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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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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 The Flying Atheist on February 10, 2015 at 11:26am

More delays.  I've been waiting for final word from a cardiologist for clearance concerning upcoming surgery.  Now they want me to have another echo-cardiogram.  I've had three in the last six months.  I'm told they want a more detailed look at the severity of my aortic stenosis.  My consolation is knowing that I will have my kidney transplant operation performed at the leading hospital in the United States for such procedures.  They are being very thorough.   

Comment by Randall Smith on February 10, 2015 at 7:26am

You know the singer, don't you? Ol' Roger Miller--"King of the Road" and many other funny ones (i.e., "You can't roller skate in a buffalo herd--but you can if you've a mind to").

Comment by Ian Mason on February 9, 2015 at 10:40pm

Thanks, Patricia and Joan for starting my day so nicely.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 9, 2015 at 3:43pm

My collection of "Companions" gives me great pleasure to relax and enjoy. I hope the album works that way for you, too. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 9, 2015 at 3:39pm

Patricia I love, love, love this "Friends forever" video. Such sweet and gentle pairs and they seem to enjoy each other.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 9, 2015 at 2:10pm

I've had unseasonably warm weather for the past 2 weeks.  Wouldn't upset me if it keeps-up.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 9, 2015 at 2:06pm

We have broken warm records this past week and lots of rain. Only small patches of snow that was piled up over the winter. The star magnolia broke dormancy. No more mountain ash berries left and the robins are everywhere. Mt Spokane sky parties are all cancelled. 

We had an odd rain the other day. It seems a humungous dust storm blew high into the altitude from Nevada. The winds brought it north to our region and we had a mud rain. I noticed cars at the Cancer Care Northwest parking lot needed finger signs on their windows, "Wash me!"


We undoubtedly will get a late hard frost. We always do. Well, who knows? Climate change deniers, expect some tough ribbing. 

Melting sea ice over 27 years

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Comment by Randall Smith on February 9, 2015 at 7:55am

Love it, Patricia!

It's only Feb. 9th and freezing, but I saw a flock of robins. I'll be looking for Sandhill Cranes any day now!  At least the snow has melted.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 8, 2015 at 10:40pm

R'amen, Patricia.

Yes, Randall, an interesting subject. One of my cousins did a lot of work on one side of my family and found a half-brother that was a secret and that his Dad wasn't his Dad. Scandal!

Comment by Randall Smith on February 8, 2015 at 7:57am

FYI, Ian, the discovery was the death date of my great great grandfather Wm. Henry Smith: 1842 -Mar 2, 1901. His grave site has no tombstone and no obituary was ever found. I spent $25 to have an expert from Ft. Wayne (IN) library investigate. I won't go into detail, but it's interesting.

 

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