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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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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 7 hours ago. 18 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 11 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 Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 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

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius on March 2, 2014 at 11:18am

I love that picture, Mindy! Almost as if I see my younger self, and yes, I loved cats from the moment I met one when I was three.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 1:11am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaEfU47QY_k

The guy on the left was one of the floor directors at KCET when I worked there back in the 1970s & early '80s.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 1:00am

Yeah...everything in SoCal is paved over, so the water goes into the storm drains, and from there to the ocean...which doesn't need any more H2O.  It also helps over-fill swimming pools; I haven't checked ours today.  If the rain goes on long enough, it does soak into the ground and causes mudslides...especially where brush fires have burned away all the plant life. 

This is really a desert...not fit for so many people to be packed together, and certainly not fit for so many roads and giant parking lots.  Public transportation sux.  You can't get anywhere from here without changing buses 2 or 3 times. Or spending a small fortune on cabs. I quit driving when I could no longer feel anything with my feet.  Seemed like the sensible thing to do at the time.

We do have a light rail network, but you still have to take a cab, or drive and park at the stations. 

I have a friend in DC who can walk half a block to the Metro, and get to places like the Kennedy Center or the Veterans Hospital, and/or just about anyplace he wants to go. And the rent in his Seniors Only building (quite new, and very nice) is adjusted according to his income. 

I could use a place like that!  There are several good places here in town.  Except if we have to sell this house, I don't want to be anywhere near it afterwards...I don't ever want to see what any new owners would do to the place...like bulldoze the house AND the trees. (We moved here in 1945....except for when I had my own apartments, this has been my home.  It's been my Aspie/autistic sister's ONLY  home since she was 6 months old.)

Oh, what to do?????  I'd love to move to BC. but don't have the money, and I'm sure Canadians are very tired of all of us ex-pats .... Except for "names" like writer Spider Robinson who became a citizen about 10 years ago. (Lives on Bowen Island, and has published some sharp remarks about privatizing the ferry service.).

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 2, 2014 at 12:58am

Good to hear from you Patricia.  Sorry you're having some issues to deal with.  I hope your condition improves quickly for you.  I understand not being able to take your computer into the "library" with you.  Perhaps you may be interested in purchasing one of these.......

Comment by sk8eycat on March 1, 2014 at 11:27pm

Patricia, my former (retired) doctor told me a LONG time ago that Tylenol, or any acetaminophen (SP?), is practically useless for most women.  Nobody knows why, it just is.
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What a weekend!  I got the rain I wanted, and now I have no phone (land line only...I hate cell phones)  This has happened twice in the past 50 years.  The damn squirrels chew the insulation on the overhead wires, and then when we get a good rainstorm, the exposed lines short out.  Half of SoCal seems to be having the same problem. Friends have emailed me that they can't get through to the repair service lines because they are so busy they're putting calls on hold forever.

I'm p*$$ed at the phone co. for not keeping an eye on the condition of the lines....the last time this happened my mother was still alive, but in very frail health...and NO INTERNET!  I think I can get in touch with the fire dept and EMTs via internet, but I'm not sure. Don't know about the police, either.  So if some thug breaks in the house, do we just sit here?  I don't think either Pumpkin or Fred are attack cats.

And I just paid the extortionate phone/DSL bill.  AAAACK!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 1, 2014 at 2:03pm

I was just thinking.....we haven't heard from Patricia lately.  I hope all is well with her. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 1, 2014 at 2:01pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 1, 2014 at 12:42pm

Great comic Ian.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 1, 2014 at 2:37am

I have driven across the US on I-90 that drops south to join I-80 as it goes south of Lake Michigan, bypassing Chicago. I have made that trip several times as we search the northern tier of the U.S. for places my ancestors lived. Driving was so crowded, I had all I could do to keep the car from going into the wrong lane and didn't see much. As we got farther away from the heavy traffic I was able to look at the terrain and notice the effects of the glaciation on the landscape south of the Great Lakes. On one trip I went from Spokane to Boston on I-90. 

I didn't go into downtown Chicago, but according to your film, and other scenes of the city, it is quite remarkable. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 1, 2014 at 2:14am

What a nice memory you give me. Yes, I was there that year. Spokane had some very incredible people in those days, Ed Lindaman being just one. They were environmentalists and got us started to thinking "In the Future Tense", one of Ed's books. It was a time of great enthusiasm for living closer to the Earth. Ed started a program at Whitworth University that was called Nutrition 1985: Recipes fo alternative eating. It was designed to eat lower on the food chain and secure food produced closer to local markets. He also started an architecture program designed to have houses smaller, in smaller communities so that people could walk to work or to markets for food. He also envisioned mass transit with the goal of getting more cars off the roads. It caught on for a while and spread to other universities. Then it just petered out. 

You may remember our lovely river and the city park that follows the river through town. Before Expo '74 it was a railroad line through town with railroad tracks, smelly air, and the whole strip was pawn shops, brothels, taverns, and looked like skid row. 

A man by the name of King Cole spearheaded the project, to the great consternation of working class tax payers. He had a vision and a small community of people who shared his vision. Thus, Expo '74. 

Those progressive men and women have mostly moved on to other towns and we have reverted back to the conservative, religious, right wing political group that keeps us bound to the status quo. 

If, by any chance, you went to Manito Park and Botanical Gardens, which was part of the city tour for Expo, I live just one block east of the park. A lovely place designed by John Charles Olmsted, designer of New York's Central Park. Spokane was a wealthy mining and lumbering town and had tremendous wealth. Those days are over with the mines and forests petering out. 

Manito Park

 

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