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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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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 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

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Comment by Plinius on March 18, 2014 at 1:03pm

I cannot understand why my catface gets /p>

Comment by Plinius on March 18, 2014 at 1:01pm

In a minute I'll snore at you Carl! >^.^/p>

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 18, 2014 at 12:41pm

Especially for Chris and Melinda.....

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 18, 2014 at 12:29pm

Ian, I LOVE puns, too.  If you post more, I"ll love puns, two!   

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2014 at 12:05pm

Mindy, hope all turns out well for your son and you. It sounds like your floating down the Salmon River on a rubber boat and hit a batch of rapids. Hang on! You will get through this. 

By the way, I had terrible menstrual pains since I started and they got worse until I was in my late 30s. Fibroids and that other thing that I can't remember were removed as well as all my reproductive organs. After years of agonizing pain, I am now pain free from that area. 

 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 18, 2014 at 11:56am

Randall, I think you meant the 1971 Sylmar (or "San Fernando") quake that destroyed two hospitals, one was the newly-built Olive View County Hospital that was supposed to be earthquake-proof.  Some older, unreinforced masonry/brick buildings at the VA Hospital...many of the most severe injuries and fatalities were patients at the VA.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/events/1971_02_09.php

I live in Burbank...in 1972, the power was off for most of the day, but in the parts of the Valley that are really City of Los Angeles, people were without utilities for days, even weeks. 

The 1994 Northridge quake was similar.  Both destroyed freeway overpasses that were supposed to be engineered to resist most quakes.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/events/1994_01_17.php

Both scared the Pea-turkey outta me...and my cats.  I have wished for years that I could afford to move to someplace boring.

Comment by Plinius on March 18, 2014 at 10:03am

It's the best plan! Hug a cat and sweet dreams, Mindy!

Comment by Plinius on March 18, 2014 at 9:29am

Wishing you all the very best!

Life is so funny, Booklover! Here I am, in the middle of the day, totally out of energy and looking at a mountain of work. I think I'll hide under a blanket untill it all goes away...

Comment by Randall Smith on March 18, 2014 at 7:56am

Anyone living in the Northridge area of LA, and old enough, will remember the 1972 (I think) earthquake that killed 67 (I think) and did considerable damage to freeways being built. I lived in Pomona 30 miles away and was shaken out of bed. I left So. Calif. the next year!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 18, 2014 at 4:27am

Ian, you're SO baaaaddd!  (Thank you.  I love puns!)

 

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