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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F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia (NY Times)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Sunday. 4 Replies

WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against…Continue

Tags: Russia, Putin, investigation, FBI, James Comey

exposing abuse | Jehovah’s Witnesses on trial | part 1 (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Jan 4. 31 Replies

There really is no other way to say it: prepare to be revolted, disgusted, and made sick to your stomach.  Our good friend, TheraminTrees has had a considerable look at a recent commission executed by the government of Australia, digging into…Continue

Tags: Jehovah's Witnesses, child abuse, TheraminTrees

The Stanford Prison Experiment,

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 22, 2018. 3 Replies

the Zimbardo experiment: The experiment was conducted from August 14 to 20,1971 by a team of researchers led by…Continue

Tags: change, Experiment, Prison, Stanford, Zimbardo

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Dec 9, 2018. 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, 2018. 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, 2018. 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

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Comment by Ian Mason on November 4, 2018 at 5:56am

True, Chris. There was a woman in the same home as my Mum who sang all day long. For the last few months my Mum kept petting a dog or cat that wasn't there. I was actually relieved that she'd reached that stage.

Comment by Plinius on November 4, 2018 at 4:09am

A bad thing that she was aware that something was wrong. Our aunt passed that stage, I think, and she is quite happy now. No longer sure who people are but accepting whatever she's offered, dreaming all day. Alzheimer's can be kind in the end..

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 4, 2018 at 2:05am

I am sorry to learn of your mother's death. Living to age 87 gave her many challenges; the aging process is not an easy one. It sounds as though she was ready to go. When your time comes, I hope it is an easy one. Me, too!

Comment by Ian Mason on November 3, 2018 at 4:13pm

Thank you. The saddest thing is that she suffered in her last years. There were still periods when she was aware that something was wrong and she became very distressed over it. Yes, it was the best way to go. I hope I'm that lucky when my time comes.

Comment by Plinius on November 3, 2018 at 2:58pm

I'm sorry for your loss, Ian, but probably you had a long drawn-out goodbye. A good way to go, in her sleep.

Comment by Patricia on November 3, 2018 at 1:17pm

Seems the easiest way to go.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 3, 2018 at 12:31pm

Just had the news that my mother died in her sleep, aged 87, after several years of suffering with dementia. At least she isn't unhappy any more.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 3, 2018 at 11:25am

Too late, Lauren. We did that last weekend over here.

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Comment by Loren Miller on November 3, 2018 at 6:09am

Don't forget, gang!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2018 at 8:09pm

"The concept of critical pedagogy can be traced back to Paulo Freire's best-known 1968 work, The Pedagogy of the Oppressed. ... Freire's praxis* required implementation of a range of educational practices and processes with the goal of creating not only a better learning environment but also a better world."

*praxis defined: a process of thought and action that brings about systemic change. 

Freire's process was simple in concept. Gather a group of people who share a common problem.

1. Situation: Define the problem in sensory rich terms, i.e. how does the present health delivery system impact each one? How does it feel? What are the factors that cause the problem? Who or what creates the problem? How long are the waits for treatment? How effective are remedies? Who holds the power in the problem? What do those who deliver services experience, i.e. doctors, nurses, aids, housekeepers, bookkeepers? 

2. Target: Define a goal, i.e. Describe how the solution would feel & function if the problem were solved? 

3. Process: Identify resources, i.e. Who are people experiencing the problem?  Who has knowledge & wisdom? Who would benefit by change? What are sources of funding? What time-frame? 

4. Action Plan: i.e.  Develop an action plan given the resources available. Develop a strategy to get the resources you need but do not have.  

5. Evaluation: How will the individual know he/she/it moved from where they were to where they want to be? Is the plan working? 

There are more people with problems than there are people working the system. People Power opens the opportunity for solving problems. Waiting for government to work only happens if people make it work. 


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