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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 March 27, 2014 at 3:27pm

Great news concerning your daughter, Melinda.  It's so important to do what you love. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 27, 2014 at 3:22pm

Ian, welcome back home.  Sorry to hear about your family health issues.  The situation you describe must be very difficult for you.  I do have to say, at least you are balancing the tough times by treating yourself to the beauty of the Fine Arts.  Good for you!!

Mindy, that quartet of young ladies is outstanding.  They appear to be college age, I suspect.  They really nailed everything.  Not a bad note in the the whole performance and awesome energy. 

Folks, I admit I am a Starbucks connoisseur.  I buy their beans (Kenya blend) to make here at home.  When traveling, I'll pass by Dunkin' Donuts and McDonald's (horrible coffee) to wait in line at Starbucks.  I drink my coffee black, and I like the rich, bold flavor.  I can't stand week coffee. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2014 at 3:21pm

Good to hear your daughter is happier doing what she likes where she likes, and being closer to you.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2014 at 11:31am

Thanks Mindy, WOW!  the Girls Quartet is fantastic!  Watched them 4 times this morning and they bring tears to my eyes every time.

I love a cappella barbershop harmonizing, and these gals are right up there with the best I've heard.  The 60s songs are an added bonus.

I started watching them last evening, but was tired and quit a third of the way through.  My hearing is not the best.  I don't hear all the high notes anymore, and the ones I do hear quickly become grating on my nerves if they don't have enough low notes to go with them.  That was my main problem last night.  That echoing room emphasizes the high notes, and being tired, I couldn't take it. 

Last night, I even thought I heard some bad notes, but not this morning.  They sound perfect now. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 12:33am

“If Satan should ever replace God he would find it necessary to assume the attributes of Divinity.” 
― Robert A. HeinleinDouble Star

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 12:32am

“A slave cannot be freed, save he do it himself. Nor can you enslave a free man; the very most you can do is kill him!” 
― Robert A. HeinleinDouble Star

A restatement of Heinlein's thought: 

A woman cannot be freed, save she do it herself. Nar can you enslave a free woman; the very most you can do is kill her! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 12:30am

“Take sides! Always take sides! You will sometimes be wrong — but the man who refuses to take sides must always be wrong.”

~  Robert A. Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein, Double Star

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2014 at 7:52pm

Ian, I just read your post of yesterday and am so sorry to learn of your two Mums failing health. You face a tough stage of life, made harder for being your Mums and both of them not doing well. I hope you have a good process for stress management and relaxation. If not, I can give you some referrals. 

So very happy to learn of the galleries and plays you saw. My curiosity got the better of me and I had to do some investigating. You keep very good company when you are away from us. 

Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice

Hans Holbein the Younger, 1533, The Ambassadors, The National Gallery, London 

Jan Van Eyck and the Arnolfini Wedding Portrait, 1434. The National Gallery, London 

The Painter's Father 1497, Attributed to Albrecht Dürer The National Gallery, London 

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 26, 2014 at 5:10pm

Mindy, those young women have amazing, tight harmonies and simply good music... thanks for the smile!

And those advertising fails... <grin!>

A coffee lover I know calls that one brand "Charbucks".

Patricia, there's even a hymn to coffee, by UU minister Christopher Raible, to the tune of "Holy, Holy, Holy":

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee,
Praise the strength of coffee.
Early in the morn we rise with thoughts of only thee.
Served fresh or reheated,
Dark by thee defeated,
Brewed black by perk or drip or instantly.

(two more verses)

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2014 at 5:00pm

Mindy, I shared Wonderful Quartet!  on Twitter! Great group. 

Ian, I missed your email about your visit to England and will go looking for it now. I like your "Bookworms Unite"; I am with you. 

Loren, your "20 of the Top Misplaced Hilarious Advertisements" is funny beyond belief. Who believes in Intelligent Design? 

 

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