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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AOC Flips the Religious Freedom Argument on Its Head (NowThis)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 19 hours ago. 6 Replies

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may not be an atheist, but as it comes to the issue of State / Church separation, she has just surprised the daylights out of me (most pleasantly!) with a very powerful statement she has recently made regarding the behavior…Continue

Tags: separation, religious freedom, church, State, AOC

Viruses Don't Watch FoxNews (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 12. 5 Replies

The above is the kind of headline which would likely send the Orange Nightmare into a royal hissy-fit ... but then, in addition to all the line-items outlined in the following video, viruses don't read, either!  Yes, I'm afraid that, once again,…Continue

Tags: virus, corona, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 3. 43 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

#FakeChristians (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Feb 22. 1 Reply

Once again, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers finds it necessary to saddle up and call the soi-disant Christians of the current era on their apparent lack of anything resembling behavior that the carpenter-turned-rabbi would find even remotely…Continue

Tags: Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, Jr., Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Short Future Coronavirus World

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15. 1 Reply

Recent Climate Models predict an equilibrium climate sensitivity as much as 40% higher, which means that we significantly less than a decade to avoid locking in catastrophic climate change.But who has the emotional resources to discuss our…Continue

Tags: existential threats, coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jan 30. 44 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 Ian Mason on July 21, 2011 at 12:33pm
What's "Words with Friends"? Don't know the game.
Comment by Tony Ryan on July 21, 2011 at 12:26pm
How about "Words with Friends"?
Care to play?
I'm tpr007 on there if you do.
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" 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


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.

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