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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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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat 20 hours ago. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

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10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

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

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 21. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

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Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2016 at 1:22am

Ian, thinking of you and your interview! Lots of positive energy going your way. I hope all works out to your benefit. 

Comment by kathy: ky on December 8, 2016 at 12:17am
I'm old. It doesn't take much to excite me. Lol
Comment by kathy: ky on December 8, 2016 at 12:15am
Godless Heathen is my new (offensive) shirt. To be worn to the annual school Xmas assembly. I get a perverse pleasure in offending all the 'good christians' with their shirts from their churches on.
I fully expect to be questioned by the, oh so religious, principal :)
Which will open the door for me to question his religious bullshit in a public school during assemblies.
I'm so excited....!
Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 7, 2016 at 11:36pm

Daniel, I read King Leopold's Ghost based on your recommendation a few years ago.  It was fascinating for its history and tragic as a story.  It pains me that we still today have to fight against the same attitudes of oppression and disdain toward others.      

Comment by Plinius on December 7, 2016 at 11:28pm

Thanks for the links, Joan. I'm aware of what happened in Congo, and the Netherlands have their own shameful colonial history: the genocide in the Banda Islands, the slave trade, the Dutch murderous reaction on Indonesia's bid for freedom and much more.

They like to say that there's no racism here, but it's not true. You can see it every time a white person's unauthorized feelings of superiority are ruffled, every time a coloured person has an opinion whites don't like. White reactions are really shocking then. Most white people are not aware of their white privileges, because those are so invisible and comfortable that you'd never notice their existence...

Comment by kathy: ky on December 7, 2016 at 8:16pm
Thanks for posting that Daniel. I was checking on that a few days ago but it was a few minutes free trial. I found all kinds of stuff in that short amount of time.
Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2016 at 6:00pm

Thanks Kathy.

Comment by kathy: ky on December 7, 2016 at 5:06pm
Spud, the first one isn't right but the rest are fine.
And you are correct. Pet's are expensive. The larger the animal the more expensive.
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 7, 2016 at 3:03pm

Chris, attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions, and values do change over time but the history of the black face must be remembered. In Belgium, King Leopold, and his subjects, as well and the RCC supported slavery. I am not aware of the Belgian colonial history of Spain, but I keenly aware of the Belgian colonialism of the Congo. When we forget history, we accept the attitudes that created values that supported and encouraged black slavery. I don't remember if you were part of our group when we read the Congo history and how King Leopold benefited by the enslavement of black people. 

Read or watch  Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/Joseph_Conrad/Heart_of_Darkness/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XpS8OYy7Ms

When I visited family members in Belgium, our host bragged about the ways they gained control over the Congolese people. There were several Denoo's who participated in the slaughter and enslavement. I heard about this history from a relative and read about it when I returned home. Only one of the obscenities was to cut off the hands of wives and children of men who did not return with enough rubber substance spread on their bodies and used to transport the resource for the Belgian colonialists. 

Daniel, I am not able to find your powerful review of the book. Are you able to find and share the review with us?   

I will send this page of photos:

Belgian Congo, women and children with hands cut off. 

If mothers and fathers continue to carry on the tradition of black faced participant in the Yule season, they should know the history, face the shame of the actions condoned by the people of Belgium, and express outrage, instead of giving excuses of this being a custom, tradition, or value of present celebrations. 

I have many contacts with Congolese black people with the last name Denoo. We seek to find the link, but so far, have failed. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2016 at 12:37pm

Thanks G Cat.

 

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