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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 7 hours ago. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2017 at 3:19pm

Ian, I lived in Wasington DC for two year, part in 1967, & 1968 the year Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated, and part of 1969.

While there, I met and talked with President Lyndon Baynes Johnson about my teaching project at Valley Green Housing Project, in Anacostia, a place where black single mothers, and their dependent children lived. I was trying to get assurance for employers who hired our black teenagers as they worked to get out of the tenaments. 

I also talked with my Senators and Congress people, as well as others. The most helpful to me was Mark Odom Hatfield, a Republican politician and educator from the state of Oregon. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 29, 2017 at 3:18pm

Yes, Joan. Washington D.C. I think a lot of my time will be spent in museums. I'm particularly looking forward to the Air and Space Museum which has, I understand, two sites. One of them has Concord and the Space Shuttle in large hangars. I grew up in the 60s, a child of the 'space race' so this would be a childhood dream come true, to see the Mercury and Apollo capsules plus the later developments. I also want to see the Native and African American museums. I don't know if there will be time for anything else. Perhaps a film or a play in the evenings. Then on to Nashville for the eclipse followed by New York. I'm sure a lot of time in NY will be art, art and art with a little off-Broadway theatre as a night cap.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2017 at 2:48pm

Ian, do you mean Washington D.C.? That is a marvelous city with museums, libraries, The White House, Congress, The Supreme Court, statues, monuments and if you look you will see people of all nations, occupations, interests. I liked to go to the Mall, sit on a bench while my three little children played on the grass, while I talked to whoever sat down beside me. Some wore turbins, others wore funny hats, some looked like people with different birth places. 

Have a jolly good time!

I live in Washington State which on the west coast of the US. 

Washington D.C is on east coast. 

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 29, 2017 at 2:48pm

Joan,

Thanks for the pix....I now have it as wallpaper on my laptop. This is also the reason why I love the West, especially out in the deserts. The desert highlights the trillions of stars that it is beyond imagination.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2017 at 2:41pm

OK Loren, nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope suits me just fine. However, we have those encounters where people show disdain, or whatever, Do you have answers for their superstitions? Yes, I bet you do! But what about Spud, he is shy, has old memories of being part of the religious crowd, and needs to be ready for whatever shit they throw at him. 

Come on, Loren, give people such as Spud some ideas of how to respond and do it in a way that you feel good about yourself!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2017 at 2:36pm

The Milky Way over Monument Valley 
Image Credit & Copyright: Tom Masterson

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170726.html

This photo takes my breath away. Just imagine, in all this stuff of space, you and I are part a of it and we have the senses to see it and emote about it. 

Comment by Deidre on July 29, 2017 at 12:19pm

Hmmm...one thing to rid the world of. I would say bigotry. It's the one thing that keeps religion alive, and it's what causes a lot of wars. 

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 29, 2017 at 10:06am

Carl,

The public library system does share with other 7 branches in our county. We also can request and reserve books in advance and they will hold it for us. They will also request books from other counties. I just discovered the next door county library has the book you mentioned. So I can make that request.

   I like collecting book and reading. I did a little research on Michael Shermer and felt impressive enough to buy his books. I like the fact that he is a, "historian of science", among his other interesting career in his resume.

  It is a habit that I do a little research on authors before I buy a book. I don't just read or buy any book. Life is too short to waste time on a crappy read.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 29, 2017 at 8:48am

I'll be travelling all the way across the Atlantic for the eclipse. An old boyhood dream, to see one. I will be seeing more of the USA while I'm there, of course: Washington, Nashville, New York.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 29, 2017 at 8:21am

Randy, I look forward to your report on the solar eclipse, as any trail stories you want to share.

As much as I like science and information about the universe, you might think I was pumped up about the solar eclipse as well, but I'm not much interested.

I just can't believe I would be amazed enough to make it worth my time and money to travel 2 hours.

In my younger days I would have been immensely interested, but I've seen so many images and videos of the universe that seeing something like that in person isn't as compelling as it once was.

Besides the time and money, my vehicle has been acting up lately.  The trouble is either the starter, starter relay, or battery.  I don't want to go far until I get that resolved.

 

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