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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 5 hours ago. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Plinius on October 22, 2017 at 4:16am

Thanks for the video, Carl! I think it's great when one's speciality is saved this way! When I visit my brother-in-law I see him and his companions - all with brain damage  - struggling with their handicaps; blindness, aphasia, motor disabilities or simply an IQ that has plummeted. It makes me aware every time how precious our brains are..

Comment by Thomas Murray on October 21, 2017 at 5:10pm

Chris,

Maybe you got a straddled at DMV with a

Kim Davis fan?

Comment by Chris on October 21, 2017 at 4:57pm

I have one of those grabbers. I find a foot stool for getting things out of the cabinets in the kitchen easier to use.  With the foot stool I can see what's up there.  I suppose it depends upon how one arranges the items in the cabinets.  A two,  https://www.amazon.com/Restonc-Portable-Capacity-Platform-Lightweig...

or  three step folding ladder with a rail 

https://www.amazon.com/Hailo-4342-001-Safety-330-Pound-Capacity/dp/...

works better than the foot stool, or grabber.

Comment by Chris on October 21, 2017 at 4:47pm

The Flying Atheist,

I have a friend with renal failure because of diabetes. He goes through dialysis three times a week and is in the process of applying for a kidney transplant.  He's in the later stages of the application and seems to be close to needing a matching donor. 

Don't you think that opting out of being a donor should be the standard, rather than opting in? 

When I applied for my drivers license in Oregon I filled out the form to be an organ donor.  When my drivers license arived donor wasn't marked.  Fortunately I lived in a small town so when I went back to the Department of Motor Vehicals the same clerk was there.  I complained to her - She said "I didn't think you were serious."  That pissed me off. I don't know what kind of kookie religous sect she belonged to that must think someone has to be burried with all their organs, or why she thought  I as an adult was undable to make that descision on my own.  I made them issue a new drivers license. I should have complained up the chain of command.

Comment by Chris on October 21, 2017 at 4:20pm

Consious sedation is often used - especially for brain surgery.  The brain has no feeling.   Music one likes helps distract from the procedure.  I read that music a patient enjoys also helps aleviate pain.

Some music results in discomfort....

Neat link about global fires.

(http://fires.globalforestwatch.org/home/)

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2017 at 2:27pm

A recomendation to anyone wanting a new grabber like Thomas suggested, I've had quite a few, from $1 ones to a $20 one.  They all either didn't work right or broke easily excep the $20 one from Home Depot.  It's great.  Found it in the gardenting tool section.

Comment by Thomas Murray on October 21, 2017 at 2:23pm

The couple of surgeries I experienced I was awake. However, prior to surgery the doctor gave me 10 mg Valium. It was lovely after that.

Patricia,

Do you have one of these?

  I use one to pick up things from the floor. I think Ben Franklin invented this so he can reach for books on the top shelves.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 21, 2017 at 2:09pm

One bonus, Patricia: some studies recommend that post-surgery patients eat a diet high in calories. Yes, all the ice cream you want. Cakes too.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2017 at 1:56pm

Carl, this extraordinary video of musician Dan Fabbio's presenting symptoms, the diagnosis, and treatment tells a remarkable story of a patient, doctors, musicians, and the team that restored him to health. A blending of art and science that gives me goosebumps. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 21, 2017 at 1:52pm

I went and saw the film Blade Runner 2049 yesterday.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  If you like the original 1982 Blade Runner, I highly recommend this latest sequel.  It's visually stunning, as the sets and the special effects are awesome.  I found the story and the film to be quite engaging and thought-provoking.  

 

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