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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 Ian Mason on March 3, 2014 at 1:11am

Hello all. I hope you're well.

I've had a computer-free weekend and, when not working or sleeping, been enjoying a good book: Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom. The story of a few, very different people trying to do what's right or best in Spain during the aftermath of the civil war and the beginning of WW2. Can only read one chapter at a time as the tension is so great, perhaps because, unlike the usual thrillers, there's no action-hero that must win in the end. All of the characters are credible and can be empathised with.

Happy Monday.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2014 at 12:03am

Chris, I think I know what you mean. 

Comment by Plinius on March 2, 2014 at 11:34pm

When I pass my childhood home I look at my parent's house and hope that there live happy people now.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 7:16pm

Well, things have dried out enough that we have phone service again...I sure as *bleep!* haven't seen any crews out there fixing anything. 

I AM going to call the Fire Dept. business office tomorrow to find out what to do in an emergency if the entire neighborhood's phones are dead. (And I don't know who has a cell phone and who doesn't....plus the 3 houses closest to us are empty.  The owners couldn't get decent prices for them, so they just moved out anyway) 

They SHOULD have some sort of internet system that is watched 24/7...IMNSHO

Oh, and there's supposed to be another storm on the way. O, la.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 6:58pm

That scooter looks like fun!  I especially like the lavender upholstery!  I'm thinking about one, but with Medicareless, I would probably have a hefty co-pay.  The conservatives in congress (and elsewhere) want us to all die the minute we turn 65, or become too disabled to work (and pay taxes). I am both, and more, and am only hanging on to spite them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2014 at 6:57pm

We now have 7 inches of new snow and it is still falling. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2014 at 6:38pm

Felaine, what a pretty site! It must have been hard to see it develop, however, the street is a pretty one, with lots of trees and shrubs. I don't know how you can maintain lawns with the water situation as it is. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 6:36pm

Joan, when I worked at KCET I was either a volunteer or a temp, so I didn't know the full-time staff except for the people I worked with directly.  Especially not the technical guys.  Val is much younger than I am, and seemed to be totally focused on his work whenever I saw him.  But he WAS good-looking.

He's been concentrating on architectural photography for the past 15-20 years

Everyone I knew got fed up with KCET's management policies at one time or another, and left.  They actually hired a hatchet man and made him Vice President...one day he "downsized" by firing about 15 gay employees from all departments, and nobody spoke up in their defense.  That was a year or two after I decided not to go back (I had two sick parents to take care of at home by then.)

KCET recently left PBS, and sold the studio to (Ewww!) The "Church" of Scientology.  I would have been grossed out even if they'd sold the lot to the Los Angeles Diocese, but to the El-Ronners?  Gack!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KCET_Studios
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Oh! I "invented" a word last night: "Crasstians."  It applies to professional xians of all types, but especially praying politicians, TV evangelists, and ostentatious behavior like Timmy Tebow's grandstanding act of kneeling on the football field..

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 6:05pm

Patricia, how far can you travel with the scooter, mand do you have to negotiate any hills?

The closest market to our house is about a mile and a half, opne way.  And it's all downhill from here, so coming back would be mostly uphill...especially the last block to the house.  The front walkway is fairly level, but the driveway (around the corner) is fairly steep. 
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Speaking of neighborhoods changing, when we first moved here (1945) the area was semi-rural with a huge vinyard and winery one block uphill from us.  There were 7 houses on our 2-block street.  This is how things had changed by 1949. (The one time it snowed here, and stayed on the ground for 3 days)
And this is how our street looks now:

Lotta changes, eh?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 2, 2014 at 3:50pm

Scary ladder photos, Joan.  You couldn't pay me to be in some of those situations.  At least Patricia and her ladder were on terra firma. 

 

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