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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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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 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

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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

Comment by Ian Mason on December 3, 2012 at 10:26am

Good luck, Melinda. I'm sure your determination is at least half the battle.

I'm waiting for a phone call from my brother. Our mother is in hospital with a urinary tract infection that's so bad she's developed the symptoms of senile dementia. I've seen this happen before in my work as a carer and a good, solid dose of antibiotics usually solves the problem.

This is  what happens when someone relies on quack medicines instead of going to the doctor. Can only hope she's learnt her lesson. I doubt it though. The problem is that doctors can't cure age or prevent death, so she puts her trust in every miracle-cure that gets advertised in womens' magazines.

 

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