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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 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

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Ian Mason on January 4, 2016 at 10:33pm

Have a good trip, Randall.

Here in Denmark the winds been in the east for some days, blowing hard all the way from Siberia. Snow is predicted for Thursday and the following period.

Comment by k.h. ky on January 4, 2016 at 8:46pm
Carl, is the warming to kill germs? I had a sil who had a transplant. The transplant went very well but little sis wasn't one to follow rules. She was diagnosed with diabetes at age two and the treatments weren't nearly as good as now. The drs predicted she would live to be twelve. She made it to thirty one and could have lived much longer if she had taken better care of herself. But she grew weary of all the needles, meds, and hospital stays. She smoked, ate whatever she pleased and drank to much. But that little woman had fun during the short time she was here. She wouldn't have had it any other way.
She was my dear friend.
Comment by Loren Miller on January 4, 2016 at 6:58pm

I'll second Carl's sentiments.  The Mississippi River flooding has gone WAY over the top, and I shudder to think who all that event has hammered.  I just hope it hasn't hurt YOU, Pat.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 4, 2016 at 6:20pm

***Pat, I'm been thinking about you because of all the flooding taking place in southern Illinois.  I hope you are out of harm's way and not affected.*** 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 4, 2016 at 6:15pm

Joan, a friend of mine loved and raved about his Foreman grill.  And, if you recall, earlier last year there was a conversation in the Nexus "Food" group where several people lauded praise upon the grill.  I guess that's what ultimately sold me.  I mentioned the grill casually to my parents and they ended up purchasing one for me as a gift.  

Because of my kidney transplant, I have some food recommendations to follow for safety purposes.  I'm a big fan of deli meats and sandwiches, but now deli-sliced meats are not recommended unless steamed or warmed/cooked.  The same applies to certain cheeses.  The Foreman grill will allow me to make many different "warm/cooked" sandwiches.  Can't wait to get started!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2016 at 5:42pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2016 at 12:03pm

Carl, I love my George Foreman grill. it is easy to use and clean and quick! My favorite is grilled cheese sandwiches. 

Home! a special place, indeed. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2016 at 11:59am

Randy, I hope your trip is safe, comfortable, and just full of joy. Your grandkids are old enough now to remember their time with you and the interesting things you can do together. Oh! Those personal conversations and terrible riddles that come with that age! 

I anxiously await your report when you return!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2016 at 11:26am

Ian, that Rain Map I sent was scary enough, but seeing these photos and reading the narrative foretells the beginning of tremendous changes that will be taking place all over the world. People will be forced to move from flood areas creating a refugee problem beyond our imagination.

I am not fear mongering; I am reality checking. Individuals and nations will have to address problems as teams. 

Will that happen? I don't think so. I think there will be scapegoating such as we have never seen.

My hope is that people can join to define precisely the problems, set common goals that all can share, explore options for possible solutions, analyze the pros and cons of the most likely to be successful, develop plans and take action.

Here is a quote from the article:

 "People will be returning to work in the coming days and all services are working together to make sure the unusually high levels of rain that we are seeing cause as little disruption as possible."

Deputy First Minister John Swinney

Thank you, Ian, for the very informative news article.

How are you affected by the storms?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 4, 2016 at 9:21am

Yes, Randy, it's very nice to be home again.  It was nice to have mom prepare meals for me, but I'm looking forward to using the George Foreman grill that I received for Xmas.  I'm also looking forward to firing up my slow-cooker.  I was so sick and exhausted this past year that my love of cooking really suffered. 

I hope you have a good time in Tegucigalpa with your family. 

 

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