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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.

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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris yesterday. 9 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

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If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 3:04pm

Mindy, I am sure you keep track of your heart rate and pay attention to how you feel! It is better to wear a heart monitor than not know when you are in trouble. until it is too late. 

One thing about cancer, paying attention to feelings occurring in my body becomes second nature. Little twitches here, feelings of ants crawling up inside my legs, all are red flags telling me I have to pay attention to what is happening and make adjustments if I need to. Diabetes is a good indicator, too, giving off all kinds of signals that could be easily missed.

I don't know why I am telling you this, you know all about these things with your son's condition. So, just ignore my intrusive words and do what you know to be best. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 2:57pm

OK! We can write freely and without censorship. I'm blocking Yahoo ... well I don't follow their news streams anyway. So no big deal. 

Do you have any idea where the source of blockages occurs? 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 9, 2014 at 12:28pm

Joan, your words in here weren't censored at all.  Probably because A/N is not a branch of Yahoo.  The morass of censoring seems to be attached to the Comments sections of stories and articles published by Yahoo News only.  There are many people with vocabularies, or minds, so limited that they can't say anything without using words most people consider impolite, crude, or offensive.  And using those words on the internet probably make the knuckle-draggers (horses asses?) feel important. 

BUT censorship offends ME.  (And I think I just insulted the equine race...in truth they have beautiful behinds!)

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 11:10am

Patricia. Thanks for "translating". 

Was there any censoring of my sentence? 

Sorry, again, your response, Mindy, of 1 hour ago, the most recent one, didn't come through. I shall call Chrome with these two bits of evidence and see if they have a remedy. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 1:52am

Carl, you give me more evidence I don't want a cat. I'll play with the summer feline critters visiting in my garden next summer. 

The photos do make me laugh, as long as I don't have to clean them up. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 1:50am

sk8eycat, I wonder if flooding the internet with words with ass in them will knock out the robo-censors?  You started with class and pass and I can't think of any others. Surely there are others! bass, hassle, karass, lass, mass, pass, tassel. 

Well. this wasn't very clever, I just went from A to Z with an ass connected to it.

As I play my bass fiddle in the hassle of the karass meeting, a lass in mass distress, wearing a tassel knocked me on my ass.  

Well, that is the best I can come up with. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 1:32am

Mindy, I received this message from you and don't know what your sister sent you. It wasn't on the incoming mail either. 
"My Sister sent this to me because it reminds her of something I'd say (silently.)  I thought it was funny!!!  There are lots of people out there I'd love to say this out loud to! ;)"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 8, 2014 at 11:42pm

Comment by sk8eycat on January 8, 2014 at 1:08pm

I was reading the comments to a news story that popped up when I went to my Yahoo login site, and really looked at the words they seem to be robo-censoring. (BTW the news story was about a book that will be published this week....about the activists who broke into an FBI office during the Vietnam War, and got proof of the FBI's unconstitutional spying on US citizens.  Blew t he whistle on J. Edgar loud and clear!)

Anyway, the following is my reply to a long comment by another former activist

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My NERVES! Yahoo is censoring a three-letter word that means donkey, mule, or a body part that one sits on, even when it's in the middle of an entirely different word...like a group of students!

I don't happen to believe in gods or the efficacy of prayer, but I DO thank all the people who put their lives, reputations, and careers in jeopardy to expose the rot in our own government. It makes me sick that it's still going on...

We don't need NSA, TSA, and a giant Pentagon anymore. The FBI may have cleaned up its own house (perhaps), but the Patriot Act (WHAT an oxymoron!) made it possible for bigger and dirtier houses to be built. I don't think we will go back to our real ideals in my lifetime; we have become more paranoid than the USSR ever was.

I think Yahoo's need for robo-censoring of an innocent group of letters proves my point.

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The word was "ass"  ...  As in "class," or "pass."  They substituted keyboard symbols for just the three "bad" letters, so that it reads "cl#%&#mates" or something.

Am I crazy to be offended and frightened by this kind of thing?  I've felt as if the Cold War has returned for the last 20+ years... and I want to cry.  Citizens don't seem to care anymore...or we've become so accustomed to things like scanners and body searches in airports and government buildings that we just don't notice it.

Well, the ramped-up "security" stuff in airports made me swear never to fly again until they stop it. (Sorry, Carl!)  But I have always loved trains, "the onnnnnly way to fly!"...Heh!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 7, 2014 at 11:55am

Carl!  That IS cold!

PS: Pumpkin is doing his morning exercises.  ie: Lying in a patch of sunlight on the floor, and scooting over when the patch moves and he's halfway into shade. 

Fred just got back in bed with my sister...we are ALL night owls.

Hmmmm.  Good idea. I think I'll go back to my own bed.

 

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