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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

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

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Idaho Spud on July 22, 2016 at 5:53am

It's been 85° to 98° F here for the last month.  That's normal.  I spend most of the time in my basement bedroom/entertainment room, where I have an "air conditioner" that keeps me cool.

I'd like to put a swamp-cooler in my kitchen window.  They work very well in this dry climate.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 22, 2016 at 3:00am

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 22, 2016 at 12:38am

Randy, does air conditioning cause mold? I didn’t know that. We are dryer here, perhaps. We get an average of 18” per year.

Spud, I am near-sighted and use glasses for driving. I take my glasses off to read or do any close work even though I have trifocals. I just don't put my glasses on unless I am getting in the car. 

Sorry to learn of your skin cancers; I just Googled Skin Cancer Facts & Statistics

http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts

Not something to ignore. I’m glad you keep an eye open for any signs of skin cancer. 

I agree, young people think they are immortal; 

“Too soon old, too late smart.”

Plinius, I had to trick my spell checker again to be able to write your name even though I added Plinius to my spell checker when I first met you. I hope you don’t mind that I stick with Chris. Are you able to stay cool during these heat waves? 

Carl, I watched a video filmed yesterday of an Illinois man as the storm came in. He is one of the chicken farmers that vlogs, and he was trying to tend to his chickens before the rain started. He didn’t make it. That storm was a banger! 

Oh! yes! I remember Coppertone ads. I laughed when I read, “To me and other kids it seemed like an adult product for sunbathing....and kids didn't sunbath. " 

Ruth, I don’t like the sound of that heat you have to live in. I suppose at this time of year you welcome autumn more than many do.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 21, 2016 at 10:46pm

We're having part of that heat wave here, just north of Philly. I keep the AC on, including in the car. I get a headache fast at 82°F or above. It's been low to mid 90's, and that will go on for days.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 21, 2016 at 9:29pm

When I was growing up it was quite ordinary to be out in the sun for long periods of time.  I had countless sunburns in my youth.  People didn't take the issue of sun overexposure as seriously then. 

I think the Coppertone ads from that era certainly speak that sentiment.  We always had Coppertone available in our house during the summer.  Ironically I rarely used it.  To me and other kids it seemed like an adult product for sunbathing....and kids didn't sunbath.  We just played outside exposed to the sun.

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 21, 2016 at 9:06pm

Just read today the heat wave encompasses many states and is affecting around 80 million people.  For me, air conditioning is a necessity.  Without it I feel sick, I don't eat, and my concentration gets muddled.  I basically start shutting down in weather like this.

I actually had my air conditioner off from this morning until mid-afternoon.  My apartment was able to stay cool enough from running it while I slept during off-peak usage hours at night which are billed at a lower rate per kilowatt.  It lowers my bill and takes some stress off "the grid."  

A couple or a few heat waves is common here during the summer, so this is not extraordinary.  However, which each passing year the overall average temperature is steadily increasing.

Right now as I type this there is loud thunder and lots of lightening as a severe thunderstorm has just arrived.  Tomorrow will feel worse with all the additional moisture.  But we do need the rain!

Comment by Plinius on July 21, 2016 at 10:00am

Good news, Joan, glad to hear!

The weather seems more or less average, with some highs and lows, hard to note a change when it's your environment. The winters are softer, not much frost and a lot of rain.

No air conditioning here...

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 21, 2016 at 7:54am

Joan, I'm glad to hear the good news about your eyes.  I'm curious.  What do your glasses correct for?

I never did sunbathe, but 50 years ago, when I was in California, I often went to the beach, and 2 or 3 times, got a bad sunburn.  That's probably the main reason I've had 5 skin cancers removed in the last 20 years.

I don't remember if skin cancer was mentioned much 50 years ago, but I'm sure It's more common knowledge now, so young people today have less excuse for damaging their skin than I did.

But, young people don't pay much attention to the harm they can do to their bodies that won't bother them until they're 50 or 60 years old.  What happens to them at that age seems to be of no concern.  I think I was also not much concerned when I was young.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 21, 2016 at 6:17am

Good news, Joan. 

Yes, it's hot. My old farm house stays cool in this heat, but with the humidity, I may turn on the AC. I'm concerned about mold.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2016 at 1:01am

@The Flying Atheist, @Plinius has the temperature been unseemly warm this year? I hope you have air conditioning! 

The people who fail to realize the risks they take by sunbathing may have to go through some harsh treatments as a result. I feel toward them as I do toward smokers, if they know the risks and take them, then I have little sympathy for them. For those who don't know the risks, I wonder under what log they have been sleeping? 

We have unseasonably cool weather and light rain showers, very pleasant. I wonder how the wheat and pea fields do in these weather conditions?

I had my yearly eye exam today, and all is well. Eye pressure, good; cataracts not needing surgery yet; no sign of damage due to diabetes; need a new prescription for my glasses. Good to go for another year. 

 

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