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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

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 Ian Mason on June 12, 2015 at 12:01pm

Comment by Ian Mason on June 12, 2015 at 12:00pm

Joan, I love that expression ' garden of eat'n'. Are you planning on moving?

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 12, 2015 at 11:40am

I have great concerns about my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Because of social changes taking place now, I feel a need to set examples for them that will increase their options as they face whatever comes. They do not know how to plant seeds and do the tasks necessary to be self-sufficient. They live in the country requiring skills of repairing things and they do very well at that. They don't know how to plant seeds and do the tasks necessary to grow and preserve food. If they learn those skills they will have options to increase their self-sufficiency. 

In many ways, I hate leaving my home and garden of 41 years. This patch of Earth exists in a very different way than it was all those years ago. 

In many ways, I anticipate the joy of creating a garden of eat'n for Laura and her family.  As I age I need more help, personally, than Cary can provide. My big old house is too much for me to maintain.

It is clear my life changes. I anticipate the Earth changes. So, the theme of this era, in my opinion, requires managing change. Change does not mean fear, it means opportunity. Surely the Eskimos' lives change with the loss of snow and ice. I wonder how they will meet that challenge. I wonder how we will meet our challenges. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 12, 2015 at 11:19am

Randy, thanks for the lead to  David Archibald, Twilight of Abundance.

I have not read it and intend to, as well as some of the other books listed. 
As to my reaction to "
a bleak future--food shortages, China controlling the world, energy problems, and many more. In fact, his subtitle is "why life in the 21st century will be nasty, brutish, and short". 

I agree that we face a very different world than we lived since the end of WW II. The growing prosperity of the middle class that followed that conflict and the present dismantling of laws that were put in place to protect workers create fundamental changes in our culture. The decline of labor unions, the growing gap of family wealth between rich and poor, the loss of the kind of education that trains people for skilled trades, the changing role of women worldwide, the growing trend toward laissez-faire capitalism, the role of religion in political life, the growing power of China and India all provide reasons to believe great changes take place already. 

Whether the Earth is warming or cooling is not something upon which I can make an informed decision. From what I have read so far my judgment says warming of the Earth exists. I could be wrong and I am not betting my future on one or the other. 

 

 

 David Archibald, Twilight of Abundance.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 12, 2015 at 10:31am
Hi, Randy!

I understand all the problems with walking. I'm not using a cane anymore but I need to really be careful and walk slowly. I still have a problem with balance and with my knees suddenly giving out if I don't concentrate on each step.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 12, 2015 at 9:49am

Grinning Cat, according to your post I, too, can have a bikini body!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 12, 2015 at 7:04am
Not much to report around these parts. It's been hot, but I like it. Evidently, there's not much else happening to others here on A/N--few comments.
Glad to hear from Carl. And good luck to Felaine with your new walker.
Comment by Plinius on June 12, 2015 at 3:28am

I never said to keep the bad news to yourself! And I begin to understand moving with difficulty a bit better now. I went to market just now - high winter shoes to ease the pain in my feet, careful not to lose my balance with that bad knee - and you can wait for someone behind your back talking about ´slow old hags´. Ha!

I'm glad your cats accompany you! Mine do that too, they seem to invite me to run with them.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 12, 2015 at 12:40am

You really want to know?  I'm trying to learn how to get around with a lightweight walker in a 75 year-old house with narrow doorways.... Without falling down.

And an elderly kitteh who likes to do figure-eights in front of me while I'm "practicing." 

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Comment by Plinius on June 12, 2015 at 12:06am

I like that!

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