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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 4 Replies

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 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

Comment by Plinius on June 6, 2015 at 1:19am

I often wonder how you keep it up Ruth, thinking about the climate all the time. I'm very concerned about the climate, but I take it in small doses so I don't get overwhelmed. Household recycling etc. are routines, and I feel a coward for feeling good about not having children. I'm still responsible for what happens to the other children and the animals.

I'm glad your husband is getting better. Much easier for you too! 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 5, 2015 at 10:08pm

Thanks for the info on Queen Maxima.

As for "I do wonder, if there was a white male Democratic president at this time, if the Republicans would be more willing to work together amongst themselves and with the Democrats." I don't give the Republicans that much credit. These anti-government now-nothing puppets of Wall Street and Fossil Fuel interests may be held together by racist glue, but they'd still go full throttle against a Caucasian male president. Remember how they acted toward the Clintons?

I'm anxious, still in the process of emotionally digesting some climate news.

On the bright side, my husband can drive again and is off warfarin.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 5, 2015 at 8:34am

I have to amend that. He actually said Every good Christian [oxymoron, I know] ought to kick Falwell right in the [whatever].

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 5, 2015 at 7:13am

@Sk8eycat: Barry Goldwater once commented that someone ought to give Jerry Falwell a kick in the ass. Supposedly the real comment referred to Falwell's gonads, but the media cleaned it up for prime time. 

Comment by Plinius on June 5, 2015 at 1:16am

Thanks Carl. Maxima is really continuing the power-dressing style her mother-in-law started. Beatrix always wears enormous GET-OUT-OF-MY-WAY hats 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 4, 2015 at 11:14pm

Chris, I thought you may appreciate this article.

10 Things To Know About Dutch Queen Maxima Before She Hits Chicago

Comment by sk8eycat on June 4, 2015 at 9:45pm

If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both.
I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in "A," "B," "C" and "D." Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?
And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of "conservatism."

Speech in the US Senate (16 September 1981)

Believe it or not, that was Barry Goldwater...the last GOPher with a brain.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 4, 2015 at 9:19pm

This is really bizarre, not to mention really stupid.  Kids having a Roman candle "shootout" on the streets of Chicago.  As the guy quoted in the article states: 

“Roman candle battle on Western Ave. in Chicago ... between friends who all knew each other and grew up together.  I did the same thing with my friends in the suburbs ... No one got hurt and the police came and broke it up.”

I never heard of such a thing.  What a bunch of idiots!  I guess I should be happy that these weren't real guns and bullets?  Watch the video......

Chicago Tribune

The worst thing I did for fun as a youngster was toilet-papering the high school. 

 

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