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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Discussion Forum

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud 2 hours ago. 1 Reply

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

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

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Comment by k.h. ky on September 30, 2016 at 9:08pm
G Cat nice one. I love Gervasi. Sp?
Comment by Grinning Cat on September 30, 2016 at 5:32pm

And happy International Blasphemy Rights Day today!

FREE SPEECH DOESN'T SURRENDER [pictures of Jehovah from Monty Python and the Holy Grail; Muhammad from Kurt Westergaard's 'bomb in turban' cartoon published in Jyllands-Posten in 2005; and Raptor Jesus] ...to anyone's imaginary friend. INTERNATIONAL BLASPHEMY DAY - SEPTEMBER 30“BLASPHEMY: a law to protect an all-powerful, supernatural deity from getting its feelings hurt.” Ricky Gervais (via We Fucking Love Atheism)

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 30, 2016 at 5:23pm

My wisdom seems intact, after I had three impacted wisdom teeth (yet another bit of evidence against intelligent design!) removed when I was 20 or so. (The fourth was never there.)

Ruth, sorry to hear about your problems,and your trouble in getting through to your endocrinologist!

And Carl, congratulations to your parents! Sounds like your family had a wonderful time celebrating.

Loren, I found that when Ning (and AN) were having those problems, you could read more of the site when you're signed out... but that doesn't help for leaving messages or replies! (Thanks to Daniel there's an entire forum discussion about that stuff.)

Comment by Randall Smith on September 30, 2016 at 7:53am

Carl, being a life-long Cub fan, I'm envious. I've only been to Wrigley Field once. Congrats to you and your parents on their anniversary. What a wonderful occasion.

Gosh Ruth, what fun is life when you feel so "out of sorts"? I guess I could add several names to the "Hang with friends" list.

I've been out of sorts myself until yesterday morning. For 3 days I had a whopping tooth ache. My dentist squeezed me in (thanks to my daughter, his dental hygienist) to check out the situation. Xray showed a vertical crack in my lower right wisdom tooth. He (we) decided to extract it. After it was removed, I felt a little faint form the shock of it all, and had to lie down. 24 hours later, I'm good to go!  Two wisdom teeth out, two to go. I reckon I'm now less wise!

Comment by Plinius on September 30, 2016 at 1:29am

Congrats with your family anniversary, Carl, you sound like you have a great family! I'm so glad to hear that!

Success with your gym programme, Ruth, I do hope it will work for you! I tried the gym some years ago - doctor's advice - but without success, after six months' training I hadn't lost weight and the training exhausted and depressed me, in spite of the promises of more energy...   I hope your husband feels better with the shoulder replacement!

Carl and Ruth, my health issues date from early childhood, and have probably a lot to do with a quite horrible and dysfunctional family. I have a fine collection of stress related complaints and have lived on an allowance for the disabled from my mid-twenties. I tried to educate myself out of the problems but I couldn't quite manage it. I'm still on the allowance but the high point in my week is a few hours' teaching. People who complain of their jobs have little idea what it is to be excluded from working.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 30, 2016 at 1:27am

How pleasant for you, Carl. It looks like the family get-together was a real joy.

Sorry to hear about all the problems, Ruth. I hope you get some response and a clear, doable strategy from your doctor soon.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2016 at 11:25pm

Loren, thank you for all you do to keep us informed and intervene on our behalf. I like the way you sort out and describe the problem to us; speaking for myself, I am totally technology-dumb. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2016 at 11:22pm

Carl, no wonder you didn't post for a few days! You have had a lot of things going on. What a celebration with people from so far away! Congratulations on your parent's 60th wedding anniversary! 

Your parents look young, vibrant and happy! You come from good stock. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2016 at 11:17pm

Ruth, dreadful news, and so many things causing you a new normal; I know what you mean about tired, and you do remarkably well. I just am a slug, and I can enjoy it. 

I agree with you about the importance of unionization; more workers will understand the value as incomes decline and prices inflate. Not knowing what is happening cause some to work harder and not get organized with a union. 

Do you have a good support system to help and encourage you? 

It is brain-dead that is hard for me. A lot of things don't make any sense ... Oh! That isn't me; it's because a lot of things don't make any sense. 

I like the message from the grumpy, irritable cat. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 29, 2016 at 10:56pm

Oh, Flying Atheist, thanks for sharing the pictures of your parents anniversary. Very nice.

 

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