old to be used as a screen, so I'm using a cheap TV/monitor that I bought for another purpose that didn't work-out.  I'm using the same kind of wireless mouse and keyboard that I used on my old iMac.  I have two sets because I kept one in the car when I accessed the net at the library.  The keyboards have no pad.

Comment by Plinius on September 4, 2016 at 3:20am
Comment by Plinius on September 4, 2016 at 3:19am

Beautiful heirloom, Ian! A pity Kipling didn't write about character building for women. Beautiful embroidery! By Grandma? 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 4, 2016 at 3:08am

A family heirloom: From my Grandad to my Dad to me.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 4, 2016 at 3:07am

Joan, the local job center is trying to organize another 'practical' period for me at a local company. I don't know if that will lead to anything but I refuse worry about such minor things as work.

Comment by Plinius on September 4, 2016 at 2:24am

Nice site, Joan! I started teaching a fortnight ago, and most of the students I knew already. They are all interesting in their own way, but it depends what you want to see..

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 3, 2016 at 9:04pm

Chris, sorry I missed your beginning date of teaching. Do you have some interesting students this year? Thanks for the pronunciation of Rien, sounds like Reen, 

http://www.heardutchhere.net/names.html

pronounce Rien click to hear sorry, the pronunciation cannot be heard here. If you go to the address, you should be/ might be able to hear it. 

 

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