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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 20 hours ago. 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 sk8eycat on December 7, 2014 at 7:33pm

re: the Marshmallow Test....that last little red-headed girl (who ate her single marshmallow right away) looks and act exactly as my sister did when she was that age....and older. 

Still does.  But every doctor and therapist I've told about her agrees with me; she has Asperger's.  (And I still have scars where she bit me when she was 5 or 6 years old.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 7, 2014 at 6:57pm

Some Sunday evening easy-listening sounds from a fantastic singer from days gone by.  I hope you enjoy......

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 7, 2014 at 10:57am

Randall, I've also seen video footage of the Marshmallow experiment.  Like Mindy said, it's interesting to watch the kids faces as they ponder what they should do. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 7, 2014 at 10:52am

Sorry to hear of your family's loss, Ian.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 7, 2014 at 7:40am

Sorry, Ian. Evidently it was the grandfather on your daughter's mother's side?

Speaking of books, I just finished The Marshmallow Test, which goes into detail about the evidence that kids postponing the gratification of eating one marshmallow immediately by waiting  for two of them later gives an indication of self control later in life, which leads to bigger and better things. It's really a "no duh" socialogy thing, but it's now substantiated. (There's much more to the book than that.)

Comment by Plinius on December 7, 2014 at 1:25am

I'm sorry for your loss, Ian.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 7, 2014 at 1:18am

I got the news yesterday that my daughter's Grandfather had died during the night. It was expected and the family had a chance to be with him at the end. Sad, though. He's been a permanent fixture to a greater or lesser degree throughout my 29 years in Denmark.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 6, 2014 at 3:47pm

No, Patricia, I haven't had anything like that show up in my comments.  It's obviously a spammer "phishing" around to acquire your e-mail address so that they can send spam to your home computer. 

Can we trust no one these days?  I just found out that the Nigerian prince who wanted to share his multimillion-dollar wealth with me is just a fraud!! 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 6, 2014 at 3:40pm

Good thing you reported it...it reads like spam. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 6, 2014 at 1:01am

Felaine, don't you have access to free cancer screening either? Have you checked with your local cancer society to learn what screenings are available? 

At Cancer Care Northwest, not all cancer patients can pay for their treatments. There is a fund from which people can draw if they have a positive diagnosis and need care. I am now working to raise funds for that project.  

A study in the Netherlands found: 

"The researchers found that new cases of early-stage breast cancer among 70- to 75-year-olds rose sharply after national screening was introduced, from 248.7 to 362.9 per 100,000 women."

Risks of Breast Cancer Screening in Women 70-Plus

 

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