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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 8 hours ago. 39 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2012 at 12:34am

Ian, I am sorry to learn of your Mom's illness. How are you doing? Seeing what is happening and trying to do the right thing for her is not an easy thing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2012 at 12:28am

‘We Need A Radical Plan’

Not good news, I am sorry to report. "the journal Nature Climate Change: carbon dioxide emissions will rise by 2.6 percent this year, fueled by major increases in China and India. This follows a record year in 2011, when countries pumped 3.1 percent more global warming pollution into the atmosphere — making it very likely that the world will blow past the 2 degree C warming threshold that scientists and international negotiators agree is needed to avoid catastrophic consequences.

"Some even call global warming of 2 degrees C, which is on the lowest end of projections, a “prescription for disaster.”

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2012 at 12:19am

It has been almost a year since Ruth posted this piece: 

"RELIGION MEMEPLEXES ARE A PARASITIC INFECTION!

"Quoting scripture to criticize it, satirizing Jesus, they're alternative ways to pass the poo. It's still infected poo. The only defense is "Call it infected poo and don't pick it up." Don't give it a place in your brain. Don't make it come out of your mouth, or type it out with your keyboard. It's a mind virus. VIRUS!

I've been trying to use this image since then, but continue to fall into the "poo" pile! So, as a refresher, the image of infected poo gets reinstalled. I like the image as a "kick the habit stimulus".

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 3, 2012 at 9:51pm

Felaine.  Good to hear from you!  Thanks for the update.  Sorry you're having difficulties at this time.  I wish you well and hope that you're back to your lovable feisty self soon!  I've missed you.  Be well.  --Carl 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 3, 2012 at 9:30pm

I have no idea, Chris.  I just got this JPEG from my wife, and I posted it.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 3, 2012 at 9:18pm

Get well soon, Felaine.  Miss you here :(

Comment by Chris Dodds on December 3, 2012 at 9:14pm

@ Loren Miller

Did Tina Fey actually say that?

Comment by Loren Miller on December 3, 2012 at 8:18pm

Comment by Loren Miller on December 3, 2012 at 8:17pm

Hey, Felaine!

Sorry to hear about your hand.  May I heartily suggest Dragon Naturally Speaking as a verbal interface for your machine.  It's not too expensive and I have it on good authority that it works pretty well.  Certainly worth a try, at minimum.

BEST WISHES!

Comment by sk8eycat on December 3, 2012 at 6:53pm

Dear friends, just to let you know that I have NOT left A/N, nor have I forgotten you all, I'm just having great difficulty typing and using a mouse.  My right hand has become partially paralyzed, and the earliest appointment I could get with my orthopedist is on Dec. 18.

It's my own fault; I knew I had stenosis of the cervical spine a long time ago, and was supposed to have surgery to correct it in 2010, but I panicked and cancelled.

Very frustrating, especially when I'm trying to get important (or fun) stuff done.  I'm just reading a lot, and still able to scoop the litter box. (Damn! I wanted to foist that job off onto my sister!)

I'll try to check in now and then to see how everyone is doing.

I wish you well.

Felaine

 

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