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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud 1 hour ago. 1 Reply

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

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

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 29, 2017 at 6:23pm

I thought of Speedy Alkaseltzer not long ago. Belief is just, a swallow away.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2017 at 1:48pm

My old microwave oven is Whirlpool, and has been running for many years.  Of course that's only a sample of one.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2017 at 1:45pm

Amusing add.

I tried it.  I liked it.

When I was living at home, I used lots of Alka-seltzer, because I liked the taste, and Dad was paying for them.  Now, I use Tums.  Much cheaper and works just as good or better.

Actually, I just stopped using Tums because they stopped making sugar free Tums, and my supply just ran-out.  I get acid reflux most often just before bedtime when I've brushed, flossed & etc, so I don't want to put any sugar in my mouth at that time.

I finally found some Kroger brand (Fred Meyer) sugar free replacements for Tums, and will be trying them out the next time I need them.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 29, 2017 at 1:38pm

I have to agree with Kathy, good microwave ovens can be purchased for far less than hundreds of dollars.  The one I got a few years ago from Best Buy was right around $100.  It's large capacity with a rotating plate and high wattage.  It's General Electric brand.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2017 at 1:33pm

The one place I'm more unhappy with than Sears, is Walmart.  I've had most appliances and electronics from them go bad way before they should.  I bought a microwave oven from them once, and it went bad in a matter of weeks.  The one they gave me to replace it went bad just as soon, so I took a money refund that time.  I've just about given up buying anything from them.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 29, 2017 at 1:31pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2017 at 1:26pm

OK, you did replace the rectifier too, so that does sound like a new microwave is needed.  Sounds like you know as much or more than I do about microwaves.

Sorry I don't know which brands are best.  I've not purchased a microwave from Sears, but I've been unhappy with several things purchased from them, a compressor for one.

I usually consult Consumer Reports to find which brands have the least troubles.

Comment by Chris on January 29, 2017 at 1:10pm

My neighbor has a whole house warranty. That also seems like a waste of money. Her 30 gallon gas water heater went out. The contractors that replaced it did a terrible job replacing the chimney. It's not perpendicular (level). The cap is even with the gutter so leaves that collect in the gutter will block the chimney flow. The chimney isn't fastened to the wall well and they didn't seal the joints.

She should have gotten a tankless water heater. It would have saved her on the utility bill and she would have gotten a tax rebate.

I guess people who don't know anything about houses, or house repair a whole house warranty may be worth it. 

Comment by k.h. ky on January 29, 2017 at 1:07pm
I can't tell you what to look for but I bought one at Walmart for less than 69.99. It holds a twelve inch plate easy. I've had it for three years without problems. Although it does seem to take a minute or so longer to warm a cup of coffee than it used to.
If we had any other option than wmart I wouldn't use them on principle.
Comment by Chris on January 29, 2017 at 12:53pm

The replacement capacitor and diode (rectifier) measured good using a multimeter.  The original cap and diode were shorted.

The oven is still blowing fuses. I was hoping that the cap and diode would be all it needed. I haven't checked the magnetron.  A replacement magnetron is $245.  I don't think it's worth going down that path.

Thanks for the consumer reports article about extended warranties and the recomendation about changing the rectifier.

It appears I'm going to have to purchase a new microwave.

The microwaves I saw at Sears had metal stands with plastic feet on the tips of the stand. That looked like a terrible design. If the dinky plastic tips fell off the stand it would short out the magnetron.

I only need a microwave big enough to put a 12" plate in. I'm not going to cook a 15# turkey in it so don't need one of the $600 Sears models that are 30" wide.

Any recomendations about what to look for in a new microwave would be appreciated.

 

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