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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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Discussion Forum

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 20 hours ago. 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

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

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Comment by Plinius on August 16, 2015 at 12:40am

I knew it! I knew it!

Comment by Ian Mason on August 16, 2015 at 12:29am

Something else to investigate.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 16, 2015 at 12:02am

Once again, Carl, you reveal your detective skills. Maybe a new profession awaits you! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2015 at 1:56pm

Good job Carl.  I was a little suspicious as well, but was too lazy to look into it.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2015 at 10:59am

Regional differences.  In LA they call them Freeways.  In Chicago we call Expressways.  In LA they call them by their interstate number (ie. the 405).  In Chicago we refer to our expressways by who they were dedicated to and named after.  We have the Kennedy, the Eisenhower, the Dan Ryan, the Edens, the Stevenson. 

Comment by Plinius on August 15, 2015 at 5:49am

Photoshopped! Good work spotting it, Carl!

Comment by Ian Mason on August 15, 2015 at 4:31am

Well spotted, Carl. I fell for it.

Comment by Plinius on August 15, 2015 at 1:53am

And they even call it FREEway! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2015 at 1:04am

In Chicago, the best way to get around town is on the train, what we call the "L".  Several lines ride down the center of the expressways.

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2015 at 12:38am

Ian, after looking at that photo of the freeway in Los Angeles, I got a little suspicious of its authenticity and did a little internet sleuthing. 

My first discovery was that the photo was used in several stories that this was a large traffic jam in China and that it took three days to clear up as noted here: 3quarksdailylongest traffic jam ever.

Then I came upon the smoking gun.  An article with both the original photo and the Photoshopped version here:  Bricoleurbanism

The Freeway is the famous California Interstate 405.  In the article, move your mouse over the photo see the before and after.

 

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