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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris 1 hour ago. 14 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love


Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Jan 31. 15 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Comment by Chris on Wednesday

The Missoula Floods which formed the Columbia River Gorge is interesting geology. Bretz did a good job of figuring that out. It took years before the general population believed his analysis of the area.

Comment by Chris on Wednesday

Oregon and Washington used to be connected to Asia.

A small town had a "One Room" School house near

John Day Fossle Beds

where after an elementary school student went on to college and realized that one of the fossles found when he was in elementary school was a fossleized banana.

Other fossiles from the area were found in Asia and no place else leading to the theory that the NW used to be connected with Asia.

Oddly a "Born Again" Christian with a geology background told me about Pangea.  I don't know how a fundamentalist xtian can reconcile his religious beliefs with science.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Wednesday

Tom, you are silly! You know who called (named) it Pangaea! How do we know? Look at the shapes of the continents and how they pulled apart. At the edges were flora and fauna that matched, even though they were hundreds or thousands of miles apart with a sea between them. Even the rock structure itself often matched across the ocean. Any first-year geology student learns these things. It is the uneducated who don't understand how the continents drifted and continue to drift. 

You know all this, Tom! Have you been taking your medications properly? You aren't thinking! Are you OK? 

Comment by tom sarbeck on Wednesday
May I stir some mischief?

So many people tell us that super-continent was called Pangaea.

Who 500 million years ago called it that, or anything?
Comment by Joan Denoo on Wednesday

Spud, I just read your question about my new living conditions. Northeastern Washington state and northern Idaho have been hotbeds for radical religious and political bodies for years.

White Nationalists, Christian Identity Movement, General Hate Groups, and those who feel they have been left out or overrun by "foreigners" gather in the mountains and valleys of this beautiful country. They come, build their homes, grow their food, gather for meetings of solidarity, and commit mischief if not crimes to get back at society. 

Along comes me, asking questions, writing articles, testing the waters. 

The partners that come into my family all have some religious and political differences with me. One granddaughter's partner is from a christian family of some strict denomination, the other granddaughter's partner comes from a Jehovah's Witness group, many of the neighbors and friends of the family are Mennonite. 

I am getting a lot of practice talking with people who think differently than I and who want to convince me with their rules and bible as their authority. I just keep asking questions: 

"Do you really believe ...?" or "Why are there so many wars between religious people?" or "How can you claim to love when there is so much hate-talk?" or "Do you think it is possible to be good without g-d?" or "Where do you get your authority?" or "How do you account for the ancient fossils in Gardner Cave? if the Earth is only 6,000 years old?"

The geology of the region has many features that stand out. On a mountain north of here is a cave, Gardner Cave, that was formed about "500 million years ago when all of the continents were one super-continent called Pangaea. During this period much of North America was covered by an ocean. When the sea creatures died, their shells, bones, and coral settled to the bottom, forming limestone ooze. This mud eventually turned into a rock called the Metaline Limestone. About 70 million years ago, as mountains were forming, this rock was folded and uplifted, and during this process, it developed cracks and voids. To form a limestone cave water must be present above the limestone as in a stream, rains or in this case mostly glaciers.

"Limestone will dissolve in acid, such as the acid formed when rainwater absorbs carbon dioxide, mostly from seeping through the soil. Even though carbonic or sulfuric acid is a weak solution, when it seeps into the ground and limestone over millions of years it will cause small cracks to enlarge as the limestone is carried away in solution. This process will enlarge the cracks and then produce larger and larger voids. If the source of water is a stream, it may disappear above ground and find an exit through the limestone downhill. The erosion of both the acids and water will carve out significant passages, vast caverns form."

I enjoy the banter. The people believe sincerely in their religious and political traditions. They are polite and civil and mystified by my thinking. They are great cooks; love potluck get-togethers, and are excellent storytellers. Their exaggerations are an art form! 

Comment by BenGee on Wednesday


I quite agree with you on every point of your comment without exception.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Wednesday

Joan - you made this comment in another thread that's thankfully closed.

  • Do we want more math, physics, astronomy and electrical engineering and conflict or more care, compassion, commitment, humanities, and peace? 
  • Oh! by the way, some girls excel at math, physics, astronomy, and electrical engineering and some boys excel at care, compassion, commitment, and humanities. 

You're a national treasure.

Comment by Ian Mason on Wednesday

Glad to hear that you're still ticking along, Joan. The dinner sounds tasty. As you like fish, try trout poached in cider.

I've faked Zip codes before to sign petitions but I doubt I'd get away with ringing a congress man/woman.

Comment by Grinning Cat on Wednesday

Joan, I'm glad you're OK!

Ruth, I appreciate your letters in Writing to Congress; they help me make timely, coherent phone calls to our senators and my congressman.

Carl, Democrats who have good positions still appreciate knowing that a certain number of constituents approve of them, and are likely to want to see them reelected. You can also push them for leadership on crucial issues.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on Wednesday

I'm very lucky that my two Senators and my House Representative are Democrats.  I usually don't need to contact them about issues because they're already on board with my thinking.  Of course, Barack Obama was my Senator for four years before he became President.  I will, however, write or call my Representatives if their positions are unknown to me.

Daniel, it is my plan to incorporate my laptop into my new desk.  However, I have a desk now that I really like, but with my new desk I could hide away the "clutter."

Joan, I'm so glad to hear your replacement pacemaker procedure went well.  You have a new heart for Valentine's Day! 


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