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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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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Monday. 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

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

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Comment by Randall Smith on June 15, 2014 at 8:02am

Carl, neat hobby!

Joan, I'll wait for a rainy day to peruse the site you suggested. I used to live in S. Cal.

Spud, remember when a "self-serve" filling station was a good way to save money? Not any longer. We're being ripped off.

And I love the poster humor!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 15, 2014 at 2:40am

Chris, thanks for the Shorpy link.  What a great site!  That's right up my alley.  I love those old photos.  I have my Chicago postcard collection with cards from 1898 through the 1940's.  So many of the postcards from the "turn of the century" are just like the street scenes in those photos of LA and from the Shorpy website. 

I have somewhere between 1,200 and 1,500 cards exclusively of Chicago.  It's my ambitious project to one day have them all posted (front & back) and categorized on a personal website for all to enjoy.  My collection is quite extensive, so I've basically stopped acquiring additional cards unless I come across something that is so extraordinary or rare. 

Comment by Plinius on June 15, 2014 at 12:57am

Those LA photos are beautiful! Do you know Shorpy? http://www.shorpy.com/

And thanks for the cartoons! Saved and to be used in lessons!

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 14, 2014 at 4:26pm

Joan, I started looking at the LA photos.  After a few at the first, I went to the last and started back up.  Near the last is a photo of a Richfield Service Station, with a couple of uniformed service men.

I couldn't help think that service has gone down as prices have gone up (dramatically).

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2014 at 4:02pm

Felaine, out of curiosity, I tried to find a photo of "Jesus Saves" "S & H Green Stamps", unsuccessfully. However, I found an interesting site that just filled a lovely hour of time on a cold and rainy day. 

Early Los Angeles City Views (1900 - 1925)

I got about a quarter of the way through the photos and stories. Some very fascinating places and changes. 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 14, 2014 at 3:40pm

When I was in school we used to sing, to the tune of "John Brown's body",

Jesus puts his money in the National Savings Bank (x3)

Jesus saves, Jesus saves, Jesus saves.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 14, 2014 at 3:25pm

Joan, a long time ago, before PhotoShop, someone took a shot of a humongously ugly  "Jesus Saves" on a tacky downtown Los Angeles church, and added an S & H Green Stamps sign underneath it (via darkroom artistry.)  The L. A. Times printed it, and caused an uproar in the Letters column.  Some people have NO sense of humor.

There is also the saying, "Jesus Saves; Moses Invests."  I would add, "They ALL Kill."

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2014 at 2:20pm

Carl, Hehehe, satin, sateen, charmeuse island! Charmeuse? What is that? Don't see how it is different that satin or sateen. 

Ian, Oh! Yes! I can imagine myself on an dessert, cake, candy, confection, cookie, ice cream, pastry, and tart island. 

Felaine, we have so many beautiful basalt outcroppings with interesting patterns that solidified from the molten rock. Some dullard, nitwit, idiot, foolish, misguided, deluded, blockhead, simpleton, misled, deceived, clod, tricked, fools like to spray paint "Jesus Saves" on them. 

Anyone foolish enough to deface such beautiful natural basalt outcroppings should have to scrub the paint off with their noses.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 14, 2014 at 1:41pm

Oh, la!  I love both of those!

Years ago some nit spray-painted "Jesus Rules" on the stage door of a building next to an office where I worked.  I bought a 2' x 3' piece of stiff cardboard, and some florist's sticky clay, and stuck a removable sign under the spray paint:

SO DOES A YARDSTICK! (OR A T-SQUARE)

It stayed there for several months, so apparently nobody objected very much.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 14, 2014 at 1:20pm

I prefer polyester myself, and being stranded on a dessert island doesn't sound all bad.

 

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