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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.

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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 Ian Mason on February 2, 2015 at 10:40pm

I hope your waiting is soon over, Carl.

Like the soothing garden, Chris.

Comment by Pat on February 2, 2015 at 7:29pm

Carl, take care and take it easy. I had a stent put in my heart about 8 months ago. Pain in the a$$, well, in the chest, BUTTTTTTT...... I'm still alive and stalking the courtrooms of Southern Illinois, as you will be stalking the airlines at O'Hare. Keep 'em honest.

Comment by kathy: ky on February 2, 2015 at 7:19pm
At least I'm not covered in snow and ice. So far so good!
Comment by kathy: ky on February 2, 2015 at 7:18pm
I don't care for text speak or spelling either. I'm afraid I'll forget correct english and spelling if I stopped using it. I use Lol because I have such an odd sense of humor l don't know if others know that I'm teasing or joking.
Carl, just keep on keeping on. I had a heart cath a year or so ago and it wasn't bad. I know that's not like surgery. Remember that we are all pulling for you.
Comment by Plinius on February 2, 2015 at 1:13pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_7f14NkOyU

something to ease the waiting?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 2, 2015 at 12:13pm

We got blasted with snow here in Chicago.  The final tally is 19 inches (48 cm).  Schools are closed and lots of people staying home from work today.  I was scheduled for a doctor appointment at 9:45 this morning but I had to cancel.  My sister was going to pick me up and drive me there but many of the streets are still not drivable.  In my condition, I don't have the strength to navigate on foot through all this snow and take two buses and a train to get there.  I get out of breath just walking around my apartment.

I'm expecting a decision this week from the kidney transplant team concerning my surgery.  I have a feeling that they will want me to have heart surgery first before having a kidney transplant.  Ugh......the waiting. 

Comment by Plinius on February 2, 2015 at 10:45am

Better stay indoors! Your snowstorm is even in our news.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 2, 2015 at 9:54am

I didn't know what TMI meant either, and will probably forget again.  I've started trying to remember to write-out most chatinese instead of using the abbreviations because I often don't know what people are talking about and don't want people wondering what I'm talking about.

I'm sure they often do anyway, because I'm not a good writer.  By the way, I didn't know what chatinese meant until you peeps started using it and I got the definition by the context.

I stopped taking all of the drugs my urologist gave me because my symptoms were worse while taking drugs, even though my PSA readings were lowered dramatically.  

For that reason, I was interested in the talk about saw palmetto.  I looked it up on Wikipedia and they said study results are mixed, but most show that it's no better than a placebo.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 2, 2015 at 8:31am

I just thought TMI was like LOL and OMG. As little "chatinese" as I know and speak, I DO know those!

"Candlemas Day, Candlemas Day! Half the wood and half the hay." Maud Silverthorn, 1890-1974 (my grandmother).                  Yes, today, Feb. 2 is not only Groundhog Day, but Candlemas Day. Really.  And if my grandmother's poem is true, I'm in trouble, because I have less than half my wood left to last me the winter through!

Comment by kathy: ky on February 1, 2015 at 6:22pm
Lol
 

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