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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 Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W 11 hours ago. 10 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud 15 hours ago. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G on Wednesday. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2015 at 7:49am

Joan, I liked your story of you girls engaged in the scientific study of the pendulum, and your mad uncle not buying it.  It reminded me of  similar things I did.  I remember walking home from school, and often taking the path that led to a little bridge across a fast flowing canal.  I would stand on the bridge, gaze into the water until my mind told me that I was moving up the canal.  It always amazed me.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 6, 2015 at 7:39am

Received my second "Bernie" t-shirt yesterday. The first one was a "small" (because I am), but it was way too tight. So I ordered a "medium", which fits better, but is still snug. If I was a big guy, would "large" be large enough?

Rachel Maddow says Sanders will be speaking at Liberty Univ., Sept 14. It's a conservative school and attendance will be required. Should be interesting.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2015 at 4:50pm

Carl, those thunder storms sound like the kind that can dent cars, break windows, and destroy crops. 

Our temperature now, at 2:38 is 81 degrees and it feels like a real cold spell after our over 100 degree days. We have dry lightning that sets things on fire. From the Eastern part of the state to the Western part, we have uncontrolled fires and some that have been tamed. 

The experiments we conduct at Newport will either supply our families with vegetables, or the whole place may burn down. Whatever happens, we have done all the prep-work to make our homes and out-buildings protected from fire. Pend Oreille County District Fire Dept has educated the public on how to plant for fire prevention; my adult family members volunteer. 

At my great-granddaughter's first birthday party, the family was called out on a fire. It turned out to be brush and a lone pine tree; It was quickly extinguished. 

Comment by Plinius on August 5, 2015 at 9:56am

Thanks for all the kind words! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 5, 2015 at 9:22am

Chris, knowing how to relax is one of my greatest achievements.  I really excel in that endeavor.

Randy, I couldn't agree with you more about the last two days of weather.  Absolutely perfect here as well.  This past Sunday we had two fierce storms move through this area.  Both very different in character.  Sunday afternoon was a downpour of rain with extremely damaging winds and hail.  Later that night, an incredible lightening storm came through.  But Monday and today are indeed Goldilocks days.

The Best Videos from Yesterday's Lightning and Hail Storm   

Comment by Randall Smith on August 5, 2015 at 7:24am

With all the reports of fires, floods, tornados, etc., we're having the most delightful stretch of weather I've seen in many moons. "Goldilocks" weather, I'd say. Like my good health, I'm trying to appreciate it as much as I can.  Hope your weather is as good.

I'm reminded of my old church days when the preacher would gives thanks to god for "this nice day" -- or even "this nice rain". Oh, how I would cringe and yell back, in my mind.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 5, 2015 at 6:52am

Chris, sometimes the best vacation is a NOTHING vacation: no plans, no grand schemes, no place to go and nothing to do; just hang out wherever you are and RELAX!!!

You can't beat that with a stick, most times!

Comment by Ian Mason on August 5, 2015 at 5:23am

There are times, Chris, when that's just what's needed. You've had a hectic year up until now and have taken responsibilty for others a lot of the time so a good rest is well-deserved. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2015 at 1:34am

Very good news from you, Chris. I am happy to learn of your rest and renewal and readiness for new possibilities. 

Comment by Plinius on August 5, 2015 at 1:07am

It's so quiet in here, have you taken the week off? Partner and I are enjoying a three week holiday together, and we were so tired that we did absolutely nothing, apart from leaving the house to get some food. A very cheap holiday, but it works!  ´Back to work´ changes from a threat to a possibility, and it's a good thing or I wouldn't know how to attack the new school year...

 

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