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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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Eat vegetables, Be happy

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius 20 hours ago. 9 Replies

An association between the amount of fruit and vegetables people ate and their happiness? Yes indeed. People who ate 7 portions of fruits and/or vegetables a day were the happiest.…Continue

Tags: vegetables, fruit, diet, happiness

Optical Illusions

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Wednesday. 59 Replies

This one seems a bit creepy, like the middle one shouldn't be able to change rotation like that. from Cheezburger.comContinue

Forest Fire

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change.org

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Jul 16. 6 Replies

There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be…Continue

Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 1. 9 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2012 at 2:28am

The Flying Atheist, Oh My Goodness! He is out of prison? He is back on TV? How gullible can people be?! And selling a solar generator? ... he must have grown a heart while in prison, concerned about people staying cool in a drought. Well, at least there will be sunlight, unless the dust bowl blanks out the light. His "new heart" really hasn't lost its lust for money. Does his new wife look like a carnival hooker?   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 20, 2012 at 1:26am

So....this past Monday night, I'm lying in bed in a hotel room in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  I'm flipping through the TV channels and what do I encounter? The Jim Bakker Show.  The Jim Bakker Show  Yes, that Jim Bakker, infamous sidekick of Tammy Faye from the PTL Club.  That slimy, little f**ker is out of prison and televangelizing with his new wife from Branson, Missouri to a new flock of brainless, gullible saps.  I couldn't stop watching.  It was like witnessing a combination three-ring circus and train wreck.  And......he's selling a $1,700 solar generator "for the Revelation Days ahead."  (According to Wikipedia he still owes the IRS about $6 million.)  I guess I can't blame a man for trying to make a living, but the thing that gets me is that people are willing to support and give money to a well-known scam artist and convicted criminal.  He should be working the counter at The Waffle House or washing dishes at Denny's to pay his bills.  

Comment by sk8eycat on July 20, 2012 at 1:20am

@ Steph & Ian:  Yes.  Exactly.  Polytheist pastor in a polyester suit.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 20, 2012 at 12:48am

Yes, that is funny, esp. as Yaweh, JC and Allah seem like gods that have been cobbled together from bits of earlier, polytheistic traditions.

Comment by Steph S. on July 20, 2012 at 12:27am
Used god salesman - that's funny sk8eycat. Lol
Comment by sk8eycat on July 20, 2012 at 12:20am

@Flying Atheist: According to Wikipedia, Fatty Falwell founded his first church when he was 22, so the only time he might have been selling cars was part-time when he was in college.

Guess we'd have to call him a used-god salesman.

I saw him once, about 30 years ago, on the Phil donohue Show, and he was RUDE to the other guests and some members of the studio audience. I think buybull colleges teach their students  to interrupt and "talk over" anyone who doesn't agree with them 100%.  *faugh*

Comment by Sarah on July 19, 2012 at 11:49pm
Honestly, book lover, I wouldn't respond to you again as you seem like a judgmental person. But you don't get to tell me who I can and can't respond to. Sheesh, I'm starting to think this kid is lucky that you won't talk to him again. I fail to see the difference between saying you see no value in talking to him again versus you won't talk to him again. I don't think I have read anything into your comments or misinterpreted them, so I guess we'll have to agree to disagree about what you've conveyed.

I'm sorry I had the nerve to speak up and think it wasn't very nice to trash a kid by calling him an egotistical know-it-all when most 17 yos probably also think they have all the answers.

I really thought this site would be a welcoming spot where diversity of opinion and free thinking would be valued. But I'm finding it's a closed clique where newbies aren't welcome and people tune out anyone who doesn't fall lock-step in line with their thinking.
Comment by Patricia on July 19, 2012 at 7:17pm

Booklover....the thing was....my son had told him up front that everyone had to pitch in with the chores etc., so it's not as if it was a surprise. We hadn't even gotten out of the truck yet when we got to the lake & he was asking 'when do we eat?' My husband said no food until we set camp, so this guy promptly hid in the outhouse for an hour or so while we pitched the tents. I just knew then that things weren't going to go well. At least my son learned something without us having to say a word.

I agree there, I wouldn't let my kids go to stay with someone unknown to us while under age, but that's us.

Comment by booklover on July 19, 2012 at 5:49pm

@ Patricia, lol.  This 'kid' is 17 and lives many states away.  He and my son and a bunch of other 'kids' are friends from XBOX Live of all things.  They have been for years.  There is another kid here from California.  THey are all friends.  Sorta cool they could all get together, but I personally would NEVER let my kid go visit someone I didn't know.  They are all mostly over at another friends house (the one hosting the guy from California).  Luckily I won't have to 'host' again for at least a year! lol.  Sorry about your fun situation with your son's friend.  At least that's over!!!!

Comment by Patricia on July 19, 2012 at 5:34pm

Booklover....nothing to do with atheism, but I did not choose my kids friends, & there were a few I just didn't like.

When my youngest was about 16 or 17, he asked if one of his pals could come camping with us one summer as he wanted someone his own age along. We said sure, even though we didn't much care for this kid.

It took all of a day & a half for my son to find out he didn't like him anymore either!!! When we camp, everyone has to pitch in & help with setting up, getting wood, helping with meals, keeping things tidy, etc., etc. This kid wanted nothing but to eat everything in sight & be waited on hand foot & anything else his little heart desired. That went over reeeeeeaaaalllllly big!!!! Hahahaha!!!!

After we had to come home early as he'd eaten us out of all of our food, my son dropped him right quick!!!! No loss....I say!!!! 

 

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