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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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 Loren Miller on April 27, 2014 at 3:07pm

Was doing some link-jumping off of something I saw on A|N's Amateur Radio group when I found THIS:

Seems as though the inventor of Cthulhu had it goin' on in the brainbox!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 27, 2014 at 11:26am

Good morning, everyone.  Hope your day is going well.  After several days of some of the most beautiful weather, it's been rather cool here and now a bit of rain is in the area.  Typical Spring.  Maybe we'll have a "normal" Spring after all.    

Loren, good stuff.  But then again, that style of music is my #1 love.  It's a co-inky-dink, but I was just listening to Tommy Dorsey's "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" just yesterday, which I love. 

Comment by Loren Miller on April 27, 2014 at 7:53am

G'morning, gang.

Listened to the following this morning ... man, it just starts my whole day.  I'd be curious to know what it does for yours.



Enjoy!

Comment by Plinius on April 27, 2014 at 1:37am

You sure made your ex-friends show what they're really made of, Mindy! Better to know the worst - you don't need that sort of trouble. And I'm glad your daughter is doing so well!

I have very few friends left, probably because I lead a very quiet life due to health- and stressproblems. And we're still working on for our two patients. Yesterday a big helping of migraine, but today we'll go on packing and cleaning in brother-in-law's house and trying to socialize his cat. The poor animal must be lonely, with only daily visits, but she begins to open up to us.

Ruth and Sk8eycat, this side is not only troll free, but nobody has been rude or condescending too. Very special!

Comment by Ian Mason on April 27, 2014 at 1:24am

Very pleased that things are going well for your daughter, Mindy.

Living in Denmark FB is a useful for keeping up with the small talk of the family in England, including baby pics when my nieces and nephews produce their offspring. That's one of the nice sides. There's also a very few people I take seriously and can exchange views with. Like life, there's good and bad. You can choose. Plus I use Adblock to stop a lot of junk.

Have a nice Sunday. The sun is out here but I have to go to bed as I'm working this weekend. Can't win 'em all.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 26, 2014 at 9:57pm

sk8eycat, you put it perfectly

I feel safe here, because they have managed to block trolls.

This is the only troll free site I know about, besides my Irritable Bowel Syndrome group.

Happy Weekend and good weather, all.

Comment by kathy: ky on April 26, 2014 at 9:56pm
Facebook is so filled with religious nuts , in this area, l can't stand it. I deleted mine years ago. Started another, just to keep up with my family, and would delete it but I can't remember the password.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 26, 2014 at 9:48pm

Felaine, I'm much like you.  I keep in touch with the people who are real friends and have let others just fade away to a memory.  I do admit, there are a few friends from college that were very close and meaningful to me that I let slip away and I wish hadn't, but I was dealing with my own personal issues at the time.  Sadly, It just happened and I allowed it.  Now it just seems like ancient history from lifetimes ago.

Mindy, great to hear the news about your daughter!   

Comment by sk8eycat on April 26, 2014 at 6:27pm

To Mindy and Carl: one reason I have never gone to any reunions (HS class OR Holiday On Ice), EVER, is that I was always in touch with my real friends, and I just didn't give a rat's patoot about the rest!  Some I disliked intensely and never wanted to see again, anyway.

When one of my closest HS friends wanted to start a FB page years ago, I did join up, but I started hearing from the "never again" classmates (plus I got 5 times as much spam as I usually did), so I opted out ASAP, and never went back.

Some of the animal rescue non-profits I deal with have FB pages, and I understand why.  They can't afford real web sites.  I can still read those without joining.

Anyroad, my privacy is more important to me than having a lot of strangers "like" me.  I feel safe here, because they have managed to block trolls...I don't know how, but it's the first atheist "refuge" that has been successful at keeping the religious fanatics out.

And for some reason, I can't see anything right now.  Gonna go rest my eyes, and maybe have a cuppa tea.

PS: Mindy, I'm happy your daughter is doing so well!  Both socially and scholastically.

Hugs to everyone here!

Comment by Steph S. on April 26, 2014 at 6:22pm

Hey Mindy - sorry you had to go through all that. Did you say you were getting off Facebook? If you are I think that would be good for you. Then you don't have to see any posts from those people anymore. So congrats to your daughter on her math exam - good job. So glad you have some good news.

Just went for a bike ride and had a good time outside. Just going to watch a DVD movie and relax while eating my dinner.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend. I can't believe summer is almost here. Where is time going?

 

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