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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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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 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

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 4:39pm

Felaine, re: Rare Florida forest set to be leveled for a Walmart and Chik-fil-A, I wonder if Walmart and Chik-fil-A are aware of the rising ocean? Wouldn't that be a great joke on them if they got flooded out. I hope no one sells them sea level rise insurance. They should accept all the risk, not the people who pay the bills when things go wrong. But a tragedy to squander such a forest on stuff and junk. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 4:32pm

However, the smoke is dreadful!. The Okanogan Forest is in the middle of the state. Spokane is very near the Idaho border in eastern Washington state. The prevailing winds come from the west. However, with these variable winds, Williwaw". This is the correct spelling. Our situation doesn't fit the definition of 

"In meteorology, a williwaw is a sudden blast of wind descending from a mountainous coast to the sea. The word is of unknown origin, but was earliest used by British seamen in the 19th century. The usage appears for winds found in the Strait of Magellan, the Aleutian Islands and the coastal fjords of the Alaskan Panhandle, where the terms outflow wind and squamish wind are also used for the same phenomenon."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williwaw

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 3:43pm

Ruth, no, the Spokane area isn't close to the Okanogan Valley where all those fires are burning. We do have close fire allegedly started by three men in a yellow pick-up shooting off explosives. The wind is like what my grandmother called a "Willowa", winds that shift and come from all directions. I can't find it by Googling, and I may have misspelled it. However, that is exactly what is happening. 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 20, 2014 at 2:45pm

You beat me to it, Ian.  I was about to post that edition of Non Sequitur until I saw that you already had it up.

Anyone here get the feeling that Wiley is an atheist?!?

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 2:43pm

Ruth, what an awful looking heat map. Makes me want to crawl underground and stay there until the smoke clears. That is a tremendous amount of the country under threat of drought and fires. 

My electric bill has gone down substantially since installing the new furnace. My water bill will be higher than last summer. Oh well, win one, lose one. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 20, 2014 at 2:26pm

Have a great time with your family, Joan. I was looking at the extent of the Carlton fire. Is your home anywhere close to the perimeter?

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 1:50pm

I have a description of my water problems and solutions in Godless in the Garden. Here is the rest of the story. 

Task done, everything is on timers, and I am off tomorrow to spend a week with my daughter and son from Littleton, CO and his two sons. All my grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be there and I should have some photos to share next week.

All the adult members of Laura's family are on the volunteer fire dept. and we are all prepared to provide back up for those who go to fight the fires. We take water, healthy sandwiches and fresh fruits and vegetables. We also take along plenty of buckets and basins and towels so the firefighters can splash themselves down to cool off.  

Added to this excitement, my granddaughter's baby, Brooklyn is expected to be born on Monday. I won't be wanting for entertainment and excitement.

Laurie, my granddaughter, already told me she didn't want me in the room when she delivered. I am sure glad to know that because I don't like to watch pain, even it has such a fine outcome as a new great-granddaughter.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 20, 2014 at 1:23pm

Here's an image of how the jet stream wave bringing me cooler weather brought you fire-prone conditions at the same time, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 1:18pm

Ian, Wonderful cartoon! Makes a whole lot more sense that fish will talk together about humans, then humans will ever get over their fetish for being right and killing each other to prove it. I'm sharing. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 20, 2014 at 1:15pm

Joan, I don't know what to say. Being that close to a major wildfire must have been dreadful. Knowing that such conditions will continue in your region of the country just makes the dread deeper.

Knowing that we in the East had a few days of cooler weather from the same Rossby wave that brought hotter, drier weather to your region makes me feel a little guilty.

 

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