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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 Steph S. on November 6, 2012 at 7:17pm

Love the warrant kitty booklover - very cute.

Tony - what a wonderful story. I am glad that you got to meet such a nice lady. Beautiful and warm people are hard to find these days. It's always wonderful when you find someone like that.

Puppy jumping picture is really funny Tony. Thanks.

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 6, 2012 at 7:09pm

Hey everyone. Only had to stand in line little over an hour to vote. Got into a lovely conversation with a Ms. Lathrop. 88 y.o. lady. The only thing she said about politics was she had voted in every election since late 40's. How wonderful. We mostly talked about family, food (got a great recipe from her I'm dying to try), and general things. What a beautiful, warm, human she was.

Anyway, a puppy pic.

Comment by Steph S. on November 6, 2012 at 5:07pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2012 at 3:06pm

Ian, it amazes me that a person running for public office would be so insensitive to the needs of his/her constituents. During my grandfather's and father's day, hard work could get one into the middle class. It is my generation that proves that to be a lie. Another myth shot down. 

One by one, the old myths fall to the garbage heap:

religion

capitalism 

democracy 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2012 at 3:02pm
Comment by Ian Mason on November 6, 2012 at 2:45pm

A picture says more than 1,000 words, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2012 at 1:41pm

Too bad he thinks only those who own assets are worthy of income security. What about families who have been hit with job lay-offs, downsizing, job elimination, sickness that causes bankruptcy, out of control costs of living, students trying to pay off loans and homeowners with foreclosed homes, people for reasons not of their making unable to work, too old to earn a living or too young, or too sick? 

Comment by dr kellie on November 6, 2012 at 1:23pm

My progressive group is meeting out to watch election results and I don't know if I can stomach it.  I guess it would be some comfort to be huddled with fellow liberals, but I might pull my hair out.  Or get drunk.  Or both.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 6, 2012 at 10:51am

I'm a traditionalist, I guess.  I vote on Election Day, almost without exception.  That one exception was when I knew I'd be out of town that day (the 1996 election, I think), and I wanted to make sure I got my $0.02 in.

Certainly having the convenience of early voting is good, but long as you got the attitude and determination TO vote, I think yer good.

Comment by Chris Dodds on November 6, 2012 at 10:49am

@ sk8eycat  How does one go about voting by mail?

@ everyone else, get out there and vote.  I don't give a shit who you vote for, just do it.  The sooner you vote, the sooner the electoral college can determine a winner, and the sooner we can get this whole election thing over with.

 

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