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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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Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by kathy: ky Aug 9. 4 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Jonathan Simeone Aug 5. 29 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 3. 3 Replies

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

Tags: mystery, Bourne, Brian Dalton, Mr. Deity

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory Institute

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Jul 31. 3 Replies

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory InstituteI have followed the Justin Rhodes family for many months and each videa is unique. this one is about their adventures in Colorado, and…Continue

Tags: restore, water, soils, bison, Rhodes

Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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Comment by Daniel W on January 27, 2017 at 10:10pm

Today I celebrated Chinese New Year's by figuring out how to get the propane to work in the new gas stove for my seemingly endless kitchen project.  Turned out there was a secret shut-off valve not mentioned in the manual.  Despite the New Year's timing, there were no fireworks.  And now, all that remains is paint touch up here and there and re-install cabinet trim.  Will try liquid nails for that tomorrow.

Even though I really didn't want to do the soffit modification to raise the range hood and cabinets, now I don't hit my head on the range hood.  It's kind of nice not having scalp wounds and bumps.  The light under the cabinets is brighter with the extra 2 inches of height, as well. So those are unexpected improvements.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 27, 2017 at 10:11am

Thanks for that video Bertold.

Comment by Chris on January 27, 2017 at 12:32am

How to speak so that people want to listen | Julian Treasure

Published on Jun 27, 2014

Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help you fix that. As the sound expert demonstrates some useful vocal exercises and shares tips on how to speak with empathy, he offers his vision for a sonorous world of listening and understanding.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.
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Comment by Chris on January 27, 2017 at 12:31am

A landline is good to keep. When there is a power outage the landline should countinue to work unless the lines break. IP phones only have a battery time of about two hours. Plain Old Telephones (POTS) lines connect to the telephone central office have a battery back up and generator to keep them working.  The connection is generally good.

I don't talk on the telephone much so don't need, or want a cell phone.

I have several friends and relatives with cell phones. The connection to them is terrible. I can barely hear them much of the time. They go outside and walk around to get a decent connection. I don't know why they put up with that - and use it as their only telephone connection. Typically if they have a POTS line we will reconnect with that to talk.

My thoughts are force the telephone company to fix the landlines.

There have been numerous problems with my telephone internet connection and through the years. The telco replaced the line from my house to the pole twice, several sections of cable and fixed 12-18 connections with new splices. 

I understand that many places in Europe have fiber connections therfore their internet speed is faster, less expensive, and more stable.

Regarding cell phones. If you get in an accident, or need one in an emergency they are great to have.  Cell phones with 911 availability are nice to have when driving in the boonies.

Comment by Plinius on January 26, 2017 at 10:40pm

Thanks Bertold. I´ve seen it already, it´s a big hit here.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 26, 2017 at 7:43pm

Bertold, that video is HILARIOUS!  Passing it on to all my family and friends.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 26, 2017 at 6:44pm

A message to our new prez from . . . The Netherlands. (Plinius, this vid's for you.)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10028518819

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 26, 2017 at 2:39pm

I didn't think about Charlie.  I too think Charlie must also feel the loss.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 26, 2017 at 2:25pm

Daniel, I don't see my comment about Baigou and want you to know that I read your statement, I responded that day, and am very sorry for your loss of Baigou. Charlie must feel the loss as well, and I hope he can ease the grief a bit for you.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 26, 2017 at 2:11pm

Here, I've not heard of a 911 connection on a disconnected landline.  Of course, I disconnected mine about 17 years ago, so it may have changed since then.

I keep all my old cell phones charged in case of emergency because they all can still call 911.  That's true in 96% of all locations in the USA and Canada.

 

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