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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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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G 5 hours ago. 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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 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 Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2014 at 9:48pm

Chris, the metric system makes so much more sense than the Imperial and U.S. systems with inches and feet and yards and miles (and fathoms and rods and furlongs and...), and ounces and pounds (of various flavors, too! as well as stones and such), and ....

Now to bring up fictional characters that are not part of any religion! J. K. Rowling wrote on pottermore.com that when Britain adopted the metric system, witches and wizards simply ignored it. They "are not averse to laborious calculations, which they can, after all, do magically, so they do not find it inconvenient to weigh in ounces, pounds and stones; measure in inches, feet and miles; or pay for goods in Knuts, Sickles, and Galleons." She refused to allow the publisher to convert measurements in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to metric, as was their standard practice; the old system is "much more picturesque, much quirkier, and therefore more appropriate to the kind of society I was describing."

Speaking of inconvenient units, how about velocity in furlongs per fortnight (1 fur/ftn is literally glacially slow: rougly 1 centimeter per minute).

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2014 at 9:35pm

Seen on various buttons and t-shirts and such:

PIE ARE NOT SQUARE

PIE ARE ROUND

CORNBREAD ARE SQUARE

Comment by sk8eycat on March 14, 2014 at 8:07pm

[cut-EAT!] {GRIN!}  (brush teeth first)

Comment by Loren Miller on March 14, 2014 at 7:57pm

[cut-paste!] {grin!}

Comment by Plinius on March 14, 2014 at 12:27pm

Thanks Loren!   5'1

Comment by Loren Miller on March 14, 2014 at 12:17pm

You want to convert meters to feet?  Leave it to Google.

Meters to inches?  Yeah, the G entity can do that, too.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 14, 2014 at 12:15pm

PS: My sister bought 2 (small 5") "no sugar added" pies for today...one apple,and one cherry.  Vons/Safeway is actually having a "Pi Day" sale!  I'm always amazed when Marketing people actually do something clever instead of the same-old same-old.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 14, 2014 at 12:11pm

I LOVE crossword puzzles!  When I worked a few years in an advertising office in downtown Los Angeles, there was always a mad rush when our copy of the Sunday NY Times arrived.  We Xeroxed the crossword, and then everybody spent their lunch hour doing the puzzle.  I have found several sites that offer free printable puzzles, but I've never found the Sunday NY Times one. Anyroad, it requires larger paper than my printer can use (IF you want to be able to  read the clues.)  But it's always been the best, and hardest, puzzle published in the US.

British-style Cryptic Crosswords can fry your brain, but they're fun...even if you only get a few words right.

http://www.poinscrosswords.com/

Comment by Plinius on March 14, 2014 at 10:59am

But shrinking starts early! I know, because I wanted to be tall and I kept track of my height.

I was 1.62 m. when I was 18, but only five years later I was back below 1.60 m. Now at 60 I'm 1.57 m.

And now how to convert that to inches... 61 inches, but I can't find the feet.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 14, 2014 at 9:40am
Mindy, I think I've shrunk in height also. For years and years, ever since 8th grade, my height was measured at exactly 6 feet. Several years ago I had a work-related physical and they measured me at 5'10". I was really surprised. Then my own doctor confirmed that measurement as well. It seems very strange, since I'm only approaching my 50th birthday this year.
 

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