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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 on Wednesday. 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 Idaho Spud on July 28, 2016 at 12:06pm

Joan, my swamp coolers have never caused mold as far as I could tell.  I live in a dry climate.  It may in a moist climate.   I know if there is much moisture in the air, it does not work well.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 28, 2016 at 11:27am

Randy, thanks for the lead to Rachel. She is right more than I wish she were, but she is only the messenger, not the message.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 28, 2016 at 11:22am

IMHO you eel frustration for good reason. Hillary is a different school of thought than she portrays when she speaks. She knows what the public wants to hear and says it with conviction, fire in her eyes, fire in her belly. However,  go back and check her voting record and the bills she supported. Hillary is a bankers-pawn. 

Oh! I wish they could see that she is doing the same thing as Obama did. He rose my hopes; he said everything I wanted him to say. ON THE DAY OF HIS INAUGURATION HE REVEALED HIS actual CHARACTER. He was part of that gang of thieves that are thieves, i.e. Rahm Emanuel, ON DAMN I can't find the piece I wrote on Obama's first inauguration day. Here is a later piece when he replaced two cabinet members:

"This is how I read Obama. He is a bright, well-brought up a black man who feels comfortable with blacks and whites. His ambition is to break the color barrier and was a perfect sort of fellow the king makers wanted. Smart enough to speak intelligently, ambitious enough to toe the line. His appointments of his cabinet do not match his statement of raising the poor out of poverty and raising the uneducated into informed citizens."

I also had the feeling that if he didn't toe the mark, he would be shot, and he knew it. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 28, 2016 at 11:02am

Bill Maher's after show was brilliant as usual, including none other than the eminent (or is it immanent?) Anthony Wiener, who was actually hilarious (or was it Hillarious?)

Comment by Loren Miller on July 28, 2016 at 10:58am

Obama got it done big-time, no doubt, and I enjoyed Kaine's approach as well, never mind his send-up of the orange nightmare.  Actually, I'm looking forward to Hillary's speech tonight, at least in part because we need an anodyne to the utter bilge which Drumpf dumped on us a week ago.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 28, 2016 at 10:57am

Randy, I realize, now, why I asked you about the mold and AC. You wrote 

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

I misinterpreted you. I understood you to say you were turning on the AC on, AND you were concerned about the mold. Thanks for clearing it up for me. 

Doesn't a swamp AC cause mold?

Comment by Randall Smith on July 28, 2016 at 10:23am

Well, the President was inspirational, as usual. He covered all the bases. I liked VP Biden's speech, also. Heck, they were all good. But, for some reason, I can't get fired up to listen to Hillary tonight. Perhaps I'm tired of hearing the same ol' thing. Maybe the Cubs and White Sox are on at the same time!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2016 at 1:31am

Kathy, I missed Obama's speech as well, but it was by choice.  I was too busy getting important chores completed that I'd put off long enough.  Luckily we live in the internet age and we can watch it at our leisure.  But I totally feel your frustration. 

Comment by k.h. ky on July 27, 2016 at 10:12pm
The satellite went out the moment President Obama started to speak : (
And he was the only one I wanted to hear from. Dammit !
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 25, 2016 at 5:31am

The pattern repeats the powers that be don't seem to realize that workers get mean when they see others so rich and having flat wages since the 1970s. Then a majority vote for a dictator. It keeps happening throughout history and the voting public, a majority of them, vote from emotion, not reason. Capitalism is designed to create great wealth, not for owners of labor but owners of capital. Depressions always follow the pattern, usually in 60 or 70 years. This time, it was almost 80 years from 1939 to 2007 when this recession began. Kondratieff had it figured out.

It 's hard to stay calm when climate change debate rages, wealth gap increases each year. Add to that desperate need to get off fossil fuels, all these and Trump blowing his horn and riling already anxious people, and he promises war, It becomes even more important that we stay calm and think our way through these challenges. 

a nazi leader grows out of chaos

 

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