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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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The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Tuesday. 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

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

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Comment by Chris on March 17, 2017 at 2:41am

Chet Baker and Paul Desmond are great musicians. My Uncle is a retired Trumpet Player for the U.S. Army Jazz band.  Chet Baker was one of his favorite Trumpeters.

My Uncles wife is Dutch. When they went to the Netherlands my Uncle made a pilgramige to the hotel Chet died which may have been a reason he wanted to go to the Netherlands.

Randall, could you have purchased the albums online and made your own CD for less than the cost of the CD's and shipping?

I saw that old telephone booths are being used as free book exchanges. Great idea.

Some Republicans in U.S. congress with Trumps proposed changes to health are are asking why men should pay for womens health and prenatal care under health insurance and Planned Parenthood. Apparently, some Republicans believe in Immaculate conseption and men play no part, or responsability in pregnancy.

 Mike Pence Will Be the Most Powerful Christian Supremacist in U.S. ...

Behind him is Paul Ryan.

The best hope is for Democrats become the majority in the House and Senate. Until that happens, or enough Republicans get tired of tRump it's unlikely he will be impeached. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 3:25pm

"Social-Democrats" collapsed?! Oh dear, they held out hope for me and my country. Do we abandon Democrats or Socialists? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 3:23pm

Ian, I am grateful to you for breaking me out of Trump/Pence Rat Hole! 

Beautiful photos, the sea, the shore, even Mother Nature have songs to sing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 3:17pm

Tom, "Trump's sanity is in question. Pence's isn't."

No, Pence's character is in question. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 3:15pm

Pence:

* Pence positioned himself as a principled ideologue,

* supporter of the Tea Party movement; the movement

* opposes government-sponsored universal healthcare

* is a mixture of libertarian, populist, and conservative activism.

* The American Enterprise Institute, polls in 2013 estimate that slightly over 10 percent of Americans identify as part of the movement.

Pence:

* "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order."

* initiated the largest tax cut in Indiana's history, 

* pushed for more funding for education initiatives, 

* continued to increase the state's budget surplus. 

* restrict abortions, including ones that prohibited abortions if the reason for the procedure was the fetus's race, gender, or disability. 

* signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, for the U.S. state of Indiana, which allows individuals and companies to assert that their exercise of religion has been, or is likely to be, substantially burdened as a defense in legal proceedings. 

* encountered fierce resistance from moderate members of his party, the business community, and LGBTQ 

* signed an amendment intended to protect LGBT people.

I can support Pence's push for funding education initiative; a surplus in the budget is always nice. 

I cannot support an individual for public office who claims to be a "principled ideologue of his description, and who opposes government-sponsored universal healthcare, is a libertarian a conservative, and a christian who restricts abortions, or who interferes with an individual's religion. I oppose hiring limits because of race, gender, or religion. 

Let me be more specific, health care is a right of a citizen and not whether he or she has a job or not. Homemakers need protection, as do stay at home dads. Children, the elderly, and the disabled also need health care. UNIVERSAL health care for all citizens.   

The pool of members of health care needs to include those who need medical care and those who are healthy. OH! I can hear it now, the healthy yelping at having to pay for unhealthy people's health care. Access to health care is a right. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 16, 2017 at 3:00pm

Mother Nature

Comment by Loren Miller on March 16, 2017 at 2:59pm

To a degree, Pence was the poison pill which may have been meant to insure Trump's position as president.  The obvious problem is that Trump may have outperformed his own "insurance policy" as it comes to that, and his incompetency may require his eventual removal from office.

Whereupon we're stuck with an apparent Dominionist.  And I'm perfectly happy to burn that bridge when I get to it.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 16, 2017 at 2:59pm

Comment by Ian Mason on March 16, 2017 at 2:58pm

Just to be cheerful, a few holiday snaps.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 16, 2017 at 2:56pm

The NL election is, in one way a bit of a relief (re Wilders) but bad news in the main. The Social Democrats have collapsed completely so there's no middle alternative and the Red/Green wing aren't large enough to challenge the right wing. That's how I've understood it, anyway. Who'll form a coalition with whom is now the big issue and might take months to work out. It's happened before.

Online bookmakers are laying odds on Trump either going or being pushed within the first year at about evens, 50/50. I think toppling Trump be a good thing as it might unnerve the extreme Right and push them back down their holes.

 

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