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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 Joan Denoo on July 13, 2015 at 7:20pm

I forgot to tell you I also made from Larry's starter two sourdough breads, one with jalapeno peppers and the other loaf with rosemary. Both seemed to pass muster. 

The greenhouse arrived in two bundles this morning. The building begins. 

GROWING DOME® GREENHOUSE KITS

Comment by sk8eycat on July 13, 2015 at 1:18pm

Odder otters

... Park Reality, Sea Otter Hand Holding, and the Great Auk Extinction

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 13, 2015 at 12:38pm

Thanks for sharing your day, Joan. You should be a writer. I chuckled when I heard you'd fallen asleep sitting at the dinner table.

Loren, I often discover I'd somehow made a choice online without knowing it. Do that on my keyboard too. It took me  week to figure out why alt-0-1-7-6 wasn't giving me a degree symbol, till I found my Num Lock button mysteriously off. Glad you got your blog fixed.

Hugs to all.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 13, 2015 at 12:10pm

I want to join the weirdos group too!. We have a popular bumper sticker out here that says :"Keep Portland weird."

Comment by Plinius on July 13, 2015 at 10:59am

Fixed! I like this group! The odder the better!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 13, 2015 at 10:54am

I qualify and apply for membership in the Weirdos of World, UNITE! 

WORKERS OF THE WORLD will be proud!

Comment by Loren Miller on July 13, 2015 at 10:38am

Weirdos of the World, UNITE!!!  You have nothing to lose but your boorish brethren!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 13, 2015 at 10:38am

I can't remember how much I wrote and don't have time to check. We leveled the ground, put on a mat that keeps the mud from coming through, spread several tons of rocks and leveled it, and now await the delivery of the greenhouse parts. Assembly starts next week. 

The seeds I planted earlier mostly rotted in the cold, wet sand and I started a new planting last week. They won't have time to mature, but I will use them to "chop & drop" this fall and enrich the sand. We will be bringing in truckloads of manure from neighbors' farms and getting the sand ready to become soil. 

Laura and I cut the dead wood out of trees and Larry put it through the chopper. We will plow that into the sand. The wood chips will rot and consume nitrogen, so our first crops will be enriched with more manure. The pH of the soil will be crazy so I expect to see some interesting plants in the coming season. 

We had family helping yesterday and I cooked for the crowd. Had an old fashioned farm breakfast with hash browns, bacon, eggs, and fruit. For lunch, the menu included sandwiches and finger foods. Dinner was an old fashioned New England pot roast with all the trimmings. 

I was so tired I fell asleep at the dinner table. The family cleaned up the kitchen while I snored, sitting upright and my head hanging down. They awakened me and ushered me to bed. A most welcome action. 

Photos will follow when I have time to send them. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 13, 2015 at 10:36am
Hey, if you don't mind, I'd like to be part of the odd group. If you ask any of my family members, they will concur that I qualify.
Comment by Loren Miller on July 13, 2015 at 10:10am

Not your fault, Chris.  Somehow the radio button for "Friends Only" got pushed, and the blog was restricted ... though how you AREN'T my friend is beyond me!  Think I need to fix that ... NOW!

 

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