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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

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Comment by sk8eycat on October 26, 2014 at 12:20pm

I read the Crank Mail last of all.  It depresses me too much to know there are such vicious people in this country/world.  If something, or someone, gets on my last nerve, I ignore them.  Sometimes that is the worst thing you can do to them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 26, 2014 at 11:51am

Randy, your lead to  "crank mail" in FFRF's reveals a sad testimony of the lack of effective criticism. I enjoy being criticised by a critical thinker. These, however, do not meet the test. 

Other than being very funny!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 26, 2014 at 11:10am

Mindy, I went hunting for your comment of an hour ago and found it, the one about religion and comedy for the intelligent. A great one to put on my wall. Thanks. I also like the view of Earth, moon and sun. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 26, 2014 at 11:03am

Randy, I haven't read the "crank mail". I think it is something I might want to read ... once!

Spud, your photo is priceless! Just what I need to put on my refrigerator for 10 PM viewing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 26, 2014 at 10:59am

Felaine, excellent articles. Thanks for the lead.

"And thus we find, at the root of our political dysfunction, a classic nurture-nature mélange. The penchant for selective exposure is rooted in our psychology and our brains. Closed-mindedness and authoritarianism—running stronger in some of us than in others—likely are as well.

"But nevertheless, it took the emergence of a station like Fox News before these tendencies could be fully activated—polarizing America not only over politics, but over reality itself."

~ Chris Mooney, The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science and Real...

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 26, 2014 at 9:32am

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 26, 2014 at 9:32am

Babble indeed!

Comment by Plinius on October 26, 2014 at 7:58am

I don't understand this, Randall. Does the idiot think Switzerland is in Asia? And who is allowed to have what done?

Comment by Randall Smith on October 26, 2014 at 7:40am

Has anybody ever read the "crank mail" in FFRF's monthly newspaper? It's the most vile, profane, and ignorant garbage from so-called xtians you've ever read. Enjoy this final sentence from one idiot: "So here is my advice too you go over to Switzerland where youth in Asia is allowed to have it done on youselves."      Get it?!!

Comment by sk8eycat on October 25, 2014 at 4:14pm

I want to read THIS book!

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/23/1338538/--The-Science-Of-F...

The Core Thesis: Authoritarian people have a stronger emotional need for an outlet like Fox, where they can find affirmation and escape factual challenges to their beliefs.

Insights from Chris Mooney’s book The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science and Real...

Now I know this is going to raise all kinds of hackles but I find the book fascinating and the article referred to here does a reasonable strong job representing a research heavy 336 page tome. The Amazon Link provided provides  more insights in the reviews there. Here is one of them: "Drawing on a growing body of empirical research, he provides an intelligent, nuanced and persuasive account of how conservatives and liberals tend to differ at the level of psychology and personality" (Financial Times, April 2012)

 

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