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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 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

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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

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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

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 12, 2016 at 2:06pm

Ian, you look great! Keep up the athletics!

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 12, 2016 at 8:47am

That only adds up to 75%.  Something wrong somewhere.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 12, 2016 at 8:43am

Joan, your fire posts got me interested, so I went to https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/res_bldg_fire_es... and they say in 2014, the causes of residential fires were:

cooking = 50%

Heating = 13%

Electrical malfunctions = 6%

Other = 6%

Comment by Plinius on September 12, 2016 at 8:16am

Glad your op went well, Joan!

Comment by Plinius on September 12, 2016 at 8:13am

Well done, Ian!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 7:29am

Ian, you look just splendid! Like a man who loves life. 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 12, 2016 at 7:22am

I'm feeling rather tired and sore. On Saturday I took part in a ½-marathon on a new stretch of motorway. That hard asphalt is a difficult surface to run on and seems to drain the energy out of your legs. The weather was hot to with temperatures in the mid 20s C, which is the same as mid 70s F. Tough going, particularly on the long hills. Still, glad I did it and I'm doing another one this coming weekend in a more rural and scenic setting.

Me, post 21km/13 miles:

Comment by Ian Mason on September 12, 2016 at 7:12am

I hope your op goes well, Joan.

The number of people dying in accidents in the Western world has fallen. For example, traffic deaths in Denmark are at an all-time low with the exception of motorcyclists. They don't have seat belts, airbags or crumple zones. I think modern technology prevents  many serious injuries and fatalitieswhile medical expertise increases the chances of survival and recovery.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 7:06am

This is an interesting set of data: 

Causes of fatal residential building fires (2014): Cooking 8.9%

Causes of residential building fires resulting in injuries (2014): 372%

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 6:47am

How is that working for you, Qiana? I live in a family of nighthawks, and I am an early bird; well, I used to be. Since I returned to my home, I have become more of a night hawk and life flows a little smoother when our days match up. 

 

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