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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 Grinning Cat on September 16, 2014 at 12:19am

I hope they didn't put anything stickier than Post-It tape on those cats!

Comment by Plinius on September 15, 2014 at 11:44pm

That's no way to treat cats! Not funny to me and not strange either; the cats behave naturally. The commercial talks about sensitive cats, but doesn't show how they like it when they remove the tape!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 15, 2014 at 7:31pm

I'm not quite sure what to make of this commercial.  It's both funny and really strange. 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 15, 2014 at 2:12pm

Love the story about your young ones, Joan. If you ever get the chance there's a British T.V. series called "Time Team" which shows archeology and explains it in layman's terms.

That picture of the Riverwalk makes me want to go and see for myself. Could be interesting.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 15, 2014 at 12:13pm

Joan, imagine seeing hordes of crickets on ice that you need to glide on....while wearing an enormous hoop skirt that drags on the ice.

I freak when I see anything with more than four legs...even photos of them in magazines give me the creeps.  So my imagination would run wild thinking about those damn things crawling up the inside of my skirt....

Comment by sk8eycat on September 15, 2014 at 12:07pm

Carl, I haven't seen the Riverwalk since 1960...we always changed trains in San Antonio on our way back from Mexico.  It is MUCH more attractive now than it was all those years ago...not that it was ever ugly, but the mature greenery really makes a difference.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 15, 2014 at 12:02pm

That's a good story Joan.  Tiny little scientists.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2014 at 10:30am

Carl, yes, the San Antonio river walk is so lovely. We were stationed at Brooke Army Medical Center. There was a market in San Antonio, a galleria, that had a lot of Mexican nationals there with their families. It was an excellent opportunity to meet and talk with Mexican mothers and their children. Very friendly, and generous people, good bargainers as I remember. I enjoy Mexican food music, colors, architecture, and history. 

While there, my three children were pre-school age and I became acquainted with a curator of Witte Museum. He gave me a map to a dig they were working on. To get there, I had to drive on dirt roads, open and close barbed wire fences, and stare at those huge beasts that they grow in Texas, the famous beef steak providers.

When I got to the dig, a group of archeologists were in the pits with dental scrapers working on individual bones of the pre-christian native population. My three 3-year old children observed this for a while and then occupied themselves under the shade of a tree. One of the archeologists came to me and asked if I knew what my kids were doing. Investigating, I found them burying sticks in the dirt in the form of human bones, covering them, and then "doing" a dig. It was a most precious moment. Their education in archeology began in a dry, dusty, scorpion and rattler infested ancient graveyard. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 15, 2014 at 9:09am

Randy, now you mention it, I've noticed the same thing.  Doctors moving constantly.  Especially the ones I like the most.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 15, 2014 at 7:33am

I'm meeting with my new doctor this morning. It's a "get acquainted" session which I think is a good idea. I like knowing someone before he sticks his finger up my rectum. My old doctor "transfered" to another location. This will be my 4th doctor in the past 6 years. Whatever happened to the good old days when your family doctor was for a lifetime?

 

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