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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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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 Idaho Spud on July 30, 2016 at 1:08pm

I'm using a tape player very little now because I have most of what I want on disk.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2016 at 1:07pm

Every time my tape player quits, I find another one at a thrift shop.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2016 at 1:03pm

Ian, do you have a thrift shop or some place people send their unwanted equipment? Jeeze, I would give it a try, especially with your treasures. I share your sadness. 

I have the same problem, except mine aren't treasures, they are simply the old stuff of no further interest to me, so I am not going to try to find a player. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 30, 2016 at 12:56pm

I have done a terrible thing but I had to. After the last remaining video player in Denmark (mine) chewed its last tape, my VHS collection has been put for the rubbish collectors. Sob :( All the things I'd recorded from the telly, gone; from Stephen King to Shakespeare and lots of old classics. Who else remebers the original 'Ladykillers'? Alec Guiness; "It's only a penny on each insurance policy" Danny 'One-rund' Green; " No-one's gonner 'urt Mrs Lopsided", and the rest of the gang. I'm going to comfort myself with tea.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 30, 2016 at 12:56pm

A woman at the helm doesn't mean progress. Margaret Thatcher, anyone?

That said, yes, the principle is a step forward.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2016 at 12:27pm

I meant to say When a smart, charismatic black or Asian woman rises

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2016 at 12:25pm

I had dinner last night with a group of retired teachers and scientists who gathered for an anniversary of a mutual friend. One of the guests was a woman astrophysicist! I have trouble spelling it. 

I have to use a conversion chart to get any idea of what the people who use Celsius experience.

When a smart, charismatic woman rises, she will be able to accomplish the feat of being first woman POTUS.   

Being with educators and scientists last night was like being with a breath of fresh air. They didn't talk chit-chat as usually happens when a group who don't know each other get together. One came from S.E. Asia, others from all over the U.S. The conversations revolved around climate change, the U.S. election and its process, and cancer. Our host is battling cancer, and she wanted to say goodbye to their friends. 

I will be spending this afternoon with them cruising around Coeur d'Alene Lake. Sadly, the temperatures have gone sky high after an excellent refreshing start of summer. If lore is correct we will have a rough end of summer. 

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2016 at 9:43am

We're waiting for the first atheist black woman as president of the US...

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2016 at 9:14am

I see a lot more temperatures given in Celsius degrees as time goes on, but I still don't have a good idea of how hot or cold that is (unless it's -40°C, 0°C, or 100°C).  I have to be near my calculator that converts, or look-up a conversion on the net, or use my regular calculator by dividing °C by 5, multiplying that result by 9, and adding 32.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 30, 2016 at 8:57am

It's rather neat to see how far women have come in our male dominated society. In the "old days" working women were teachers, secretaries, sales ladies, hair dressers, etc. Now, they're doctors, lawyers, and nominee for President of the United States! Unfortunately, there are many men who refuse to accept that, and will not vote for a woman (or black or atheist) because of outright prejudice. Sad, but so true.

 

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