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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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Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of Our Universe (Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck on Monday. 10 Replies

We've all heard about the Deep Field observations of the Hubble Space Telescope, how, almost on a whim, the device was aimed at what was thought to be an empty, unoccupied section of sky and a long time exposure was taken.  What they discovered was…Continue

Tags: NASA, Hubble Space Telescope, Deep Field, Eric Whitacre

Canada Not a Loud Nation

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Dec 2. 11 Replies

Canada is a proud nation but not a loud nation.British newspaper salutes Canada . . . this is a good read. It is funny how it took someone in England to put it into words......Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers , 'The Sunday…Continue

FFRF's 2018 National Convention: John de Lancie

Started by Loren Miller Nov 30. 0 Replies

John de Lancie is a lot more than just the infamous "Q" of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  He has portrayed characters as diverse as Clarence Darrow, Donald Trump, and Nazi administrator Hans Biebow, as you will learn when you watch this video.  He…Continue

Tags: Clarence Darrow, John de Lancie, Freedom From Religion Foundation, FFRF

Peak Prosperity, We are at the peak

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 26. 3 Replies

The world is at the peak and tipping point in many different factors, i.e. global warming, monetary growth, insect collapse. I don't intend to be an alarmist and scare people, my purpose is to inform you. Please block me if you don't want to read…Continue

New Rule: Win or Go Home (Real Time with Bill Maher)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 4. 5 Replies

In case you hadn't noticed, we have a mid-term election coming up in three days, and it's more than a little important.  With it we can take back at least one if not both houses of Congress from the Republicans and send a message to Donald Trump…Continue

Tags: election, vote, millennials, Hitler, Donald Trump

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Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 20, 2011 at 11:08pm
Compared to most movies, I thought it had some real quality.
Comment by Lary9 on July 20, 2011 at 11:00pm
I watched "Mindwalk" twice...it had Sam Waterston, John Heard and Liv Ulmann. I thought it was very interesting. But some of the science was taken beyond the outer edges of quantum theory and the uncertainty principle into a pretentious, forced mysticism.
Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 20, 2011 at 6:14pm

A US politician visits his poet friend in Mont. St. Michael, France. While walking through the medieval island discussing their philosophies of life they happen upon Sonja, a scientist in recluse, who joins in their conversation. The two men listen to the ideas of this brilliant woman and discuss how her ideas can work in their own politician and poet lives. Written by Heather Classen

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100151/plotsummary

 

To watch this film you must abandon conventional wisdom about movies. This is not a film for people who watch Duece Bigalow and Armageddon. Not only is the movie an intelligent exploration into the human mind and science, politics, and poetry. But it is also an exploration into the mechanics of conversation and the meaning of life. The addition in the title of A Film For Passionate Thinkers rings completely true. The musical score is a relaxing piece. The conversation flows naturally from topic to topic, point to point person to person.

Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 20, 2011 at 11:23am

I read an article in Scientific American that Denmark was working toward a conversion to solar - I do so hope that is true. 

I watch very little TV other then Jon Stewart and Bill Maher and the occasional movie.  I watch a series for about a year before I get bored and crawl back into my books.

With all the accolades given this show I will give it a try.

 

There is one very good movie - that should not be missed.  Older and

for those who don't mind a very real "think piece"  it's called "Mind Walk" and I can not recommend it enough. Only three actors, Sam Waterston, John Heard and Liv Ullmann - made in the early 90's it's a walk through science, societies, politics, philosophy, history and is riveting.



We have the Bill of Rights. What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities.  --- Bill Maher

Comment by Ian Mason on July 20, 2011 at 11:11am

Hi Kit. The dominant renewable source in Denmark is wind. It accounts for about 20% of power here. The net CO2 emissions are, however, pretty bad as the other 80% comes from coal.

 

Yes, I do watch Family Guy and American Dad when they're sent here and I really enjoy them.

Comment by dr kellie on July 20, 2011 at 9:57am
Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 20, 2011 at 9:52am

Yes, Texas does get ample amounts of sun, but even Sweden and Denmark are working on full on Solar projects.  We can't think in the mode of the propaganda but rather in what is actually possible through science today and tomorrow.

Since WWII, America has gone far beyond the scope of protecting our citizens.  We have delved deeply into the politics and management of other societies for our own gain.  To say that we do this for only assisting in humanitarian needs is simple a fallacy.  We do and have done this for the minerals and other gains.  We do this by making deals that keep other countries deeply in debt while we have allowed our corporations to reap the profits.  Take a look around we now live in an open corporatocracy/plutocracy that uses religion to rally the uninformed and label this patriotism.

Comment by Susan Stanko on July 20, 2011 at 7:18am
@Kit There is the Atheist Experience.
Comment by tom sarbeck on July 20, 2011 at 2:16am

Ian, it was once that way here.

The change began in 1953 (the year after I returned from the Korean War) when Eisenhower gave the CIA his okay to overthrow Iran's elected government. Iran wanted England to pay more for Iranian oil and for the English-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (which became BP) to treat its Iranian employees better.

The US of A installed a friendly tyrant and we taxpayers paid to train the Shah's secret police to frighten Iranians into obedience. In 1974 the Iranians overthrew the Shah. The US of A let him enter (allegedly for medical treatment),which so outraged young Iranians that they took over the American embassy.

A case can be made that 9/11 was payback for American foreign policy in the Middle East.

When someone says we acted in Iran to prevent a takeover by the Soviet Union, I ask if that was our reason for overthrowing elected governments in Central and South America (Guatemala and Chile).

 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 20, 2011 at 1:50am

At least one political commentator has described the difference between American and European government this way: In the U.S.A. it's the right-wing that runs up deficits (tax cuts, defence, prestige projects) and the Democrats that have to get things straight when they get into the White House. In Europe it's the opposite. The (vaguely) left-wing use a lot of money on social services that then are cut when the conservatives are in power in order to balance the budget.

Example: Reagan: big money for "Star Wars" etc: Thatcher: close or privatise anything that wasn't making a profit.

 

This may be a simple view but I've found it convincing.

 

 

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