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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 February 19, 2014 at 5:20am

Get well soon, Felaine. I know it hurts like a *****!

Glad to hear that your son's problem is treatable, Mindy.

That's a very pleasant melody, Loren. Thanks.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 19, 2014 at 1:01am

Felaine, I hope you are feeling better soon and that Pumpkin sustains you as you regain your vigor. 

Here is another photo of Venus, the http://www.geekologie.com/2012/08/pretty-kitty-chimera-cat-is-its-o...

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 19, 2014 at 12:17am

Felaine, what Carl said! Sending some hugs your way.... and it's great that Pumpkin is there for you!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 19, 2014 at 12:03am

Felaine, I hope you feel better soon.  Regarding Pumpkin, sometimes the best things come in small packages. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 18, 2014 at 9:59pm

Joan, I started having gout episodes more than 20 years ago, but the last one was about 10 years ago...I kind of forgot about the dangers.  I cut out shrimp (LOVE them!) most fish, beef (except an occasional cheezburger...), chicken livers (sigh)...16 Bean Soup...and other things. 

BUT 3 weeks ago I was very sick and couldn't eat much of anything for about 5 days.  I needed something nutritious, but simple...found a can of beef broth in the cupboard, and heated up about a cup...went down nicely.  And a few days after that my feet started puffing up.  Like little boxing gloves.

I was disgusted with myself...I know better. 

Saw my doctor today, and she gave me a voucher for a FREE sample of 7 Colcrys tablets. (Supposed to dissolve the uric acid crystals so they can be flushed out of the bloodstream)) BUT there was no place to park near the pharmacy (the City was digging up the street out front), so there was a lot of telephoning, faxing,  and I ended up scanning the voucher and e-mailed that to the pharmacy.  They said no deliveries till tomorrow morning.  I'm taking aspirin, drinking lots of water, and waiting. for morning

It doesn't help that I have diabetic neuropathy in my feet...I either feel nothing at all, or extreme pain.  No in between.

And I'm bitching again.  Sorry.  I just don't tolerate pain very well. Cuddling up with my Pumpkin cat helps...he purrs like a motorboat.  Very soothing.  I just wish he was the size of a cougar so I could get my arms around him....actually he's undersized...15 years old, and looks like n adolescent cat.  Acts like one, too. I fell in love with him when he was a baby at the Cat Hotel.  Now he's MINE, all mine!  ;> )

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 18, 2014 at 9:07pm

Felaine, happy to learn of your sustained weight loss; good for you! 

No knowing anything about gout, I looked it up and found:

What Is Gout? What Causes Gout?

I'm sure you looked it up already, but just in case, there is a lot of information here. Have you fund anything that gives you relief? 

Would happily send you rain, but the prevailing winds won't cooperate. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 18, 2014 at 5:56pm

Please send snow, rain, wind, anything but drought to California! 

Now for the GOOD news...I've lost another 8 lbs...down to 145 for the first time since I can't remember when.  That's a total of  40 lbs I've lost in the last 2+ years without backsliding.

Now, if I could only get rid of this effing gout attack!!!!  My back surgery 4 years ago didn't hurt this much.  OWTCH!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 18, 2014 at 12:57pm

Mindy, glad to learn the MRI gave god news. I do hope the cause is found. At least a differential diagnosis is a beginning. 

You must have received our snow clouds. We had a beautiful snow dump one day - gone the next. Ground is almost clear now. We expect more snow tonight. And wind. 

Comment by Steph S. on February 18, 2014 at 11:45am

Napoleon - those are very cool images - thanks

Comment by Steph S. on February 18, 2014 at 11:44am

Thank you Joan for the season changes celebration calendar

 

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