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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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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 37 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Ian Mason on May 15, 2013 at 1:38am

Pictures of living things, including the prophet Muhammed? Here's scores of them, produced by Muslim scribes and artists.

http://www.davidmus.dk/

Comment by Ian Mason on May 15, 2013 at 1:34am

No, that link doesn't work and I don't know why not. You can try pasting it in to a browser and the searching. The result should be "cats in boxes" by the hundred.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 14, 2013 at 9:38pm

'Fess up, folk; how many of your cat shots did you pose?

Comment by Steph S. on May 14, 2013 at 8:32pm

Booklover I love that cat checking on the hamster. It is so cute!!

Comment by Steph S. on May 14, 2013 at 8:31pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 14, 2013 at 2:31pm

Mindy, the potted puppy is funny!

Steph, I very much like the boxed cats on the desk, and like the grey can in the red flowers.  I think silver-grey is my favorite cat color.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2013 at 12:20pm
Tom, great video on merging galaxies. Kind of like the current financial crisis, chaos of financial collapses results in bank mergers into bigger and bigger institutions. "What happens when two galaxies collide? Although it may take over a billion years, such titanic clashes are quite common. Since galaxies are mostly empty space, no internal stars are likely to themselves collide. Rather the gravitation of each galaxy will distort or destroy the other galaxy, and the galaxies may eventually merge to form a single larger galaxy. Expansive gas and dust clouds collide and trigger waves of star formation that complete even during the interaction process."
Hey folks, we have the power to stop this insanity. Stop using big banks, boycott credit cards and banks that exploit people. If enough people did that, we would end these ridiculous patterns of people being afraid because of losing huge chunks of money and running helplessly to banks to solve the problems they created in the first place.
People, wake up! Who cause the financial collapse? Who benefited by it? Why paid heavy prices for others' greed? Who is going to rescue us? Are we helpless?
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2013 at 12:00pm
Steph, love the boxed cats! They look sublimely content.
sk8eycat, Eric Idle has such a great way with lyrics and delivery, he makes the songs. As to freezing lemons and throwing them to the objectionable ones, wastes a lot of good lemons; perhaps freezing the nuisances out of our lives and making lemon ade to drink with friends in the garden and having a good chin-wag would feel better.
Mindy, it surely doesn't take much maturity to realize work, work, work, is what life is all about. The summers off end, the free weekends end, the free day occurs so very seldom, and starts again every week. I think that is the hardest part of the transition from school to adult living. I see it in my grandchildren, and the realization of my children that they went through that period as well. It is at that point children begin to appreciate their parents and forgive them. At least, that has been my experience.
Comment by tom sarbeck on May 14, 2013 at 11:06am

If you want to watch galaxies colliding, in both computer simulations and real pix, visit http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/

today, May 16 before midnight EST.

If you don't make it today, you can scroll down to the bottom  of the screen, click on Archive and click on the May 16 line.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 13, 2013 at 11:38pm

I was lucky to have loving parents without serious dysfunction. I grew up poor but uncomplicated.
Thanks sk8eycat for the Galaxy and DNA song.
Booklover (Melinda or Mindy) the wilted puppy was a hoot.
Cute cats, Steph.
Joan, thanks for keeping me up to date on how you’re doing. Good luck with chemo.
Thanks for Chris Hadonfield’s Space Oddity, Tony.
Ian, your witness guardian link came up “file not found”.
Good night, all.

 

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