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Come on in, pull up a chair!

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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Discussion Forum

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

Richard Dawkins, Growing Up in the Universe

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 14. 2 Replies

Here is an oldie, the young Richard Dawkins teaching kids about the universe. I especially like the one demonstrating how the eye evolved. This should answer those who believe it was impossible to evolve an eye. Continue

Tags: universe, teaching, Dawkins, Richard

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

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Comment by Plinius on February 3, 2013 at 10:28am

Steam away Ian, I know that sort of struggle. Husband and I have been curators for an old demented aunt for some years now... and it's only recently that things have calmed down a bit. We got a lot of ugly insinuations from family who wouldn't lift a hand to help; then we had to rescue aunt from a ´friend´ who was after her money; we organised the help aunt needed; we moved her to a care home in this neighbourhood; sorted out her administration -  thinking all the while that we could have worked a lot better and quicker without the highly-educated overpaid idiots... not entirely true, there were some people who really did a neat job, so we were lucky there. But the whole process cost buckets full of frustration!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 3, 2013 at 9:59am

TFA, that's the one.

I want to let off a bit of steam :-(

Have recently been in England to visit my Mum, who's now in a care home. We, the family, were originally told that the home would be organising her dementia assesment. Now they say that isn't the case and that it's our responsibilty and trying to get a local doctor interested is an uphill struggle.

On top of that, I thought that I had signed all the paperwork for joint power of attorney with my brother. Now I've got a message saying that the solicitor "forgot" half of it and the rest will have to be done by registered, international post, which costs a lot of money.

Came back to Denmark to a repaired computer that has started playing up again within a few days.

Ever get the feeling that you're surounded by highly-educated, overpaid idiots?

Thanks for the space for a little rant.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 3, 2013 at 9:10am

Goooood morning, Everybody. 

Ian, I also have a T-shirt with "I have a personal relationship with reality" on it.  It's from 'The Thinking Atheist.'  Does anyone listen to his (Seth Andrews) podcast?  He's really does a great job.  

Melinda, I LOVE the 'he-did-it' pic.  I LOL'd. 

Comment by Ian Mason on February 3, 2013 at 12:51am

Melinda, it sounds like you're having a great time. Enjoy the warmth :-)

Yes, great billboard. I've got the T-shirt.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2013 at 12:16am
sk8eycat, thanks.
Comment by sk8eycat on February 2, 2013 at 11:49pm

"7 Hours ago"...cartoon (drawing doesn't matter) 

"When a woman says 'What?' it's not because she didn't hear you.  She's giving you a chance to change what you said."

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"1 hour ago" 4-panel cartoon of 2 elderly cheerleaders (again, the drawings really don't matter)

"What do we want?"
"Better memory!"
"When do we want it?"
"Want what?"

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2013 at 11:38pm
sk8eycat 7 hours ago. I couldn't open this one either.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2013 at 11:35pm
sk8eycat 1 hour ago. Your video or photo didn't come through. Anyone else having problems with this one?
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2013 at 11:29pm
Patricia, I like and am reposting Separation of Church and State.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2013 at 10:34pm

Ode to the Brain! by Symphony of Science

 http://symphonyofscience.com "Ode to the Brain". Through the powerful words of scientists Carl Sagan, Robert Winston, Vilayanur Ramachandran, Jill Bolte Taylor, Bill Nye, and Oliver Sacks, it covers different aspects the brain including its evolution, neuron networks, folding. 

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor (http://mystrokeofinsight.com ) at TED.com 

 

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