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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W 11 hours ago. 10 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 15 hours ago. 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 on Wednesday. 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 Idaho Spud on December 10, 2012 at 4:03pm

Grammar and spelling is sometimes a problem for me, mainly because I get in a hurry and don't spend enough time proofreading.  I think it was yesterday that I posted something on AN, and used the word "too" instead of "to".  It was embarrassing because I almost never make that mistake, but I left it because I didn't want my post showing-up in people's mail-boxes more than once.  I don't know which is worse.

Joan, you said "what are friends for" and changed it to "for what are friends".  I use the first phrasing all the time and it seems every one does.  I didn't even know it was technically incorrect.  The second phrase sounds strange to me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2012 at 3:37pm

The Flying Atheist, my son-in-law puts nothing on Facebook that is true . I don't know if that works, or not.
I am on Facebook because my children and grandchildren use it. I have a wee bit of a problem because they like to play games, which I do not; they put in stuff like "I got up." and I just fly by those kinds of comments. Every once in a while they write something of substance or of importance to them and I feel honored to be a part of their lives.   

I don't care for idle chatter, but everybody on this site has something to say or share or questions or answers to something. I leave my keyboard feeling enriched and enlightened. Mostly, I like everyone here. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2012 at 3:28pm

sk8eycat, you accentuate a problem I am having and on which I am working. Grammar! I lose track of my verbs and fail to see them when I proof read. I find it only after I press "ADD Comment" or a few days later. Dang!. I will not be offended if anyone wants to take the time to correct me. I know, it is my job to do. But what are friends for. 0000ppppsss. But for what are friends? 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 10, 2012 at 2:16pm

That Dutchman definitely put his money where his idiocy was.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 10, 2012 at 2:08pm

Steph: I forgot to tell you I yelled "AWWWW!" at the kittehs you posted.  How dull life would be without them.

Chris: I'm among the group who never would have known that English was not your native language if you hadn't told us.  (It's embarassing to me that so many native English-speakers who post on forums and comment on news sites can't spell, punctuate, or use correct grammar....unless they are using rude 4-letter words. They never have any problems spelling those.)

I wanted to add that some terms for friends are cultural...or started out that way.  "Bro" (for "brother") is used by males who want to indicate a close friend, but still appear "cool." 

Between women, "Girl-FRIEND!" is a joyful shout, with the "friend" part pitched a little higher than "girl."  Or just "girrrrrrl!"  Usually meaning agreement, or endearment. And "sister-girl" has sort of the same meaning of close friendship.  All these originated in the black communities, but I hear them elsewhere now.  I like the warmth that they imply, but you have to be careful who you say them to....you need know you've have been accepted as a very close friend.  Actually, somebody has to call you "Girl-FRIEND" or "Sister-girl" first.

"Bro" is usually only spoken between males.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2012 at 1:57pm

Chris, I looked up Geert Wilders and read a bit about him. Your description of the people with whom you work I assume some are Muslim. You wrote, "most people just want to be good neighbours, meet good neighbours and lead a quiet life." has been my experience as well. Radical fundamentalism and proselytizing by any group creates distortions while living at peace as good neighbors doesn't get the press.  

The risks of standing against Islam's practices and principles can be deadly; The murder of Theo van Gogh and threats to Ayaan Hirsi Ali because of their film criticizing treatment of women in Islam, and Salman Rushdie's Satic Verses, for example. 

I wonder if it is possible to gather together Atheists, Christians, Jews, and Palestinians, Hindus, Buddhists, Humanists, etc. in an attempt to find common ground, identify our differences, and figure out if we can live together in peace and justice? 

 

 

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 10, 2012 at 12:38pm

Speaking of the Dutch, I just stumbled upon this news article:

Dutchman launches life-sized replica of Noah's Ark

Associated Press

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 10, 2012 at 12:15pm

Ian, welcome back.  I'm glad you were finally able to get to England to see your mother and to take care of some family obligations.  I know it must be a terrible strain to have such a distance between you and another family member when they need you. 

You're right.  You will find much to smile at back here with us.  Cheers!  --Carl

Comment by Ian Mason on December 10, 2012 at 12:02pm

Back in Denmark after a trip to England, visiting my mother in hospital. It turns out that she had 2 infections when admitted, urinary tract and chest. The UT infection was causing some dementia-like symptoms/depression but now that's gone and there's still something not quite right. Scans have shown "changes indicative of early dementia". In conversations, she seems more alert than she has in a long while but then starts saying something that makes no sense or perhaps belongs in another conversation. I think it really could be dementia, based on my years of working with the elderly. Then again, before this I thought her problem was depression, as did her doctor, although to be fair those two things can overlap. So not a jolly visit, all in all. Will have to go back again soon as my brother and I will have to start making some arrangements for the future.

Will now try to catch up on the last few days here. I'm sure there's a few things that will put a smile on my face.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 10, 2012 at 11:14am

Chris, your English is so good, it never crosses my mind to think that it's not your first language.  I took one year of German in high school, but that was over 30 years ago and I've pretty much forgotten it all.  I don't know any Dutch, but I did visit the Netherlands in 1998 when the Gay Games where taking place.  I was in Amsterdam and just loved it.  A beautiful city filled with the most friendly and kind people.  I stayed with an elderly couple at their Bed and Breakfast on the outskirts of Amsterdam in the town of Zaandam.  It's one of those travel experiences that I will never forget.  Especially visiting the Anne Frank house.  The first thing I did when I returned home was read her diary.  It brought tears to my eyes after visiting the attic where she lived and wrote it. 

Anyway, I'm glad I was able to help you out, Girlfriend.  :)

 

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