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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 Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 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

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 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

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 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

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius on September 12, 2016 at 8:13am

Well done, Ian!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 7:29am

Ian, you look just splendid! Like a man who loves life. 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 12, 2016 at 7:22am

I'm feeling rather tired and sore. On Saturday I took part in a ½-marathon on a new stretch of motorway. That hard asphalt is a difficult surface to run on and seems to drain the energy out of your legs. The weather was hot to with temperatures in the mid 20s C, which is the same as mid 70s F. Tough going, particularly on the long hills. Still, glad I did it and I'm doing another one this coming weekend in a more rural and scenic setting.

Me, post 21km/13 miles:

Comment by Ian Mason on September 12, 2016 at 7:12am

I hope your op goes well, Joan.

The number of people dying in accidents in the Western world has fallen. For example, traffic deaths in Denmark are at an all-time low with the exception of motorcyclists. They don't have seat belts, airbags or crumple zones. I think modern technology prevents  many serious injuries and fatalitieswhile medical expertise increases the chances of survival and recovery.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 7:06am

This is an interesting set of data: 

Causes of fatal residential building fires (2014): Cooking 8.9%

Causes of residential building fires resulting in injuries (2014): 372%

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 6:47am

How is that working for you, Qiana? I live in a family of nighthawks, and I am an early bird; well, I used to be. Since I returned to my home, I have become more of a night hawk and life flows a little smoother when our days match up. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 2:45am

Thanks, Qiana. What are you doing up this late? Or are up up for the day?

I can't go to sleep:

The population of the US has risen +43.1% from 1977 to 2013. 

The number of home fires has declined -48.9%.

Good night. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 2:24am

BLAST! I did it again. I wrote in response to Daniel's home fires and calculated increase of US population and the decrease of home fires. Then I looked for some other information and in the process, I deleted my comment. It is late, and I don't want to recalculate it. I have to get up at 4:00 AM to get ready for my right-hand surgery. 

I know that will go well; the doctor is a pro and a prince!! He is so young! 

Goodnight everyone. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 1:23am

Ruth, you have had enough experiences with fire. I assume you have a smoke alarm in your bedroom and that it is loud. I'm glad you were able to awaken your husband. Did you have any permanent lung damage? 

When dad came to live with me after he broke his hip, my greatest fear was fire. He was 79s when he came; his weak muscles wouldn't hold him. He had to walk with a walker.

I had an alarm system installed that tied in with the smoke alarm business, and it had contact with the fire department. 

Dad had many falls the seven years he lived here. I was still working the first few years and then had to stop because he needed constant attention.  

When he fell, I could not get him up; he weighed over 200 pounds. So I called the fire department and told them I needed help picking Dad off the floor. I assured them they need not come as fast as they usually came. Dad was OK, and I could not lift him. The Alarm company and the fire department became friends, on a first name basis. 

We had an alarm that he wore in case he needed attention. He got along fine with it until he got lonesome if I wasn't home. I never locked the doors while he lived with me, the firefighters knew it. When Dad got lonesome, he pushed the button, and the firefighters would come in through the front door and find him happy to see them and ready for a chat. We had to take the alarm away from him.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 12:53am

Carl, what is the protocol in such an incident? Have you ever been in a flight accident during your career? Is there a safest part of the plane to fly? How would you manage such an incident?

I learned Transcendental Meditation (TM) at Whitworth 37 years ago and used the techniques when I started having heart problems, cancer,a blocked bowel, and carpel tunnel surgery. Doctors and nurses have been surprised at how well I endure the procedures. I explained to them that I have 37 years of daily practice of TM. 

I wonder if that training would work so well in a plane crash. Would I be able to be calm and focused when everyone around me was chaotic?

What do you think. 

 

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