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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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punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2014 at 1:26pm

I loved the hard rock cellos!

On another note: this is
from "44 examples of extreme irony": an opener labeled "STOP STRUGGLING with those stubborn plastic packages!", itself packaged in one of those annoying packages you need to destroy to open.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 30, 2014 at 3:19pm

Joan, I also agree that a lot of TV is nerve shattering.

I think they make most shows for a young audience.  They must think young people like disorienting fast action, with lots of gratuitous noises and flashing images.  Something I question.

In any case, I hate a lot of it.  The educational programming is starting to do the same thing.  I often watch educational shows that I very much want to learn from, but have to stop because of the annoying or frightening noises they add, and the jumping and flashing images that feel like they are going to induce a mental malfunction in me.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 30, 2014 at 3:10pm

Joan, I agree about Napoleon.

Napoleon, I like most of your comments, but can't abide your "chaotic, disorienting, cacophonous, nerve rattling" audio/video presentations.  

A lot of them are also gross and repulsive to me.  I hop on past them quick like a bunny.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 30, 2014 at 10:08am

Heh!  I have always been rather scornful of what the Disney company did to ice shows in North America.  They didn't advertise the principal skater's names, for one thing.  It was always, "Starring: Snow White," or "Cinderella," or something. That meant that the champion skaters didn't want to tour with them...I mean, who would want to be anonymous after all the work and sweat and pain it takes to get to Nationals and the Olympics?  (I wonder what they were paying their principal skaters.  Union minimum?  That's what Holiday paid first-year line skaters, but we were all so daffy about skating, and so young, we would probably have done it for free.)

Comment by sk8eycat on March 30, 2014 at 9:07am

Mindy, thanks for thinking of me...that was a weird quake; it was relatively close, but didn't even rattle the windows here.

Here's something that almost matches the mental picture I had when I first heard that Disney, Inc. had bought Ice Follies AND Holiday....

Bizarro- Disney on Ice (too funny)

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 8:06pm

Napoleon, I have already told you I could not watch more than a few seconds of your film. It was chaotic, disorienting, cacophonous, nerve rattling, I felt as though I were going mad ... kind of like when I watch commercial TV or listen to Republicans politicking. 

No thank you! I need and appreciate anything that clears my mind, that gives me a calm, quiet place when and where I can think things through. Where I can pay attention to my senses, thus using my whole mind and body to think and feel my knowing, 

You posted somewhere that Atheist Nexus was responding well to your postings. Well, I see no evidence of it. As for myself, your sparks of wisdom amaze me, and the chaos of audio and video you present, I quickly delete or turn off, or have no interest in seeing them. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 29, 2014 at 7:39pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 7:28pm

Patricia, how good of you to remember that group. Of course! We Are Atheism. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 29, 2014 at 6:50pm

I think an atheist disaster relief charity  was started by Richard Dawkins' Foundation after the earthquake in Haiti a few years ago, but it wasn't Atheists Giving Aid. 

The reasoning is that people don't see us as charitable donors, and they don't know that organizations like Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders are entirely secular.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 6:08pm

Ruth, I am not in the earthquake area and I submitted the earthquake maps knowing sk8eycat lives in Burbank, CA. I am concerned because of that area being such a quake prone place and kind of keep an eye on it through Google Earth. She and her sister's safety concern me.

I live in eastern Washington state, Spokane, and we get little jolts now and then but not like the Pacific Coast rim. We were closed down by Mt St. Helens for a day or two and we all have little jars of ash as souvenirs. I had a potter make me pots using ash for my mother's and father's cremains. Mt St Helens ash makes beautiful glaze for pottery, a lovely brown that looks like soil.  

 

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