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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 Grinning Cat on September 10, 2013 at 11:27pm

Also from lovemeow:

Not quite Pavlov's bell: "Cat Trains Human to Feed On Command", using a bell to request treats.

Comment by Lillie on September 10, 2013 at 10:26pm

Grandpawrent's cats are so cute.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 10, 2013 at 4:43pm

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Comment by sk8eycat on September 9, 2013 at 9:42pm

re: Destructive Trees...Liquid Amber

They have very shallow roots, and if they are near a sidewalk or patio, they push the concrete up at the joins, and trip people.  Their seed pods are big and prickly, too.

My friend Sue had one planted in her parkway by the City of Los Angeles. (Parkways and sidewalks are City property). When it did become dangerous, and she wanted it removed, the City told her SHE had to pay for it!  Where is the logic in that?

She finally got fed up and did pay to have it cut down, and the root system dug up.  The City "very generously" put in a new level sidewalk.

A long time ago we had Catalina Cherry trees in the parkways in our neighborhood.  They were always messy; the "cherries" were inedible, mostly seed (about the size of the large marbles gamers use to "shoot" smaller marbles out of the circle), attracted wasps and other stinging insects.  Feh.  They finally developed big galls and started looking raggedy all over, so THIS city removed them, and gave us a choice of replacement trees or no trees.

I am SO glad I live in Beautiful Downtown Burbank, even if they finally did let Walphart open a store here this year. (We've been fighting that sleazy, money-grubbing outfit for ages.)

Comment by sk8eycat on September 9, 2013 at 9:23pm

Not everyone in here is a grandparent, and I'M not even a parent (at least not a "people parent"), but this is so sweet I just had to post it for everyone:

Happy Grand Pawrents Day

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 9, 2013 at 8:45pm

I'm quite happy about the breakthrough from Russia, giving us a way to avoid war. Horray!

BTW, the stock market was happy too. Our portfolio jumped up over $1,000.

Overall it's been a good day.

Comment by Steph S. on September 9, 2013 at 5:19pm

That is really cute Flying Atheist. I love it.

How was everyone's Monday?

Just back to hectic work schedule. Trying to get back to the Nexus as often as I can.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 9, 2013 at 1:15pm

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.
 

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