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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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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

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

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

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2017 at 4:54pm

Randy, I missed you! Can't wait to read your journal! The thing that impressed me the most was the clay army, to think that a person or persons would have the power to get all the people involved to create such a force and then bury it! The Great Wall impressed me because of realizing the tremendous number of people it took to build it, and the incredibly hard work, even if they secured their safety from intruders.

I am glad to learn they were friendly with you; I found them incredibly friendly, generous and curious about a white-skinned, round-eyed person. I was there shortly after China opened its doors to the west in 1972. I had a "handler," did you?

I wish you could have visited the farming areas; can you imagine feeding all those people? I don't remember the number of people when I was there, but the crowds were beyond anything I had ever experienced, all kind, intrigued, and gracious.

I understand modern/western clothes, foods, architecture, and business practices have taken hold in the cities. Too bad! I liked the ways the people appeared to build strong residential communities; I hope that is still true.

Please take your time and write as much as you can. I want to read every word you offer us.

Comment by Chris on November 9, 2017 at 3:17pm

Randall Smith,

I visited China a couple of decades ago. It's an interesting place. I imagine it's more polluted now than when I went. There was a huge sandstorm from Mongolia when I went that scarred  the tip of my nose.

Comment by Patricia on November 9, 2017 at 1:51pm

Glad you're home safely Randy.

I had hip replacement 13 days ago, if that counts for anything important.

Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2017 at 11:56am

Welcome back!

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2017 at 10:28am

What was the most impressive part of the tour Randy?  

My wild guess for myself would be the great wall.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 9, 2017 at 8:37am

So, have I missed anything important during my 3 weeks in China?

I'm still digesting all that happened. When you go from Beijing to Xi'an to Lhasa to the Yangtze River and Shanghai, by bus, train, plane, and boat, it's all a big swirl. We saw all the major attractions--Forbidden City, Great Wall, Terra Cotta soldiers, panda zoo, Three Gorges Dam, etc.--museums and temples, shopping districts, and so much more. 

We were entertained, educated, elucidated, enchanted. The food was terrific, weather good, group okay (15 of us), leader great.

There were several glitches in the programming (like we couldn't see Tian'anmen Square because of the Chinese National Congress was meeting), which were disappointing, but that's life. I would have also liked to have visited the rural side of China.

The worst part was picking up a nasty cold on my last day. Readjusting to the 12 hour time difference hasn't helped. Time for another nap!  Happy to be back home.

Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2017 at 4:07am

I think child prodigies are often made, in the sense that the parents decide to have a child prodigy, sometimes even if the child isn't really talented. So those children have no option but to cope with anything they're introduced to, and that makes them grow up very quickly. 

I remember a classmate with a below average intelligence. Nice girl, she would've been totally happy in child care work, but her parents wanted her to have a PhD. The pressure on her was enormous, and she everything to come up to her parents' standard, losing sleep and skipping everything nice to study things she'd never benefit from. I never had much reason to trust parents, but in these cases..

Comment by Chris on November 9, 2017 at 1:20am

Idaho Spud

On mail. 

Do you have a post office box for a street address?

Oregon tried to solve that mainly for emergency respone teams.  That also helped the mail delervery system. During that 'upgrade' RR (Rural Routes) were changed to street addresses.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 8, 2017 at 12:38pm

More about my mail.  I saw in the postal service images this morning, that someone had put the letter delivered to me by mistake, back into the system, so the computer had put it back in my group.  

I caught the mailman, and he gave me my letters only.  I told him what happened and he said is this the one?  He had noticed it being wrong and had pulled it out of my group.  I said, "I guess the computer makes mistakes sometimes."  He said, "yes, it happens all the time."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 8, 2017 at 12:40am

One thing that really fascinates me about child prodigies is the pure worldly and adult emotions they express at such young ages.  For me, music is very emotional and personal.  One of the joys of listening to music is being able to connect with it via the lense of my own past experiences.  Fervent love, shattered romance, yearning, sexual ecstasy, despair, acquiescence;  these are the trophies and the scars I've acquired through maturity after my childhood years.  Yet, child prodigies somehow are able to tap into and express these seasoned passions at such naive ages.    


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