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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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

A comment is a shout-out, which will get lost in a few days, because the comment wall is just a random stack.

Please start a discussion to share stories, photos, and videos. Replies will pop up in your "latest activity" and a conversation can develop from the feelings and thoughts you contributed. Groups are built on discussions.

Discussion Forum

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller yesterday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Plinius on December 26, 2016 at 8:31am

I think that happens quite often.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 26, 2016 at 7:32am

Along the same lines (as identical names), I once heard that in a school class of about 30, two children will have the same birthday. Probably a falsehood, but it happened to me.

Comment by Plinius on December 26, 2016 at 3:40am

You're kind, Chris, but don't worry, it will sort itself out.

Keyboard and mouse were dead without warning this morning, now I'm writing on old ones from the basement. I wonder what this pc will do next...

Comment by Chris on December 26, 2016 at 1:31am
Comment by Plinius on Friday

You and I have the same first name.

Since I'm new here and people are used to calling you Chris maybe Chris G. would be a good way for people to refer to me.

Comment by Chris on December 26, 2016 at 12:08am

I forgot about the Sandbox group.

Ning has some strange oddities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWJfH25ozKA

Who's going to purchase Ning next?

Comment by Chris on December 25, 2016 at 10:45pm

Thanks for the information with the HTML block and <blockquote>  Grinning Cat.

About a month ago I installed Mac OS 10.12 which hung as it was downloading.  Apple techs have been helpfull getting the thing working again. I ended up reformaing the hard drive and reinstalled the OS.  This computer hasn't worked as well as it did before 'upgrading' from OS 10.11.There are still some goofy problems.  One of the most annnoying is the 4000 character limit error when posting to Ning forums.

I'm glad I have a backup hard drive or I'd have lost twenty years of information.

Comment by Chris on December 25, 2016 at 10:29pm

It's interesting how names become popular for a while. When I was in elementary school there was a class I attended with two other Chris'.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 25, 2016 at 10:26pm

Here on AN, I've seen the blockquote button in the editor bar in group and forum discussions and blog posts, but not on a group's comment wall (like here).

To get the same effect in a comment, you can use the "blockquote" tag in HTML mode.

  • Click the HTML button on the right end of the editor bar:
    The editing area will turn yellow, and you'll see all kinds of tags like <p>...</p> surrounding paragraphs, complicated-looking tags for images and for links, and so forth.
  • Put <blockquote> before the text you're quoting, and </blockquote> after.
  • Click the HTML button again to return to the regular what-you-see-is-what-you-get editing mode.

And that should do it!

Here are a few words before manually blockquoting them.

Here are a few words before after manually blockquoting them.
Comment by Chris on December 25, 2016 at 9:45pm

Atheist Universe is another nonbeliever Ning group. Their editor bar has a blockquote option box.  Sorry I'm unable to post an image of it.  When I try I get 4000 character limit error.

If you choose to look at A/U you will see the blockquote box in the editor bar.  It is a box with a quotation mark.

It's handy for quoting what others posted in a thread, or when citing articles.

Based on A/U blockquote is available on Ning networks so members don't have to the do know HTML coding.

Perhaps I should ask Brother Richard, or one of the founders about that and why when I receive email notifications they all say from: "Jacqueline Sarah Homan."

Comment by kathy: ky on December 25, 2016 at 8:53pm
Chris, Plinius is Chris. Many of us, in this small group, know and use a persons real name instead of the public name we use on A/N
 

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