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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 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 24, 2017 at 4:54pm

I wonder what life will be like 20 years from now? 

I can't help but wonder what my great-grandchildren's lives will be like when they are 81?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 24, 2017 at 4:20pm

Bertold, I was a "band dork" in high school.  They were separate from the nerds, who we called "the media nerds" because they always managed the film projectors and the overhead projectors.  They also made up the chess club.  

My high school was extremely cliquish.  It was a very small Lutheran school, so each group stood out prominently.  We also had the jocks, the burnouts (stoners), the thespians, the misfits (who were just called "dorks"), and the smart, serious, straight-A students who didn't have a formal name.  I actually got along with everybody except for the jock group.  Most of them were obnoxious jerks.  There were a few exceptions, and I got along with them fine.

The burnouts were fun in art class and the media nerds appreciated cerebral jokes. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 24, 2017 at 3:58pm

Carl - I had to settle for being a nerd. Since then I learned the old adage: If you can't dazzle 'em with brilliance baffle 'em with bullshit.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 24, 2017 at 3:56pm

Funny story Bertold.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 24, 2017 at 3:43pm

Bertold, I had to rely on my sparkling personality and my impeccable wit to be god in high school.  These days I substitute with memes and gifs.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 24, 2017 at 3:25pm

Carl - so true; if any of us had showed up in high school with a smart phone we would have been a god.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 24, 2017 at 3:19pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2017 at 1:42pm

I like your story, too, Bertold. 

Comment by Plinius on July 24, 2017 at 1:08pm

Nice story, Bertold!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 24, 2017 at 12:59pm

Once in Germany I was enjoying a nice wine with friends in a restaurant. It was a white wine called Ewiges Leben [in German "eternal life."] We ordered a third or fourth bottle, but they were out. The waiter informed us that "You've drunk us out of eternal life."  It sounded better in German, but I still liked the idea, even though there's no such thing.

 

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