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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 Joan Denoo on May 10, 2014 at 11:33pm

Ruth, I hope your insurance claim has turned out satisfactorily for you. 

I very much like and agree with your statement about "self-righteous old white guys expounding to "progressive feminists" what's moral and what's not in black and white, "I'm OK,You're not OK"  vocabulary."

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2014 at 11:27pm

k.h. ky I am so pleased to learn of your g-daughter's achievement in math. Girls are fully capable of achieving in all aspects of education, and when one demonstrates the truth, it opens doors for other girls. I would love to see more debate in all levels of education. Women and men need to learn how to stand up and speak out, even in the face of opposition. There is nothing wrong with taking a stand if it is based on good reasoning. Of course I don't want to listen to nincompoops expound about trivia. There are lots of hard conflicts that need to be aired. 

I hate family gatherings where everyone, men and women, yield to bullying of the dominant person. Strong personalities don't always know how to solve problems or resolve conflicts.   

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 10, 2014 at 11:10pm

Thanks for the otter solace, Joan.

Congrats on your granddaughter's math achievement, k.h.ky.

Thanks for sharing the space station awe, Joan.

Napoleon, I had to stop watching after less than 2 1/2 minutes of

"The curse of progressive feminism". While I have very strong feelings about Islamic misogyny, I also have a strong negative reaction to self-righteous old white guys expounding to "progressive feminists" what's moral and what's not in black and white, "I'm OK,You're not OK"  vocabulary. This self-righteous pompous anger is what old white guys do to put women in their place. He's "putting us in our place" as cursed and racist. To my eyes he's clueless about liberal feminist values toward racism. As a woman on the radical side of left feminism, I don't respect accusations of racism like this. One has to go through a process of consciousness raising to realize the extent to which we're all racist, to face your racist presuppositions, conditioned responses, etc. It's no good to claim you're not racist, or to think as a white person you're qualified to denounce others as racist. To me this shows ignorance of race relations, a very superficial misleading comprehension. (There's a difference between, "You racist!" and "That's a racist behavior or attitude".) Do I hear exceptionalism in "backward moral cesspits like Dubai"? We're so pure, yeah, that we're qualified to put down another country as a moral cesspit. ROFL

To me this old white guy is singing the same misogynist song as other male authority figures, only with pseudo-liberal lyrics. Look at the medium, not the message. Of course he thinks he's qualified to tell feminists how to be feminists. Listen to his voice tones and body language, taking into account his intended audience.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2014 at 10:10pm

Space station just getting ready to go into darkness. What a beautiful sight!

Space Station just coming into darkness

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2014 at 9:19pm

Quick! take a look or you will miss this round

The International Space Station is just coming into daylight

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 10, 2014 at 10:11am

Ky, Congrats on your math-whiz g-daughter.  And, if you can't brag here, where can you brag?

Comment by k.h. ky on May 10, 2014 at 10:00am

Bear with me I've gotta brag..My third grade g-daughter took first place in the county wide math competition.  She out scored almost  two hundred other third graders to do it.

Way to go baby girl!!!!!!!!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 10, 2014 at 9:23am

Patricia, I like the "SIT" pic.

And Joan, I'm with you.  I might like a dog if I could get a bird to train it for me.  And are those cute things otters?

Sorry for the bad day you peeps have had.

Ruth, sorry for your frustration with Blue Shield.  They sound like a horrible company.  Their actions or inactions would make me very angry and depressed.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 10, 2014 at 4:02am

Thanks for all the great pics (and unusual music). Just the stuff to come home to after a night's work. Warmth and good cheer :-)

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2014 at 1:06am

Hugs to each one having stress in our lives. A virtual cuddle, a soothing expression of care, and an experience of gratitude for friendship across the miles can ease the feelings.

Looking at Earth through the lens of Cassini doesn't relieve the pain and frustration of living; it makes it more important that feelings of strength, power, competence and agency replace helplessness, anger, fear and hopelessness.  

Chaos of modern life can be challenged with a determination to experience beauty, comfort and serenity, especially as we express our deepest frustration at incompetence.

 

 

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