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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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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

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

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Comment by Plinius on September 3, 2016 at 1:13pm

but ugly!

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2016 at 12:41pm

Your flag is bright!  Hard to forget.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2016 at 12:40pm

I couldn't picture how that looked until I checked with Wikipedia.

Comment by Plinius on September 3, 2016 at 12:20pm

Schiedam has wasp stripes.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor schiedam vlag

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2016 at 10:50am

My cities' Flag was voted the ugliest in the USA, but there are some other cities that I would rate higher (lower?), like Grand Rapids MI, which looks like Ms. Pac-Man after a bender. http://gizmodo.com/are-these-the-ugliest-city-flags-on-earth-172826...

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2016 at 8:53am

It could be several months, perhaps even a couple of years before I was discovered.  I don't interact with any of my used-to-be Mormon friends, and there's very tittle interaction with my Mormon family anymore.  

Theres only one neighbor that I talk to, and not often at that.  It would take them several months to wonder.  In the summer, their first clue would be the plants in my garden dying.  If it was in the winter, they wouldn't become concerned until early summer.

My mailbox is huge and can't be looked in, so it would be several months before the mailman would experience a clogged box.

Comment by Plinius on September 3, 2016 at 8:37am

Then you'd better organize a fixed point in your day for a short contact so someone can press alarm buttons when you don't react.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 3, 2016 at 7:01am

I recently read about a woman who had died in her home in Michigan, but found 5 years after the fact! She had no family or friends evidently. Neighbors mowed her lawn (thinking she was job-related traveling). All her bills and deposits were done automatically. She was not missed.

I was thinking that could be me--maybe not for 5 years, but several months. In the winter, I often hunker down and could possibly disappear from radar. If I slipped in the bathtub and went into a coma, who would know? How long would it take to be discovered? Fortunately, I have a sister and daughter nearby that might wonder where I was. But, it is a concern for me.

I was thinking of Luara and Steph as well as Pat.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 2, 2016 at 7:48am

Carl, that video was fun--very entertaining! Jimmy was quite talented.

Joan, in my genealogy work, tracing Smith ancestors has been a real challenge. Since my 3rd great grandfather came from Germany, I'm thinking he may have been a Schmidt (sp?) of some sort. He's where the line ends.

Comment by Plinius on September 2, 2016 at 2:40am

First vowel in your name then. I don't know how to use phonetics here, but finding similar sounds works too.

 

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