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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 March 16, 2017 at 9:38am

Plinius, it sure sounds like The Netherlands goes the way of U.S. We have a rocky road ahead of us if the planet allows us to remain on the Earth. 

Comment by Plinius on March 16, 2017 at 9:13am

I'm glad Wilders is isolated, but I'm not at all happy with the election results. The majority in the new government will probably be liberal, and that's not left wing liberal like in the US. Right wing liberal means support for big companies, and the support will be paid from cuts on allowances, medical care, care for the disabled and the elderly, care for refugees, education and more. O well, four more years until the next elections, or sooner, if the government topples... 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 16, 2017 at 7:55am

Chris, all I can say is "Whew"! Although I hear the final vote results won't be make public until next week, it appears Wilder has lost. I'm sure it's a big relief to you. I wish I could have said the same about our election results. It's becoming a circus.

Comment by Plinius on March 16, 2017 at 6:00am

Yes, the trump-clone has won 20 out of 150 seats in parliament, but he can do nothing but stay in the opposition because no one wants a coalition with him, they refused that deal before the elections. The coalition will be quite a patchwork this time, the bigger parties lost seats and many small parties won a few seats. An ominous sound came from a historian - that there haven't been so many small parties since 1933, just before hell broke loose.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 16, 2017 at 5:24am

Plinius - your election result is a welcome sign.

Comment by Plinius on March 14, 2017 at 10:55am

Elections tomorrow, Randall. Keep your fingers crossed for us, or is that a religious expression?

And the price of stamps has risen enormously, I even stopped bookcrossing because a new book is about the same price as an old book by post. I bring my old books to a Little Free Library now, and find other books there.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 14, 2017 at 7:18am
Interesting, Chris! My sister was a census taker, and she, too, had stories.

To the Netherlands Chris, I watch a TV feature on your Geert Wilders. I agree--he appears to be another Trump. I reckon if Trump's personality was the reason he got elected, it will work for Wilders. Let's hope not.
Also, I received a music CD from DISCOGS out of The Netherlands, and the stamps all spell your country "Nederlands". Makes sense, but I learned something. If I figure correctly, it cost over $6 to send it. The package had six stamps! (The CD was a 1977 release of Chet Baker with Paul Desmond--very good.)
Comment by Chris on March 13, 2017 at 4:54pm

I was a census enumerator during the 1980 census at about age 19 years old. It appears the census questions expanded in the past 3 census' (37 years ago) to include "Consumer Expenditure Survey"

A search under U.S. Census bueau for "Consumer Expenditure Survey" provided numerous links.

During the 1980 Census I understood the minimum required answers to the survey was how many residents lived in the house, their ages, and income. That was thirty seven years ago so I don't remember the complexities.

One of the enerumators I worked with interviewed a person who didn't fill out the basic census form. The person she interviewed pulled a pistol on her and placed against her head. Of course after she was 'released' she called the police and the guy was arrested.

What I found while following up on people who didn't respond to the minimum questions was that the wealthier the respondend was the more likely they were to be hostile.

I went to an abandoned house along a river and found a squatter living there. He was an elderly gentleman. I talked with him for quite a while and found his life history interesting.

Being a Census Enumerator was a good job for a 19 year old.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 13, 2017 at 7:35am

RE questions about the census taker: My letterhead says "U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Admin, U.S. Census Bureau. My address had een selected "in a nationwide process for participation in the Consumer Expenditure Survey". 

The reason I was perplexed about the questions is that I didn't get the explanation letter 'til the afternoon mail on the day the person interviewed me!   What a to-do!

Comment by Plinius on March 13, 2017 at 2:10am

Todo, to-do of course. In Dutch, like in German, we have the habit to stick words together into longer lorger words, and Sometimes I forget to check.

We'll have to wait for the elections on Wednesday. Because of those,  our politicians are on their most macho behaviour and Erdogan screaming abuse doesn't help at all. And I don't think that the support for populist parties is on the wane - this incident will give them more support.

 

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