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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 Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 1:58am

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 1, 2014 at 12:39am

An apropos juxtaposition:

Scariest. Pumpkin. Ever. [message carved into jack-o-lantern] THE WIFI IS DOWN(from cheezburger)

You never see churches with free wifi because no church wants to compete with an invisible power that actually works.(similar to a tweet by Will Ferrell)

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 1, 2014 at 12:07am

I hope you all had a happy Hallo­ween! Tomorrow Today (Nov. 1st) is also some­thing to cele­brate: All S Half-Price Chocolate Day! (For those who do Facebook, there's a Facebook page.)

About DST, I found this article at National Geographic interesting: "Time to Move On? The Case Against Daylight Saving Time". Air conditioning, and energy used during darker mornings, end up making DST waste energy. And that's not all...

Part of the story that is often ignored... is the energy required to get people from place to place—gasoline. In fact the petroleum and automobile industries have always been huge supporters of DST....

"When you give Americans more light at the end of the day, they really do want to get out of the house. And they go to ballparks, or to the mall and other places, but they don't walk there. Daylight saving reliably increases the amount of driving that Americans do, and gasoline consumption tracks up with daylight saving."

They also mentioned the golf and barbecue industry among others that have been huge supporters; and write about possible health effects of disturbing our circadian rhythms.

DST has been credited and blamed for all kinds of things, from rational to wacko: "Daylight saving has been ... blamed for ... browning out lawns unaccustomed to so much sunshine. As you can imagine, the Congressional Record on daylight saving constitutes the great comic novel of the 20th century."

Comment by Ian Mason on October 31, 2014 at 12:33pm

Thanks, Carl. haven't seen that in years.

Happy Hallowe'en all. Hope the Great Pumkin brings you something.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 31, 2014 at 7:46am

Carl, that animation is still clever after all these (those?) years.

Enjoyed all the DST comments/explanations. Indiana was with Arizona up until about 8 years ago. Boo hiss.

Comment by Plinius on October 31, 2014 at 3:24am

Thanks Carl! Must have been fifty years ago that I saw the Silly Symphony! Happy Halloween, all of you!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 31, 2014 at 1:19am

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2014 at 8:45pm

During the summer, when staying in the garden all day, I have marks on one of the boxes to indicate the daytime hours. I get so I can look at the shadows cast by a stick stuck in the ground, or look at shadows of the chairs and I can pretty well tell the time. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2014 at 8:41pm

My memory of daylight saving time comes from being a child during WW II. It was claimed to save energy for production of goods and services, that day light was needed to reduce the use of alternative light sources. 

"The energy saving benefits of Summer Time were recognized during World War II,"

Rationale and original idea

Of course, I am not meeting any schedule these days ... one of th benefits of retirement. However, since my retirement, I wake up with the sun and go to bed with the sun. It works for me just fine. No involvement with the clock at all. 

Let us remember that time is also a construct of man's mind. It is all relative to the seasons. Having GMT sets a standard for all to follow.  

When I lived in Alaska for two years, we had two hours of daylight in the winter and two hours of night in the summer. Living in southern Texas was quite different, but I can't remember if it caused me any distress or not. I think not. Some people had to put window covers to prevent daylight in summer. I didn't have a problem, but then, I didn't have to be any where on time.

Comment by Plinius on October 30, 2014 at 4:24pm

It always takes a week or so to get adjusted - I wonder who profits from DST?

 

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