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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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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia yesterday. 1 Reply

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Plinius on February 14, 2015 at 12:20am

Good idea, Ruth.

Comment by Plinius on February 14, 2015 at 12:18am

------------------------- Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road? -------------------------

BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a change! The chicken wanted change!

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.

DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun?

COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken. What is your definition of crossing?

 AL GORE: I invented the chicken.

AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens.

PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone.

JERRY FALWELL: Because the chicken was gay! Can't you people see the plain truth? That's why they call it the other side. Yes, my friends, that chicken is gay. And if you eat that chicken, you will become gay, too. I say we boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination. The liberal media whitewashes that chicken with harmless phrases like the other side. That chicken should not be crossing the road. It's as plain and as simple as that.

GRANDPA: In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.

ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.

BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken2008, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken2008. This new platform is much more stable and will never crash.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 13, 2015 at 11:35pm

Ian, much better choice of music. I knew I could count on you and others to bring us some relaxing music. 

OK! Why did the chicken cross the road? 

Because he had a green light? 

Comment by Ian Mason on February 13, 2015 at 11:11pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAxefAW4J1g

The most relaxing and sublime of all albums.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 13, 2015 at 11:09pm

Quick! Ask it why.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 13, 2015 at 10:29pm

I stopped wearing a wristwatch every day, Randall, when I could no longer walk for exercise at the gym.  When you use a crosstrainer or recumbent bike there's no need for a watch timer. Fancy displays tell you everything. In the house there are time displays in every room. When I'm out, the time's on my cell phone. My world is saturated with information.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 13, 2015 at 9:54pm

I've removed the offending spinning dog gif, because it might be cruel. He doesn't appear to be hurting the dog, but this has caused so much bad feeling among us. Let's be conservative and avoid laughing at this animal's disability.

I apologize for not checking in on all of you for a few days.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 13, 2015 at 11:50am

Spud, thanks for the link to the coffee shop. I couldn't find it either. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 13, 2015 at 10:58am

That new album I just posted gets on my nerves. The drummer is like a woodpecker pounding on my brain. Sorry, not as relaxing as I had hoped. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 13, 2015 at 10:42am

Well, I don't know what to say! Other than I am staying on this site because I gain so much from it. My dearest friends on A/N post here. 

Felaine, your input is valuable, especially when it comes to animals. I feel gratitude to you for explaining why treating an animal's tail is is so painful and harmful. The reference to C.L.A.W.S. wasn't directed to you, I am sure. Well, you would have to ask someone else because I don't really know. If I had seen my children or any child twisting an animal's tail or ears I would have put a stop to it, just on general principles.   

If I had seen my children or any child twisting an animal's tail or ears I would have put a stop to it, just on general principles.   

As for myself, I feel at peace with being an atheist and no residual fear from saying so. My task now is to find ways to celebrate and affirm atheism for myself and to include those who want to join with me. I hope some fun music comes out of the atheist community. I have no talent for music or lyrics so will have to defer to others. 

Carl, a little smooth jazz, in your honor. 

 

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