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Hang With Friends

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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera on Thursday. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 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

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Comment by sk8eycat on July 16, 2014 at 12:36pm

I forgot to mention a classic SF short story by C. M. Kornbluth, titled "The Marching Morons," in which everything and everyone are being dumbed-down, and the few freethinkers left on Earth are wearing themselves out trying to keep the world working. 

I think it was written in the late 1940s....scary.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 16, 2014 at 12:31pm

I like the late Steve Allen's term, "DUMBTH"  As in "warmth."  It might be a finite resource...if we let the stupids take over, and their wacky policies kill the rest of us. 

Heartless Cheney, formerly semi-intelligent McCain, et al, want to get us re-involved in Iraq, again, and probably the rest of the Middle East. 

I just wish the media would stop referring to that part of the world as "the holy land."  There's nothing "holy" about any of it, unless living in a desert makes people delusional. 

Comment by sk8eycat on July 16, 2014 at 9:30am

Flying A, a Belated Happy Birthday to You!  And some silly music to start your next 50 years:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/BISrGwN-yH4

Comment by Loren Miller on July 16, 2014 at 9:28am

What is even scarier is that he's on the energy committee.  One would HOPE that means he knows and understands something about science in general and energy in particular, but apparently, all Barton knows about is who is lining his wallet with cash.

I can't laugh at that.  It's too important to be laughed at.  What I do hope is that whoever was being questioned by him came back at him HARD.  "Congressman, do you know the least bit about the principles that give rise to wind?  Can you define 'Coriolis effect' for me?" 

I'd bet a C-note he couldn't.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 16, 2014 at 8:42am

Oh, sure, wind is a finite resource.  When the sun burns out, there will be no more energy to create wind, and that's just a lousy four or five billion years from now, right around the corner in cosmic terms. [/sarcasm]

And while I'm at it:

Comment by Plinius on July 16, 2014 at 7:58am

Moving brother-in-law at last! Everything must be done in the next fortnight - care homes make you wait endlessly and then everything must be done within days. But we're rather well prepared so I think we'll manage.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 16, 2014 at 7:50am
Thank you, everyone, for all the birthday greetings. I wish I could share cake with all of you in person.
Comment by Plinius on July 16, 2014 at 7:43am

If Douglas isn't there, be sure to know where your towel is, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2014 at 7:37am

Eric Idle - "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life" - STEREO HQ

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2014 at 7:36am

Monty python - The Universe song which also goes under the name of The Galaxy song

 

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