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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

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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on August 25, 2016 at 8:47am

I would be worried too Randy.  A direct hit with one of those big boys would totally destroy your house and probably a large part of the farm.  A horribly bad day to say the least.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 25, 2016 at 8:43am

Carl (and others), yes, our locale (N central Indiana) had dozens of tornadoes yesterday, primarily in the Kokomo area (50 miles N of Indy). The nearest to me was about 15 miles. So fortunately, the farm was spared with only about an inch of rain and no winds. The tornadoes were not only unexpected (and not predicted), but huge--like a mile wide! 

I worry every time that one day I'll get hit. Up to now, tornadoes have by-passed me, one as close as a half mile.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 25, 2016 at 8:05am

I said test instead of text.  Is that just one of my random brain-farts, or because I've been reading  about you guys' teaching problems?  "I do not have the answer at this time."

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 25, 2016 at 8:01am

Ruth, yes, I often enlarge the test with control-plus, but sometimes the next page I go to is way too large.  Sometimes, the next page will have to be enlarged, and the next, and...

Plus, there are some things that will not enlarge.  Small information boxes, and the icons on the tool bar will not enlarge.

I've found one or two things that I like better, but overall....well, enough complaining for now.

Nightmares still?  How long have you been retired?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 24, 2016 at 10:53pm

Idaho Spud, you said, "everything is much smaller." You can't just enlarge the text with control-plus? Yeah, I have similar learning curve problems every time there's a change.

Randall, I get "my physical (and mental) well-being improved dramatically when I retired from teaching middle school." Same for me when I retired from teaching high school, excepting that I continue to have nightmares about teaching from time to time.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2016 at 4:53pm

Thanks Carl.  I've been meaning to say I'm glad to see your positive attitude

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2016 at 4:39pm

Randy, I see the radar and have heard some bad weather is passing through your area.....tornadoes.  I hope you and your family fares well.  BTW, I just read that Illinois is having a bumper crop of corn this year.  The biggest ever.  Apparently the weather has been good for the growing season.  How are things going on your family's farm?  You're not far away!

Spud, I have to second Randy's comment.  It's really nice to see you back here on a regular basis.  Good luck with your computer.  I imagine most of the learning curve will be just getting used to new equipment and programs.  You'll probably be quite sufficient and adept soon.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2016 at 3:35pm

It's amazing how things have changed.  Smart phones now have thousands of times more computing power than the computers that took a whole room.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 24, 2016 at 3:20pm
Good luck with the new computer Spud. I'm not tech savvy and it's difficult for me to make changes in computers or cell phones.

The first computer I ever saw was in 75 and had to be housed in a room that was probably 14x14. And all it did was collect data on toll collected and the change machines that collected it. That was on what, was then, named the Green River toll road. Things certainly have changed. Lol
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2016 at 12:06pm

I purchased a $449 new Mac Mini computer a month ago to replace my 9-year-old iMac.  It's not as wonderful as I thought it would be.

A large number of things have changed in those 9 years, so I'm on a steep learning curve.  A lot of things are more inconvinient than my old one, and I haven't figured-out how to reconfigure them yet.  For one thing, everything is much smaller, which is not pleasant for my eyes.  Hoping I can change enough to feel comfortable with it. 

 

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