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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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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 9 hours ago. 34 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 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

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2015 at 6:24pm
Loren, "Passed in 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal law designed to combat organized crime in the United States. It allows prosecution and civil penalties for racketeering activity performed as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise."

Now, that is an interesting thought, and one that could hold water ... except for the cops, judges, attorneys, politicians, and active members of RCC who would stand in the way.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2015 at 3:57pm

Ian, sorry you are facing such uncertainty with your future plans.  I hope all works out well for you.  You do, however, seem to have a good attitude about the situation.  Que será, será. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2015 at 3:42pm

I'm so sick of hearing about the pope.  And now that he's in the US it's going to get even worse.  I just love how the right-wing in this country are complaining that the pope just isn't conservative enough.  How bat-shit crazy do you need to be to think the pope is too liberal?  And some of them are "serious" candidates for the presidential office.  Unbelievable!  Loren, I would love for your scenario to play out.  Too bad it's just a wet dream.  [rant over]

Comment by Loren Miller on September 22, 2015 at 3:31pm

How many of us would pay money to see a uniformed police officer step up to Frankie and say, "You are under arrest for multiple violations of the RICO act.  You have the right to remain silent..."

It'll never actually happen ... but I'd pay to see it happen.

Comment by Pat on September 22, 2015 at 3:23pm

Emma, I hear your frustration. "The leader of the greatest organized criminal conspiracy for child rape and torture on the planet earth just came to our country. Hurray!!!! Let's roll out the red carpet!" While they're at it, why don't they give him the keys to the orphanage rather than the key to the city.

Comment by Emma Lennon on September 22, 2015 at 3:09pm

The Pope has just arrived in DC, and it's on every channel, including ABC This is making me mad, because the Pope is preempting Ellen! (Her talk show airs on my local ABC affiliate, and I watch her every day.)

Comment by Ian Mason on September 22, 2015 at 12:23pm

Chris, the place I worked at for 13 years is now looking for temps, so I hope I can get a foot in the door there. (It was closed 4½ years ago so it could be privatised). If not, any other work I can get 'on the side' particularly in the period 1/1 - 31/3 where I can earn extra on top of my usual pay. After that, who knows? I don't really care at the moment. A Summer of idleness on unemployment benefit wouldn't hurt.

Comment by Plinius on September 22, 2015 at 5:55am

I'm glad you've got a deal! What are your plans?

Comment by Ian Mason on September 21, 2015 at 11:33am

So, my redundancy deal is in place after some negotiation. I get 6 months' notice per 1/10. Stop working 1/1 2016 but get paid until 31/3. Don't get redundancy compensation - which would have been 3 months' pay - because my redundancy isn't compulsory. It's something I've opted for. My remaining holidays, days in lieu etc. are placed in the 3 months after 1/1 16. Not the best deal in the world but could be worse.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 21, 2015 at 11:10am

Glad the day went well, Randy. Hard work, yes but a lot of people wanted to pay their tribute to your father. They must have cared about him. 

 

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