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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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee 19 hours ago. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 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 Idaho Spud on September 5, 2015 at 10:58am

I'm typing this from the library.  I quit my Internet Service Provider yesterday because they finally treated me so shabbily, it was way beyond my layzyness to put-up with. 

In February, I asked them to cancel my service, but they offered me another year at $20 per month, so I said yes.  However, they've been taking $30 per month out of my checking account, and I received a statement a few day ago saying they were going to take out $42.

I've been putting-off calling them because I hate the hassle of trying to get them to do anything for me, but the $42 bill finally contacted them, and the hassle was way more than I expected.

I tried the easy way at first.  I sent them an e-mail saying I expected them to live up to their promise of $20 per month or cancel my service.  They said they could not do that by email.  I'm sure they meant they would not do it, that they wanted me to call a salesman.  I called the number they gave me, and sure enough it was a super high pressure salesman.  He did not respond to my request, but just kept trying to sell me TV and phone service, besides the internet.  He finally transferred me to another guy who got annoyed right away because due to a poor connection I had to ask him what he said and what the buzzwords he used meant.  I also complained about the runaround and high pressure sales tactics I'd been subjected to.  He got very defensive at that, acting like I'd accuse him of those things. 

He claimed he also could not correct the billing problem, and said I had to go to the company's home page and sign-up for paperless billing.  He said that was stated everywhere.  I could find that statement nowhere on my bill, and the gal that said she reduced my bill in February didn't say I had to do that.  He kept getting more annoyed that I wouldn't believe his lies, so I finally  got tired of trying to get him to help me, and so even though I knew what he said would not cut my bill in half ,I hung-up and tried going to the home page.

The home page would not let me access my account just like it had years ago, when I first set-up my account, so I sent another email stating that.

Yesterday, I decided I'd had way too much hassle with that company, and called again.  This time I just said cancel.  The guy I spoke to this time ask if I would continue if they reduced my bill.  I said no.  I've already been conned by that trick in February.  I've been ran around the mulberry bush, lied to, and I've had it with this company.

He finally said he had canceled it. I hope he did, but it wouldn't surprise me to see them continue taking money out of my checking account. 

I've had trouble with connections problems in the past, and people I talked to at that time knew nothing.  Even the simplest questions stumped them.  

Hopefully, the free library internet access will work for me.  I plan on calling other providers, but from what I hear, none of them has plans with prices low enough for me.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 5, 2015 at 10:04am

Thanks, Spud. Ol' Spike was one crazy dude! 

And Loren, for the recored, it's "jumbled", not  "jumped".

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2015 at 12:40pm

Oh yes! I remember it, and can still sing it all the way through (patting myself on the back).  Here's a jived-up version of that already jivey song.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 3, 2015 at 10:55am

If the words sound queer
And funny to your ear,
A little bit jumped and jivey...

Look them up on Google!  [chuckle!]

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 3, 2015 at 10:26am

My grandpa always used to sing it. Andrews sisters, if I remember right.

Comment by Plinius on September 3, 2015 at 10:26am

Never heard of, Randall.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 3, 2015 at 10:22am
Does anyone remember the old (1943) song, "Mairzy Doats"? I had to look up all the lyrics and hear the original version so I could sing it to my grandchildren. Fun song.
Comment by Loren Miller on August 31, 2015 at 12:54pm

Hex, it's not that one of you is smarter than the other; it's that one of you is open to new information.  She's been told that being open like that is an invitation to hell. 

Questioning the bible should be no different than questioning any other source: either it has the goods or it doesn't.  It doesn't get a free pass just because it's the bible and it doesn't get to prove itself with itself.  Evidence talks; bullshit walks.

Comment by Hex5 on August 31, 2015 at 12:35pm
I presented a small book of facts. Her reply was how dar you question god. Tgen i tore apart the bible i tore apart noahs ark on every level which is a few pages by itself then the resurection then revelations i also tore apart genisis i did it in the most logical easy to comprehend way possible. Her responce why do you question the bible why cant you believe it. She asked that after i pointed out all the problems with the bible. Finaly i gave up im like your a lemur. I cannot help you because you are a lemur. Just quit trying to comvert me im an ape your a lemur im smarter than you are
Comment by Loren Miller on August 31, 2015 at 12:26pm

Hex, there are people like that all over the place.  In one memorable episode of The Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty spoke of a young teen who had emailed in, terrified of questioning his/her faith for fear of becoming a heretic.  These are people who value a hallucination over reality.

Ask your friend of facts are more important to her than faith, and if faith takes priority, ask her why she looks both ways before she crosses the street!


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