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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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concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 3 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

Liberal Redneck - Climate Change the Game (Trae Crowder)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

Trae Crowder isn't just about atheism.  He has a deep and abiding concern about what's going on with this planet's climate and the all-too-probable catastrophe we face from a fundamental change in weather patterns.  That said, Trae is thinking about…Continue

Tags: climate change, Al Gore, Trae Crowder

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

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Comment by Grinning Cat on September 15, 2018 at 12:33am

Ditto with my Samsung. The best advice I read was that you have control over apps interrupting you with notifications (or not). You don't need to be beeped or buzzed whenever you can make another move in that addictive game, or whenever one of the people you follow posts a tweet, or whenever your carrier is promoting a great new app you absolutely have to have, or whenever your favorite news site has an ABSOLUTELY IMPORTANT BREAKING NEWS STORY YOU SIMPLY MUST READ RIGHT NOW!

You might choose to keep reminders to exercise, or to learn another vocabulary word, or whatever... but the vast majority of notifications are intrusive and not really necessary. Would you want a robot calling you on the phone to tell you whatever it is? (Ring... ring... "Hello?" "You've got mail!") If not, it can wait, and you can check it yourself, at your own convenience.

I've kept sound and vibration notifications on only from a chat program I use with a handful of people I know face-to-face. (In addition to the usual alerts for phone calls and texts, and utilities like calendar reminders or alarm clocks that I've initiated.)

And Loren, like you, I am not on Facebook, and feel like I'm better off for it!

Comment by Patricia on September 14, 2018 at 10:45pm

Exactly.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 14, 2018 at 10:30pm

I have a very competent Motorola (Lenovo) smart phone, but here's the difference:

  • I am NOT on Facebook.
  • I do NOT obsess about who's commented about what in the last 30 seconds.
  • I Have Other Things To Do!

I run my phone.  My phone does NOT run me!

Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2018 at 10:09pm

I'm the contented owner of a simple Nokia that's several years old.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 14, 2018 at 3:27pm

I'm with you, Spud. I hate doing internet crap on a phone, or even a tablet.

Comment by Patricia on September 14, 2018 at 2:00pm

I think these phones do have a place, especially for seniors who may need help, but it does not control my life. I am also a late smartphone starter & I really like it for texting with my kids, neighbours, reading weather conditions, news headlines, etc., but seldom for actual phone calls, as I am not a phone person. I don't like to talk if I don't have to.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2018 at 12:15pm

I don't have a smartphone because of the expense, but even if I did, I doubt I'd use it more than a minute a day.  I prefer a big screen.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 14, 2018 at 10:19am

Patricia, you reminded me of a friend who makes a point of not holding doors for people so absorbed in their phones that they're not paying attention to their surroundings.

(He's also a reluctant late adopter of a smartphone; his carrier supposedly stopped supporting the simple cell phone he had for many years.)

Definitely sharing the "prisoners of their phones" graphic!

Comment by kathy: ky on September 14, 2018 at 9:26am

Only me. 

Comment by Plinius on September 13, 2018 at 12:14am

then who talks to the dog?

 

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