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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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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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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 Grinning Cat on March 11, 2013 at 10:32am

Thanks, Patricia, for that explanation of what "paying for your sins" really means! :)

Comment by Steph S. on March 11, 2013 at 10:21am

Comment by Steph S. on March 11, 2013 at 10:20am

You made me laugh Ruth! Yeah that cat is rather strange looking huh?

Comment by Ian Mason on March 11, 2013 at 12:35am

Comment by Ian Mason on March 10, 2013 at 11:59pm

TFA, you've touched a pleasure-nerve. Radio! Not having a TV, that was our entertainment. Sunday afternoons, just after dinner, was comedy hour. The greats of the 50s repeated: "The Goon Show" and "Hancock's Half Hour" are the ones I remember most. Then the current crop of the 60s with "Round the Horne" and "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" being the most memorable. "The Navy Lark" ran from 1959 until 1975, changing style with the years. For those who don't know it, the Goon Show was a revolution in radio and comedy. The Monty Python team have often said "no Goons - no Python" so it inspired a generation.

The most serendipidous discovery I made when I first got a PC 5 years ago was BBC Radio 4 Extra, where they are all repeated. The best of them haven't aged at all and I usually have a weekly session of loud, neighbour-disturbing laughter. Such joy!

Comment by Lillie on March 10, 2013 at 11:45pm

Flying A, get an electric toothbrush.  The biggest problem with teeth is gums and the electric toothbrush is the best for gums.  Use it for about six months prior to going to the dentist to get everything healthy again.  This might save you some gum treatment.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 10, 2013 at 11:42pm

The Flying Atheist, skipping regular dental cleaning doesn't make you a bad person, it only raises your risk of mortality. There are lists of the most critical things you can do to avoid dying prematurely, like hire someone else to climb a ladder to clean your gutters (so you don't fall off). Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is right near the top of the list. Bacteria you never notice in your gumline can "get loose" and infect your heart. BTW, I did not see that walking stick till the third time I looked.

Yes, sk8eycat, the horrors of metal on metal joints has been newsworthy for months.

Ian, that Satanic Leaf Gecko will inspire a horror movie. Those red eyes and sharp features *shudder*.

Steph, I would not want to wake up with that cat staring in my face. I'd leap out of bed screaming and hit the wall or something.

Nice to hear from you. Hugs

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 10, 2013 at 8:58pm

Wow!!!  I leave town and I'm seven pages behind upon my return.  Finally caught up. 

Felaine, I'm glad your tooth pain went away and that you're back to 'normal.'  I'm very embarrassed to admit this, but I haven't been to a dentist in nine years.  That's really bad, I know.  I haven't had any problems, but I know I'm long overdue for a regular checkup, etc.  I pay a very low insurance premium for dental care every year through work, so there's no excuse.  Just me being a very bad and irresponsible person.

Joan, I enjoyed you reminiscing about days gone by.  I still remember "telephone exchanges."  My childhood home phone exchange was TU9 (Tuxedo 9) or today known as 889.  You also mentioned Amos and Andy.  They are a favorite of mine as well, as are many of the old radio shows.  I listen almost daily to them.  I sometimes feel as though I was born a few decades too late.  You might enjoy the following links that I use all the time:  Amos & Andy audio page 1, Amos & Andy audio page 2 and Old Time Radio archive.

Ian, I love the Satanic Gecko.  Nature never fails to amaze and 'wow' me.  I've always been fascinated with the walking stick insects.

Oh, and I too signed the DST petition.  Changing clocks twice a year may have been necessary in the bygone farming era of pre-industrialization, but it's just not relative to today's modern society......kinda like religion. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 10, 2013 at 8:31pm

I have a question for everybody/anybody: my friend that I cat-sit for v occasionally needs a hip replacement job, and has asked me to research what works best, what lasts longest, and everything else about hip prosthese.  Where do I start?  Has anyone had any experience with this problem?

What I've come up so far is the lawsuit settlement by Johnson & Johnson for their faulty metal-on-metal device. Metal-on-metal doesn't last long...and constantly sheds teeny-tiny fragments into the body. (But all the materials used in these devices does that.)

I've also sent an e-mail to a friend who has had to have the same hip operated on 3 times because of various screw-ups.  I haven't told Sue about that.

Anyroad, any information at all would be greatly appreciated.  I just need to know where to start...a lot of the links that come up on Google and other search engines are paid ads, and I'm trying to avoid those.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 10, 2013 at 8:14pm

Oh, yes.  Our "Pale Blue Dot" in space.  Her biggest problem for the past 2,000 years or so is that the two most powerful organizations have convinced (without any evidence at all) billions and billions of people that there's a better home waiting for them...after they die.  So they leave this one filled with trash.

 

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