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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 Bertold Brautigan on July 25, 2016 at 12:49am

The really scary thing is that as a culture we definitely fall into the category of "those who don't learn from history."

Comment by Plinius on July 25, 2016 at 12:12am

Of course, Joan, but you'll find that there are many more who have seen the same pattern. Watch the old footage by Leni Riefenstahl and you'll see it even without subtitles. Trump is busy selecting scapegoats and promising which groups he's going to put in their place, so you can just wait until he comes to put you in your place. Don't wave the warning signs away - Hitler was democratically chosen...

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2016 at 1:35pm

Plinius, may I quote you about the reference to the Reb. convention and Hitler. I can use "anonymous from the Netherlands" if you think that shields you, or whatever way you want to be attributed.

You can interpret Hitler, I suppose so that you hear the inflections and see his gestures as you understand what he says. We need to know that!

Comment by Plinius on July 24, 2016 at 1:14pm

I saw as much of the republican convention as I wanted, enough to feel sick. It seemed to me a copy of Hitler's nazi party conventions in the 30s: speeches that touch the emotions and not the reason, bullying of party members who want to stop and think, demanding blind support of all, or else...

I'm so happy that I'm not American - but you are stuck with the trouble.

  

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 24, 2016 at 8:37am

Randall, I do, or don't do about the same as you.  I had no desire to listen to the Republican convention, and didn't.  I also watch very little TV.  I can't stomach most of what people say or do anymore as well.  I keep myself informed mostly by reading what you atheists have to say, and to a lesser extent going to the articles you refer me to.  That reduces my stress, depression, and makes life is much more pleasant for me as well.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 24, 2016 at 8:30am

Joan, I know you are just offering the idea of salad. 

I'm glad you're still able to work in your garden to some degree. 

When I was accessing the net at the library, I didn't have enough time to read everything, and so didn't know for sure you had moved back to your place, or why.  Since getting an Internet Service Provider again, I've been catching-up with a lot of posts, and I'm glad to see that you didn't have trouble with your family.

I don't think I'll ever read all the posts I missed.  I have about 1700 emails waiting to be read.  I'll just delete most of the older ones.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 24, 2016 at 8:11am

At least, Kuwait has low humidity, so evaporation from the body should keep them cool enough, as long as they drink enough.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 24, 2016 at 8:09am
I do own a television set, but have quit watching the "nightly news". I go for an after-dinner walk instead. It's better for my digestive system and blood pressure. I watched a total of 5 minutes of the republican convention. It's all I could stomach. I'm getting more ignorant of what's going on in the world as I get older. Life is much more pleasant as a result!
Comment by Idaho Spud on July 24, 2016 at 8:00am

I'm sure 54°C will kill many people.  Those that can't get enough water, or have to do much physical activity.  Also some of those that don't realize that thirst is not a reliable indicator of need for water.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 24, 2016 at 7:55am

Ruth, I also "much prefer getting news on the internet over other forms. I can focus on science and other topics of interest, without wasting time on crap like celebrities or trivia."

 

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