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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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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 2 hours ago. 3 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 18 hours ago. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

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

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 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

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

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 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

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Ian Mason on September 20, 2013 at 4:55am

I know that calling down curses is not usually our thing but couldn't resist this.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 19, 2013 at 11:44pm

Chicago lost a television icon earlier this week. 

Jerry Bishop, the original Svengoolie, dead at 77

Chicago Tribune

Jerry G. Bishop, as the original Svengoolie on Chicago's horror-movie showcase SCREAMING YELLOW THEATER (1970-73), sings a parody version of "Button Up Your Overcoat," accompanied by a talking skull named Zelda.

This is from a time when television was completely different and had many locally produced shows.  It doesn't get any cornier than this.....which is why I love it.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 19, 2013 at 11:25pm

And Hello back to you Steph.  Hope you are keeping things rational in Texas.  I read that Wendy Davis is being courted to run for governor.  That would be sweet!!  I hope she does.  It's way past time for some sanity from the executive office of TX.  

Mindy, how are your mother's cats?  Will we get to see some pictures?  :)    Also, I'm just a little curious.....what dinner did your mother make for you and your daughter that the boys won't have any part of?  When I was a kid, my father never liked tacos, so when he had his monthly union meeting and missed dinner.......union night was taco night!! 

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 19, 2013 at 8:17pm

Comment by Steph S. on September 19, 2013 at 8:13pm

That is really cute Loren - now we can all be like Pirates and annoy everyone - haha

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.

 

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