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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 Compelledunbeliever 16 hours ago. 37 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 Idaho Spud on June 15, 2014 at 11:55am

I remember banks giving gifts.  I notice some still will give $100 for putting so much in and leaving it there for a certain period.

 I've been tempted, but it's too much trouble, especially because I like my credit union.  I've been a member of a credit union since I started making money.  They don't cost as much as a bank and give more in interest.  Never used a bank.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 15, 2014 at 11:39am

Felaine, that's hilarious.  Looks like something from Monty Python. 

Speaking of gas stations, remember when they used to give out premiums and gifts, like banks used to?  I know that one of our Xmas music records, a wonderful Julie Andrews album acquired in the 60's, was from a gas station promoted by Firestone. 

I also remember my grandmother moving her money around to different banks so she could get the free gift.  Blenders, fans, and little household gadgets.   

Comment by sk8eycat on June 15, 2014 at 10:45am

Monorail Cat. .. Dude, this was like the first thing I uploaded on FJ. Good times, goood times.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 15, 2014 at 10:44am

I like all you peeps pictures.  The Monorail Cat is great Mindy.

Randall, I do remember when you could save money on "self-serve" gas.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 15, 2014 at 8:02am

Carl, neat hobby!

Joan, I'll wait for a rainy day to peruse the site you suggested. I used to live in S. Cal.

Spud, remember when a "self-serve" filling station was a good way to save money? Not any longer. We're being ripped off.

And I love the poster humor!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 15, 2014 at 2:40am

Chris, thanks for the Shorpy link.  What a great site!  That's right up my alley.  I love those old photos.  I have my Chicago postcard collection with cards from 1898 through the 1940's.  So many of the postcards from the "turn of the century" are just like the street scenes in those photos of LA and from the Shorpy website. 

I have somewhere between 1,200 and 1,500 cards exclusively of Chicago.  It's my ambitious project to one day have them all posted (front & back) and categorized on a personal website for all to enjoy.  My collection is quite extensive, so I've basically stopped acquiring additional cards unless I come across something that is so extraordinary or rare. 

Comment by Plinius on June 15, 2014 at 12:57am

Those LA photos are beautiful! Do you know Shorpy? http://www.shorpy.com/

And thanks for the cartoons! Saved and to be used in lessons!

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 14, 2014 at 4:26pm

Joan, I started looking at the LA photos.  After a few at the first, I went to the last and started back up.  Near the last is a photo of a Richfield Service Station, with a couple of uniformed service men.

I couldn't help think that service has gone down as prices have gone up (dramatically).

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2014 at 4:02pm

Felaine, out of curiosity, I tried to find a photo of "Jesus Saves" "S & H Green Stamps", unsuccessfully. However, I found an interesting site that just filled a lovely hour of time on a cold and rainy day. 

Early Los Angeles City Views (1900 - 1925)

I got about a quarter of the way through the photos and stories. Some very fascinating places and changes. 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 14, 2014 at 3:40pm

When I was in school we used to sing, to the tune of "John Brown's body",

Jesus puts his money in the National Savings Bank (x3)

Jesus saves, Jesus saves, Jesus saves.

 

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