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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 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 May 26, 2016 at 6:35pm

Does the right end of that ark resemble a hairy scrotum, or is that just my imagination?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 25, 2016 at 2:23pm

Good news, Randy.  Glad you two are reunited. 

Comment by Plinius on May 25, 2016 at 9:39am

There you are again at last! With all the NING-problems and real life interference I haven't seen you for a week at least! Glad your dog is back, Randall!

Comment by Loren Miller on May 25, 2016 at 7:12am

Outstanding news, Randall!  Give Dot a big scritch-scritch for me!

Comment by Randall Smith on May 25, 2016 at 7:06am

Finally, back on A/N. My dog, Dot, (Molly was my old dog, hit by a vehicle, Joan) is back, safe and sound. She was "rescued" by a farmer, put in a pen for safekeeping overnight. Dot would have found her way home, I imagine, but couldn't "escape". I went house to house to find her--and did! Thanks for the kind words.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 22, 2016 at 11:17pm

Hope your dog turns up soon, Randall. I know it must be a worry.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 22, 2016 at 2:08pm

Grinning Cat, I like your statement, "A super­human AI would likely not be either "good" or "evil" but rather ALIEN."

Carl, I didn't know the sax was invented by a Belgian, Adolphe Sax. I wonder if my Dad knew?  His father was from Belgium; my Dad played sax and clarinet in a dance band. They played the grange circuit before WWII. After that, he played for his pleasure. 

Ian, sorry to learn of your stepmom's death. My solace to her family and friends.

Randy, I am sorry to learn of Dolly, I think, or was it Molly? I forget. I surely hope she finds her way home. I like your stories about your time with her. Also, Randy, I love your photos of Greece. Such an amazing country and history. I hope Greece gets out from under its debt to NMF. 

I am packing up books and stuff to go to Volunteers of America. This is a good thing, I am sorting out 41 years of accumulation and won't have to leave it to my kids. I pretty much know what they want because we already boxed it up and took it to Newport when I moved up there. 

I expect to have ten more years here and then provide food for the worms. If Eighty-years-old is hard, I don't want to know what 90 will be. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 22, 2016 at 1:44pm

Randall - here's hoping your doggie shows up soon. It's awful when that happens.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 22, 2016 at 1:10pm

Hope your four-legged buddy shows up soon, Randall, alive and well!

Comment by Randall Smith on May 22, 2016 at 7:08am

I'm a wee bit concerned--well, maybe somewhat more than a wee bit--about my missing dog. While going on our daily walk, she hung back to explore something. I kept walking as usual as she catches up eventually. Not this time. I went back to look for her, asked about her at several farm houses close by. Nothing. I've peered out the windows hundreds of time hoping she found her way back home.  I'll go out again today to look. She does have a "chip", so if she winds up at the Humane Society, I can be notified. Dang.

 

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