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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

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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 28, 2017 at 4:57pm

Fantastic job, Daniel.  Looks great.  After all the frustration and extra work you went through, I'm glad you're not only happy with the result, but that you have some unexpected perks. 

Comment by Daniel W on January 28, 2017 at 3:49pm

Spud, in my frustration I wondered if the manufacturer designed a lockout mechanism to prevent do-it-yourself installation, either digital or mechanical.  At least one state, Massachussets, requires professional installation by law.   Maybe that's the point.  The gasline itself uncludes a shutoff valve as required in the specs and builders code.  So there are 2 shutoff valves within about a foot of each other.  Regardless, it works!  I do have an alarm that detects CO and propane, and it is reading 0 so that is reassuring.  Plus the LP supplier also checks for leaks.

I did speak to an appliance repair tech, who told me there is no shutoff valve.  hmmmm.... 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 28, 2017 at 10:32am

Nice looking kitchen.

Why would the stove have a hidden, undocumented shut-off valve?  Crazy! 

Comment by Daniel W on January 28, 2017 at 9:24am

Thanks!  Now to cook something! 

The last big challenge was when the propane supplier came with their tank, the stove wouldn't work.  I almost gave up!  They refused to leave the gas line hooked up, installed a lock on the tank so I couldn't use it! I got a portable tank for a gas supply to figure out the problem.  It took me a few hours.  There is a gas shut-off valve, hidden, not described in the manual or on-line instructions. Sneaky!  But now it works, all is good :-)

Comment by Plinius on January 28, 2017 at 3:05am

Great work, Daniel!

Comment by kathy: ky on January 27, 2017 at 10:23pm
Wonderful outcome Daniel. It doesn't even look like the same room.
Comment by Daniel W on January 27, 2017 at 10:10pm

Today I celebrated Chinese New Year's by figuring out how to get the propane to work in the new gas stove for my seemingly endless kitchen project.  Turned out there was a secret shut-off valve not mentioned in the manual.  Despite the New Year's timing, there were no fireworks.  And now, all that remains is paint touch up here and there and re-install cabinet trim.  Will try liquid nails for that tomorrow.

Even though I really didn't want to do the soffit modification to raise the range hood and cabinets, now I don't hit my head on the range hood.  It's kind of nice not having scalp wounds and bumps.  The light under the cabinets is brighter with the extra 2 inches of height, as well. So those are unexpected improvements.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 27, 2017 at 10:11am

Thanks for that video Bertold.

Comment by Chris on January 27, 2017 at 12:32am

How to speak so that people want to listen | Julian Treasure

Published on Jun 27, 2014

Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help you fix that. As the sound expert demonstrates some useful vocal exercises and shares tips on how to speak with empathy, he offers his vision for a sonorous world of listening and understanding.

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Comment by Chris on January 27, 2017 at 12:31am

A landline is good to keep. When there is a power outage the landline should countinue to work unless the lines break. IP phones only have a battery time of about two hours. Plain Old Telephones (POTS) lines connect to the telephone central office have a battery back up and generator to keep them working.  The connection is generally good.

I don't talk on the telephone much so don't need, or want a cell phone.

I have several friends and relatives with cell phones. The connection to them is terrible. I can barely hear them much of the time. They go outside and walk around to get a decent connection. I don't know why they put up with that - and use it as their only telephone connection. Typically if they have a POTS line we will reconnect with that to talk.

My thoughts are force the telephone company to fix the landlines.

There have been numerous problems with my telephone internet connection and through the years. The telco replaced the line from my house to the pole twice, several sections of cable and fixed 12-18 connections with new splices. 

I understand that many places in Europe have fiber connections therfore their internet speed is faster, less expensive, and more stable.

Regarding cell phones. If you get in an accident, or need one in an emergency they are great to have.  Cell phones with 911 availability are nice to have when driving in the boonies.


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