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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 Joan Denoo on June 9, 2015 at 12:05am

Loren, that looks like one film I want to see!  Some interesting people involved. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 8, 2015 at 9:27pm

Randall, David Archibald's book isn't based on fact, or it misrepresents the fact. Here's a NASA chart. The Northern Hemisphere responds more quickly to Climate Change because it has more land. Do you see it getting cooler?

Global temperature records have recently been updated to correct for discrepancies in data collection methods.

But even before these corrections, the apparent slowdown in rate of warming, the faux pause, was only for land temperature. More than 90% of the heating goes into the oceans, and their heating acceleration never slowed down.

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Look at the ten hottest years.

So far 2015 has been even hotter. This is Jan to April for this year compared to previous Jan to April periods.

Models predict "a steadily intensifying El Niño that gets quite strong by the fall." "If anything like these forecasts come true, then 2015 will be the blow-out hottest year on record."

2015 Is Crushing It For Hottest Year On Record

Comment by Loren Miller on June 8, 2015 at 8:02pm

Just stumbled onto a new effort by Ridley Scott, coming this Thanksgiving.  Frankly, I think it looks pretty intriguing:

Comment by Ian Mason on June 7, 2015 at 2:32pm

Very sharp and to the point, Carl.

Glad to hear that your husband is on the mend, Ruth.

I try to be a 'minimalist' in my everyday life. It seems obvious that most resources are limited and that humanity is having an impact on the world. My one weakness in the past few years has been travel but I think that, as I don't run a car, a few flights a year are allowed.

Comment by Plinius on June 7, 2015 at 1:16pm

We'll find out what it is if we live long enough. In the meantime I try to keep my ecological footprint as small as possible.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 7, 2015 at 11:17am

I just think it's ironic that in the early 1980s everyone was in an uproar about "Nuclear Winter."  Which IS it, folks?  (Although the fall-out from thermonuclear war would make earth uninhabitable for every living thing....except cockroaches.  They'll outlive us all.)

Comment by Randall Smith on June 7, 2015 at 7:23am

Joan, your first sentence may NOT be true. I just read a book by a climate researcher, David Archibald, Twilight of Abundance.  With statistics (true or not?) as evidence, the earth's temperatures have not risen in the past 20 or so years. In "fact", he claims the earth is cooling, not warming. We're being duped.

And after reading so much lately about all the wrong things we've been told about foods and diets (eating  "healthy whole grains", eating fat makes you fat, etc.), it makes one wonder if he not right. His argument is certainly compelling.

With his premise that the earth is cooling, the bulk of the book is about 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." Quite the scenario.

I suppose the older I get, the more skeptical and cynical I become, especially when it comes to believing everything I'm told. I'd be interested in your take (Joan) on the book. It has me looking more closely at the information I'm being fed.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 6, 2015 at 4:07pm

Climate change is real. We may want to deny that fact; however, the evidence appears all around us. We are not helpless in this fight to raise awareness of the reality nor are we helpless if the next phase is violent storms. There are things we can do to endure whatever is ahead. Humans are adaptable and make adjustments beyond our imagining. 

Watching films of people living north of the Arctic Circle, of the things they learned how to do in face of constant ice and snow is a lesson in adaptability. They survived! The films of the people living in the most parched places of the planet and how they found food and liquid enough to survive is a testimony to the survival drive of Homo sapiens. 

I am positive the changes will be difficult. New skills need to be developed, new awareness of symptoms of different kinds of problems will emerge. I am already seeing differences in the need for water and then protection as the hot and cold waves sweep through. 

I planted hundreds of seeds in the Newport garden and most of them died from the cold and wet soil. Radishes came up, but then they come up even when I don't plant them. Radishes have some mysterious quality to makes them endure. Maybe goddidit!

Imagine the people when the last Ice Age began! They had to adjust. Imagine the people of the Great Plains when the drought hit. They had to adjust. 

Imagine the people of the pueblos when that drought came. They had to adjust. 

Imagine the people of the Great Plains when the drought hit. They had to adjust. 

We will have to adjust and we can do one hell of a good job at doing it. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 6, 2015 at 3:47pm

Carl, your cartoon is right on target. That is the way I looked when I was decorated by the Newport Hospital technical staff. Tubes, monitors, regulators, and 3:00 AM "vitals check" as I am sure you endured. It is quite a science to keep people alive. I especially appreciate all the people who insert and install and monitor all those needles, probes and instruments into every orifice and vein that seems to disappear when the needle approaches. The nurses laughed, at my veins ... "Now you see them; now you don't!"
It is quite a science to keep people alive. I especially appreciate all the people who insert and install and monitor all those needles, probes and instruments into every orifice and vein that seems to disappear when the needle approaches. The nurses laughed, at my veins ... "Now you see them; now you don't!" I especially appreciate all the people who insert and install and monitor all those needles, probes and instruments into every orifice and vein that seems to disappear when the needle approaches. The nurses laughed at my veins ... "Now you see them; now you don't!"

I especially appreciate all the people who insert and install and monitor all those needles, probes and instruments into every orifice and vein that seems to disappear when the needle approaches. The nurses laughed at my veins ... "Now you see them; now you don't!"

I must confess, not one of those needle jabs hurt! The needles are so small and sharp, and the technicians so well trained, it was a pleasure breathing the needles into my body and watching the chemicals or blood going where the technician wanted them to go. 

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 6, 2015 at 1:24pm

 

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