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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 16 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 Mike Hungerford on November 18, 2012 at 11:24pm

Thank you for the charts, Ruth.

You have assisted me in making my point.

And since I answered a question for you, I'll ask you to return the favor, and help me assuage a little curiosity:

There's a buncha' folks around here who figure I must be some kinduva' nut job, aren't there?

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2012 at 11:17pm

 Patricia, I like the definitions "Black Cat Analogy". I'm passing it on. Thanks. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 18, 2012 at 11:13pm

Hugs back to you Steph!  Always good to have you around.

Comment by Steph S. on November 18, 2012 at 11:12pm
I love that black cat analogy Patricia!
I love black cats!
I'm looking at all your graphs Joan!
Comment by Steph S. on November 18, 2012 at 11:10pm
I love your cats that you post Booklover! That's a real cute one!
I enjoy being in this group with all of you too!
I enjoy your company!
Wonderful group!
Hugs everyone!
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2012 at 11:00pm

President Nixon Imposes Wage and Price Controls

1970, Inflation 6%.

1971, August 15, imposed wage and price controls.  

1971, Inflation 4%.

1971, U.S. left the gold standard.

1973, Inflation rate below 4%.

1974, Inflation rate 9%.

1974, Inflation rate double digit.

1974, Wage and price controls dismantled. 

http://www.econreview.com/events/wageprice1971b.htm

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2012 at 10:57pm

Inflation Is Baked into the Cake

monetary inflation, when the supply of money increases faster than the supply of goods and services.

price inflation, an increase in the overall level of prices for goods and services.

Monetary Inflation and Price Inflation

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2012 at 10:33pm

In addition, 

President Nixon's cancelled link between U.S. dollar and gold

My goodness, he really made a difference, didn't he!!!!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2012 at 10:19pm

Mike, you answered a question for me. I had to go to my dictionary for definition of iconoclast and didn't understand you until your explanation.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2012 at 9:38pm

Melinda, you photos make me laugh and tickle my funny bone. A great way to brighten any day. The one with the black and white cats intertwined to make hearts very cleverly says I love you.

 

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