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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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We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 2 hours ago. 11 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 21 hours ago. 1 Reply

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 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

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Loren Miller on August 14, 2015 at 12:50pm

Ba-da-bing, Carl.  At times I think Grover Norquist doesn't EVER want to meet me ... mostly because I'm so pissed at his BS that I doubt he'd be able to walk away from that meeting.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 14, 2015 at 11:03am
Ian, I'll take the liberty of answering for Loren about the 'T' entity: raising taxes.
Comment by Ian Mason on August 14, 2015 at 10:48am

Sorry, Loren but I don't understand that. What's the "T" entity?.

Oddly, Denmark didn't modernise/electrify its rail system when the rest of Europe did in the 80s and 90s. We're paying for that error now. The new high-speed, inter-city trains that were due to come into service 4-5 years ago are still waiting and rotting in the sidings. They're custom.made diesels with computer systems that don't work, brakes that fail and axles that crack. New electric trains can be bought almost 'off the shelf' with all teething troubles ironed out a long time ago.

Chris, I like that expression. I think you're right that the car is America's Holy Cow that musn't be slaughtered.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 14, 2015 at 9:01am

Some of 'em may see it, Chris.  The problem is that paying for it would require mention of the "T" entity, which is verboten in the Republican party and has been for too freaking long.

Comment by Plinius on August 14, 2015 at 8:56am

Can't they see that they need lots of public transport now because in a few years all those cars are no longer sustainable? Or is that cursing in church? (translated Dutch expression)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 14, 2015 at 8:40am

For Congress to act appropriately regarding our rail and road infrastructure would indeed take, dare I say, a miracle.  

Comment by Loren Miller on August 14, 2015 at 8:26am

One thing to keep in mind about the trains in the US.  Unlike almost everyone else, we did NOT get the crap bombed out of our rail system during World War II!  As a result, we didn't get the chance to update it from a standard which I suspect was a product of the mid-to-late 19th century!

Ordinarily I'd say it'd take an act of Congress to pull our rail system into the 21st century, but considering Congress' performance lately ... it'll take a lot more than that!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 14, 2015 at 8:04am

I hardly finished reading a book about our (USA) lagging transportation system when my sister's 3 hour Amtrak trip from Chicago to Lafayette IN took 7 hours. Not very convenient for the person picking her up, either. That would be me. She got in at 2 AM last night.  Pres. Obama hasn't been able to "fix" our infrastructure. Bernie says he can!

Comment by Plinius on August 14, 2015 at 6:50am

Perhaps her sister won't miss her very much and go on with her life. But I wonder if she is able to take care of herself and the cats - I've seen horrible neglect of self and cat with Asperger brother-in-law. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 14, 2015 at 6:13am

I imagine Felaine's cats miss her.  Probably searching the house for her.

 

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