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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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Discussion Forum

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 8 hours ago. 34 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 Loren Miller on September 16, 2016 at 9:58am

GC, your sites on vaccines & autism and ministers forced to marry gay couples are PREMIUM!  Thanks for putting those up!

Comment by Plinius on September 16, 2016 at 9:46am

A present but from whom? Sinterklaas? Anyway, I've got Ménière - a present I can't refuse. It explains a lot about dizziness, deafness, etc. Dank u, Sinterklaas!

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 13, 2016 at 5:17pm

Loren, that site "25 Logical Reasons to Vote for Donald Trump" actually makes a lot of sense. I will be sure to go out and vote on November 8!

(If you use a script blocker like NoScript, you'll need to allow 25logicalreasonstovotefordonaldtrump.com and createjs.com.)

With similar concise, authoritative information that doesn't pander to Big Pharma or liberal media lies, there's "How Do Vaccines Cause Autism?" (scroll down for a link to peer-reviewed research) and "Number of Ministers Forced to Marry Same-Sex Couples" (click on underlined numbers for details).

Comment by Ian Mason on September 13, 2016 at 10:53am

Thanks, good people. These bursts of running around probably show how easily amused I am.

Trump: I wish the whole thing was a bad TV show I could turn off. The problem is that the incumbent of the White House affects my life too.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 13, 2016 at 10:44am

Ian, you never cease to amaze me.  Congrats on your marathon run..

Loren, your link works fine for me.  Very funny.

Cute dog and cat pictures.

I was wondering if a dog or cat could be trained to leave the house when the smoke detector comes on.  I imagine part of the drill would need to include humans propping open the door upon leaving the house. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 13, 2016 at 10:27am

Wow, I got behind here rather quickly.  Lots of posts.

Qiana and Joan, luckily I've never been in an emergency landing or have had to evacuate an airplane. In fact, most flight attendants will work their entire career and not have to go through that experience.  None the less, it's the single most situation that we are heavily trained to be proficient.  Once a year all flight attendants must return to training headquarters to be evaluated and re-certified to perform evacuation functions.  Step by step movements and vocal commands are in place to save precious time and must be followed and executed correctly.  

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on September 13, 2016 at 9:32am
Loren, cute web page.
I've been re-watching the BBC/HBO series "Rome". A portrayed, Julius Caesar was rich, narcissistic, lacking empathy, bombastic, manipulative, made things up as he went along, loved by the masses, saw enemies everywhere, put on a big show for the hoi pilloi, brutal with those who criticized him... and Was the end of the Roman Republic. With and after Caesar, Rome was a dictatorship. I wonder if that's where we will head. Of course, Ceasar's final speech in the Senate didn't go to well for him.
Comment by Loren Miller on September 13, 2016 at 7:13am

The link still works for me, Idaho ... though the result isn't quite what one might expect!  Anyone else?

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 13, 2016 at 7:06am

My system can't find that post Loren.  I tried several places Google referred me to, and no luck.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 13, 2016 at 6:02am

Okay, enough amusement!  Time for SERIOUS stuff.  Did you realize there are 25 Logical Reasons to Vote for Donald Trump?  You DIDN'T???  Well, then, you should clearly click on the link above and find these out!

 

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