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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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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Ian Mason on October 13, 2014 at 1:42pm

Sorry for the mistakes. Just woken up from my day's sleep. Yes. blAming and there.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 13, 2014 at 1:40pm

"Gift" in Danish means poison AND married. No comment from me.

Glad to hear that Dale is picking up.

Yes, Joan that's an impressive list.

My daughter has resigned from her job as she thought the dept. boss was an idiot, bleming her for things that weren't her fault After an interview with a senior boss, she's been offered something in another dept, so someone up their knows that there's something wrong at the local level. She's also decided definitely to move to Copenhagen in the new year when her bloke has finished his studies. There are greater opportunities in the capital for both of them.

Autumn has come to Denmark, with wind and rain but also occasional bouts of sunshine. It looks like I will have a small second crop of green cherry tomatoes, just right for pickles.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2014 at 12:48pm

Hi everyone! It is a blue sky day, cold, I'm feeling splendid and ready to get out into the garden. Hope everyone is doing well, has loads of people you like and enjoy around you. 

I haven't read the morning news yet, so thought I should get my greeting in before I ty to start solving all the problems of the world. 

My previous post this morning is my son, Craig's work background summary. I hope you are as impressed as I. I discovered it while I was looking for an old college friend. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2014 at 12:44pm

This looks impressive to me, does it to anyone else? 

Technology Architecture
Account Acquisition/Management
Product Roll-out
International Business
System Installation/Integration
Post-Sales Support
Team Leadership

Specialties: Theory, design, technical presentation and configuration of Core, Edge and Access networks. Manage customer projects from inception to completion.

BGP, EIGRP, Frame Relay, MPLS, MPLS-TE, OSPF, iSCSI SANs, WAN Optimization

Comment by sk8eycat on October 13, 2014 at 11:59am

Dale looks like a cutie-pie!  We have a black female short-hair...who looks like a blimp.  She has really bonded with my sister (who also looks like a blimp.)

"Gift" means "poison" in German?  THAT is fascinating!  It's sorta like the Hebrew word that has been mistranslated for centuries as "witch;" it really means "poisoner."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 13, 2014 at 11:24am

There are times when you SHOULD look a gift horse in the mouth. (BTW "gift" in German means poison.)

Comment by sk8eycat on October 13, 2014 at 11:21am

Bertold, Thank for the comments re: Macs & PCs.  Now that I think about it, the Mac fans I know ARE more interested in the artistic side of things, while I have spent most of my adult life (not counting the years I was skating) as a bookkeeper/payroll clerk/tax preparer.  And I still occasionally do a few little jobs for friends that require using Word and Excel.

That's one reason I'm so annoyed that this laptop has no 10-key calculator pad.  The tech guy who is helping/trying to get my Dell up and running again brings his own PC laptop with him, and it does have a 10-key pad, so there's definitely room for everything if the designer really thinks about what's needed.

But this Mac was a "gift." Used by someone I thought was a friend for 3 years until she switched to a iPad.  She asked if I wanted this Mac, and I decided to give it a try as a backup....so she shipped it down here from Oregon.  Ok, fine.

3 months after she did that, she phoned me...ON MY BIRTHDAY...(which she knew)...and asked if I had mastered the thing yet.  When I said, "not really," she got very hissy, and told me to return it so she could donate it to her garden club.  I could not pay for the packing and shipping, and I asked her if I could keep trying.  Dead silence. It's been nearly a year, and I haven't heard Word One from her since.

Maybe I should post this in the discussion about forgiving people.  My answer would be, "No.  Not really.  Not when you find out someone thinks of you as a servant."  (I started out 20+ years ago as her part-time dog sitter when she still lived in Pasadena.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 13, 2014 at 11:14am

Mindy, I must hop-in to say I'm pleased that Dale is back to eating, drinking, and being alert.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 13, 2014 at 11:03am

Mindy, I'm glad Dale is feeling better these days.  Looking forward to seeing a photo of your new kitten.  :)

Patricia, that's a great photo!  Happy Thanksgiving to you!

I hope all of you have a great week.   

Comment by Randall Smith on October 13, 2014 at 7:28am
Wow, Patricia--what a great photo, taken at just the right moment! Priceless!
No comment on computers or cats. As Ian says, I'm phlegmatic about either.

Joan, keep on writing, even if it is only for just the fun of it. I'm sorta addicted to A/N, too.
Sk8, nice to have you back. I, too, love your wit and insight.
 

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