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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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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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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 The Flying Atheist on July 4, 2014 at 2:35am

I get The Daily KOS as well, Felaine.  Great updates on what is happening in politics and social issues.

Here's the Wikipedia page for Daily Kos.  It explains the name: 

Daily Kos was founded by Markos Moulitsas (Kos from the last syllable of his first name, his nickname while in the military) in 2002.

This is my birthday month and I turn 50 this year.  I honestly can not see myself getting more conservative as I age.  If anything, I've actively been getting more progressive and vocal about it throughout the years.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 4, 2014 at 1:56am

Ian, I sometimes check it when it's included in The Daily KOS (and I have NO idea what "KOS" is supposed to mean, but I get their daily headlines.  All progressive, all the time.)

I always heard that we're supposed to become more conservative as we age...I seem to be doing the opposite.  I'll be 75 in a few months and I don't give a rat's patoot about who does what to whom, as long as they don't harm each other, or any innocent bystanders.

And I firmly believe in the last line of the last song I posted:

"If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane."

Comment by sk8eycat on July 4, 2014 at 1:44am

Okay, one more, and I'm going to bed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7JpxavO9NE

Comment by sk8eycat on July 4, 2014 at 1:20am

Moar Jimmy Buffett...Funniest song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH-cPckntEY

Comment by sk8eycat on July 4, 2014 at 1:14am

Another happy weekend song...or two:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5qI9lHO8Zs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wneCa_yIuzg

Or three...(when Jimmy had more hair)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBsPZV14I-k

Happy Cheezburgers on the 4th, y'all!

Comment by Ian Mason on July 4, 2014 at 1:09am

Does anyone else here follow "Jesus and Mo" ?

http://www.jesusandmo.net/2014/07/02/fact2

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 4, 2014 at 12:46am

I hope everyone here has had a good week.  Here's to the weekend......

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 3, 2014 at 10:02am

Joan....."Yule gift"......I love hearing that phrase. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 3, 2014 at 9:24am

Chris, one of my sons, Craig, and my daughter and her husband are in the computer business. They host through myior.com, laura does some web design, and Larry used to repair computers. 

They all very much dislike Microsoft and all its products. PCs failed regardless of which brand. They found they had the fewest calls to repair Apple products and they all now use MacBook Pro, as do I. My first MacBook cost me $400 and was a refurbished one. It lasted me five years and mechanical things began to malfunction, slow keys, slow downloads. So Laura and Larry gave me a new MacBook Pro for this past Yule gift. I think it was about $1,000.

Patricia has a Mac product and she may have some ideas for you to think about.

Any other Mac users out there?  

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 3, 2014 at 9:16am

Some months ago there was a discussion about probiotics and several of you named a brand. Can you remind me what it was? 

 

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