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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 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

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2014 at 12:52am

Oh? Some others of you are not receiving comments either? I will post my comment again and see if it gets through. 

OK, Felaine, let's designate some dates of celebrations worthy of our attention. I think I have these dates correct. Feel free to correct my mistakes, add and/or subtract whatever you feel is worthy of note. 

1980 - The World Health Organization (WHO) certified that smallpox had been eradicated from the planet in 1980.

03-26-1953 - Polio vaccine discovered.

04-14-2003 - Human Genome Project Completed

07-04-1997 - Mars Pathfinder spacecraft landed.

07-20-1969 - 1st moon landing.

08-20-1977 - Voyager 2 launched.

09-02-1945 - Japan's surrender in 1945.

09-05-1977 - Voyager 1 launched.

 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 11, 2014 at 10:43pm

Mindy - I've worn glasses since I was 7 years old...ie: before you were born!  Tee-hee.  I'm far-sighted, and have astigmatism, but not so badly that I needed glasses to dance or skate.
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Speaking of skating...I just found a YouTube video honoring Mabel Fairbanks, and those who have followed her.

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-kW4bSdx2o&list=PLC0hrjIINkAo1...

Comment by Ian Mason on September 11, 2014 at 10:04pm

Agreed, Felaine. There are happy milestones to be celebrated. The bad ones should be warnings.

Carl, that's great! If only science was taught like that in school.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2014 at 10:00pm

OK, Felaine, let's designate some dates of celebrations worthy of our attention. I think I have these dates correct. Feel free to correct my mistakes, add and/or subtract whatever you feel is worthy of note. 

1980 - The World Health Organization (WHO) certified that smallpox had been eradicated from the planet in 1980.

03-26-1953 - Polio vaccine discovered.

04-14-2003 - Human Genome Project Completed

07-04-1997 - Mars Pathfinder spacecraft landed.

07-20-1969 - 1st moon landing.

08-20-1977 - Voyager 2 launched.

09-02-1945 - Japan's surrender in 1945.

09-05-1977 - Voyager 1 launched.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 10:00pm

Sk8eycat, my niece who was a biology major in college found it and passed it along.  I love how it's full of both humor and facts.  That's a great way to teach science.  

Comment by sk8eycat on September 11, 2014 at 9:58pm

I have an e-mail notice that Joan posted something in here about "faith," but I can't find it.  Has it been moved, or deleted?

Comment by sk8eycat on September 11, 2014 at 9:55pm

Oh, Carl, that's SO cleverly written and narrated.  How did you find it?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 9:39pm

Hey, folks.  Here's your science lesson for today.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 9:30pm

Well, my new avatar picture shows a new addition to my everyday life:  glasses.  I'm really glad I have them as now I can read small print and also see things clearly in the distance.  Now.....getting used to bifocals for the first time ever! 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 11, 2014 at 7:14pm

Ian, I'm one of those SF-nerds who thinks we should celebrate the first Moon landing, Japan surrendering in 1945, the end of smallpox, or just the discovery of vaccination in general, and the completion of the Human Genome Project.  And on and on.  (The unmanned Mars landers have thrilled me, too.  Plus the Voyager project back in the 1980s.)

One thing that hardly anybody seems to know is the FACT that the manned space program has paid for itself by a factor of 10 times its original cost....particularly in miniaturization in electronics, and medical monitoring. 

I have heard neo-Luddites still harping on "throwing money away on space," when the exact opposite is true....and we let our elected a##holes cut the funding time after time. 

Tricky Dick cut NASA's funding while he was talking to the Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon.

Aaaarrrrrgh!

 

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