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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 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

grooming minds (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 10. 20 Replies

There are likely very few among those who frequent Atheist Nexus who would argue against the idea that indoctrinating children with religion is at minimum less than moral or ethical and more likely considered child abuse. Personally, I have aligned…Continue

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The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Aug 2. 2 Replies

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

Tags: mystery, Bourne, Brian Dalton, Mr. Deity

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 2:57pm

OK! We can write freely and without censorship. I'm blocking Yahoo ... well I don't follow their news streams anyway. So no big deal. 

Do you have any idea where the source of blockages occurs? 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 9, 2014 at 12:28pm

Joan, your words in here weren't censored at all.  Probably because A/N is not a branch of Yahoo.  The morass of censoring seems to be attached to the Comments sections of stories and articles published by Yahoo News only.  There are many people with vocabularies, or minds, so limited that they can't say anything without using words most people consider impolite, crude, or offensive.  And using those words on the internet probably make the knuckle-draggers (horses asses?) feel important. 

BUT censorship offends ME.  (And I think I just insulted the equine race...in truth they have beautiful behinds!)

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 11:10am

Patricia. Thanks for "translating". 

Was there any censoring of my sentence? 

Sorry, again, your response, Mindy, of 1 hour ago, the most recent one, didn't come through. I shall call Chrome with these two bits of evidence and see if they have a remedy. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 1:52am

Carl, you give me more evidence I don't want a cat. I'll play with the summer feline critters visiting in my garden next summer. 

The photos do make me laugh, as long as I don't have to clean them up. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 1:50am

sk8eycat, I wonder if flooding the internet with words with ass in them will knock out the robo-censors?  You started with class and pass and I can't think of any others. Surely there are others! bass, hassle, karass, lass, mass, pass, tassel. 

Well. this wasn't very clever, I just went from A to Z with an ass connected to it.

As I play my bass fiddle in the hassle of the karass meeting, a lass in mass distress, wearing a tassel knocked me on my ass.  

Well, that is the best I can come up with. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 1:32am

Mindy, I received this message from you and don't know what your sister sent you. It wasn't on the incoming mail either. 
"My Sister sent this to me because it reminds her of something I'd say (silently.)  I thought it was funny!!!  There are lots of people out there I'd love to say this out loud to! ;)"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 8, 2014 at 11:42pm

Comment by sk8eycat on January 8, 2014 at 1:08pm

I was reading the comments to a news story that popped up when I went to my Yahoo login site, and really looked at the words they seem to be robo-censoring. (BTW the news story was about a book that will be published this week....about the activists who broke into an FBI office during the Vietnam War, and got proof of the FBI's unconstitutional spying on US citizens.  Blew t he whistle on J. Edgar loud and clear!)

Anyway, the following is my reply to a long comment by another former activist

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My NERVES! Yahoo is censoring a three-letter word that means donkey, mule, or a body part that one sits on, even when it's in the middle of an entirely different word...like a group of students!

I don't happen to believe in gods or the efficacy of prayer, but I DO thank all the people who put their lives, reputations, and careers in jeopardy to expose the rot in our own government. It makes me sick that it's still going on...

We don't need NSA, TSA, and a giant Pentagon anymore. The FBI may have cleaned up its own house (perhaps), but the Patriot Act (WHAT an oxymoron!) made it possible for bigger and dirtier houses to be built. I don't think we will go back to our real ideals in my lifetime; we have become more paranoid than the USSR ever was.

I think Yahoo's need for robo-censoring of an innocent group of letters proves my point.

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The word was "ass"  ...  As in "class," or "pass."  They substituted keyboard symbols for just the three "bad" letters, so that it reads "cl#%&#mates" or something.

Am I crazy to be offended and frightened by this kind of thing?  I've felt as if the Cold War has returned for the last 20+ years... and I want to cry.  Citizens don't seem to care anymore...or we've become so accustomed to things like scanners and body searches in airports and government buildings that we just don't notice it.

Well, the ramped-up "security" stuff in airports made me swear never to fly again until they stop it. (Sorry, Carl!)  But I have always loved trains, "the onnnnnly way to fly!"...Heh!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 7, 2014 at 11:55am

Carl!  That IS cold!

PS: Pumpkin is doing his morning exercises.  ie: Lying in a patch of sunlight on the floor, and scooting over when the patch moves and he's halfway into shade. 

Fred just got back in bed with my sister...we are ALL night owls.

Hmmmm.  Good idea. I think I'll go back to my own bed.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 7, 2014 at 11:39am

Nice one, Mindy. Sorry to hear about the dog though.

Happy birthday Pumkin. Take good care of your human for us.

 

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