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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

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Idaho Spud on December 2, 2016 at 2:05pm

Beautiful images Joan.  I'll have to think more of what image I would like on a stamp to represent atheism. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 2, 2016 at 12:40am

Daniel, your new kitchen looks brand new, not like a remodel to suit the inspector. I hope all goes well with your plans and project. How do you like your sink? I see them in modern kitchen photos and wonder if they work well for you? My friend, Char, had one that looked like that and loved it. Is your energy holding up through all this? 

Spud, you are correct, we need an atheist Winter Solstice stamp. Do you have an idea for a design? I kind of like the images of the shortest day of the year and the returning of the light. 

The sun's path over Fairbanks, Alaska on the shortest day of the year. 

Comment by Plinius on December 2, 2016 at 12:35am

Great work, Daniel, and I admire the methodical way you ordered your plans!

Yes, people will discover all over again what patriotism does to people, but we can only encourage them to read their own history.

Comment by Daniel W on December 1, 2016 at 8:46pm

Randy, I hope you love the new TV!

Ian that shows progress.  Is the electrical mainly wind?

Spud, some atheist stamps are needed!

Chris, I think we are in the post-post WWII era.  Most people have long forgotten what extreme nationalism really did.  That means some interesting times ahead.

I can't get motivated to watch TV.  Ning watched the entire "Shameless" series on Netflix last month.  A very, very, very dysfunctional family, none of them with any redeeming qualities.

When I was working, I put on crime shows to play in the background while I did my homework.  Not lately.

Here is the current state of my kitchen after removing the cabinets for modifications to meet local builder's code for our new gas stove.

I made a schedule for each step.  We are through steps 1-3.  Next is take down the range hood. We did a pre-removal today except for the wiring.  After that, the soffits come off (Day 5), re-frame new soffit (Day 6), drywall new soffit (Day 7), Paint (day 8), and re-install the range hood, cabinets, and under-cabinet lighting (Day 9).  Then call inspector.  I'll fit the backsplash tile work in between and after, does not need to be before the inspector comes.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 1, 2016 at 1:32pm

Some good news. Last year in Denmark 56% of electricity came from renewable sources and use of coal fell by 35%. CO 2 emissions have been cut by one third since 1990. These are official figures but even taken with a pinch of salt things are going the right way here.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 1, 2016 at 12:32pm

I just noticed that the United States Postal Service has a lot of religious stamps.  In just a 30 minute search I found  5 christian stamps, 1 Hanukkah stamp, 1 Hindu stamp, and 1 Islamic stamp.  But of course, none about atheism, even though atheists comprise about 20% of the population.

Isn't the 5 christian stamps against the separation of church and state?

Comment by Plinius on December 1, 2016 at 11:30am

National expansion - they do it only to get a better grip on a few small islands in the Meuse. I have not the slightest national or patriotic feeling and I really hate Wilders. He makes money from rousing people's unhappy feelings and puts the blame on foreigners - and I'm afraid he will win the elections with his usual one liners like Trump did.

I see I have been slow in answering - I work too hard but the mountain of chores won't disappear...

Comment by Loren Miller on December 1, 2016 at 8:58am

Believe me, Randall, the difference between a stretched 480p signal (old NTSC) and a full HD 720p or 1080i is considerable, and the larger your screen, the more you'll notice it.

Hope you enjoy!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 1, 2016 at 7:24am

I bit the bullet and upgraded my television package. I talked the guy on the phone into a better rate, saving $16/mo. So, for an extra dollar a day, I'll have HD (high definition) and more programs--not that that is a positive(!). (PS, Q-M: I've tried all those screen adjustments. It only does so much.)

Happy December 1st. It suddenly turned cold around these parts.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 30, 2016 at 2:34pm

National expansion, Chris. Wilders must be extatic.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/29/belgium-and-the-nethe...

 

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