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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 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

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Comment by Randall Smith on April 3, 2017 at 8:32am
Again, I screamed when I heard the women's basketball coach thank god for winning the game and tournament. Same old irrationality. Was god against all the other teams, in the case of men, 65 others? The same goes for pointing to the "heavens" after scoring or for whatever reason. It just drives me crazy.
Comment by Chris on March 29, 2017 at 7:46pm

After my vacectomy because the cauterization didn't work well I bled and my scrotum swelled up about the size of two tangerines. I layed in bed with ice packs on them for a couple of days untill the blood was absorbed into my body.

Playing basketball, or painting a porch isn't a good idea after having this surgery.

Comment by k.h. ky on March 29, 2017 at 3:13pm
Good one Bertold. And about the way some people think.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 29, 2017 at 11:35am

Comment by Randall Smith on March 29, 2017 at 7:20am

Oh yes, thanks for the tips on sugar substitutes. I do eat fresh and dried fruits, plus use stevia.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 29, 2017 at 7:16am

Don't remind me! I still have bad memories of my vasectomy 33 years ago. I thought I felt good enough to paint the porch ceiling the following day.Oh, what a mistake that was!

Comment by Ian Mason on March 29, 2017 at 1:18am

I had a vascectomy 20 years ago. It had side-effects. I must have had a high sperm count because my body couldn't remove all the sperm cells that were going nowhere. The result was I grew an extra 'pair'. Harmless cysts, but I had them removed for the sake of comfort.

Comment by Chris on March 28, 2017 at 11:12pm
Comment by Chris on March 28, 2017 at 11:01pm

An Ectopic pregnancy is dangerous.

I wonder if the anti-abortion crowd think about all the possible complications that can occur during pregnancy.  The binary thinking in their brain may not allow room to comprehend how complex childbearing and birth is.

The stork brought it may be their simple mindset.

Comment by Chris on March 28, 2017 at 10:52pm

I take lot of antihistamines and other medicine that drys my mouth out. My dentist told me to use the artificial sweetener stevia (xylitol) lozenges, or gum in the daytime and Salese or denteva at night to prevent dry mouth. He says bacteria feeds off the sugar rather than the teeth. He said using too much of it such as in cooking, or baking will cause an upset stomach.


I find fresh or dried fruit satisfies my sweet tooth. Dates and blueberries are a couple of my favorites.  I often put apples, mandarin oranges an other fruit in a salad. Even pickled beets are sweet.


Japanese cooking with different sauces is healthful and satisfies the sweet tooth. Eating fruit after dinner is more healthful than sweetened baked  goods. Candied, or pickled ginger is good and cleanses the palette. I visited China on vacation. Watermellon was often served after dinner.


Chris, On dates as Joan says, I use Year/Month/Day to sort records. That seems the best way to sort chronologically.  Day/month/Year, or Month/Day/Year doesn’t sort chronologically. I wonder why those two dating methods are used and the history behind them.


Enjoy your trip to Italy Randall. My parents said that when walking around Italy follow Nuns because traffic will stop for them allowing followers to walk across the street safely.

I had a girlfriend who had her tubes tied - then a tubal ligation revesal after getting married to another guy. She though she couldn't get pregnant. Low and behold she got pregnant. Thankfully the child wasn't mine.  I almost fainted when she told me she was pregnant. Her former husband must have be sterile.

When I had my vacectomy the doctor lost the vas deferens going inside my body. After taking numerous breaks out of frustration it took him about an hour to grab it to cotterize. It felt like he was pulling my kidney out.  The doctor said I have a high pain tollerance. Cotterizing was shocking. I could feel the electricity running through my body. There must have been some arching.

Men endure this under local anastesia. For me it was somewhat painful.

I've read various accounts of men who had vacectomies and women who had tubal ligation that didn't take, or the tubes reconnected over time.   I can only imagine how much distress that would cause a marriage.

 

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