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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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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 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

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Comment by Ian Mason on November 8, 2016 at 3:35pm

I've been on one of my days out with a good friend. A gourmet lunch at the cafe where student chefs train, then a really breathtaking art exhibition (link follows) A wander round some charity shops where I picked up a few books and DVDs. Evening, lasagne and a film, "Dr Strange". Good special effects but no real story. A good day.

http://en.aros.dk/exhibitions_/2016/joana-vasconcelos/

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 8, 2016 at 3:34pm

At my polling place this morning, there were about 10 times as many people voting as there usually are.  I've never had to stand in line to vote before.  I wonder if it's because of all the ruckus about trump.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 8, 2016 at 3:29pm

Good luck, USA. I hope you escape the Orange Monster.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2016 at 10:56pm

Besides, I don't trust people to do what they say they are going to do. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2016 at 10:56pm

It sounds like those schemes some use to avoid paying bills on time; sending an empty envelope and then claiming to have sent the check; or check kiting to falsely inflate the balance of a checking account in order to allow written checks to clear that would otherwise bounce; or credit card kiting; or ...

I am too lazy to pull any of these shenanigans. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2016 at 10:44pm

Sunsets seem to be remarkable this year. Thanks to all who shared your scenes with us; We live on a beautiful Earth!

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on November 7, 2016 at 8:13pm

Interesting idea, vote trading.  Let's say, you live in WA state and you feel absolutely certain your candidate, Ms. Clinton will win your state.  You feel concerned, however, that Ms Clinton could lose national election due to a close loss in a swing state, say, Florida.  You think that taking a vote from Stein in Florida, and giving it to Clinton, will help your cause.

Meanwhile, that Green Floridian  knows a vote for Stein could help Trump, which they don't want.  But they do want the Greens to have a national presence.

So you agree you will vote for Stein, and the Green Floridian will vote for Clinton.   That helps Clinton where it matters more, and yet Stein gets the same popular vote that she would have before.

You could even strategize for the biggest impact, looking for someone in a swing state with a small population, so one vote has more effect; or trade vote with someone in the state where you think it's most likely to make a difference.

I think this involves a degree of trust that I don't feel.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on November 7, 2016 at 7:48pm

With the impeding election, I'm all wired.  I feel as nervous as a cat in a rocking chair convention.  Doubt I will sleep much.  Can't beleive the nation put itself and all of its citizens through this mess.  Now we're about to enter the new era.  Whereever that leads.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 7, 2016 at 4:25pm

In time for Election Day tomorrow, Hemant Mehta writes at Friendly  Atheist ("'My Vote Doesn't Count' is a bigger myth than God"):

"Not voting is the very antithesis of atheism just like making god your co-pilot is the very antithesis of atheism. There’s no point in refusing to rely on a deity to govern the course of your life if you leave it to other people (such as Evangelical Christians) to determine the circumstances of your government."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2016 at 2:02pm

Loren, I love Cleveland. I've been there more times than I can count. There's great history and architecture there.

In fact I always noted the many similarities it has with Chicago:  a great location on the Great Lakes, a major river running through it, an airport on the lake downtown (that was until our Mayor Daley infamously destroyed our Meigs Field runway with bulldozers in a secret overnight mission), and several downtown museums and venues.

I always got a smile on my face when I saw the old May Company building, as I was reminded of Jack Benny and Mary Livingston. 

 

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