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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 9 hours ago. 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 30, 2012 at 8:04pm

Joan, I couldn't open the Jelly Roll Morton link. Thanks booklover, lauren, Ian and tony. Great stuff.

My brain took a vacation today. Not productive at all.

The Doha negotiations aren't going well.

Democrats finally attacked climate change deniers.

Talk of 6°C rise in temp by the end of the century is more common, that's the temperature of the Permian extinction (worst ever).

So your images and music were welcome indeed.

Hugs

Comment by Ian Mason on November 30, 2012 at 3:01pm

Hoping the best for you, Patricia.

Just been to see a film, "Searching for Sugar Man". For those who don't know, it's about an American singer-songwriter called Rodrigez who made 2 albums in the early 70s that flopped - except in South Africa where they sold about ½ a million and his songs became anthems for rebellious, white youth. He never knew that and the record company pocketed the money. Interesting film and worth seeing.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 30, 2012 at 2:29pm

Patricia, here's hoping that nonsense will definitely end.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 30, 2012 at 1:07pm

Ha!  That's how I feel about work these days booklover.

Comment by Steph S. on November 30, 2012 at 11:15am

Comment by Steph S. on November 30, 2012 at 11:14am

Have a good time booklover.

It's good that your friend is an Atheist too.

You have a common understanding. It makes things easier.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 30, 2012 at 3:56am

Joan, I've done that too, a few times. The version you've found is the one I was trying to link to.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 29, 2012 at 11:30pm

A Tribute to Blacklisted Lyricist Yip Harburg: The Man Who Put the ...

Yip Harburg, the Broadway lyricist who wrote "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" and "The Wizard of Oz" and many others with memorable tunes and lyrics.

He put a strong social and political component to his work, fighting racism and poverty. Harburg was blacklisted and hounded throughout much of his life unable to get a job for eleven years.

Lives of great men all remind us
Greatness takes no easy way, 
All the heroes of tomorrow
Are the heretics of today.


Socrates and Galileo,
John Brown, Thoreau, Christ and Debs
Heard the night cry "Down with traitors!"
And the dawn shout "Up the rebs!"


Nothing ever seems to bust them — 
Gallows, crosses, prison bars;
Tho’ we try to readjust them
There they are among the stars.


Lives of great men all remind us
We can write our names on high
and departing leave behind us
Thumbprints in the FBI.

~ Yip Harburg 

Judy Garland Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Comment by Steph S. on November 29, 2012 at 6:06pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 29, 2012 at 5:54pm

Thanks Tony.  The dip-shit bit is hilarious, and so true.  And, I also agree with you about it Joan.

Booklover, the Grinch-cat is also very funny.  Saved it, as I do with most of the things you guys show us.

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Great photo of those minuscule men hanging from that amazing tree Joan.

 

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