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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

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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

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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 Chris on January 29, 2017 at 1:10pm

My neighbor has a whole house warranty. That also seems like a waste of money. Her 30 gallon gas water heater went out. The contractors that replaced it did a terrible job replacing the chimney. It's not perpendicular (level). The cap is even with the gutter so leaves that collect in the gutter will block the chimney flow. The chimney isn't fastened to the wall well and they didn't seal the joints.

She should have gotten a tankless water heater. It would have saved her on the utility bill and she would have gotten a tax rebate.

I guess people who don't know anything about houses, or house repair a whole house warranty may be worth it. 

Comment by k.h. ky on January 29, 2017 at 1:07pm
I can't tell you what to look for but I bought one at Walmart for less than 69.99. It holds a twelve inch plate easy. I've had it for three years without problems. Although it does seem to take a minute or so longer to warm a cup of coffee than it used to.
If we had any other option than wmart I wouldn't use them on principle.
Comment by Chris on January 29, 2017 at 12:53pm

The replacement capacitor and diode (rectifier) measured good using a multimeter.  The original cap and diode were shorted.

The oven is still blowing fuses. I was hoping that the cap and diode would be all it needed. I haven't checked the magnetron.  A replacement magnetron is $245.  I don't think it's worth going down that path.

Thanks for the consumer reports article about extended warranties and the recomendation about changing the rectifier.

It appears I'm going to have to purchase a new microwave.

The microwaves I saw at Sears had metal stands with plastic feet on the tips of the stand. That looked like a terrible design. If the dinky plastic tips fell off the stand it would short out the magnetron.

I only need a microwave big enough to put a 12" plate in. I'm not going to cook a 15# turkey in it so don't need one of the $600 Sears models that are 30" wide.

Any recomendations about what to look for in a new microwave would be appreciated.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2017 at 11:17am

From what I know about microwave ovens, it appears when the capacitor shorts, it takes the rectifier with it, so both have to be replaced.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2017 at 11:10am

I repaired my old microwave oven by replacing the capacitor and rectifier.  It's been operating fine now for 6 months.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2017 at 11:08am

I think most things could be made to last 50 years, and the warranty should be at least half that.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2017 at 11:05am

Consumer Reports recommends not getting an extended warranty for most things because chances are it's money down the drain.  It's a big cash cow for the retailer.  More here:

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/extended-warranties/buying-guide...

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 29, 2017 at 10:54am

The only thing I get extended warranties on is computers. 

Comment by k.h. ky on January 29, 2017 at 9:41am
Chris rip off is exactly what extended warranties are. As for older appliances my mom gave me an old electric hand mixer forty years ago and it still works like new.
I always turn down extended warranties.
Comment by Chris on January 29, 2017 at 9:03am

I just gave up trying to repair my microwave oven. It's a Montgomery ward from 1983. The existing capacitor was shorted so I ordered a (used) replacement cap that was even older. Electrolytic capacitors typically only have about a ten year life span. I thought I'd try to fix the oven because it also has a convection oven and doesn't have digital controls.  The capacitor didn't fix it, so I'm looking for a new microwave oven.

I went to Sears a month or so ago to look at microwave ovens.  They cost about $500 on sale. The sales representative recommended purchasing an extended warranty which was about $200. He said the extended warrany was for three years. With that he said someone would service the oven once a year.

I questioned what service was needed. He said they clean it.  I asked why a extended warranty is needed. He said the digital control panels only last about two years.

Extended warranties have to be the biggest rip off the market ever devised.

The product should  have - I'd guess at least a one year manufanufactures warranty.  Has  planned oblescence gotten to the point that a $500 microwave only lasts three years?

 

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