Hang With Friends

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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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Oct 20. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Plinius on August 29, 2012 at 2:28am

You 'd have thought that sort died out by now...

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2012 at 2:22am

Unbelievably appalling!

An attendee at the Republican National Convention was allegedly thrown out of the convention center in Tampa on Tuesday after throwing nuts at a black CNN camerawoman and saying, "this is how we feed the animals."


Another walking advertisement for retroactive birth control.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 28, 2012 at 11:55pm

Thanks, Joan, that derivation of "politics" is my favorite pseudoetymology. ("It really bugs me when I can't remember the entomology of a word.")

"Goodness gracious" and "Agnus Dei" reminded me of the Monk's Aria from P.D.Q. Bach's Hansel and Gretel and Ted and Alice:

... Mea culpa kyrie elei-
Sonny Tufts et Allah in Pompeii;
Donna nobis pacem cum what mei;
Agnus and her sister Doris Dei;
Lord, have mercy on my so...lo. ...

Comment by Ian Mason on August 28, 2012 at 11:44pm
Comment by Ian Mason on August 28, 2012 at 11:39pm

It also appears as gracious sakes alive and goodness gracious, Agnes, the latter partly drawn from the Latin words in the Mass, Agnus Dei . . . miserere nobis, ''lamb of God . . . have mercy on us,'' referring in that case to Jesus as sacrificial lamb

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 28, 2012 at 10:42pm

via Patricia

Bill Nye gives a heartfelt plea to parents to believe what they will, but do not saddle children with false belief in a 6,000 year old Earth, denying reality of infinite time and space, and deluding them to believe in things that have not been supported by evidence. The world needs children growing up with a clear understanding of facts of mathematics and science and eschew fables and myths told for generations as true. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 28, 2012 at 10:06pm

booklover, I couldn't find the whole quote of "Goodness Gracious Godness Agnes!"

The "To market" one was in nursery rhyme books I read to my kids when they were small. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 28, 2012 at 9:53pm

 Grinning Cat, Great definition. 

politics = 

"poly-", many, +

"ticks", bloodsuckers

I listened to the radio interview and found the mine executive insensitive to the claims of miners' objection to "mandatory" attendance at rally. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 28, 2012 at 9:02pm
To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.
To market, to market, to buy a plum bun,
Home again, home again, market is done.
Comment by Grinning Cat on August 28, 2012 at 8:50pm

More on the Ohio miners whose unpaid attendance at the Romney rally at their mine was "mandatory":

Miners Say They Were Forced To Attend Romney Campaign Event Without... (ThinkProgress)


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