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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 19 hours ago. 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

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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 29, 2016 at 7:32pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 29, 2016 at 6:52pm

OOPPSS, I should have put my comment in Politics ....

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 29, 2016 at 6:46pm

In the 1970s I began to observe a trend in income distribution in the U.S. that revealed a stagnation of income from wage-work and an increase in unearned wealth, creating a wealth gap. I watch the spread grow wider, to the point that others now recognize this growing disparity. Why is it happening and why have we not heard about it in the commercial press? 

As wages stagnate, productivity rises. That increase in productivity raises profits to the owners of wealth and does not trickle down to the owners of labor. 

The answers to stagnating wages are easy, there was a major change in philosophy of income distribution that began with the crushing of labor unions, changing in taxation policies, increasing health care costs, and lowering of education funds. It was a plan that came with slogans that wage-workers also adopted, even as it was against their self-interest. "No new taxes!", the poor "Eat at the Government Trough!", "We can't afford grants and loans to pay for education!", "Take advantage of every crisis!". When Rahm Emanuel made that statement at the beginning of Obama's presidency, I knew working people were in economic trouble. That attitude, coupled with "No new taxes" meant money for war took precedence over money for people. 

Thus, through taxation policies, weakening labor unions, withholding funds from health care and education, gave advantages to those who earned their income from stocks, bonds, investments, and savings. 

Not only the U.S., but other countries suffered a growth of wealth for the top percentile and a stagnation of wages. This came about as poor countries took out loans from WMF and had problems or failed to repay the loans. This economic philosophy in favor throughout those worsening years is called the "Neo-Liberal" strategy. Neo-Liberalism failed! 

Why did this happen?

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What philosophy should take the place of past economic theories? 

Who have the answers to economic policies? 

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Comment by Grinning Cat on December 29, 2016 at 2:06pm

The Social Security Administration publishes statistics about popular baby names in the U.S. in different years and decades.

They also have "Top 5 names in each of the last 100 years", all on a single page.

Parents would do well, I think, to give their kids names that are not unheard-of, and with a normal spelling, so the kids don't have to go through life (or at least a decade or two) explaining it to everyone -- but also considering carefully before giving their kids an extremely common name like (for babies born this year) Emma or Olivia, or Noah or Liam, with a high chance of namesakes in every class or group.

Comment by Daniel W on December 29, 2016 at 9:53am

Ian, you name and Fred are excellent names.  What could be better than "Peaceful Ruler"? 

My dad's boss was named Daniel.  My parents wanted to give my brother the name, but didn't want the boss to think it was for him.  When I came along, they decided they still wanted to use the name so I got it.

I was thinking about "Im glad I'm not named...." and the first thought was "Edsel".  Then I looked it up and it's a good name, just wound up being an unpopular car.  My friend's sister was named "Sylvania" because her parent's liked the name of the TV set.  I always thought it was a pretty name but the origin of the name was unfortunate.   Then I looked it up and "Sylvania" is nice too.  Almost perfect, and no bible implications.  Maybe "Sylvan" or "Sylvanus" for a boy.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 29, 2016 at 9:46am

Except mine would have to say 75 year old ....

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 29, 2016 at 9:45am

That curmudgeon T-shirt fits me also.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 29, 2016 at 12:15am

I got my name because my mum wanted one that couldn't be shortened. My father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all 'Fred', diminutive of Frederick (peaceful ruler). At school, most boys seemed to be called Steven/Stephen or Keith. They were the 'in' names of the decade.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 29, 2016 at 12:02am

I like it too. We tease each other a lot in my family, which is a lot of fun.

I hope everyone here has been enjoying the holiday season. I will try to catch up.

Comment by Plinius on December 28, 2016 at 11:55pm

I love the shirt, Ian!

 

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