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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 37 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 k.h. ky on September 9, 2015 at 12:08pm
Complain away Spud. Unfortunately many of us are in the position of not having reliable or affordable internet service. I think it's in the 90% range.
But, since we can't get reliable Internet service we can't really complain about it now can we?
Comment by Idaho Spud on September 9, 2015 at 10:58am

Thanks Bertold.  I did put a thumb drive in my pocket, and will try it when I find something I want to print.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 9, 2015 at 10:54am

Spud - Glad your setup is working out. You could always just use a thumb drive to print anything you need off one of the library computers.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 9, 2015 at 10:27am

Never been to Craigs's list Ruth.  I'll check it out.  I

'm at the library again on my iMAC, and it's working fine.  Carrying this big 20 pound computer in wasn't as hard as I thought.  Just put it it a large strong Home Depot bag.  Now to find a place with a comfortable chair by a desk that doesn't have sunlight on the computer and this will be much better than the library's computers. 

I can now read so much better on this large screen, and I can save things on the computer.  I don't yet know if I can print things like I can on the library's computers.  I can't at home because since upgrading my operating system, it won't recognize my printer, and I can't find a driver that will work. 

OK, I think I'm through complaining (for the time being).

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 8, 2015 at 6:17pm

You could try looking for an inexpensive laptop on Craig's list, Idaho Spud. People upgrade and sell their old one.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 8, 2015 at 11:10am

Thanks Plinius, Bertold, Pat, Joan, Randall, and Ruth.  I'm back at library.  They're not open Sundays or holidays, so today is the first time since Saturday that I could get back here.

Using the library computers is a hassle, so I'm trying to save enough  to get a laptop.  In the meantime I'm going to see if my 12 year old windows laptop will work here at the library. I haven't tried it yet because it's battery is shot and I can't find It's power supply.  I have power supplies that will work, but I don't know the polarity yet.

I will also plan on bringing my 20 pound iMAC to see how that works.  I'll put it in a large bag to carry it in.   I don't know if the library will have a problem with that or not.  I'm not going to ask.  I'll just try it.  I would prefer to use it, as it's large screen and keyboard are easier to use than a laptop.

Comment by k.h. ky on September 7, 2015 at 12:34am
Ruth,it's Kathy if you like. And the older l get the more l take a firm stand. Two weeks ago it was a difference of a price quoted twenty dollars cheaper on an order. Last week it was the extra fee's AT&T charge. Fifteen dollars a month that ,by law,you don't have to pay! Taxes, yes. The fee's, no. Read your phone bills and it's printed on them. Call and ask them nicely and they will led you to believe you are required to pay them. I'm beginning to enjoy this. It surprises me how often l win.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 6, 2015 at 9:16pm

Thanks for the cute song, Joan. I liked the ivy-covered round trellis over the path.

I didn't know about Rip Off Report, Pat.

Idaho Spud, thanks for sharing your internet provider horror experience. I'd keep looking for a while. maybe you'll find a better one.

k.h. ky, I admire your chutzpah.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2015 at 12:01pm

Make a loud noise! Make firm conditions and stick to them! Stand up, speak out, sit in, join others to form coalitions! These are the things we did in the 1960s movements against white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant-Roman Catholic, privileged, dominant, oppressive controls. 

Comment by k.h. ky on September 6, 2015 at 11:24am
I refused to pay for a new satellite box for the TV. They wanted forty five dollars to replace it. I told them they could either send a new one or l would change providers. It made no difference to me. After they agreed to waive the charge on the box they told me it would cost twenty dollars shipping. I said'again, I'm not paying you a nickel. Send it or don't'. They sent it :)
 

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