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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 k.h. ky on January 25, 2017 at 1:46pm
Randall, dish is a poor provider and even worse about fixing problems. I'm sure you remember what I wrote a few weeks ago about dish trying to charge me for their worn out equipment. Anytime we have a storm, or even heavy rain, we loose signal. If it's not to late I would suggest you change providers now. Only a suggestion.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 25, 2017 at 11:20am

I heard inklings Verizon was interested in purchasing Comcast.  What a disaster that would be.  I have Verizon cellular service fifteen years or more and I've been extremely happy with the coverage and service.  

Although I despise how all these huge telecoms gouge you of money, you have to pick your poison.  I've never been a customer of Comcast but have heard nothing but horror stories about them.  And they consistently rank at the bottom or near bottom for customer service ratings and at the top of lists for the most hated companies in the US.  

I've been thinking about getting rid of my AT&T landline to save money but have been hesitant to do so.  The voice quality is superb but I don't use it much.  I'm not a big telephone talker to begin with.  I also like the fact that in an emergency 911 call, dispatchers can trace your location immediately without you saying anything.  Perhaps I'm letting fear override my decision.

I don't have cable TV and don't want it.  I have AT&T for my home wireless internet.  It would be nice to only pay for AT&T internet and Verizon cellular.  If i got rid of my landline my cellular bill would definately increase.  Hmmm.  Decisions.  Any suggestions?

Comment by Loren Miller on January 25, 2017 at 9:21am

We have Spectrum cable here (formerly Time-Warner) and just negotiated an upgrade to our service which will save us a TON of bread.  The only casualty is our old landline phone, which we kept around mostly just-in-case.

Times change, I guess.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 25, 2017 at 8:54am

Big bummer Randall.  

Comment by Plinius on January 25, 2017 at 7:31am

Dire straits, Randall! They could go on forever like that.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 25, 2017 at 7:14am

A fourth DISH technician is to arrive in about 30 minutes. This is beginning to get silly. To refresh your memory, my screen comes on with a pink picture, then freezes. I have to unplug everything and wait 15 minutes for it to download. Very aggravating. I keep calling and they keep sending out someone new. This could be the final straw.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 24, 2017 at 11:19am

Spud, yes, I switched my avatars to black-bordered upside-down flags for President* Don the Con Trumputin's inauguration, since I don't have a house front from which to fly a physical one.

I'll switch to a filtered version of my usual one now.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 23, 2017 at 2:06pm

Grinning Cat, is your upside-down flag because of Trump?

I was thinking about flying a flag at half mast, but don't want to get any hate from the mormons here.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 23, 2017 at 1:27pm

Daniel, I'm so sorry to hear that Baigou is gone! Irving Townsend was so right about the furry friends in his life succeeding, not replacing, one another.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 22, 2017 at 9:13pm

Daniel, sorry to hear about Baigou. The loss of a beloved pet is always difficult.  

I've never ingested marijuana through a food source, but I've been told that you have much lesser control over dosing amounts using that method.  It's much easier to regulate it by smoking, but of course the act of smoking in itself is a drawback for your lungs.  Personally, I think the frequency of use probably matters more.

I recently read that regular marijuana use can be detrimental to teenagers because their brains are not fully developed, which occurs around age 25.  

I like alcohol now and then.  I really love wine and gin and tonics.  I'm very conscious of babying my new kidney, as you could imagine, so my alcohol intake is extremely limited.  When I was a flight attendant I was subjected to surprise random drug and alcohol testing, so not much has changed.  I guess I could start smoking pot now if I wanted.

 

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