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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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The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 5 hours ago. 21 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Jul 20. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Idaho Spud on June 14, 2014 at 1:20pm

I prefer polyester myself, and being stranded on a dessert island doesn't sound all bad.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 14, 2014 at 1:14pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 14, 2014 at 12:38pm

Potato, potatoe.  Desert, dessert.  Gate, gait.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 12, 2014 at 4:51pm

Patricia, how old is Purr-Dee?  Most cats start getting that high cheekboned look at around age 15...depends on if they are shorthairs or not, and most Persians never get that look because of their facial bone structure.

Little Pumpkin turned 15 in January of this year, and has always been small and skinny...his totally feral mother was not even a year old when she had Pumpkin and his 2 litter-mates.  Mr. P and one other had birth defects; Pumpkin's was correctable, and Tripod's was not.  (Pumpkin's umbilical didn't seal up, and he was so tiny that Dr. Mullen couldn't help him till he was about 3 months old...so he peed through his belly-button, and we had to wash him as often as possible to prevent skin damage.)

The mobile vet I spoke of in a previous post adopted Tripod..

Their mother was too feral to be adopted, and we found a place for her at the Best Friends Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 12, 2014 at 1:33pm

In honor of the cats and dogs in our lives and the joy they bring, here is a little photo I found (from stock). 

Comment by sk8eycat on June 12, 2014 at 1:30pm

Carl, I think that quote about science, or a paraphrase of it, is MUCH older than Neil de Grasse Tyson.  BUT I can't remember where or when I first read it....could have been something Asimov or Heinlein said/wrote back in the late 1940s, for all I know.

BUT Tyson put it out there for the knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers to think about, and freak out. Science doesn't need their approval, it just IS.

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I just wish there was a way to keep the TP crowd, and people who need to expose their semi-automatic people-killers in retail stores from breeding. 

Just remembered something from one of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City novels...a young woman yelling at a chubby past-middle-age man driving an expensive sports car on Wilshire Blvd.: "Sorry about your penis!"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 12, 2014 at 12:49pm

Comment by sk8eycat on June 12, 2014 at 11:23am

Mindy, I've been thinking of you and your Molly, and remembering what we went through with Jerry-Cat last year.  He also had a squamous cell carcinoma on his jaw, but was determined to keep on keeping on.  MUCH too long! 

The vet gave him an Rx for trans-dermal Prednisone cream that I could rub inside his ear (instead of trying to shove a pill down his throat), and it seemed to help for a while.  But I kept him too long, and had months of guilt afterwards.  He was such a loving cat, and beautiful.  The vet told me that cats and dogs with white or pale-colored fur, are much more likely to develop that type of cancer from exposure to the sun. 

Last month's issue of The Pet Press had an article on treatments by a veterinarian oncology specialist...I didn't even bother to read it.  Too painful, and how the *bleep!* do you explain to an animal that something as ghastly as chemo might help.  Just might.

We went through that with my Mom in 1984, and it did work, but she was aware of the risks, and gave her consent.  Animals are different.

Keep Molly as comfortable as possible, lavish love on her, and I think she will tell you, in her own way, when it's time. 

Having access to a mobile vet helps enormously.  We had one 20 years ago, and she was wonderful, but after serving in Bosnia with the Army K-9 corps, she'd had enough of everything, came home and sold her practice (to someone I didn't like much), and retired.

Comment by Plinius on June 12, 2014 at 8:34am

What a beautiful rose, Joan! Thinking of you all, people, dogs and cats.

Comment by Plinius on June 12, 2014 at 8:05am

Mindy, I can't stop myself from posting a picture of my friend Plinius, who died of jaw cancer. We brought him to the vet on the first day that he showed pain, and kept thinking if that was not late..

 

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