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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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 3. 2 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27. 20 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

CBS News Treats Uri Geller as Actual ESP Talent?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25. 1 Reply

CBS Sunday Morning is beginning to piss me off.  This morning they presented a story on the US governments foray into…Continue

Tags: espionage, fraud, ESP, Uri Geller, Sunday Morning

Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Aug 10. 7 Replies

Okay, gang ... when is the last time you saw Seth Andrews do an animated video on his YouTube channel?  Seems like donkey's years ago, don't it?  Well, apparently Jeff Sessions and his "religious liberty task force" got Seth's nelly up enough that…Continue

Tags: religious liberty task force, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 2 Replies

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

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Comment by Idaho Spud on January 3, 2018 at 8:22am

I can't find Daniel either.  His "Godless in the Garden" is still here and functioning, as is his "Food".  His blog "Growing Greener in the Pacific Northwest" is still functioning as well.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 3, 2018 at 8:14am

Hey, gang!  I was just scrolling through my current feed from A|N when I noticed something: Daniel is MISSING!  If I'm not mistaken, he's completely deleted his account from Atheist Nexus!  I know he was talking about cutting back on participation, but this took me completely by surprise!

Anyone else know anything about this?

Comment by Patricia on January 3, 2018 at 2:50am

That it is....

Comment by Plinius on January 3, 2018 at 2:48am

Good news!

Comment by Patricia on January 3, 2018 at 2:31am

B.C. to cover cost of abortion pill Mifegymiso

Starting Jan. 15, province to become the sixth in Canada to make the pill universally available at no cost............

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-to-cover-cost-of...

Comment by Chris on January 2, 2018 at 9:11am

Keeping feet dry helps prevent frostbite.

Aluminum Sulfate on the feet helps those who tend to have a wet (sweaty) foot dry.

A podiatrist prescribed a liquid that came in what looked like a nasal spray bottle containing aluminum sulfate to spray on my feet to keep them from sweating. It worked well. Kept my feet dry, which kept my toes warm.

Aluminum Sulfate liquid such as I used may require a prescription.

Without that even with wool lined boots when my foot was wet my foot was always cold.

An antipersperiant containing Aluminum Sulfate may work well for many.

I hope this suggestion helps some keep their toes warm.

Comment by Chris on January 2, 2018 at 2:34am

I agree hugs are benificial. Providing words of encouragement and support helps tremendously.

That's action.

A prayer circle is meaninless.

If I may.

A friend of mine had intestinal surgery at a medium size religious hospital.   For some reason before she was able to digest food the clinicians provided oral pain medicine which resulded in an overdose and vomiting.

Providing oral pain medicine before she was able to digest should have been an easy thing for the hospital to determine. Yet they made that simple mistake.

It's kind of, but not really complicated. My fried was provided multiple doses of oral pain medicine before here intestines were digesting.  When the intestines finally began to work multiple doses of oral pain medicine went theough her gut resulting in an overdose.  She vomited, asperated and ended up with respritory failure.

They put her in a medically induced coma an held her in intensive care. While she was in intensive care the surgeon recomended turning  off and unplugging her from life support.

There was a procession of employees in line praying for her.

 [If we prey long enough for her you may not sue us.]

Fortunately an Intensive care nurse recommended tranferring her to another hospital where she was in and out of an induced coma for four months before almost recovering fully.

Having written that I agree that support groups help tremendously, with substance rather than blind  prayer circles.

_of course the details of this is way more complicated and detailed than I posted here.

Comment by Patricia on January 2, 2018 at 1:48am

The praying thing just doesn't cut it. During my cancer, my in-laws drove me to appointments, made meals, made sure Rick also ate properly, & even cleaned the house. That was far more helpful as it gave me a few less things to try to do myself.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 2, 2018 at 1:39am

'Thinking of you'. I belong to an online support group for people with depression and my experience is that giving and receiving even a few kind words helps. The feeling of not being alone makes a difference. So I agree with you, Joan. Praying, of course, does nothing; acts and words of kindness can.

There was a study of prayer and healing a few years ago that found there was actually a 'noncebo' effect.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/31/health/31pray.html

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2018 at 1:13am

Chris, you wrote, "Is prayer and wishing others well the same thing as action?"

When an individual feels alone, or afraid, or sad, or hurt physically or emotionally, prayer and well wishes do not have the same power as actions. The funniest way I saw this principle expressed was the video: Don't pray for me, make me a sandwich!!

On the other hand, when an individual feels a sense of belonging to a community, or safety, or support emotionally and physically, well wishes and prayer have power. I remember how strong I felt when I received encouragement from Atheist Nexus friends while I battled cancer. 

Which has the most power? Well, we have all known the words, "I'll pray for you" or "I am thinking of you," and nothing else happens,  the negative feelings remain.

No! Prayer and wishing others well is not the same thing as action?"

On the other hand, an individual has a vested interest in building a community of supportive people around him or her as kind of a cushion when/if bad things happen in life. 

Sometimes I wish I didn't think in terms of two hands. 

 

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