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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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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

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by sk8eycat on November 6, 2014 at 11:11pm

Dearest Carl, I (and everyone else at JCPenney Advertising) read ALL those books, and went to local signings, and had wonderful times.  The mini-series was better than most (I got a laugh out of seeing Mr. Maupin through a window in a few scenes), but the books are outstanding...IMNSHO.

I wish I still had them, but I loaned them to a friend who was dying of AIDS, and he donated everything in his apartment to APLA....that was in 1994.  It affected his brain, and he didn't even know who HE was toward the end. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2014 at 11:05pm

I like Facebook to keep track of what the family is doing. Twitter has excellent leads to article that interest me. With both, one has to sort through a lot of nonsense to get to the meat. 

I much prefer and enjoy Atheist Nexus and my friends I met here. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2014 at 10:53pm

Tales of the City.  I should read those books!  I loved the television mini-series. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 6, 2014 at 10:48pm

Nick, years ago I read a great line in one of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City books: I'd rather have five good friends than one casual lover....  

Or something like that.  I lasted less than a week on Flakebook.  It was "gag me with a spoon" time.  I don't know how anyone can tolerate it.  I'm not crazy about Twit, either.

The Nexus suits me just fine; the people here are REAL....and more intelligent and understanding...and interesting....than the average "social network" geeks.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2014 at 10:48pm

Thanks to all of you for your well wishes for me.  I'm meeting tomorrow with a kidney surgeon, giving blood samples for testing and learning more about the timeline for my transplant surgery.  I'm hoping that from here on the process will proceed quickly.  I'll know a lot more after tomorrow. 

I've never been on Facebook or any other social website other than Atheist|Nexus.  I agree with you Nick, I'd rather have a few great friends than a huge group of acquaintances. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2014 at 7:07pm

This from my granddaughter, Laurie, the one who is so concerned about making friends on Facebook. Maybe she is growing up.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2014 at 7:02pm

Ruth, what a terrible experience you have with installing alternative power sources. The technology just hasn't reached the consumer yet. I would continue to look for a reputable installer and product.

I called the owner of the company that installed my, wonderful furnace and asked him when they are going to start installing and performing the maintenance on them. He said is it is still our of the price range of most homeowners, but the cost is coming down. The problem is storage ... meaning batteries ... and when that is solved, the solar systems will be affordable for middle income families. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2014 at 5:43pm

Randy, I enjoy your writings about your family gathering. The food you describe sounds so good. I have probably had a persimmon, but I don't remember it. I will have to go on a hunt to get one. I await your description of your family's activities and hope your health doesn't dull the edges for you. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 6, 2014 at 3:52pm

If you wondered where I've been the past month, we tried to getr a solar panel installation for back up power. <sigh>

I made the mistake of buying a system really meant for a remote cabin, not a suburban townhouse. We tried to get a solar contractor to install it, and an electrician, and finally the electrician recommended personally by the seller. None would install it. They all said, "Send it back."

Tomorrow FedEx is supposed to pick up the boxed generator, batteries, and solar panels for return to the seller. We lost over $100 in various fees, plus tons of time, energy, and stress.

We then looked into gasoline generators. Totally wrong for someone with a microscopic yard, and no place to safely store either the generator or spare gas. <sigh> We're too far from gas lines. Finally we've given up on getting emergency power.

Just spent my entire day boxing the damned system up, setting up a Fed Ex account and getting mailing labels. Naturally I forgot one wire, which I'll have to mail separately.

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Anybody have positive experience with back up power?

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 6, 2014 at 3:09pm

So do I, Carl!

 

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