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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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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 20 hours ago. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by sk8eycat on March 18, 2014 at 11:56am

Randall, I think you meant the 1971 Sylmar (or "San Fernando") quake that destroyed two hospitals, one was the newly-built Olive View County Hospital that was supposed to be earthquake-proof.  Some older, unreinforced masonry/brick buildings at the VA Hospital...many of the most severe injuries and fatalities were patients at the VA.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/events/1971_02_09.php

I live in Burbank...in 1972, the power was off for most of the day, but in the parts of the Valley that are really City of Los Angeles, people were without utilities for days, even weeks. 

The 1994 Northridge quake was similar.  Both destroyed freeway overpasses that were supposed to be engineered to resist most quakes.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/events/1994_01_17.php

Both scared the Pea-turkey outta me...and my cats.  I have wished for years that I could afford to move to someplace boring.

Comment by Plinius on March 18, 2014 at 10:03am

It's the best plan! Hug a cat and sweet dreams, Mindy!

Comment by Plinius on March 18, 2014 at 9:29am

Wishing you all the very best!

Life is so funny, Booklover! Here I am, in the middle of the day, totally out of energy and looking at a mountain of work. I think I'll hide under a blanket untill it all goes away...

Comment by Randall Smith on March 18, 2014 at 7:56am

Anyone living in the Northridge area of LA, and old enough, will remember the 1972 (I think) earthquake that killed 67 (I think) and did considerable damage to freeways being built. I lived in Pomona 30 miles away and was shaken out of bed. I left So. Calif. the next year!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 18, 2014 at 4:27am

Ian, you're SO baaaaddd!  (Thank you.  I love puns!)

Comment by Ian Mason on March 18, 2014 at 4:20am

Couldn't resist this.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 18, 2014 at 3:04am

Joan, my sister told me that Freddie, the fat black cat, was on her bed, and slept through the entire event.

Useless blob.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2014 at 12:06am

Ian, safe journey, sounds like a visit. Hope all is well. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 17, 2014 at 10:52pm

Glad you're all right, Felaine.

That cartoon took me a minute too, Mindy.

What an amazing writing desk!

Tomorrow I'll be off to England on a family visit. Looking forward to it.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 17, 2014 at 10:33pm

Oh, I'm fine, but after living through 4 or 5 major quakes makes me jumpy whenever anything in the house rattles.  All it takes is a heavy truck driving up the street....

 

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