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

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by kathy: ky Aug 9. 4 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

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Jonathan Simeone Aug 5. 29 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 3. 3 Replies

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

Tags: mystery, Bourne, Brian Dalton, Mr. Deity

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory Institute

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Jul 31. 3 Replies

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory InstituteI have followed the Justin Rhodes family for many months and each videa is unique. this one is about their adventures in Colorado, and…Continue

Tags: restore, water, soils, bison, Rhodes

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

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 28, 2013 at 10:08pm

Joan, your windows vs Ford had me in stitches. I was like, "Right!", "Oh yeah!", "That too!" #3 (rebooting) is the best.

That storm's scary, Flying Atheist.

Thanks for the cute LOLs, Steph and booklover.

Speaking of CAt Ladies. I do this (often).

Tomorrow I'm in for dental surgery. :( Might not be online much.

Hugs, all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 28, 2013 at 8:52pm

Thanks Carl, for this report. I join in thinking about Ian and Chris. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 28, 2013 at 4:42pm

Thinking about you Ian and Chris.  I hope all is well with both of you. 

Amazing video footage in this BBC news article.

Eight die as storm whips across northern Europe

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 28, 2013 at 1:53pm

Joan, glad you got a good deal on a MacBook.  As for price, I always thought Macs were only slightly more expensive than Windows computers.  Is that what you meant?

My iMac is 7 years old and doesn't do some things anymore, so I'm trying to save $400......No, $600 for a Mac mini.  Comes without a monitor, keyboard, or mouse, but I already have those.  I thought I remember the Mac mini was $400 a few months ago,  but just now I looked-it-up and ouch!

My mini-van is old, but keeping it running is way less expensive than buying a new vehicle, especially because I can repair a lot of it's problems myself.  I hate banged knuckles and grease under my fingernails, but it beats the horrible prices others charge to repair vehicles.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 28, 2013 at 12:10pm
Spud, I know, Macs are really expensive; over time they save money and frustration. Some years ago, my computer tutor found me a reconditioned MacBook for $400.00 when the going price was $1,000.

My son-in-law converted their businesses to Mac several years ago and just this week, the Pend Oreille Co Fire District #8 bought their first Mac and Laura transferred all the files over to the District's computer.

Hope you can afford a new car before 40 years. Kind of hard to drive a Mac around town.
Comment by Idaho Spud on October 28, 2013 at 11:12am

Good one Joan.  I agree with what both Gates and Ford said.

That's why I switched from Windows to Apple 7 years ago, and why I haven't been able to afford a new car for 40 years.

Comment by Steph S. on October 28, 2013 at 1:01am

Comment by sk8eycat on October 28, 2013 at 12:50am

I wanna kiss Molly's nose!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2013 at 4:02pm

Patricia! Priceless! and clever!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2013 at 3:59pm

Windows vs Ford

At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated,

"If Ford had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."

In response to Bill's comments, Ford issued a press release stating:

If Ford had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics: 

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash, twice a day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.

3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for  no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast, and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.

6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single 'This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation' warning light. 

7. The airbag system would ask 'Are you sure?' before deploying.

8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key, and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

9. Every time a new car was introduced, car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

10. You'd have to press the 'Start' button to turn the engine off.

PS - I 'd like to add that when all else fails, you could call 'customer service' in some foreign country and be instructed in some foreign language how to fix your car yourself!!!!

Thanks to Cheryl Smith 

* I might add that my whole family gave up on Microsoft computers long ago for these very reasons. 

 

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