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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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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 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

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Comment by Loren Miller on September 19, 2013 at 5:16pm

Ah, well ... I suppose I should drop the other shoe:

Comment by Steph S. on September 19, 2013 at 4:48pm

Booklover that sounds so wonderful that you are living debt free and paid off your house already. Wow - Congrats.

More people should live like you do. Less worry and stress.

Comment by Steph S. on September 19, 2013 at 4:47pm

oooh I love Talk Like a Pirate Day.

For the video game I am playing Star Trek Online I set up an event for my Fleet called Talk like a Pirate day to celebrate today.

How is everyone doing?

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 19, 2013 at 12:05pm

Someone on Instructables celebrated Pi day (3/14) with a Pi-Rat pie: a solid chocolate rat, with pi pirate hat and hook, bursting out of a chocolate chip cookie pie.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 19, 2013 at 12:00pm

Pastafarians would doubtless hold this day in high regard!

Still, we should remember that Treasure Island and movies have romanticized and distorted what is in real life a cruel and objectively evil business.

This reminded me of the SF/fantasy story "Yo Ho Hoka!" by Poul Anderson and Gordon Dickson, in Hoka! Hoka! Hoka! (reprinted from Earthman's Burden). The collection is a fun, light read. The Hoka are a sentient, deceptively cute, teddy-bear-like species who don't much care about the boundary between fact and fiction, and often come together to gleefully recreate whatever Earth fictional world excited their imagination. The stories revolve around the Hoka and the ambassador from Earth getting into and out of trouble -- in this case while recreating a pirate milieu, and by the end learning to do it without actual stealing or violence.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 19, 2013 at 11:30am

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 19, 2013 at 11:18am

     Avast me hearties! Today be "Talk Like a Pirate Day" lest ye be forgettin'. So swill a grog as a buxom beauty sits merrily on ye lap (or handsome laddie), ye dirty son of a bilge rat! May that scurvy, flea bitten cur of a mongrel ye love be the only companion that ye have in hell! So raise a flagon to the pirate in us all. May all your wenches have fire in their eyes, and a cutlass at hand.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 19, 2013 at 10:45am

Great posts! Really enjoy reading this string. 

Ruth, thank you for your rant; you state it as I see it, loss of protection for workers, inability of workers to organize, loss of safety and environmental regulations, and if trends continue, loss of safety protection for women. I wonder what the environment and health care delivery will be like when/if this agreement goes through. This should be a wake-up call for all who work for wages. 

Ian, I like your quote; it speak of reality. 

Tony, Great performance by this young man. A Capella Science not only sounds good, it reads good as well! Music + science educates better than lectures or manuscripts. Do you refer to The International PARTICLE PHYSICS Masterclass session organized by Queen Mary, University of London?

Spud, I like you axe. Kind of reminds me of Pulaski Axe of 1910 Idaho fire fame. 

Chris and Mindy, I agree, economizing is fun and a great hobby. So many ways we can get off the merchandise merry-go-round.  

Comment by Plinius on September 19, 2013 at 1:06am

I love to read you all and I enjoyed Tony's video very much, even if I only have a very vague idea what quantum theory is about. I'm still very busy - the classes of English started again and I'm trying to write the extra exercises I never came round to in summer. The usual chores are still going on and in my spare time I'm trying to learn how to knit socks - not yet very succesful. The economic crises here is nibbling at our income (we're still lucky: no bites yet) so we took some measures; save more money if possible, use less energy and change hobbies so they produce more. My flowerboxes produced some vegetables and herbs this year and perhaps more next year. Economizing can also be a hobby.

Comment by Steph S. on September 18, 2013 at 5:05pm

Love those pics Melinda and Idaho. That is a great video Tony. Thanks for posting it. It would also go great in my Geek and Nerd Haven group if you'd like to post it there too.

How is everyone?

 

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