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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 39 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Tony Carroll on November 9, 2012 at 8:49am

Didn't really know where to post this, so I'm gonna put it here. It just struck me when I saw it. Just beautiful.

November 9, 2012

Hamar Portrait, Ethiopia

Photograph by Pascal Mannaerts

This Month in Photo of the Day: 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest Images

The Hamars are a people of East Africa living in southwestern Ethiopia in a fertile area of the Omo Valley. The gracious Hamar women, freeing pride and dignity even in the midst of the bustling weekly market, are easily spotted with their characteristic outfits. They take pride in their dress and accessories and win the prize as the most decorated of the Omo people. The traditional dress code for unmarried Hamar girls includes elegant cowrie-shell collars, seeded or glass-beaded necklaces, and decorated goatskin clothing.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 9, 2012 at 1:37am

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2012 at 1:10am

Marijuana: A New Perspective

"In 1969, Sagan wrote a deeply poignant and mind-bending account of his experience with marijuana for publication in “Marihuana [sic] Reconsidered” (1971). According to his writings, during these highs, a new world of aesthetic experiences opened up to him: 'The cannabis experience has greatly improved my appreciation for art, a subject which I never had much appreciated before. The understanding of the intent of the artist which I can achieve when high sometimes carries over to when I’m down… For the first time I have been able to hear the separate parts of a three-part harmony and the richness of the counterpoint… The enjoyment of food is amplified; tastes and aromas emerge that for some reason we ordinarily seem to be too busy to notice. I am able to give my full attention to the sensation. A potato will have a texture, a body, and taste like that of other potatoes, but much more so.'”

Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2012 at 12:58am

It's a horror story that you cannot be in a hospital or clinic without being confronted with everyone's fairytales! Why don't these people just shut up and work? It sound very unprofessional to me. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 8, 2012 at 10:31pm

A priceless post-election editorial cartoon by Clay Bennett:

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 8, 2012 at 7:57pm

Hey Melinda, just heard the Frito Lay company is having to make an emergency airdrop of Cheetos in the Denver area. :) lol!

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 8, 2012 at 7:11pm

Pass the twinkies, dude.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 8, 2012 at 6:49pm

Spud, here's a horror story 4 U.  A friend in Tacoma, who IS a xian (but she tolerates me), had cataract surgery a few years ago, and just before they rolled her into the OR, the ophthalmologist came in the room and asked if he could pray with her before the operation.  SHE thought it was nice of him.  I told her I would have been off that gurney and out the door so fast.....  The last thing I want is a surgeon in any specialty who believes she/he needs supernatural help to do his/her job.

The young genius who fixed my spine in '09 is a secular Jew....we laughed at the "scarecrows" on the walls in the Cat-Lick horsepistol where he did the repair work.  It is kinda weird that they have state-of-the-art surgical equipment, but they still need mythical ornaments on the walls.  (It's the only hospital in town, and it's owned by an order of nuns....)

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 8, 2012 at 6:18pm

Thanks Joan.  Sounds like a good idea.  It's time for me to shut the computer off, so I'll talk to you about it another day.  Good nite all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2012 at 6:10pm

Spud, need a partner in getting off the couch? ... for me it is getting off my office chair. Maybe we can team up and set little, reachable goals for activity. I hate exercise, don't like walking much, and winter comes forcing me out of my garden. What are you doing and do find it pleasant? Or is it just grunt work? Anyway, let me know if you want a partner. 

 

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