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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 23 hours ago. 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

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

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

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 29, 2016 at 6:34pm

Joan, I always have to use a temperature conversion site for Celsius. That was an interesting story about growing up during WWII. Still haven't found time to watch that Hedges video.

Comment by Daniel W on July 29, 2016 at 4:59pm
Kathy, I hope the repuglicans are horrified at what they spawned. I think spme are - they dont know who to hate more, Cruz or Trump.
Comment by k.h. ky on July 29, 2016 at 4:43pm
Carl, I agree that Obama did a damned fine job considering what he had to work with.
When the first ass shouted out "you lie" during Obama's speech it seemed to set a tone that the repubs followed up on. With McConnell in the lead.
I hope the repubs are happy with what they've spawned.
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2016 at 1:25pm

That should read "Pearl Harbor".

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2016 at 1:22pm

Spud, thanks for the excellent reference.  

Carl, I agree with you about the Republican Congress being such a foolish and selfish group of individuals. I give them credit for standing on their principles, but they have gone way too far. They insult the U.S. public. Now, we have to start building the strength of a progressive party, whether it is to create on the frame of the Democrats, or for a third party is yet to be decided as a nation. As for myself, I am switching to either the Green Party or the Atheist Party (Yay! atheists).  Well, you know what I mean!

I highly recommend you watch the film I posted this morning, "On Contact" or anything by Chris Hedges. He will light a fire in any thinking person's brain. 

Qiana, when I lived in Los Vegas in 1940-42, we had a 12' trailer that we moved from one work camp to another. I was about four years old at the time; My Dad worked for Morris-Knudson building railroad bridges across the southern tier of the U.S. Roosevelt was getting ready for war, in Europe and the track was intended to move soldiers and equipment across the snow-free southern tier. 

For a four-year-old child, it was an incredible experience. We lived with Mexicans, blacks, and any race of man willing to work in that terrible desert heat. They finished the project that winter after the attack on Perle Harbor. He then was sent to Alaska to build airfields in the winter. Figure that one out! The temperatures in Fairbanks reached -60 degrees below freezing. He was there the rest of the war. He was not military; he worked for M/K construction firm until the end of the war.

Mom and I moved into a little house in Spokane that they were able to pay off in one year. Mom worked at Kaiser Aluminum's fabrication facilities. During the four years there, she was promoted to supervisory positions, even over some men, an unusual thing in those days. After Victory in Japan Day, she was given her pink notice, as were all the women to make room for returning soldiers. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 29, 2016 at 4:58am

I don't know, but a quick look with Google netted this statement:  "Since warm air rises, a home with high ceilings is hard to keep warm in the winter, but not as hard to keep cool in the summer. However, a room with high ceilings is always more expensive to keep cool than a standard-height room because of the additional volume. There are ways to cool the air more efficiently, however, and keep your electric bills lower."  http://homeguides.sfgate.com/better-cool-room-high-ceilings-34854.html

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2016 at 9:31pm

My brother's house does have high ceilings but I'm not sure if that's just a coincidence or if high ceilings are indeed a preferred recommendation for swamp cooling.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2016 at 9:10pm

My brother lives in the Mohave Desert in California where the temperature is routinely above 100-degress in the summer.  They have a swamp cooler only and it seems to be enough to keep their house cool.  Dry outside air is key.

I had high hopes for what Obama was proposing to accomplish when first elected.  He had a big agenda and, of course, politics is (mostly) about compromise.  But we all know what happened.  Not one single Republican was willing to compromise and to allow legislation to be passed....even on bills containing issues they agreed upon or that Republicans had originally proposed! 

We have all suffered because of this abhorrent behavior by Republicans.  It's been this way since Obama's first day in office.  I can't blame the President for many of his broken promises.  Like I said, the Republicans weren't even willing to compromise one iota.  I even wonder how much longer we'll have a vacant chair on the Supreme Court if Hillary is in the Oval Office.   

Actually, I think it's surprising how much President Obama was able to accomplish on his own without any help from a useless Congress and a heavily Scalia-influenced Supreme Court.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 28, 2016 at 4:32pm

Spud, when we lived in Los Vegas, we had a swamp cooler and it felt really good. That was in 1942! I still remember the freshness of that little machine. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 28, 2016 at 4:26pm

 54°C = 129.2 degrees F? I was suffering sitting in my garden with the sprinkler going behind me in today's temp at 92 degrees F or 33.3 degrees C.

One of these days I will feel comfortable with reading Celcius, if not the high temp. 

 

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