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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 Loren Miller on June 17, 2013 at 10:55pm

Pardon my interruption here ... but I wanted to interject something truly beautiful ... something poetic, flowing and profound.  That something came from the pen of Maurice Ravel, and I truly believe it encompasses all the qualities I listed above:



What that is ... is Ravel's "Pavane pour un infante defunte."  It is among the most beautiful pieces of classical music that I am aware of ... and I invite you:

Please listen.  Please enjoy.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 17, 2013 at 8:05pm

Patricia, I had no idea you’d undergone such suffering and surgery. My spine has been degenerating more rapidly lately. Today my orthopedist prescribed sleeping in a back brace. Hopefully I’ll be able to use fewer Lidoderm patches to get to sleep. My pain is nothing compared to what you describe.*shudder* Doctors not taking your pain seriously, I hear you.

When it came to the point where I could not get off the floor, then I was classed as an 'emergency case' & got in within a week.

Your two year recovery does, however, also sound daunting.

Here's a zero calorie "box of sunshine".

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 17, 2013 at 7:22pm

How to fold a shirt in 20 seconds. I've been doing it wrong all of my life.

 

Comment by sk8eycat on June 17, 2013 at 4:18pm

More music...IF the link works

as Dan’s song about Rick Perry puts it, :

Get Off Your Knees and Get to Work”? 

 

(Piety is like garlic, a little goes a long way.)

Comment by Plinius on June 17, 2013 at 12:18pm

;-D   Nobody can resist strawberry ice cream!

Comment by Steph S. on June 17, 2013 at 11:34am

Comment by sk8eycat on June 17, 2013 at 3:08am

Oh, WOW!  I wanna skate to THAT!

Thanks.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 17, 2013 at 2:42am

I was once on a TU course at a place that used this as wake-up music: Sibelius: Karelia Suite - Intermezzo. I love it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtIw5AkUEsE

Comment by Plinius on June 17, 2013 at 1:24am

Thanks for the link, Joan! I often use these exercises and most of the time they work well. But even so I'm getting shorter all the time; I lost about 6 cm. And the exercise, the painkillers and a little pampering calmed down the nerve and I'm almost back to normal again!

That is good news that you get a grip on your well-being through diet!

Take care of yourself, Ian, while taking care of others! It's hard when there is no comfort except friendship. I'll think of you.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 16, 2013 at 11:31pm

Ian, thank you for the "Box of Sunshine;" I really needed it today for a lot of reasons.  

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So...I hope this cheers everyone up the way it did me when I saw it in the newspaper:

'Ride of the Valkyries' rouses Caltech students for finals

In a long-standing ritual, residents at one of Caltech's dorms wake to Wagner's score during their stressful finals season.  

 

 

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