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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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CBS News Treats Uri Geller as Actual ESP Talent?

Started by Loren Miller on Sunday. 0 Replies

CBS Sunday Morning is beginning to piss me off.  This morning they presented a story on the US governments foray into…Continue

Tags: espionage, fraud, ESP, Uri Geller, Sunday Morning

Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Aug 10. 7 Replies

Okay, gang ... when is the last time you saw Seth Andrews do an animated video on his YouTube channel?  Seems like donkey's years ago, don't it?  Well, apparently Jeff Sessions and his "religious liberty task force" got Seth's nelly up enough that…Continue

Tags: religious liberty task force, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 2 Replies

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Steph S. on October 6, 2011 at 8:56pm

Here's a picture at the Wall Street Protest

Brighton Wallace takes part in an "Occupy Austin" protest at Austin City Hall, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Comment by Steph S. on October 6, 2011 at 8:50pm

Here's a link to the protest of Wall Street In Austin, TX.
Comment by Steph S. on October 6, 2011 at 8:46pm
Did anyone have Wall Street protests in their city today?  There was a big protest in downtown Austin today.  They showed some of it on TV and the cops were in riot gear and were pushing the crowd back.
Comment by Julie Carter on October 6, 2011 at 8:13pm

I must have missed the part where Ian was self-indulgent and bitter and whatnot. I only saw a one-sentence statement about the suicide rate in China and the fact that it wasn't widely covered in the US (though I'd disagree with that; if I knew about it, it must have been fairly well-covered, because I'll admit to not being the biggest news watcher).


Alexa, I have no problem with your appreciation of Jobs and sadness at his passing. But I think you overreacted to Ian's statement, and it's unfair to start hurling personal insults at him. (Perhaps there is more to this than I'm seeing here? If there's some kind of history between you two, I'm not aware of it.)


However, I was recently at a conference where a marketing specialist who has worked with Apple explained that they aren't really the inventors of their products anymore; they are a company who has other companies develop (and manufacture) the products, and they are really the global distributors of the products. So while I have no doubt that Jobs was an intelligent man (in business) and very good at what he did, I think he's given too much credit for being an "inventor" of things he didn't really invent. He was one hell of a salesman, one hell of a marketer. And there's nothing wrong with that. But he didn't create all the things he's given credit for.

Comment by Maruli Marulaki on October 6, 2011 at 8:06pm
Ruth:  Is it true, that I get new comments by email, before you have approved them?   I got the last comment about five times, before it was visible here.
Comment by Lary9 on October 6, 2011 at 7:48pm
On the Uber-Homages to Steve Jobs:
I think that most people, who are ostensibly 'believers' in an afterlife, are conflicted. They're not exactly certain if there is an 'afterlife' and not sure if there isn't. Consequently, unlike ourselves, they haven't come to grips with any "certainty" at all about life continuing after death, no matter how much they claim the opposite and shout hysterical Hosannahs. In fact, the very act of communal worship with its repetitive praising and declarative dogmas actually reveals and reinforces the fragility of faith as a way of knowing. IMHO, church rituals serve to increase the deep seated ambivalence of parishioners about life after death. 
This why the living that are religious require such elaborated  memorialization of the dead... it shores up their "belief in things unseen and the hope of things to come" in times when human  mortality is unavoidably real. Myself... on the other hand, I've accepted certain eventual verities about biological death like all  natural undeniable things. That acceptance brings a special kind of peace with it.
Comment by Lary9 on October 6, 2011 at 7:15pm
Carl Pastor~ I often wondered why God never tried to "save" Lucifer. You know what I mean? Why didn't at one of the big three...[either God the Father, Son or Holy Spirit]... offer him some 'Truth and Reconciliation' along with some of that infamous Christian forgiveness? Is he the patron of The Unforgiveable? Doesn't denying Old Patch a shot at absolution augment his evil isolationism from Heaven... de facto?
Comment by Natalie A Sera on October 6, 2011 at 6:10pm
My reaction to Steve Jobs' death is that he was good at what he did. Of course, Wozniak was the computer developer, but Jobs was the one who sold the product that Wozniak developed. Neither one could have succeeded without the other. Jobs was most likely less than perfect (!) but so are the rest of us. What's the quote, something like bury the evil with the dead, and let the good live on?? From a Shakespeare play -- Julius Caesar?
Comment by Donna Darko on October 6, 2011 at 5:28pm
While I can see almost everyone's view here, and I do have not undue respect for Mr. Jobs, and a bit of sadness at his demise, this is the "HANG WITH FRIENDS" group. I think that some of these comments may have had a better reception at another place in the AN.
Comment by Susan Stanko on October 6, 2011 at 5:10pm
And that doesn't justify jumping doen peoples throats if they don't agree with you. (Not dircted at you, Steph.)

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