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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud 4 hours ago. 1 Reply

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 Idaho Spud on August 14, 2015 at 3:05pm

Yikes!  That Los Angeles freeway is astounding!  And I thought the Bay Area around San Fransisco was bad when I lived there.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 14, 2015 at 2:28pm

A 'freeway' in Los Angeles. Do people REALLY do this voluntarily?

Comment by k.h. ky on August 14, 2015 at 2:19pm
I found it oddly funny that Ian didn't get the T word.
No offense Ian. It just one of the peculiarities of american politics.
Each party is expected to fix the problems of the world Without raising taxes. It's a damned fine trick. And one that cannot be pulled off. But for a repub to mention a tax increase is political suicide.
Comment by Loren Miller on August 14, 2015 at 12:50pm

Ba-da-bing, Carl.  At times I think Grover Norquist doesn't EVER want to meet me ... mostly because I'm so pissed at his BS that I doubt he'd be able to walk away from that meeting.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 14, 2015 at 11:03am
Ian, I'll take the liberty of answering for Loren about the 'T' entity: raising taxes.
Comment by Ian Mason on August 14, 2015 at 10:48am

Sorry, Loren but I don't understand that. What's the "T" entity?.

Oddly, Denmark didn't modernise/electrify its rail system when the rest of Europe did in the 80s and 90s. We're paying for that error now. The new high-speed, inter-city trains that were due to come into service 4-5 years ago are still waiting and rotting in the sidings. They're custom.made diesels with computer systems that don't work, brakes that fail and axles that crack. New electric trains can be bought almost 'off the shelf' with all teething troubles ironed out a long time ago.

Chris, I like that expression. I think you're right that the car is America's Holy Cow that musn't be slaughtered.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 14, 2015 at 9:01am

Some of 'em may see it, Chris.  The problem is that paying for it would require mention of the "T" entity, which is verboten in the Republican party and has been for too freaking long.

Comment by Plinius on August 14, 2015 at 8:56am

Can't they see that they need lots of public transport now because in a few years all those cars are no longer sustainable? Or is that cursing in church? (translated Dutch expression)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 14, 2015 at 8:40am

For Congress to act appropriately regarding our rail and road infrastructure would indeed take, dare I say, a miracle.  

Comment by Loren Miller on August 14, 2015 at 8:26am

One thing to keep in mind about the trains in the US.  Unlike almost everyone else, we did NOT get the crap bombed out of our rail system during World War II!  As a result, we didn't get the chance to update it from a standard which I suspect was a product of the mid-to-late 19th century!

Ordinarily I'd say it'd take an act of Congress to pull our rail system into the 21st century, but considering Congress' performance lately ... it'll take a lot more than that!

 

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