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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 The Flying Atheist on March 2, 2014 at 11:57am

Love the cat photo, Mindy.  Beautiful, cute, artistic, introspective.  It's a fantastic picture on several different levels.   

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 11:20am

Mindy, That's a double-AWWWWWWWW! 

Comment by Plinius on March 2, 2014 at 11:18am

I love that picture, Mindy! Almost as if I see my younger self, and yes, I loved cats from the moment I met one when I was three.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 1:11am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaEfU47QY_k

The guy on the left was one of the floor directors at KCET when I worked there back in the 1970s & early '80s.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 1:00am

Yeah...everything in SoCal is paved over, so the water goes into the storm drains, and from there to the ocean...which doesn't need any more H2O.  It also helps over-fill swimming pools; I haven't checked ours today.  If the rain goes on long enough, it does soak into the ground and causes mudslides...especially where brush fires have burned away all the plant life. 

This is really a desert...not fit for so many people to be packed together, and certainly not fit for so many roads and giant parking lots.  Public transportation sux.  You can't get anywhere from here without changing buses 2 or 3 times. Or spending a small fortune on cabs. I quit driving when I could no longer feel anything with my feet.  Seemed like the sensible thing to do at the time.

We do have a light rail network, but you still have to take a cab, or drive and park at the stations. 

I have a friend in DC who can walk half a block to the Metro, and get to places like the Kennedy Center or the Veterans Hospital, and/or just about anyplace he wants to go. And the rent in his Seniors Only building (quite new, and very nice) is adjusted according to his income. 

I could use a place like that!  There are several good places here in town.  Except if we have to sell this house, I don't want to be anywhere near it afterwards...I don't ever want to see what any new owners would do to the place...like bulldoze the house AND the trees. (We moved here in 1945....except for when I had my own apartments, this has been my home.  It's been my Aspie/autistic sister's ONLY  home since she was 6 months old.)

Oh, what to do?????  I'd love to move to BC. but don't have the money, and I'm sure Canadians are very tired of all of us ex-pats .... Except for "names" like writer Spider Robinson who became a citizen about 10 years ago. (Lives on Bowen Island, and has published some sharp remarks about privatizing the ferry service.).

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 2, 2014 at 12:58am

Good to hear from you Patricia.  Sorry you're having some issues to deal with.  I hope your condition improves quickly for you.  I understand not being able to take your computer into the "library" with you.  Perhaps you may be interested in purchasing one of these.......

Comment by sk8eycat on March 1, 2014 at 11:27pm

Patricia, my former (retired) doctor told me a LONG time ago that Tylenol, or any acetaminophen (SP?), is practically useless for most women.  Nobody knows why, it just is.
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What a weekend!  I got the rain I wanted, and now I have no phone (land line only...I hate cell phones)  This has happened twice in the past 50 years.  The damn squirrels chew the insulation on the overhead wires, and then when we get a good rainstorm, the exposed lines short out.  Half of SoCal seems to be having the same problem. Friends have emailed me that they can't get through to the repair service lines because they are so busy they're putting calls on hold forever.

I'm p*$$ed at the phone co. for not keeping an eye on the condition of the lines....the last time this happened my mother was still alive, but in very frail health...and NO INTERNET!  I think I can get in touch with the fire dept and EMTs via internet, but I'm not sure. Don't know about the police, either.  So if some thug breaks in the house, do we just sit here?  I don't think either Pumpkin or Fred are attack cats.

And I just paid the extortionate phone/DSL bill.  AAAACK!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 1, 2014 at 2:03pm

I was just thinking.....we haven't heard from Patricia lately.  I hope all is well with her. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 1, 2014 at 2:01pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 1, 2014 at 12:42pm

Great comic Ian.

 

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