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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 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 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.

Comment by Chris on January 28, 2017 at 8:38pm

Chinese New Year back ground.

I find Confucious and the Buddah  interesting.

Comment by Chris on January 28, 2017 at 8:19pm

I don't feel much like an Ox or water snake as I traverse the lunar calander.

It's unfortunate that many don't understand basic principals for husehold appliances or connections.

Insurance options for basic appliances seem to indicate the company making them are peices of shit.

There used to be a time when appliance companies made things that lasted for at least two years.

Now - just looked at microwave ovens from Sears - they cost $400-600 each. The insurance was ~20% so an addition al $200 for two years of coverage.

There seems to be something fundamentally wrong with that model.

Strange that consumers purchase an insurance policy for a product that should come with a basic guarantee.

Is that conspicuious consumerum and planned oblescence at it's best, or at it's worst?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 28, 2017 at 7:42pm

Glad you got that stove installed without "fireworks", Daniel. Thanks for sharing the picture.

Pizza for Chinese New Year's, go for it Flying Atheist.

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Comment by Chris on January 28, 2017 at 6:51pm

Here in California with earthquakes there is a motion sensor that will shut off the main gas line to the house to prevent uncontrolled fires.

Each appliance should have a valve so the appliance can be remeoved and repaired without turning off the gas to the entire house.

The same goes for all appliances such as sinks.

Sadly maybe many don't know how infrastructure even to their house works.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 28, 2017 at 5:05pm

Happy New Year to all.  Hope you're having a nice weekend.  I had dinner out last night with my friend at our favorite spot for super thin crust pizza.  Half pepperoni and half Italian sausage for me.  Today's meals are all meatless.  

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 28, 2017 at 4:57pm

Fantastic job, Daniel.  Looks great.  After all the frustration and extra work you went through, I'm glad you're not only happy with the result, but that you have some unexpected perks. 

 

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