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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 19 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 Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 10:19am

Carl, I've just been listening to Seth Andrews talk about his wedding, and at one point he reminded me of the discussion about working on the towers you showed us pictures of.  

He said he's not a thrill seeker at all, but let his wife talk him into going down some #5 rapids in Alaska, where they all got dumped in a bad place.

I'm not much of a thrill seeker, and have never done any of the things like that.  However, It's just because I've not had the money, the opportunity, or the time.  

I'm too old now, and have very little money, but I would have liked to have done several relatively safe thrilling things just once each.  

Just once each, I would have liked to do a bungee jump, skydive, and probably several other things I can't think of right now.

I mentioned before that I would have liked to climb that tower you showed pictures from, but I think I remember you saying what kind of person would want to do that job, and I don't think I would.  Like all the other thrilling things I would like to do, one climb would be enough.

Fear would not be the reason I wouldn't want to work there.  Working there every day would probably be more dangerous than I would want, but mostly it would just be hard work and annoying having to be strapped to the tower all the time.

Be that as it may, I thought Seth's wedding experiences were interesting, so here they are:

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 15, 2014 at 10:12am

To me one of the worst things is people who throw cigarettes out of cars. They could get me re-thinking my position on capital punishment. Death to all extremists!!!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 10:05am

K.H., I've mentioned it here before, but in the early 1970's when I was an impressionable kid, the whole Ecology and push to recycle made a huge impact on me.  I'm sure you recall the famous image of the native-American with the tear in his eye looking over a landscape of trash.     

Comment by k.h. ky on August 15, 2014 at 9:52am
Carl, littering is a major pet peeve of mine too. I'm always picking up garbage in parking lots and putting it in the trash can. Which is never far away.
What's with these lazy slobs that they can't be bothered to walk three feet instead of throwing garbage on the ground?
I just don't understand some people.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 9:38am

Mindy, I hope moving day goes smoothly for you today. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 7:55am

Mindy, does that leave you with no cats?

Comment by Randall Smith on August 15, 2014 at 7:28am

I've decided to compromise: I am going to write, but only say I won't be buying their products because of their inane "guiding principles". I won't berate their beliefs. That's never been one of my own g.p's. Thanks for the input.

Mindy, good luck to your daughter--and you! A cat? I love my "pound dog"!

Comment by Plinius on August 15, 2014 at 1:43am

I'm glad she's doing so well, Mindy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 14, 2014 at 8:01pm

Has it been a year Mindy? Time goes so quickly. Glad to learn she is motivated to complete here Bachelor's Degree. Sound like she is ready to do that task. Hope the move isn't too hard on your skeleton and muscles. 

Comment by Brent Feeney on August 14, 2014 at 3:44pm

What's been going on the last several days in the northern St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, MO - I live in deep south STL city, if that helps - has been almost a crime. Militarized police are basically throwing tear gas canisters, arresting people left and right (one was a St. Louis city alderman and friend of mine) and basically showing the world what martial law may well be like in this nation if it keeps up.

A very popular blog called Shit Saint Louis Says (he's a self-described conservative and has served several tours in the Middle East) said something about it today; the guy has been calling out regulars on local message boards for, shall we say, some continually idiotic statements (or, as my buddy David 2 says, Following The Script).

Here's his entry for today (after previously saying on Facebook, "I'm not touching it.": http://www.saintlouiscomments.com/2014/08/ferguson-riots-and-why-ev...

 

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