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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 13 hours ago. 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius on June 26, 2015 at 12:09am

Can I have some spam with my beer?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8huXkSaL7o

Comment by Plinius on June 26, 2015 at 12:03am

Glad to hear you feel better already, Carl!

Comment by sk8eycat on June 25, 2015 at 9:03pm

THAT was fun!  Thank you, I needed that.  I've been reading nothing but political stuff for days, and it was depressing me.  (I also need to go to the hospital ER, have my feet checked, and shop for a social worker, and a new doctor.)

Anyway, when the Porta Potty show was over THIS was one of the choices to play next....for Loren (and everyone else)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcXSEhxqUl4

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 25, 2015 at 5:38pm

Randy, I guess I sound happy because I am happy.  Although I'm not over all my health hurdles yet, I'm feeling the best I have in years.  I had such a gradual, slow decline of my health that I didn't realize how sick I'd become. 

And now for something completely different: 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 25, 2015 at 3:25pm

I see two problems with this: 1)

1) the insurance companies had a hand in writing the program; 

2) this will slow down or stop the push for single payer health plans.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 25, 2015 at 10:16am

GOOD NEWS!  The Supreme Court has upheld subsidies for Obamacare!  What's more, it was a 6-3 decision!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 25, 2015 at 1:53am

Yes, Joan, eye-candy:  one of the great little pleasures of life. 

Comment by Plinius on June 25, 2015 at 1:00am

I've read the book in the meantime - well worth reading!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2015 at 10:19pm

Loren, the interview was conducted by Savage: 

Adam Savage Interviews 'The Martian' Author Andy Weir - The Talking...

A great interview and a great teaser making me want to see the movie. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2015 at 10:13pm

Carl, the video not only cheers me up but gives me some eye-candy to enjoy as well. 

canta corazon. alejandro fernandez.wmv

 

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