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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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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

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Comment by Grinning Cat on November 25, 2015 at 5:41pm

We need to reform the system, so that good candidates can get elected without spending big money (and large donors expecting access and favors).

Anyone know what public financing programs currently exist and how they're doing? It looks like there are a few state-level programs:

"In the clean elections programs offered only in Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, candidates are encouraged to collect small contributions... As an example... a candidate for state office in Arizona must raise $5 contributions from at least 200 people in order to qualify... In return, the state provides the candidate with public money in an amount equal to the expenditure limit....

The other type of public financing program, offered in states such as Florida and Hawaii, provide matching funds for candidates up to a certain amount." (Candidates who participate must abide by various contribution and spending limits.)

(info from National Conference of State Legislatures)

Maybe time to move this to a topic in Politics, Economics, and Religion?...

Comment by Pat on November 25, 2015 at 4:29pm
Great add Bertold. Rather than having politicians watch it, I would suggest thousands upon thousands of voters. Maybe then they would get their head out of their ass and realizing the con job they are being sold.
Comment by Loren Miller on November 25, 2015 at 1:33pm

I can think of a few politicians who could stand to see that commercial, Bertold ... a few thousand!

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 25, 2015 at 1:30pm

Joan, thanks for sharing that powerful video!

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 25, 2015 at 1:14pm

That's a truly honest political ad! “I’m Honest Gil Fulbright, and I approve of whatever my marketing team has put into this message.”

(It's worth watching to the very end.)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 25, 2015 at 12:43pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 25, 2015 at 11:06am

A gntle reminder of who we are as human beings. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 25, 2015 at 11:05am

A tremendous effort by crews from many states to get electricity flowing once again and we are cozy and warm in our homes. Thanks to all those who suffered the bitter cold to get us back on our feet.  

Today, Wednesday, Nov. 25, offers a serene scene often portrayed on Xmas cards and new year's greetings. White ground covered with snow, although ours appears considerably churned by dogs chasing birds and clouds. The trees hang heavy with snow; they glisten in the sunshine on a sky-blue day. 

The electric power went out for a brief period this morning with a tree down over the lines. All repairs completed, again, we enjoy the activities of preparation for a family gathering on Mourning Day in remembrance of native peoples' genocide and the role of religion in those tragic events. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 25, 2015 at 7:30am

I've changed my mind. I was invited to go with my daughter to her husband's family Thanksgiving. For some reason, I just don't feel comfortable "butting in". They'll be loud and obnoxious, and I can't handle that. So I told her I was going to stay home and do my own cooking. I have some really old freezer turkey and can whip up all the traditional foods. I even bought a can of cranberry sauce and some whipped cream for the pies I'm going to bake. The only tradition I'll miss is the turkey leg.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, friends.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 23, 2015 at 7:10am

Ian, my daughter and her husband just spent 3 days in Copenhagen (mostly) 10 or so days ago. They really enjoyed their time there, although the Little Mermaid was a bit disappointing. It amazes me it's such a tourist attraction.  They also went to Amsterdam, Stockholm, and Iceland. Whirlwind trip. They live in Honduras.

 

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