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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

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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

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Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 9:46pm

OMG!   I hated Florida!  We played Miami Beach and Tampa....both so humid that there would be 3 ft of fog on the ice when we went out for the opening number.  And in Tampa we had to check our boots for palmetto bugs and other ickies before we put our skates on.

But the worst was playing outdoor arenas (fairgrounds) in the Midwest.  Huge flocks of June bugs and other uglies would fly into the overhead lights and die....on the ice.  We had to keep on smiling and skating.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 9:44pm

Chicago used to be similar to Rome.  "All roads lead to Rome."  At the heyday of rail travel, all railroads led to Chicago.  To this day, still, Illinois has the highest number of deaths by trains because of all the ground-level grade crossings - another result of our flat landscape.     

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 9:38pm

The Flattest U.S. States? Not What You Think.

Kansas is not the flattest state, despite common perceptions.

National Geographic


Illinois comes in at the number 2 spot right behind Florida for the top two flattest states.  Kansas is seventh flattest. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 9:34pm

All I remember about Green Bay is that it was effing windy and COLD.  We always played there just before our December 10-day hiatus.

We changed trains in Chicago a lot, and the railyards were so peaceful-looking when covered with snow. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 9:29pm

I've always wanted to take the Canadian traiins from Vancouver to Nova Scotia, and Amtrak from New England along the Atlantic coast, and then back west via New Orleans to LA.....but Texas, parts of New Mexico and Arizona are (to me) too bleak and flat.

I have relatives in Winslow, AZ, and a 3 day visit is about all I can take in that town.  It's on a high plateau, about 4500 ft, but FLAT.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 9:19pm

Great photos, Felaine.  That's one thing I love about traveling, being able to regularly visit and see landscapes that are vastly different from the flat prairies of Illinois.  Every type of terrain is beautiful in its own respect, and natural prairies are filled with wonderful types of grasses and wildflowers.  Chicago is in a great location on the shores of picturesque Lake Michigan, but I've always loved seeing mountainous terrain.

We don't have mountains here.  We don't even have rolling hills.  About the best we can do are our ridges.  These are the long stretches of sloped ground common in this area where the edge of ancient glaciers sat that formed the five "Great Lakes."

Comment by kathy: ky on August 15, 2014 at 9:12pm
Lovely neighborhood Sk8eycat. It certainly did change as things in life tend to do. I think l would be tempted to post a sign for people to pick up after their dogs and leave the damned fruit alone.
Although it probably wouldn'tdo much ggood.
Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 9:01pm

I forgot to add that I get very freaky in places where the land is 100% flat, and I think taking an ocean cruise out of sight of land would affect me the same way. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 8:56pm

This shot was taken 4 years after we moved in...and the ONLY time it snowed and stayed on the ground longer than a day.  There were only 7 houses on our street then, with a couple more under construction, and the school one block up the hill had opened the previous September (1948).

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 7:26pm

Chris, a hedge or a fence around our front and side yard would look awful in this old neighborhood; part of the attraction is the openness.

As for the trash that lands in the parkway (the lawn between the sidewalk and the street)...we are responsible for the upkeep, but it is actually City property.  View of hills from our front lawn....crabgrass.

 

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