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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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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 21 hours ago. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 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

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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.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2014 at 1:42am

sk8eycat, such a lovely face! Easy to fall in love with this handsome fellow. Pumpkin, Happy birthday month! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 7, 2014 at 12:59am

Il fait plus froid que sorcières tit dans un soutien-gorge en laiton.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 7, 2014 at 12:58am

O, fangkew!  Felaine put sum speshul gushee fud (Sheba) owt 4 me, an' Fred 8 it awl up.  Teh fat blak hawg!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 7, 2014 at 12:28am

Oh, je vous remercie! Je vais devoir marquer cette site.

I avoir un ami qui sait russe, il était un "espion" armée qui écoutait sur ​​leurs émissions de radio pendant la Guerre Froide.

J'aime jouer avec les langues, mais je ne suis couramment l'anglais. Honteux, n'est-ce pas?

Whoopie!  This is so much FUN!  Now, if there was only some way to translate Feline...they do have a large vocabulary of vocalizations...and body language, too.

 

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