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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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 Plinius on November 22, 2016 at 1:50pm

You're special, saving things from your mother's time! I don't, but I treasure the things I bought and found forty years ago when I started  on my own. That was such an exciting time! Even the garlic press I bought then and still use reminds me of it. All the rest disappeared, the hand-me-downs of course but even most of the old pictures. Nice, that feeling that there's nothing left rotting in corners!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 22, 2016 at 12:42pm

Daniel, I can't believe the nonsense you're having to go through with your kitchen.  I do like NIng's suggestion to modify your ruler.  That gave me a laugh.  Yes, you appear to be taking this whole situation in stride.  So much so that it sounds like you're actually looking forward to the project!  Though I could be wrong.

Joan, the videos you posted are beautiful.  Love the scenery!  How wonderful that you have your mother's pie pan.  Family heirlooms like that mean so much and continue the bonds of family through the generations.  

Chicago has had a dramatic 40% rise in the rat population this year because of last year's mild winter.  Many people and groups are using feral cats to stem the tide, but I'm a bit suspect on how effective they will be.  Easy food-pickings are available any place there are dumpsters, garbage cans and litter.  Why would a cat chase down a rat if there's stationary food available?  Plus, a lot of people here put out food regularly for feral cats.  In reality, Chicago also has an overpopulation problem with feral cats!

Like a lot of people in this group, I'm also avoiding much of the political news.  I'll look at the headlines to see what's going on and only read a story if it seems utterly important.  Trump has already flip-flopped on so many issues on a daily basis that it's actually a waste of time to follow his antics in depth.  To be honest, as horrible and frightening it is to have Trump as president, I'm more scared of the people he's choosing to have around him.  I think they can do the most damage in the long run. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 21, 2016 at 2:41am

Kathy, angry, disgusted, fed up, and concerned. Yes, that sounds like my feelings, too. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 20, 2016 at 12:11pm

Kathy, I admire your boldness as well.

Randy, I'm like you in that respect.

Comment by kathy: ky on November 20, 2016 at 10:02am
Joan, not to worry. I'm not depressed in any clinical sense. Words like angry,

disgusted, fed up, and concerned would be more accurate.
Comment by kathy: ky on November 20, 2016 at 9:58am
I'm with Randall and Chris on the news strike. It's unbearable. The speculation started as soon as Obama was elected to his last term. Who was going to run the next time.
We never seem to get a break from political guessing games and theories.
And we never seem to get any real news. I use BBC, pbs, vice, and newspapers from all over the world.
I've got to get a couple more ffrf shirts so I can offend everyone :)
Comment by Thomas Murray on November 20, 2016 at 9:33am

Daniel,

If you do not have one, I recommend you buy yourself a sawzall. I've use mine to cut nails, metals,wood, holes, and I've it to prune trees and roots, cut wood for boarders around the garden, cut  firewood. Also it came handy to remove tiles and caulking.

Sawzal would be on my top ten tools must haves.

Comment by Plinius on November 20, 2016 at 8:09am

You could call yourself a realist, Randall, because the news ís depressing. I skim the news, I read background regularly, but I don't want to know about the daily bitching and biting. Much healthier...

Comment by Randall Smith on November 20, 2016 at 7:54am

While I don't suffer from clinical depression, local and worldly news does depress me. Therefore, I've made a decision to avoid the news and remain ignorant of all the negativity going on "out there". I know it's wrong, but for my own sanity, my head is in the sand.

Kathy, I admire your boldness (wearing the FFRF shirt)! And I thought I was being bold wearing a Bernie t-shirt.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 11:59pm

Ruth, I wrote my comment about depression about the same moment as you wrote yours. I hear you and know of which you write. How to shuffle off the coil of depression with all the chaos enveloping us, I too, wonder about those others before us who faced sudden change in their lives caused by events beyond their control to change. 

 

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