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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 7 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 sk8eycat on September 1, 2012 at 8:03pm

I love Snopes!  There's so much glurge circulating and recirculating on the net, and people actually believe it!

A lot of writer wannabes trying to audition for Readers Digest, methinks.

Ick.

Comment by Derek Bly on September 1, 2012 at 7:49pm

@sk8eycat, thanks for posting the snopes link. I usually go there to check out anything dubious. I thought this sounds fishy. Nice to know.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 1, 2012 at 7:14pm

Patricia: Eye R Beethoven

Comment by sk8eycat on September 1, 2012 at 8:10am

Snopes says it's an urban legend from 2009:

http://www.snopes.com/college/exam/socialism.asp 

But it goes back farther than that...may have originated at a buybull college around 1994. (No surprise there...they ALL confuse socialism with communism.)

 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 1, 2012 at 12:56am

Very well put, Ruth.

Comment by Derek Bly on September 1, 2012 at 12:46am

The original story also confuses communism with socialism. There is a big difference, though many people aren't aware of that. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 1, 2012 at 12:39am

No, Particia, that doesn't sound like genius to me. I've read this story before and have since come to wonder if it's not an urban legend or right wing propaganda. I see it as a humorous vehicle for Ayan Rand like ideology.

How could someone manage to reach the level of professor in a college without having ever failed a student? Professor is a tenured position suggesting many years of teaching.

It's possible that an entire class might have not one student who is actually there to learn, as opposed to merely getting a grade. Such an individual would still study, because he/she enjoyed learning.

The #1 point of the story is to justify not taxing the wealthy. Points #2 and #3  frame government services as giving to the lazy by taking away from the hard working. #4 frames the use of tax money as "failure to multiply wealth" which is clearly not true, inasmuch as provision of safety, infrastructure, public education, water in dry states, etc. is a foundation for wealth. When public employees are paid, they put the money right back into their community's banks and businesses. #5 is a  straw man argument. The government doesn't take all of anybody's income, that's warlords and criminals. No country has half of its citizens dependent on unearned disability or welfare income. While oversimplifying to the point of ridicule, the joke/propaganda piece presents a patina of reasoning. I see it as quite twisted. It promotes divisiveness and a manipulative view of human beings, lacking empathy.

So yes, I can think of reasons to not share it.

Comment by Steph S. on August 31, 2012 at 7:47pm
Hey Melinda have a great Labor Day with your family!
Everyone have a restful Labor Day weekend!
Comment by Ian Mason on August 31, 2012 at 12:31pm

Indeed. Those moments graced with a sense of wonder and joy are an important part of what makes life worth living.

Comment by Steph S. on August 30, 2012 at 12:18pm

I love the lovely picture and Einstein quote Tony!

Have a great day everyone!

 

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