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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

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2014 at 9:29pm

Randy, what a lovely phone call to receive. A five year old boy is pure joy, inquisitive, likes to mimic grandpa, experiments with thoughts and things. You are enjoying him at a perfect age!. Another couple of years and they go into that know it all phase. Enjoy this period of development while you can. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2014 at 9:23pm

Chris, we are in one heck of a mess in this country. The Poor, down and out people, unemployed or underemployed, begin to feel the pinch of fewer social services, fewer accesses to resources for education, and apprenticeships for employment. There is a rabble rousing influence who take to the streets now that it is legal for open carry of guns. They prance around as if the world owes them a living and they are going to shoot first. 

Set that against the new militarization of the law enforcement, with heavy weapons, army like training to control the "enemy" and the "stand your ground" laws that grants immunity from prosecution if a person feels threatened and shoots a person perceived to be a threat. 

We are going to see some ugly shootings with all these guns floating into hands of disgruntled people. 

5 Disturbing Facts About The State Of Stand Your Ground On The Seco...

"The Stand Your Ground law has now been infused into the self-defense jurisprudence in Florida and elsewhere, and comes into play in countless trials. But those who avail themselves of the law’s most expansive protection may be granted immunity by a judge before trial even begins, or may not even be charged at all." 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2014 at 9:11pm

Mindy, my thoughts will be with you as you go for your upper endoscopy. Remember that worry is a useless feeling unless you have something to worry about. Thankfully, you are following up on a symptom that continues to plague you. Once you have some answers, you cant get down to the miserable work of doing what you have to do to take care of it. As I remember, you didn't get a definitive answer last time you had tests. I do hope you get a solid diagnosis and treatment plan. I will be waiting with you those three weeks until diagnosis. 

Had to look up Nissen Fundoplication; Oh gracious, how many ways can a body go haywire? One article stated after the procedure to not eat solid foods for a while. Do you have a good broth recipe? If not, I have a wonderfully healthy one, either chicken or vegetable. I make it all the time and freeze quarts of it to use throughout the week, usually in sauces or for cooking potatoes or rice. But it is a wonderful healer for any kind of recovery. Let me know if you want the recipe.  

I have very little experience with reflux, so can't really know what you are experiencing. Whatever it is, I hope all goes well and you have a full restoration of comfort and health.

Please give your husband a greeting from me for his 48th birthday! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2014 at 8:56pm

Carl, terrible news about your stage three chronic kidney disease. May I ask, what were the presenting symptoms? I'm so sorry your medications have "terrible side effects"! 

Will your work restrictions last for long? 

Chronic Kidney Disease

According to the articles I read, diet plays an important part in treatment, much as diabetes. 

If you are anything like I am, I go on the hunt for information as soon as I learn there is a problem. These two sites are only two of the many Googled items. Of course, remember to be a discerning reader, there is a lot of poppycock on internet sites. 

National Kidney Foundation 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 19, 2014 at 3:23pm

Carl, sorry for your kidney disease!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 19, 2014 at 3:22pm

Mindy, I've had lots of acid reflux most of my life, so when I went in for an upper-endoscopy, I thought they would find something, maybe even cancer, but they found nothing wrong.  Hope the same for you.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 19, 2014 at 1:56pm

Happy birthday to your husband, Mindy.  Has your daughter's school started classes yet?  I hope your appointment goes well tomorrow.  

I was in Walgreen's the other day and the aisle with the school supplies was filled with excited kids picking our their notebooks, etc.  They were very cute.  When you're young, those things are so important.

On a personal note, I saw a kidney specialist yesterday and was diagnosed with stage three chronic kidney disease.  So.......I'm on some medications with terrible side effects that I'm dealing with.  My condition is under control for now and I will have to monitor myself closely for blood pressure and salt intake.  I'm actually unable to work at this time. 

Randy, I hope you enjoy the time with your grandson.  It was always fun to go to my grandmother's house and play with toys that were my father's when he was young. 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 19, 2014 at 7:27am

Oops, "He wanted..."

Comment by Randall Smith on August 19, 2014 at 7:26am

Joan, you have quite a family! I was surprised to get a phone call this morning from my near 5 yr old grandson. I wanted to spend overnight with me. I said "you bet". While rummaging through the attic the other day, I came across some toys belonging to my son. They'll be something new for my grandson (and me!) to play with.

Comment by Plinius on August 19, 2014 at 4:03am

I can't understand why nobody orders a good independent investigation into the death of Michael Brown. Of course the police won't like that, but they're there to protect and serve, not for anything else.

 

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