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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo 1 hour ago. 0 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 January 5, 2014 at 10:46pm

Comment by sk8eycat on January 5, 2014 at 8:28pm

I almost forgot...The New BANISHED WORD LIST!

http://www.lssu.edu/banished/current.php

(I think it's even colder up near Lake Superior...maybe if we all laugh enough, it will help keep them warm.  Yes?)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 5, 2014 at 6:44pm

Great quote, booklover. We have lots of snow too. I hear Australia just got through a bad heat wave.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 5, 2014 at 12:49am

Oh, Steph!   That kitteh looks kinda like Freddie!  Only F's eyes are a tad greener.  I love having a black cat in the house again; now if she and Pumpkin would cuddle up with each other...like orange and black jelly beans.  (Freddie does spend most of her time curled up with my sister...a redhead; 69 years old and not one grey hair!  Damn.)

Comment by Steph S. on January 4, 2014 at 6:20pm

Comment by Plinius on January 4, 2014 at 11:39am

I wish you all a beautiful green spring - usually there's no water shortage in the Low Countries. But I do feel as if November is still here...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 4, 2014 at 9:50am

We are supposed to get more snow today, as well.  It's been very light and fluffy, not that heavy wet snow we often get.  The good thing is, if this keeps up we will have a very green Spring and Summer.  And the farmers sure welcome all this moisture as it prevents drought conditions in the Summer.  The majority of land in Illinois is farming.  We produce lots of corn, soy beans and pork.  Illinois is also the largest producer of pumpkins in the Fall.      

Sk8eycat, I'm jealous that you have an avocado tree at your house.  They are sooooo good.  The Mexican grocery store the next street over from me makes homemade guacamole.  In fact they make that and three types of salsa.  They have a spicy mango and corn salsa which is very tasty as well.    

I love the photos of Journey and Lula.  So cute and pretty. 

Chris and Ian, I know northern Europe has had very destructive storms in recent months.  While we all endure this extreme weather around the globe, the evidence seems to point out that this may be the new norm.

I hope all of you have a good weekend.  Stay warm, Mindy!  

Comment by sk8eycat on January 4, 2014 at 1:59am

To all of you who have been posting snow pics...I am so jealous!  The last time it snowed here and stayed on the ground longer than a day was 1949!  Sometimes there's a light dusting on top of the hills above us, looks so pretty.  Like powdered sugar.

What I worry about is frost...it kills the ripe avocados that are still on the tree.  We pick a few at a time, and they usually last through April, but frost kills the stems, and we start frantically picking as many as we  can before they start to spoil.  (There's never a lack of friends willing to give the extras a good home. Till they're soft enough to eat.  YUM!)  But we haven't even had a hard frost like that for more than 15 years.  ;>)

The weather here is boring...not even much rain so far.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 4, 2014 at 1:19am

Great float. Glad to hear that all was peaceful for the parade.

Denmark has had one day of snow so far this winter. Makes a nice change from the past 3 years where there's been frost, snow and ice from November til late March. Hope you all are well in your stormy part of the world.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2014 at 1:10am

Very strange weather, indeed. Spokane is 16.3" low on snow. Wonder how our water supply will be next summer?

 

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