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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 Joan Denoo on December 16, 2015 at 2:27am

Ian, I Google Earthed  Odder, Denmark. It looks like a ring fort on the east side of town. Is that correct? What is the history of your part of the world? What types of work supports Odder? 

 

Comment by k.h. ky on December 15, 2015 at 11:28pm
Chris I like this a lot. It reminds me of the neighborhood l was raised in in the Chicago area as a young child. I liked it. We were in walking distance of anything we needed. Movie theatre, five blocks down take a right! City park, restaurant, grocery, clothing you name it! I didn't want to move to the country and have never really liked it. That's not true. I enjoy it very much in the spring and summer : )
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 15, 2015 at 7:52am

Good luck, Randy. I just got reamed at both ends, and Friday I get to have a wisdom tooth chopped out.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 15, 2015 at 7:37am

In a few minutes I visit my doctor for my annual physical. I don't expect anything unusual, but you never know. My blood tests were good. He'll ask if I've had my flu shot, and I'll say NEVER. Then we'll argue about its effectiveness. He may think my cholesterol is too high (266), but my HDL is 88, so the ratio is within recommended limits. We'll see.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 14, 2015 at 10:23am

That looks like a good place to live, Chris. And the other pictures show a clean and neat town. Gin and ships: sort of what one might expect of the Netherlands.

I've tried to find my road on Google street view but it's too unimportant to be included. I will have to take a pic at some point. I've also looked for Odder, Denmark via Google images but most show the nearby coast and surrounding villages rather than the town itself.

Comment by Plinius on December 14, 2015 at 2:07am

You won't find my roof garden, Joan, it's on the 3rd floor hidden behind the wall. My apartment on the 3rd and 4th floor.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2015 at 12:40am

Ruth, your temperatures just astound me. Our bitter cold weather that killed many of my greenhouse plants has turned to rain and mostly above freezing, night and day. Crazy weather.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2015 at 12:31am

I went to Google Earth and looked for a converted bank building with a general shape I knew your building to be. I looked for a roof garden and found none. Your beautiful city has so many lovely scenes, especially knowing it was or is industrial. It doesn't have that "industrial" appearance. Lovely parks, canals, buildings, all present a fine place to live.

Comment by Plinius on December 14, 2015 at 12:05am

What would you like to know Ian? I live in the old centre, in a converted old bank building. I like the mix of old and new buildings. There are some seven old mills here, and the other buildings connected with the gin industry, distilleries and pubs - draws a lot of tourists. It's nice to go out and see groups of them with admiring faces - (Waaa! an old woman just left a historical building with a shopping cart!) Three km. away the harbour industry - ships repair etc. Very busy there, and dangerous - the trauma heli flies over quite often.

Your turn to tell a bit about your surroundings - and you can pick the next one for a story!  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 13, 2015 at 10:36pm

Good night, All. It was 71 degrees F here today, 56 now at 11:30PM. Those roses are still hanging on at the gym though they look a bit bedraggled. Lots of fluffy dandelion heads in the grass from recent blossoms. For me this December is unprecedented. It was strange to see a neighbor mowing his lawn, with Xian decorations at the same time.

Schiedam looks interesting, with canals and modern high rises too.

 

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