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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 Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Sunday. 14 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

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Jan 31. 15 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

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2012 at 4:20pm

booklover, I can easily see how memes work to put a suggestion in a mind, so by focusing on negative, our mind thinks of the negative. If that is true, then by focusing on a positive, or silly, or ridiculous meme would that act as a seed of thought? 

For example, if we had memes of NOMs that poked fun or ridiculed those who oppose same sex marriages, i.e. National Organization for Marriage, would that help or hurt? 

"Religions have every right to exclude whom they want to exclude, but it’s the state and federal governments which should either not be in the marriage game at all or allow every citizen to participate.
Read more at http://hypervocal.com/news/2011/anti-gay-national-organization-for-..."

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2012 at 3:26pm

National Organization for Marriage (NOM) 

What is that all really about? Why do they obsess about such a matter? 

Who cares who marries whom?

Comment by sk8eycat on November 10, 2012 at 2:53pm

Hmmm...I don't know.  I've seen diners all over the US that were made out of old railroad cars, but the wheels and undercarriage and other mechanical stuff had been removed.  That was also a long, long time ago; I don't know if those old diners still exist.  (I do watch "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" when I get a chance, but that's more about the food than the "architecture."  And the food is often revolting. To me.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2012 at 2:51pm

Never give up on your dream. via sk8eycat 
Perfect! Now if the rhino had a photo of a healthy heart and lungs, and strong bones and toned muscles, that would be the better image to dream! I don't want to live the rest of my life as something other than I, but I surely do want to be healthy.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 10, 2012 at 2:42pm

Never thought of that before, but one of those businesses probably will be the first on mars, and all 4 will be in the top 10, but I don't frequent any of them.

Oops, is that thing that looks like a railroad car a business?

Comment by sk8eycat on November 10, 2012 at 2:37pm

NOM To Blackmail Equality-Supporting Companies By Stoking Middle Ea...

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) plans to expand its campaign to stoke homophobia abroad to undermine pro-equality American companies, according to audio of a conference call obtained by The American Independent. When asked during the call about Starbucks, which had spoken out against anti-gay ballot referenda, NOM President Brian Brown suggested his organization planned to intensify its campaign against Starbucks and other similar companies in countries where homophobia is pervasive:

Their international outreach is where we can have the most effect…So for example, in Qatar, in the Middle East, we’ve begun working to make sure that there’s some price to be paid for this. These are not countries that look kindly on same-sex marriage. And this is where Starbucks wants to expand, as well as India. So we have done some of this; we’ve got to do a lot more.

This strategy is incredibly irresponsible: by associating Starbucks with gay rights in homophobic countries, NOM is singling out Starbucks employees for anti-gay abuse and more generally stoking anger towards LGBT people

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Comment by sk8eycat on November 10, 2012 at 2:27pm

I like the cat a LOT better than this:

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2012 at 2:09pm

Cat on Moon. I know it is true because I found it on Facebook! 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 10, 2012 at 1:49pm

Just to let you all know...I'm going to be cat-sitting for about a week, starting early tomorrow (Sunday).  Sue's cat doesn't have a computer, so I'll be off-line till I get back home.  I didn't want you to think that I'm ignoring my friends.

In the meantime:

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 10, 2012 at 10:10am

Booklover, I like the cat high-fiving the guitar player, and can so relate to the cat whose get-up-and-go got up and went without him.

 

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