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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 Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 6:38pm
I love willows and quaking aspen as well, but my place is too small. My cousin has them on his place on the Pend Oreille River, and they are lovely, especially when the willows hang over the river. A nice spot for a canoe trip and lunch stop.

I hope your elms escaped the various elm beetle infestations and fungus that devastated USA, UK and Scotland.
Comment by Idaho Spud on September 7, 2013 at 6:22pm

I love weeping willows and quaking aspen.  I'll just remember to plant them away from anything they can bother.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 7, 2013 at 6:16pm

Patricia, what a strange neighbor.  Nice, except for bull-headiness about that tree!

Joan, I knew about the poplars weakness, but didn't know about the aspens, willows, elms, and maples causing problems with foundations, drains, sewers, & sidewalks.

I do know about a problem with elms that bothers me a lot.  They produce horrific numbers of little seeds that cause hundreds of little trees to pop-up in my yard every year.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 7, 2013 at 5:25pm

I know willow trees are very invasive with their roots, but I think they are some of the most beautiful trees.  They're enjoyable to watch when the wind kicks up.  There was a willow tree right across the street from my childhood home.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 5:13pm

Ruth, I am with you when it comes to trees. They not only add shapes and textures and lovely homes for birds, they offer year round pleasure. I have not planted poplars, aspens, willows, elms or maples because they cause problems with foundations, drains, sewers, and sidewalks. There are so many other trees to choose from that do not create problems.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 4:55pm

We notice loss of trees in forests of the northwest, especially the forest Laura lives in. The trees migrate to higher elevations where there is not enough moisture to sustain their growth, so the young new forests do not thrive. I have no idea what the liability is for a neighbor's tree falling on your property; I would surely want to know my rights. 

Whispers from the Ghosting Trees

2. Shifting Baselines

3. Scientific Evidence that Trees are Dying – Across Species, Ages and Locations

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 4:33pm

Questions on: Poplar Ron Smith, Horticulturist, NDSU Extension Service

poplar tree problem roots

poplar tree dead branches

Patricia, the roots of a poplar are shallow and subject to allowing a tree to be blown over in a wind storm. They also are subject to many diseases and pests that weaken the branches. Preventing spread of roots can be done, but is a big job. Sorry I don't have better news for you but I sent the sites that may be of help in finding a solution. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 7, 2013 at 4:12pm

Those two cute hugging kitties remind me of the Spike Lee film Jungle Fever.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 7, 2013 at 4:03pm

CAT LOVE!  [chuckle!]

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 7, 2013 at 2:03pm

Sorry, Patricia and Joan, I can't imagine viewing any tree that isn't poisonous or excessively invasive as ugly, even if branches die and it looks degraded. Wabi-Sabi. Fast growing trees absorb CO2 faster. Guess I'm a tree hugger at heart. However, planting Polars farther from your house only makes good sense.

Just sayin', "Boop!"

 

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