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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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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 The Flying Atheist on June 5, 2014 at 10:59am

Oh, goodness me!!  LOL   Yes, the man was wandering through the desert, not the dessert.  Thanks for pointing that out. 

Comment by Plinius on June 5, 2014 at 10:47am

Now that we talk about spelling you give us another wonderful image, FA! The man with the car door wandering through after dinner sweets - plodding in the pudding? Climbing up a chunk of pineapple? I should photoshop images like that!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 5, 2014 at 10:03am

Randall, I'm reminded of the joke where a guy is discovered wandering through the dessert carrying a car door.  When asked why he's carrying the door the man replies, "If it gets hot, I can roll down the window."   

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 5, 2014 at 9:55am

Randall, thank you for the correction. It didn't even occur to me that I used the wrong word. Imagining Cary walking with a gate is a funny image. 

Another advantage of not having a TV set is I don't get bombarded with Cialis or any other commercial. The internet provides all the news I want, without the propaganda effect of commercial TV. It also provides a lot of information not available on TV, i.e. Al Jazeera, BBC, Public Radio International, RT, The Guardian, The Real News offer alternative views. All news needs a skeptical eye to sort through propaganda, facts, and prejudices. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 5, 2014 at 9:29am

I don't watch much television, but the majority of any e-mail spam I receive is to save money on cheap Cialis, Viagra and medications from Canada. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 5, 2014 at 7:30am

Joan, I had to laugh when I read about "Cary walking with a gate". I have this mental image. I'm sure you meant "gait"! 

I don't know if this is the place, but I have to vent. What's with all the Cialis commercials? They're on all the networks' evening news, MSNBC, History Channel, TBS, etc. (Not the Food Channel, so far!) Are men really THAT dysfunctional? I mean talk about overkill. I absolutely hate those commercials and will immediately change channels. Disgusting.

Comment by k.h. ky on June 4, 2014 at 7:44pm
Patricia, good one.
Your's too Ian.
Comment by Ian Mason on June 4, 2014 at 3:33pm

That's really funny, Patricia. Thanks.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 4, 2014 at 3:31pm

Back from a very pleasant few days in England. Enjoyed very much seeing some family and am slightly rounder in the waist thanks to some excellent home cooking. Saw "Titus Andronicus" at The Globe which was good although Anthony Hopkins's version is still the best.

A little pun that might cheer you up:

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 4, 2014 at 12:52pm

Patricia, thanks for that funny.

 

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