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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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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 Joan Denoo on March 19, 2016 at 12:23am

Ruth, you have good reason to be a bit depressed for a few days, and I join you. Prospects do not look good for a healthy future for our nation and for the Earth. If the worst case scenario develops into reality, we can only hope to be a voice of freedom and justice in a freedumb and unjust world. 

In the meantime, I will do all I can to educate people about the reasons our monetary system is corrupt, what needs to change, and the steps to establish a more humane life. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 18, 2016 at 10:34pm

What with our wonderful US politics and the planetary temperature spike, I've been a bit depressed for a few days.

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 18, 2016 at 10:31pm

You introduced me to a new word, Bertold.

Not knowing the difference between freedom, and fascism is common freedumb lover trait.

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 18, 2016 at 9:40am

I agree, Loren - I guess it comes under the He who pays the piper calls the tune department. Because freedumb.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 18, 2016 at 9:32am

That was impressive, Bertold, though I would have been more impressed if it hadn't amounted to little more than an Intel commercial.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 18, 2016 at 9:23am
Comment by Randall Smith on March 16, 2016 at 7:08am

My daughter and her 3 kids are visiting Legoland in Chicago today, as a matter of fact! Maybe it's not called "Legoland", but something like that. Spring break.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 15, 2016 at 8:45pm

It'll be a wonderful world when this is someone's biggest problem as they pass the century mark:

"When you turn 100 and you can't play with Legos anymore" - LEGO package with "Ages 4-99"; woman with her 100th birthday cake, not looking very happy(Though I'm sure that woman has broken many an arbitrary rule in her day! Thanks to Ruth for passing along the picture to me.)

Comment by Plinius on March 15, 2016 at 8:41am

Thanks Ian, I love info like that!

Comment by Plinius on March 15, 2016 at 8:31am

Geography lesson of the day:

It's all the Netherlands, the low countries, Joan. Holland is an old name meaning woodland (houtland), but there's not much left of the prehistoric woods. The name Holland is still in use for two provinces next to the sea, North-Holland with Amsterdam in it and South-Holland with Leiden and Rotterdam.

 

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