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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 Plinius on July 24, 2016 at 2:15am

I think the same, Ian, we're democratic in name only. There are many people here who'd applaud a Nexit, but I'm not at all sure it would help to rid us of the parasites.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 24, 2016 at 12:55am

Thanks, Joan. That pic was taken on a sunny Spring day last year in Pompei.

No, the majority doesn't rule but I think the government is just a tool a lot of the time. Here's some statistics for the EU:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/08/lobbyists-european-pa...

30,000! That's almost an industry in itself. It's also been said that there are about 100 large companies/corporations that decide what happens in Europe. I feel sometimes that we're banging our heads against a brick wall.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2016 at 12:51am

Ruth, I get my news from the internet too, and I don't own a TV. 

Spud, I used to not eat as many salads as I do now. The difference is I make my salad dressings from scratch using a simple oil and vinegar dressing and lots of herb from my garden. I won't hit you "across the head & shoulders with a wet noodle : )" I do offer the idea. Oh, by the way, I am slowly cleaning the three years of neglect of my garden and I pulled a heaping wheelbarrow full of dill plants. They went into the compost. I thought of you as I pulled them out, remembering your photo of your dill patch. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2016 at 12:41am

Nicholas Kristof: Government vs. the people

“In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule. Majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts.”

~ Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin I. Page of Northwestern University found that in policymaking, views of ordinary citizens essentially don't matter. 

My two favorite cartoons on this subject:

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2016 at 12:18am

Ian, first of all, I like your avatar, you look smashing! 

When I was in Europe in the 1980s, the benefits in the Scandinavian countries were so generous, and people in Spokane could not believe the safety net your country provided for all its citizens. I am so very sorry to learn that those benefits eroded and continued to erode to the present. 

That tells me that oil when drawn out of oil deposits, whether on land or at sea, created great wealth and it was shared with the citizens. 

We know there will not be the wealth of oil for very much longer, and we have to make adjustments, but I do not think the working class is the one that has to lose benefits. 

For an individual to have extreme wealth may do good things for the receiver, in the short term. In the long run, a society that allows an extreme gap in wealth between rich and poor to develop has only weak and unsustainable results. The young, the elderly, and the infirm need to have goods and services to survive. If the family can't provide then society has to carry the expense. 

Comment by Plinius on July 23, 2016 at 11:39pm

Another reason never to go to Kuwait! Can you survive at 54C?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 23, 2016 at 11:11pm

Thanks, Randall, for reading my environment news. Joan, I much prefer getting news on the internet over other forms. I can focus on science and other topics of interest, without wasting time on crap like celebrities or trivia. I've come to appreciate having you guys to share bits of news I find particularly interesting.

Good point about avoiding unwanted attention with your real name, Plinius.

Heat index of 106°/ k.h. ky! Well, at least you don't live in Kuwait, where they just set a new record. Kuwait swelters in record-breaking 54C heat - the highest temperatu...

Comment by k.h. ky on July 23, 2016 at 12:32pm
Chris, I did the same.
Comment by Plinius on July 23, 2016 at 12:49am

Joan and Spud, there are so many people who are called Chris, I feel that my first name is safe enough. I just don't want you to use my family name. If you google your own first name and family name you can see how much you stand out. I tried that after some unpleasant attention, so I changed my name.

Comment by k.h. ky on July 22, 2016 at 6:30pm
Hot but overcast all day. Heat index 106. Humidity to match. Like Carl I prefer cold weather.
 

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