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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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The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 22 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Jul 20. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Ian Mason on March 25, 2014 at 12:05pm

Hello all. I'm back from England. The family were not so well, unfortunately. Everyone getting to the age where the cracks start to appear, backs/spines being the biggest problem. Visitted my two Mums. Step-mum o.k.iesh but her short-term memory is limited, probably because of the time she spent in a ventilator. Bio-mum a very sad case as she knows - during her clearer periods - that she's suffering from dementia and gets depressed about it. And there's nothing that anyone can do about it. The specialists have said that her heart problems make her unsuitable for meds.

On the brighter side: saw two exibitions at the National Gallery, one on Veronese and one on the German Renaissance. Veronese's paintings tend to be on the large side as they were for churches and other rich patrons. The Germans (Holbein, Van Eyk, Durer, Altdorfer) smaller and quirky. Then to the National Theatre for a one-woman show. Irish Olwen Fouere performing "riverrun", a selection from James Joyce's "Finnegan's Wake". Stunning, really stunning. I've read the book twice but to hear the text spoken gave it an extra dimension.

I hope that all here are keeping well.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 25, 2014 at 11:30am

Loren:

http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/2887127-double-star

That web site says it's from Double Star.  I haven't read that one in ages, so I don't know which character said it...probably someone trying to convince "Lorenzo" that paying attention to politics, and being involved is vital to survival.

Comment by Steph S. on March 25, 2014 at 10:01am

Booklover that picture made me laugh - love it. How is everyone ?

Comment by Loren Miller on March 25, 2014 at 7:50am

Joan, I'd be curious to know where you found that "Take sides" Heinlein quote.  I think of myself as knowing RAH pretty well, but I don't think I've run onto that one before.  If you have a source for the quote, I'd love to see it.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 24, 2014 at 9:35pm

I don't think so.  The context was something about people in Virginia and New England who were/are obsessed with their lineage; whose ancestors arrived there earliest, etc.  They tended to snub "newcomers" whose families had only been there since the end of the Civil War.  Or something like that.

I'm sure it was in a novel, but the author could have gotten it from her own research...she's the kind of person who has been soaking up history like a sponge since childhood.  Rita Mae Brown.  (I was NOT reading one of her Sneaky Pie kitty mysteries!  Although I enjoy them, and we do have most of them.  tee-hee!)

http://www.ritamaebrown.com/content/index.asp

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2014 at 9:30pm

There are many of my family and friends who say forget the past, move on. That would be fine, if the past were not repeating before my eyes. So I now have these comebacks that you all cited:

A generation which ignores history has no past -- and no future.

-- Robert A. Heinlein

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.“ 

~ George Santayana

"I think we have to act with the consciousness of the past and awareness of the present in order to address the future.  We can't afford the blinders that others would superimpose on us."

~ Loren Miller 

"We do have to look behind, at least to know and acknowledge what has happened before us." 

~ Loren Miller

and I found this one while looking up details:

“Take sides! Always take sides! You will sometimes be wrong — but the man who refuses to take sides must always be wrong.”

~  Robert A. Heinlein

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2014 at 9:11pm

Felaine, I was curious, too, about the quote you cite and tried to find its source. This is one possibility: 

“A culture that worships the past is decadent.”

This may have come from the writings of a fundamentalist christian or from others of that persuasion: 

“Much of ancient Israel’s plight, well documented throughout the Old Testament, was its insatiable thirst for pagan nature worship. This of course was in direct violation of the first two commandments of the Mosaic Law which commanded Israel not to worship any other false god or idol (Exodus 20:3-4). The reason why Israel was forbidden to worship other gods, the natural created order, and idols, was given in Genesis. Genesis 1 presents to the reader an ultimate Creator who made the universe out of nothing through His omnipotent spoken word, and then climaxed the creation process with the making of man in His own image."

(emphasis mine)

Baalism's Suicidal Nature Worship and Sexual Decadence

Comment by Loren Miller on March 24, 2014 at 5:27pm

A generation which ignores history has no past -- and no future.
-- Robert A. Heinlein

Comment by sk8eycat on March 24, 2014 at 3:43pm

Oh, I believe Santayana's remark about repeating the past. 

There was another observation that I read last night that a culture that worships the past is decadent.  I'm sorry that I can't give you a reference...I was scanning quotes on the net, and doing the same with several different books, including a couple of fantasy novels.  It may have been a Heinlein quote...I just don't remember.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 24, 2014 at 2:00pm

sk8ey, the only way I would amend Kennedy's statement is to recognize that we do have to look behind, at least to know and acknowledge what has happened before us.  Too well do I know the famous statement made by George Santayana about those not knowing the past being condemned to repeat it.  I think we have to act with the consciousness of the past and awareness of the present in order to address the future.  We can't afford the blinders that others would superimpose on us.

And I think I speak for all here when I say we won't wear 'em.

 

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