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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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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 23 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 Randall Smith on July 22, 2015 at 7:04am

It's a morning "on the town". Off to see my father, Aldi, and the dreaded BMV to register my new truck. Ugh.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2015 at 3:03am

Randy, I feel excited, too, that we begin to think of the health of the soil rather than how much chemical fertilizer we will have to use in order to get a crop. Even the Palouse farmers begin to recognize the problems. 

We live during a very interesting period of human history, something unlike we have experienced before. So many peaks coming together at the same time. 

Comment by Randall Smith on July 17, 2015 at 10:08am

Cute, Carl. He wishes.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 16, 2015 at 10:10pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 16, 2015 at 2:55pm

Joan, your life stories never cease to amaze me. Thanks.

Randall, I share your concern about soil loss. It's good to hear some farmers are adopting no-till.

I wrote a 7 page paper (rough draft) outlining a Partnership/complex systems/sociological/group process approach to overcome climate change denial. So far none of the people with whom I shared it by email have responded. Basically it endorses consciousness raising groups with a "no blame" approach. Can't share it here since it's not published, not hosted on a website. If you want to take a look, email me at yahoo as ruthanthonygardner and mention "Opportunity" in the subject line.

I wanted to get Chris Hedges to read it, but haven't been able to get an email address for him. I also thought to discuss it with someone who wrote an article about the connection between hierarchy and climate chang..., but the damned thing doesn't  have the author's name, only his photo. As an unknown, unpublished individual seeking attention for an unsolicited paper, it's an uphill battle.

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 16, 2015 at 2:16pm

I remember learning about the Dust Bowl in elementary school and how bad it was for farming.  However, I had no idea how horrible the whole crisis was until I watched Ken Burns' documentary The Dust Bowl, recently.  The shear force of sand-whipped winds that caused blistering on your skin.  And the prejudiced ways Okies and other migrants were treated while trying to cross the state border into California.  

Comment by Randall Smith on July 16, 2015 at 7:32am

To look at farmland and the soil in winter, when the ground is bare, it's scary. One sees a lot of subsoil spots or areas, especially on knobs where the topsoil has been washed away over the years. Where once topsoil was 18" thick, it's now only a third of that--at best. Fence rows are usually a foot higher than the adjacent fields because they've been protected--never plowed or left bare.  Farmers around my parts are slowly figuring out it's best not to till. Hence, "no-till" farming is gaining adherants. Perhaps there's hope.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2015 at 3:36am

Felaine, in 1941, construction recruiters went to the farming areas and to the cities of great migrations after the Dust Bowl to recruit builders of a massive railroad and highway system across the southern tier of the USA. The construction companies wanted poor farm men who knew how to work, had skills and were teachable, to create this gigantic project for moving men and material from coast to coast. We found out later that the preparation was for the Asian part of WW II. Dad got a job and we moved with him in a 12 foot long trailer to follow him as he moved across the Southern tier. My uncles were also part of that building project, but not at the same camps as Dad. Dad often talked about the many construction skills he learned from the Arkie and Okies with whom he worked.

Conditions were awful, as my mother described them years later. I had fun with all the Mexican and Blacks and Arkies and Okies. We sang songs, played games, shared meals, and generally had a dirty, poor, hot time of it. The Southern Tier was a motley crew if ever there was one.   

Comment by Plinius on July 16, 2015 at 2:04am

I know a little bit of that story from history books, The Grapes of Wrath, pictures by Dorothea Lange, but the reality must have been much harder.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 16, 2015 at 12:40am

My Mom's family were "Okies" who moved west to escape the Dust Bowl..  She could never bear to talk about it.  Nor could her sister and 4 brothers.  The brothers could talk about WW2 (they were all in it), but not the ghastly migration.

 

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