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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 18 hours ago. 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

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 10:54am

The only thing I get extended warranties on is computers. 

Comment by k.h. ky on January 29, 2017 at 9:41am
Chris rip off is exactly what extended warranties are. As for older appliances my mom gave me an old electric hand mixer forty years ago and it still works like new.
I always turn down extended warranties.
Comment by Chris on January 29, 2017 at 9:03am

I just gave up trying to repair my microwave oven. It's a Montgomery ward from 1983. The existing capacitor was shorted so I ordered a (used) replacement cap that was even older. Electrolytic capacitors typically only have about a ten year life span. I thought I'd try to fix the oven because it also has a convection oven and doesn't have digital controls.  The capacitor didn't fix it, so I'm looking for a new microwave oven.

I went to Sears a month or so ago to look at microwave ovens.  They cost about $500 on sale. The sales representative recommended purchasing an extended warranty which was about $200. He said the extended warrany was for three years. With that he said someone would service the oven once a year.

I questioned what service was needed. He said they clean it.  I asked why a extended warranty is needed. He said the digital control panels only last about two years.

Extended warranties have to be the biggest rip off the market ever devised.

The product should  have - I'd guess at least a one year manufanufactures warranty.  Has  planned oblescence gotten to the point that a $500 microwave only lasts three years?

Comment by Chris on January 29, 2017 at 8:47am

Mikey on  Life of cerial said "Try it, You'll like it"

Is Mama Cozzii a frozen pizza available in a supermarket?

I haven't seen it, though I haven't looked.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 29, 2017 at 7:55am

Back to pizzas: Why buy a $15 pizza from a chain when you can get an Aldi 16" deluxe (Mama Cozzi 3 cheese, pep., saus., hot peppers, olives, etc.) for $5? And I'm here to tell you, it's delicious--better than Pizza Hut or any of the others. Cut in 10 slices and I can make 5 meals--two slices per fill me up. Remember that old commercial?: "Try it. You'll like it." (Who did it?)

Comment by Chris on January 28, 2017 at 11:05pm

I recomend getting appliances without computer interfaces. The computer interfaces seem to be the first thing that breaks.

Referigerators without icemakers, water filters and other devices are less expensive. The electronic interfaces seem to be shoddy and a lot of hype.

A plain refrigerator or refrigerator freezer seems to last longer.

I recommend purchasing a main circuit breaker for the house that has a GFCI and surge suppressor built in.  A main circuit breaker for the house to protect appliances including TV's and now appliances isn't that expensive.

It's also better than purchasing an insurance plan many companies push. .

There must be something wrong when the quality of the product being sold demands sales people to hype an additional warranty .

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 28, 2017 at 10:33pm

"most energy star appliances are basically disposable due to shoddy digital controls" So much for buying green!

Comment by Chris on January 28, 2017 at 9:14pm

I had a gas stove/oven combination that I rebuilt from the late 40's early 50s' in my previous house.

It was neat. It had a four burner set in line that could be pulled out. When pushed in it had a cutting board on it.  It had two ovens. One had a rotessery. One of the gas burners had a temperature setting on it for frying.

There seems to be a market for some of the older stove/oven combinations that were built for houses rather than restaraunts.

Some of the older stove/oven combinations are being rebuilt - like old Edsel automobiles - older oven/stove combinations aren't like the easy bake ovens from the '70 and '80's..

Comment by Daniel W on January 28, 2017 at 8:56pm

 Carl, pizza sounds like a great choice for Chinese pizza.  Im thinking they could put on the toppings with a yinyang design.

Ruth, nice colorful greeting for the year of the rooster!

Comment by Daniel W on January 28, 2017 at 8:53pm

Chrid, my parents' Chambers gas range was a kitchen standard.  They bought it in 1945 and were still using it when they died 4 years ago.  I still worked fine.  The electronics on the Maytag gas range at my old place broke down after 3 years.  The repairman said most energy star appliances are basically disposable due to shoddy digital controls.  What you say about earthquake safety makes sense.  I got a horizontal LP tank so it is more earthquake stable but did not know that about shutoff valve.  Maybe it tripped on its travels to my house.  I installed the appliances and fixtures, so I know about some of their features.

 

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