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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

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

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Comment by Ian Mason on September 13, 2015 at 5:00am
Comment by Ian Mason on September 13, 2015 at 4:53am

Carl, I broke a leg falling in the bathroom. No audience but I did feel silly. It's great to hear that your transplant is a 'go'. Please keep us informed as far as possible. 

Comment by Randall Smith on September 12, 2015 at 7:36am

Hey Carl, don't feel bad. I saw where the Cubs Kyle Schwarber hit a home run and did a belly flop rounding first base! He had millions watching that fall. Keep us up to date on your kidney transplant process. Glad you enjoyed reading about my "farm kids".

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2015 at 10:20pm

Carl, it is very good news, indeed, that your kidney transplant can take place now and your heart is strong enough. 

Falls seem to happen to people when we are the most vulnerable.

I am certain your audience identified with you and your fall. Were you able to get up and go about your business? Hopefully, you had compassionate and effective help.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2015 at 7:45pm

I'm so behind here and needed to catch up with this group!

Randy, I finally was able to peruse you're family's website and watch your video.  Very impressive!  You must all be very proud of what you accomplish.  I know it's extremely hard work, and your family's dedication shows through.  What a wonderful operation.  My hat's off to you.

I had to laugh at the postings about Spike Jones.  Believe it or not, I grew up listening to Spike Jones because as a kid, I was in possession of my Grandmother's 78-rpm record collection, which included quite a few Spike Jones.  Cocktails For Two and The William Tell Overture were two of my favorites.  

Spud, I feel bad a cable company has taken advantage of your trust.  I'm glad you took a stand, even though it involves lugging a computer back and forth to the library.  Now that's persistence!  I hope you can have an in-home remedy soon.  I would be lost without access to the world at my fingertips.  

Hex, welcome to Hang With Friends.  It's always nice to meet someone new. 

Ruth, the condition we have brought upon our plant is indeed depressing.  What I find most frustrating is that people actually fight against having clean air, clean water, and a sustainable future.  Do these people really have no sense of ethics?  I'm at a loss trying to understand their mindset. 

An update on me:  I was just cleared last week by my cardiologist to proceed with my kidney transplant.  To quote him, I've had a "remarkable" recovery from my valve replacement.  Hopefully that will happen within the next 30 to 60 days. 

But not all news is good.  Two weeks ago I fell due to my weak knees and I'm now nursing a small fracture next to my right big toe.  I'm wearing a surgical boot and my foot and leg is wrapped up for stability for four to six weeks.  I'm not in any pain, however.  But this shouldn't delay my transplant.  I fell downtown on my way home from a medical appointment.  Of course this had to happen on a bright, sunny day at two in the afternoon right in front of Chicago's famed Water Tower on Michigan Avenue.  Needless to say, I had a big audience.  :)

Comment by Randall Smith on September 11, 2015 at 7:03am
There always seems to be a trade-off when it comes to health issues. Hopefully, Chris, you'll find the right combination. I reckon you can be thankful for the good news.
Ruth, that drought map IS scary. I think it immediately applies.
Hope everyone has a good weekend. I have a birthday party to attend--granddaughter's third!
Comment by Plinius on September 11, 2015 at 1:50am

Stupid me! I have been back on a strict diet for health and weight loss for some five months now: the doctor who treats my worn knees told me again about the importance of weight loss. And it took me all that time to realize that the injections they gave me PREVENT weight loss.... oh well, I can walk better and with less pain.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 10, 2015 at 9:16pm

There's always time for books, Ruth.

I understand your worries for the future and share them. The problems in this part of the world will probably be different but the root cause is the same.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 10, 2015 at 3:55pm

Glad that works out for you at the library, Idaho spud.

When will you have time for all of those DVDs, CDs and books, Ian?

I'm being lazy today. It's raining. Not an excuse for skipping the gym.

Did you guys see the news about the flooding in Japan (including groundwater around the reactor flooding into the ocean)?

I've been a bit depressed about future drought projections for the Americas.

Worried About Refugees? Just Wait Until We Dust-Bowlify Mexico And ...

... here is what a 2015 NASA study projected the normal climate of North America will look like. The darkest areas have soil moisture comparable to that seen during the 1930s Dust Bowl.

Even though I'll be long dead, this is such a depressing prospect. I keep imagining all of the Americas' population trying to squeeze into ... damn there's nothing left is there? The drought goes right up to the Arctic.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 10, 2015 at 8:20am

Back again after a few days in England. Nice to see the family. It was my sister-in-law's 50th birthday too.

I went wild in the charity shops and bought over 20 books plus a few DVDs and CDs. Should see me through the winter.

How are you all? When not lugging computers to and from the library, that is :-D

 

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