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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 Apr 19. 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 Joan Denoo on July 4, 2016 at 4:00pm

I can't think of a better starburst than Cat's Eye Nebula. Happy 4th of July dear friends. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 4, 2016 at 3:47pm

Ruth, I am very glad to learn you are feeling better! It was cheeky of me to give you information because you know so much about healthy attitudes. You understand what works for you as much as anyone I know. I am comforted to realize that you have your husband as a sounding board, and Grinning Cat has such good insights and a great sense of humor. 

There is only one thing of which I am sure; I will have a down time, and I have you and the Atheist Nexus community to shore me up. 

The political news is enough to drag all of us into the Black Hole!

Comment by kathy: ky on July 4, 2016 at 12:54pm
Ruth, happy you're feeling better. I also get depressed from bad news overload. I swear it's used as a distraction from the crappy political front. Climate change disturbs me more than other news.
On the good side the ozone layer is beginning to heal. I try to stay away from the news for a few days at a time but it's everywhere.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 3, 2016 at 6:27pm

Cat cat beard!

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 3, 2016 at 6:22pm

There are also dog beards.

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 3, 2016 at 5:17pm

Randall, too bad about the calf being too shy or afraid to take milk from you. The vet shows make it look easy too. Here's some advice from cattlemen and here. That doesn't sound easy either. There's one video, but the calf is probably younger than yours.

I'm already a chocoholic ( Lindt 85%). I can only eat 3 or 4 squares at a time, because of the sugar.

I'm feeling a bit more chipper today, thanks Joan and k.h.ky. <sigh> I've also shared my problem with my husband, and Grinning Cat, and got support from them too. Bergen suggested a hobby. I don't have much energy or time for one. Unless you count enjoying LOLcats.

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I appreciated your news about the Jet Stream. It is too soon to worry about that Equator crossing, unless a pattern develops over time. Don't forget the good Arctic Sea Ice news.

BTW, cat beard's whole genre.

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Comment by kathy: ky on July 3, 2016 at 11:49am
Thanks Ruth. I think the problem may be the sporadic, unreliable internet signal. I can rarely get through anything without some type of disruption.
Comment by Randall Smith on July 3, 2016 at 9:49am
Ever bottle feed a baby calf? Well, I haven't either, but not for a lack of effort. Being a holiday weekend (Sunday morning now), my farm kids went to "the lake". So I was asked to feed the calf, whose mother is milkless. No problem, I was told. "She'll come right up to you", blah, blah, blah. After 2 hours of cajoling, chasing, stepping in cow poop, getting rained on, bitten by flies and mosquitoes, I finally gave up. Lyla will just have to go hungry 'til momma (my daughter) returns. I never thought I was that intimidating to a cow.
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 2, 2016 at 3:08pm

Ruth, how are you feeling today? I know the news about climate change is bad; about the only good thing I can find about that is it is now on the news. 

I like Randy's idea, a nice piece of chocolate. 

Comment by Randall Smith on July 2, 2016 at 7:21am

I know where you're coming from, Ruth. I try not to be cynical and misanthropic, but it isn't easy. Why don't you take a break from the news. Just ignore it all for a week or so. Have some chocolate.

 

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