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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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The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris yesterday. 14 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

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love


Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Jan 31. 15 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

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 21, 2017 at 4:40am

Ruth, sorry your day didn't go well. Maybe a day sprawled on your back, with you arms spread wide and giving out a sound expressing your feelings could bring relief. 

Life is too short for bad days. 


Comment by Joan Denoo on January 21, 2017 at 4:24am

Plinius, sadly, you have a formidable challenge that faces your daily living with those stairs. After surgery, if you have one, I imagine you will move your bed closer to the bathroom and kitchen. Do be careful; getting rich suddenly would be helpful. 

I heartily agree with your comments about both alcohol and marijuana; especially the latter. While in cancer treatment, I saw many patients who found comfort and relief from pain.  

Comment by Plinius on January 21, 2017 at 1:42am

Thanks for the kind comments! There´s a lift in this building, then five steps up, one down, one up, two up - you get the picture, it´s an old building. And I have a two floors apartment, terrace, kitchen and bathroom downstairs, living upstairs. So I must be careful or get rich suddenly.

The pros of alcohol - not really important. It helps people lose their restrictions, but who profits from it? In this famous gin producing town a lot of glass is broken as a result..

Pros of marihuana - it works as a painkiller. Our friend Patricia uses it but she´s never high.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 20, 2017 at 8:54pm

I've never tried marijuana, and like you, have no interest in trying it.  I would like to see it be lawful, but not because I think it's benign. It many have more negatives than positives.  

I'll just wait until science teases-out the specific chemicals that have more benefits than harms, then try any of those that a doctor I trust thinks would benefit me.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 20, 2017 at 8:50pm

Joan, I agree with you about alcohol.  If it has any benefits, I think they are outweighed by it's harm.  

When I quit mormonism, I decided to give some a try, just to see what the fuss was about.  I knew a lot was bad for me, so I never did try enough to feel a buzz or anything at all, and most of it was horrible tasting.  

Haven't drank any for years and don't intend to drink anymore.  I see no reason to, and good reasons not to.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 20, 2017 at 8:46pm

from cheezburger

Caption mine, captures how I feel today.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2017 at 8:38pm

As to marijuana

After reading the following article, I don't like what it does to the brain and body, and I continue to have no interest in using it. The scientific evidence that it produces panic and paranoia slows reaction time, impairs coordination, reduces memory, alters thinking,  judgment and sensation, produces what I do not want in my body and brain. 

I worked at boys' ranches where many of the boys had school problems, i.e., failure to remember tasks, problems learning arithmetic and spelling. We conducted achievement tests on the residents and discovered the boys having the most difficulty were also using marijuana during their home visits. Many parents used marijuana to quiet their rambunctious sons while they were at home. I discussed the problems the boys had in learning and invited parents to partner with the ranch to see if the boys did not use the substance at home on weekends or holidays if the kids would improve in their school tests. 

The results of the tests were astounding. For those boys who did not use the substance, they did not have math and spelling problems. They followed the same assigned tasked and had significant improvement. Some of the boys were successful in sneaking marijuana, and it showed up in their test scores. We tested those boys, and they tested positive for marijuana use. 

We observed panic attacks and paranoia in some of the boys. We tested those youngsters and found evidence of marijuana use. 

It became apparent to me that young boys should not use marijuana. I don't know the effects on young girls. We must not assume the same effect on girls as on young males. We could find results on both genders with properly designed studies.   

The Science of Marijuana: How THC Affects the Brain

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2017 at 8:35pm

As to alcohol

Alcohol offers no benefit as far as I can tell. It may make an individual feel "good"; booze does not improve reasoning, communicating, or bonding. It certainly does not make the tongue work more efficiently or effectively. 

Alcohol’s effects on the brain and body 

Drinking too much, on a single occasion or over time, can take a serious toll on your health.  


Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior, and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.  


See Nation Institute on Alcohol Abuse &Alcoholism

All that recorded, I love the taste of alcohol. It improves the taste of food, if used judiciously, it stimulates conversation with some, and I like the tingle of my scalp when I drink it. 

Sadly, my body doesn't like it, and I feel physical pain even with a small amount. Being a diabetic I can't drink alcoholic beverages. 

Furthermore, I have better conversations if I don't drink. It used to make my controlling Dad a really nice man. He was a teetotaler and rarely took even a sip. When he drank a glass of "Longevity wine," something I brought back from China, he was funny. 


Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2017 at 8:26pm

On! Oh! Chris ♂ I will be more specific in the future.  

I have no doubt National Geographic Magazine will become another megaphone for the beliefs of a few imposed on the many. I will be watching to see if the magazine stays true to its mission. 

"National Geographic, a global nonprofit membership organization, motivated by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling, to change the world." 

• Our Human Story: Exploring where we came from, how we live today and where we may find ourselves tomorrow;
• Critical Species: Revealing, celebrating, and protecting the diverse creatures that share our world;
• Our Living Planet: Understanding the intricate and interconnected systems of our changing world;
• New Frontiers: Searching for the “new” and the “next” — using the latest technology and science to visit places no one has ever been and find answers no one has ever found."

(emphasis mine)

I will be watching for any signs of biblical stories that tell of the 6,000 or 10,000-year-old earth, or of humans co-existing with dinosaurs. The supernatural stuff may appear, and if so, I intend to be a firebrand opponent. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 20, 2017 at 8:14pm

My husband had a knee replacement. It's great now, all fixed. Just surgery recovery to endure and physical therapy.


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