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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 Joan Denoo on November 1, 2015 at 7:54pm

Have you seen the video just released by Nasa? NASA releases stunning 4K video of the sun as you’ve never seen it ...

It is a meditative piece lasting about 30 munites. Looking casually at it seems to have no motion except for the solar flares, but a careful look reveals little bits of action, then ribbons, and other intereting events happening. 

It is a splendid way to just look and not think or do anything. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 1, 2015 at 6:04pm

Ian, I'm jealous - he is an extraordinary actor. One of the best Sherlocks ever (next to Nicole Williamson in The Seven Percent Solution) despite Netflix having transplanted him into the 21st century and plagued him with irritating video effects.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 1, 2015 at 5:59pm

Wonderful! Marvelous! Just seen Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet via a live stream from London. The best Hamlet of my Shakespeare-loving life. It ended with an appeal for donations to refugee children, Cumberbatch quoting a poem:

"You don't flee your home unless home is the mouth of a shark.

You don't put a child in a boat unless the sea is safer than the land"

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2015 at 3:07pm

Ruth, a dreadful way to spend a day! Hope you feel better and have no reoccurrence. You wrote, "probably pinched nerve syndrome". what is the remedy for that?

Your Halloween photo perfectly catches the mood of the night. 

Randy, Living in Honduras must have some interesting events, do you plan to visit her there? I think optometry must be a good profession for a woman. Do you remember when there were no, or few, women in that profession? 

probably pinched nerve syndrome

Comment by Randall Smith on November 1, 2015 at 7:07am

Good news, Ruth! There's much good news going around these days.

I had two trick or treaters last night, that's all--my grandchildren! So cute. 

My oldest daughter (age 42) is home from Honduras (where she lives) for "continuing education" in optometry. Looking forward to seeing her tonight.

Comment by Plinius on November 1, 2015 at 1:21am

Looks like you had a very bad day, Ruth! I'm glad it wasn't thrombosis!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 31, 2015 at 10:49pm

Only got nine trick-or-treaters this year. Love this cat costume.

from cheezburger

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 31, 2015 at 10:30pm

Good news about your successful cataract surgery, k.h. ky!

Thanks for the update on your health, Flying Atheist. I look forward  your successful kidney operation.

Joan, perfect Mark Twain quote for today's US political scene.

Sorry I missed a couple of days. I spent a day in the ER, ruling out deep vein thrombosis. Hubby sat there in an 83 degree room with me all day. Well, the room was down to 77 by sunset, when I finally got discharged. The ultrasound was clean. I was very very happy. In retrospect the pain was probably pinched nerve syndrome. Didn't know it could manifest as an isolated pain in the back of the knee for hours. It took me another day to catch up with daily life.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 2:42pm

"The glory which is built upon a lie soon becomes a most unpleasant incumbrance. How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and how hard it is to undo that work again."

— Mark Twain

Mark Twain's Own Autobiography: The Chapters from the North, American Review, Page 87

 By Mark Twain

Comment by k.h. ky on October 30, 2015 at 10:57am
Carl; wonderful. That's also the date of my last cataract surgery so I'll be thinking of you! Still have the patch on from yesterday's procedure but I'm amazed at what I can see through the pinholes. I haven't seen this well since I was a child.
 

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