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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 Ian Mason on September 8, 2014 at 1:00pm

For all of you with grandchildren:

Comment by k.h. ky on September 8, 2014 at 11:36am
That's my kind of liberal.
Comment by Loren Miller on September 8, 2014 at 11:34am

Glad to help, Joan!  Please go to the JIBO website and have a look for yourself.  They apparently aren't out YET, but I have to believe they have the winter holidays in their sights.

I'm intrigued as well, but don't really have the money to spend right at this moment.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 8, 2014 at 11:00am

Loren, that photo shows a use of "liberal" that's new to me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 8, 2014 at 10:16am

Jibo actually exists? It acts like intelligence lives within a machine. I can see all kinds of uses that would facilitate my #1concern, family violence. If episodes could be recorded, perhaps both the abuser and abused would see the idiocy of dominator and victim; perhaps others would believe how bad a situation is; perhaps a professional could unwind the triggers and demonstrate ways to make healthy changes. 

Now, as to fun! Oh boy! I could get all the photos I want and from the events I want to record. l could show you that flock of goldfinch without startling them away by my movement. 

Where did you find this Lore? Wherever, I want to subscribe. 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 8, 2014 at 10:10am

Loren, there's a humanoid robot built by Honda, called ASIMO...for Asimov?  Cute, but I'd like one that can be pre-programmmed to clean litter boxes, dust, vacuum, test and correct the pool water, and do all the other household jobs that I hate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReN2l816L8k

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 8, 2014 at 10:05am

This is my kind of thinking, don't mess around with nice words, it just encourages them to keep trying. I'm sharing 

And I was able to open both photos. 

Comment by Loren Miller on September 8, 2014 at 9:25am

And now for something COMPLETELY different:

JIBO, The World's First Family Robot!

Comment by Loren Miller on September 8, 2014 at 8:26am

Hmmm, broken link, yet when I click on it, it works.  Ooooooooooooooooooooookay, let's try this again, just for fun:

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 8, 2014 at 8:14am

@ Loren--

Love it! It's kind of like Duck Dynasty in reverse.

 

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