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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.

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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 23 hours ago. 4 Replies

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 Ian Mason on September 13, 2016 at 10:53am

Thanks, good people. These bursts of running around probably show how easily amused I am.

Trump: I wish the whole thing was a bad TV show I could turn off. The problem is that the incumbent of the White House affects my life too.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 13, 2016 at 10:44am

Ian, you never cease to amaze me.  Congrats on your marathon run..

Loren, your link works fine for me.  Very funny.

Cute dog and cat pictures.

I was wondering if a dog or cat could be trained to leave the house when the smoke detector comes on.  I imagine part of the drill would need to include humans propping open the door upon leaving the house. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 13, 2016 at 10:27am

Wow, I got behind here rather quickly.  Lots of posts.

Qiana and Joan, luckily I've never been in an emergency landing or have had to evacuate an airplane. In fact, most flight attendants will work their entire career and not have to go through that experience.  None the less, it's the single most situation that we are heavily trained to be proficient.  Once a year all flight attendants must return to training headquarters to be evaluated and re-certified to perform evacuation functions.  Step by step movements and vocal commands are in place to save precious time and must be followed and executed correctly.  

Comment by Daniel W on September 13, 2016 at 9:32am
Loren, cute web page.
I've been re-watching the BBC/HBO series "Rome". A portrayed, Julius Caesar was rich, narcissistic, lacking empathy, bombastic, manipulative, made things up as he went along, loved by the masses, saw enemies everywhere, put on a big show for the hoi pilloi, brutal with those who criticized him... and Was the end of the Roman Republic. With and after Caesar, Rome was a dictatorship. I wonder if that's where we will head. Of course, Ceasar's final speech in the Senate didn't go to well for him.
Comment by Loren Miller on September 13, 2016 at 7:13am

The link still works for me, Idaho ... though the result isn't quite what one might expect!  Anyone else?

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 13, 2016 at 7:06am

My system can't find that post Loren.  I tried several places Google referred me to, and no luck.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 13, 2016 at 6:02am

Okay, enough amusement!  Time for SERIOUS stuff.  Did you realize there are 25 Logical Reasons to Vote for Donald Trump?  You DIDN'T???  Well, then, you should clearly click on the link above and find these out!

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 13, 2016 at 12:38am

Qiana, Ruth, nothing wrong with being easily amused!

(Great pictures!)

Ruth, a "Fresh Air" episode I heard today (Monday) in the car brought to mind what you said about your cats hiding in the basement when the smoke alarm sounds, and that in a fire you'd have no time to save them.

Terry Gross interviewed Sarah Ellis, author of The Trainable Cat, which made me think "what if her cats could learn to endure that particular horrible noise, and go instead to the door, or into their carriers!"

Listen, or read the transcript, at NPR's site: http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=4932...

(Torrey Wiley / Flickr)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 12, 2016 at 11:11pm

Good point about simple things being the most fun, Qiana-Maieev.

Comment by k.h. ky on September 12, 2016 at 10:44pm
I love the dog chasing its tail.
 

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