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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 5 hours ago. 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 August 24, 2014 at 10:40pm

I have to hand it to you Carl, that's a good one. The music's fun too, in a silly way.

Hope you don't melt, Cathy.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2014 at 9:34pm

In honor of Napoleon, here's some just plain awful music.  I liked Napoleon but I didn't care for his taste in music.  I wish he was here to hear this.  This is my retribution.  Don't enjoy........

 

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2014 at 9:15pm

I noticed some activity on the right-hand side of the page in Napoleon's Les Athees Napoleonienne group.  I was reminded that we haven't heard from him in quite some time.  I clicked on his profile and discovered that he is no longer a member of A|N.   

Comment by k.h. ky on August 24, 2014 at 4:01pm
I want in on the hugs. The weather is brutally hot here. With storms and rain coming in right after dark the last two nights. It's 95 out now. Next week is supposed to be better.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2014 at 3:42pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2014 at 2:13pm

Ruth, I just read an article yesterday that stated that the increase in temperatures have plateaued for right now despite a continued increase in CO2.  Scientists are predicting a stabilization in temperatures for possibly (possibly!) ten years, but after that time the increase in warming will once again start up. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 24, 2014 at 1:21pm

I'm way behind. Do your kids live in IN too, Randall? I wasn't aware that heavy downpours were that far east. We read about them in Washington because to the mudslides. Of course we here in the Northeast have far more extreme rainfall events these days as well.

The latest I've read on the expected El Nino is that it will be mild to moderate. So many other things are going on with heat going into the deep oceans that I'm no longer expecting a big increase in US land temperature when it finally gets here, Joan. We shall see.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 1:08pm

Chris, thanks for the link. Paul Hudson wrote: 

"One of the other main consequences of the predicted El Nino later this year would be to boost global temperatures.

"It could mean either 2014 or 2015 will become the hottest year globally on record."

Comment by sk8eycat on August 24, 2014 at 12:40pm

I wish there was a way to divert rain to places that need it.  The entire southwest is ready to blow away...if/when we ever get a Dust Bowl-type windstorm.

Comment by Plinius on August 24, 2014 at 12:14pm

weather forecast - I found this on a BBCsite

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/paulhudson/posts/How-will-this-years-pre...

We don't expect long cold winters, Joan, those were 300 years ago. Our winters are mostly wet and cool, due to the main wind from the West. Nobody is surprised if there is no snow and only a bit of frost in the nights. But we might also get weeks of frost and snow when the wind turns East.

This summer we had a month of dry heat - wind from the East - and a cool wet month when the wind turned West.

 

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