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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 Daniel W on January 5, 2017 at 2:56pm

Kitchen update, no pic this time.  Travertine tile backsplash is up.  I was worried about it not matching, but once the grout dried, it's nice.  I like travertine - it's a soft bubbly limestone that is very irregular, but pretty easy to work with and once the grout is up looks kind of like something from Pompei.  I was off with some measurements but can live with those.  Next, range hood and electrical.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 5, 2017 at 2:43pm

Obama eliminates "abstinence only" education from the federal budget:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/accordingtomatthew/2016/02/obama-elimi...[!]%20Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NL%20Nonreligious&utm_content=5538

Comment by Daniel W on January 2, 2017 at 9:11am

Carl thanks for the new word.  Hygge indeed.

Comment by Daniel W on January 2, 2017 at 9:10am

Joan, I can picture you in that recliner, book in hand, peering out the window.  You deserve your snug, cozy refuge.

Carl, nice fire.  With book, and cup of hot coffee or chocolate.  I have not fired up my woodstove since starting the kitchen project.  Maybe today.

Comment by Plinius on January 2, 2017 at 4:52am

A great year to all of you, with good health, happiness and wonderful people around!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 1, 2017 at 8:03pm

Prosperous New Year Greetings to all of you here!  Here's hoping 2017 will bring satisfaction and much "Hygge" to your lives.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 1, 2017 at 4:20pm

Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing. It goes in my file. I especially like the thought of surprising myself. 

Laura made a special trip to my Spokane home to get my recliner. It fits perfectly in my bedroom; I am snug as a polar bear, taking a peek at the beauty between reading comments. 

We are in a massive snow storm, as I type. I can see through the thinned forest as my imagination creates stories of all the critters, unseen, but who make their presence known with their tracks or ruffles in the snow covered branches. 

Perhaps, with the TV out of service, people looked outside to see a glimpse of nature and some of its treasures. 

Comment by Chris on January 1, 2017 at 4:20pm

Thanks for the information about minwax Daniel. I used that on the hardwood floor and should get some more. I also use Murphies oil soap. I'm concerned that the oil soap will prevent new varnish from adhering. 

I'll order minwax in gallon containers. Why is that even sold in squirt bottles (rhetorical)?

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 1, 2017 at 4:07pm

Daniel, thanks for the helpful information on bamboo flooring. L&L have bamboo flooring throughout their new home and I know absolutely nothing about proper care of it. Your information gives me the information I can use. 

Comment by Daniel W on January 1, 2017 at 3:44pm

Chris, minwax has products to restore and protect hardwood floors.  Some hardwood products work for bamboo too.   I don't know if they are right for your situation, and I imagine there are other brands.  It is best to test on a hidden spot or sample, because some finishes are not compatible with others.  The newer bamboo floors are pre-finished with polyurethane that contains aluminum particles, for hardness.   The problem is that I don't know if it is water or oil based.  You cant use water-based polurethane on an oil-based finish and vice versa.   Doing so can peel and crack the finish 

 

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