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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 Idaho Spud on February 2, 2017 at 7:25pm

Thanks Joan.  That's about the same information I found.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2017 at 7:02pm

This would not post from Godless in the Garden. Here it is, Spud:

Corn, treated with Thiram and Captan protects the seeds from rot, fungus and insects. 

Thiram is a fungicide used to help ensure seeds don't rot in cold, wet soil. It is a common seed treatment that my Dad used when planting early crops of corn, beans, peas, etc. 

You can wash the coating off of the seeds to avoid getting fungicide in your soil if you wish. Once planted the corn or beans are said to be safe to eat.

If you want to grow strictly "organic" produce, you probably would prefer untreated seeds.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 2, 2017 at 7:48am

Ian, we'll look forward to your visit here in the states. Just avoid Indiana. I see that we have been listed as the 4th worst state to live in. Not surprising given we rank right up there in obesity and smokers. I'm quite embarassed to say I live here. Top states, by the way, were Hawaii, Alask, and (shock) South Dakota. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 1, 2017 at 3:15pm

I could not get this to post in Godless in the Garden, so am trying here. 

My question: "Do hamsters self-fertilize?"

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J Exp Zool. 1997 Jun 1;278(2):106-14.

Length of delay to birth of a second litter in dwarf hamsters (Phodopus): evidence for post-implantation embryonic diapause.

Newkirk KD1, Mcmillan HJWynne-Edwards KE.

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  • 1Department of Biology, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada.

Abstract

In Phodopus, all first litters are born after an 18 (or 19) day gestation. Birth of subsequent litters conceived during a postpartum estrus is routinely, but not always, delayed beyond 18 days. With an interval from first mating to birth of a second litter of as little as 36 days, Phodopus have the most compressed reproductive cycle of any eutherian mammal. Although pups of the Siberian hamster P. sungorus gain thermal independence from maternal care faster than pups of the Djungarian hamster P. campbelli, no species difference in the extent of delay to second litters was found. However, poor growth of first litter pups as a result of unintentional limitation of water bottle access increased delays before birth of a second litter in P. sungorus. Weight of pups in the first litter was a good predictor of the length of delay. In P. campbelli, females with large pups early in lactation were the only ones to deliver a second litter without delay, and short delays enhanced weaning weights for pups in the first litter. Patterns in P. sungorus were similar. The timing of the delay in second litters was investigated in P. campbelli. Delayed implantation during second pregnancies was common. Postimplantation embryonic diapause occurred in 43% of females following unilateral ovariohysterectomy on day 8 of a first pregnancy. As pup growth curves also implicated a postimplantation embryonic diapause, Phodopus may be the only known mammalian genus outside the order Chiroptera in which postimplantation diapause can occur.

PMID: 

 9143142 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 1, 2017 at 1:27pm

I think I'll try Bicarbonate of Soda.  It's the antacid ingredient in Alka-Selzer, but its cheaper than Tums.

Comment by Daniel W on February 1, 2017 at 1:23pm

Nice to see you Ian. I hope you enjoy your trip!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 1, 2017 at 12:21pm

Oooh! I can comment again. It's been a while.

New plans for a U.S. holiday: the itinery will be Washington DC, Nashville TN for the eclipse and then New York. This of course depends on my getting permission to enter. I have applied and am now waiting.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 1, 2017 at 12:18pm

I rarely buy antacids except when travelling. Ordinary bicarbonate of soda works better and I've got that in the kitchen anyway.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 1, 2017 at 11:57am

On antacids -- you can also just use generics. The label will indicate what the ingredients are, and you're not paying for those national ad campaigns to persuade you to buy the expensive brand!

(I heard that the FDA's tolerance for the "same amount" of a drug as declared on the label can be +/-10%; for some prescription drugs that could be significant.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 1, 2017 at 11:53am

I almost never answer the phone if it's not a recognized number.  If it's legitimate, they will leave a message.

 

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