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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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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 8, 2016 at 10:40pm

Today's winds 

DATE 2016 02 08 1900 Local Time

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 8, 2016 at 12:54am

OK, how do we shift the Overton Window to the Left? 

The Overton Window and the New Right

Social Reform or Social Revolution?

Well, I have some reading to do. 

Comment by Ian Mason on February 8, 2016 at 12:12am

Hope you feel better soon, Ruth.

Crocodile meat: light and slightly savoury; it's asif the crocodile drank a bottle of Worcestershire sauce while still alive.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 7, 2016 at 10:43pm

Ruth, is this the man that shares your splendid writings with us? Bergen? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 7, 2016 at 10:40pm

Ruth, I look forward to your total and quick recovery from those things that hold you from full comfort and pleasure. Spring will be popping in the forest, if not the vernal equinox, yet. 

Comment by kathy: ky on February 7, 2016 at 7:14pm
Loren, I like the quote from Isaiah. More proof that, if god exists, he rigged the game from the word go. Much like the idea of original sin.
Comment by Randall Smith on February 7, 2016 at 7:46am

Cool, Ruth! Your husband in the band, that is, not your dizziness. Hope you get to feeling better soon.

That D-K Effect sounds like a good description of one of my son-in-laws. I won't say which one, but he lives in Honduras. Irritating, to say the least. His attempt to impress me is unimpressive.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 6, 2016 at 9:55pm

Hi, all. I've been a bit brainless the last few days. Yesterday and last night I was dizzy and lightheaded. Finally I  figured out that the steroid creams prescribed by my dermatologist for a persistent rash sent my blood pressure way up. <sigh> Always something. Now I have to wait for my body to flush them out and BP to return to just elevated. Maybe in a day or so my brain will come back, and I'll have more to contribute socially.

Right now my husband is performing with his new band "Smooth Transitions". Their first gig since he joined. He's the one with the beard.

What a shock that liberal means something so different in Netherlands politics.

Bernie Sanders has moved the Overton Window in "Socialist" lately in the US, Plinius.

So what does crocodile meat taste like, Ian?

I'm familiar with the Dunning-Kruger Effect.

While it resembles a Sophomore's wisdom,

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 6, 2016 at 12:17pm

Who? Oh! I have never heard of that, at least I don't remember. 

Dunning-Kruger Effect

"The miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others."

I've known people like that, people who know it all and think everyone else is stupid. They are loud, opinionated, arrogant, domineering, while others who can get things, done, school came easy for them, they have people skills as well as mental skills and assume life is as easy for everyone. 

Comment by Loren Miller on February 6, 2016 at 12:00pm

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
-- Bertrand Russell

Dunning-Kruger, anyone?

 

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