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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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Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 25. 2 Replies

TheraminTrees doesn't release videos very often these days,  but when he does, they are positive GEMS.  Most recent of his works is the following, wherein he dismantles some of the common rebuttals atheist get from believers when we assert our…Continue

Tags: seeing things, YouTube, TheraminTrees

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15. 4 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

You'll NEVER Guess Who Just Showed Up on Mr. Deity!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 14. 11 Replies

I don't believe this one either, but ... well, here it is: And would you believe - Mr. D made me laugh!  RD, that is!Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Mr. Deity

Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 6. 20 Replies

It seems as though some numb-nuts New York pastor by the name of Stephen Kim has written two marriage advice pieces for christian men and women.  Not surprisingly, his suggestions come straight out of his never-fail magic book.  Seth Andrews of The…Continue

Tags: advice, marriage, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Stephen Kim

Seth Andrews' New Book, "Sacred Cows" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Feb 6. 7 Replies

For the last few podcasts, Seth Andrews has been alluding to a new literary effort he's been working on.  Well, the cat is out of the bag ... or perhaps I should say, the cow is out of the barn!  Seth's new opus is entitled: Sacred Cows: a…Continue

Tags: book, Sacred Cows, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Living in the Answers

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Patricia Jan 18. 13 Replies

I am weary of those who declare they understand all the answers to the creation of the universe and Earth. They claim they know the answers to the questions of life, meaning, death, and the afterlife. Those with all the answer speak with confidence,…Continue

Tags: confidence, education, government, family, afterlife

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 2:57pm

OK! We can write freely and without censorship. I'm blocking Yahoo ... well I don't follow their news streams anyway. So no big deal. 

Do you have any idea where the source of blockages occurs? 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 9, 2014 at 12:28pm

Joan, your words in here weren't censored at all.  Probably because A/N is not a branch of Yahoo.  The morass of censoring seems to be attached to the Comments sections of stories and articles published by Yahoo News only.  There are many people with vocabularies, or minds, so limited that they can't say anything without using words most people consider impolite, crude, or offensive.  And using those words on the internet probably make the knuckle-draggers (horses asses?) feel important. 

BUT censorship offends ME.  (And I think I just insulted the equine race...in truth they have beautiful behinds!)

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 11:10am

Patricia. Thanks for "translating". 

Was there any censoring of my sentence? 

Sorry, again, your response, Mindy, of 1 hour ago, the most recent one, didn't come through. I shall call Chrome with these two bits of evidence and see if they have a remedy. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 1:52am

Carl, you give me more evidence I don't want a cat. I'll play with the summer feline critters visiting in my garden next summer. 

The photos do make me laugh, as long as I don't have to clean them up. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 1:50am

sk8eycat, I wonder if flooding the internet with words with ass in them will knock out the robo-censors?  You started with class and pass and I can't think of any others. Surely there are others! bass, hassle, karass, lass, mass, pass, tassel. 

Well. this wasn't very clever, I just went from A to Z with an ass connected to it.

As I play my bass fiddle in the hassle of the karass meeting, a lass in mass distress, wearing a tassel knocked me on my ass.  

Well, that is the best I can come up with. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 1:32am

Mindy, I received this message from you and don't know what your sister sent you. It wasn't on the incoming mail either. 
"My Sister sent this to me because it reminds her of something I'd say (silently.)  I thought it was funny!!!  There are lots of people out there I'd love to say this out loud to! ;)"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 8, 2014 at 11:42pm

Comment by sk8eycat on January 8, 2014 at 1:08pm

I was reading the comments to a news story that popped up when I went to my Yahoo login site, and really looked at the words they seem to be robo-censoring. (BTW the news story was about a book that will be published this week....about the activists who broke into an FBI office during the Vietnam War, and got proof of the FBI's unconstitutional spying on US citizens.  Blew t he whistle on J. Edgar loud and clear!)

Anyway, the following is my reply to a long comment by another former activist

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My NERVES! Yahoo is censoring a three-letter word that means donkey, mule, or a body part that one sits on, even when it's in the middle of an entirely different word...like a group of students!

I don't happen to believe in gods or the efficacy of prayer, but I DO thank all the people who put their lives, reputations, and careers in jeopardy to expose the rot in our own government. It makes me sick that it's still going on...

We don't need NSA, TSA, and a giant Pentagon anymore. The FBI may have cleaned up its own house (perhaps), but the Patriot Act (WHAT an oxymoron!) made it possible for bigger and dirtier houses to be built. I don't think we will go back to our real ideals in my lifetime; we have become more paranoid than the USSR ever was.

I think Yahoo's need for robo-censoring of an innocent group of letters proves my point.

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The word was "ass"  ...  As in "class," or "pass."  They substituted keyboard symbols for just the three "bad" letters, so that it reads "cl#%&#mates" or something.

Am I crazy to be offended and frightened by this kind of thing?  I've felt as if the Cold War has returned for the last 20+ years... and I want to cry.  Citizens don't seem to care anymore...or we've become so accustomed to things like scanners and body searches in airports and government buildings that we just don't notice it.

Well, the ramped-up "security" stuff in airports made me swear never to fly again until they stop it. (Sorry, Carl!)  But I have always loved trains, "the onnnnnly way to fly!"...Heh!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 7, 2014 at 11:55am

Carl!  That IS cold!

PS: Pumpkin is doing his morning exercises.  ie: Lying in a patch of sunlight on the floor, and scooting over when the patch moves and he's halfway into shade. 

Fred just got back in bed with my sister...we are ALL night owls.

Hmmmm.  Good idea. I think I'll go back to my own bed.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 7, 2014 at 11:39am

Nice one, Mindy. Sorry to hear about the dog though.

Happy birthday Pumkin. Take good care of your human for us.

 

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