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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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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 15, 2017 at 1:06am

Yes, there is a problem with our tax code. It is not a new problem and both parties contribute to its failure. We saw the signs of an out-of-balance system in the 1970s with many people warning the general population of the distortion of taxes as evidenced by the growing gap between wealth and poverty. TV worked as the weapon of mass distraction, using sports, game shows and silly programs to keep the public mind off of issues that needed to be addressed. The propaganda campaign against "socialism" fails to recognize that police, fire, libraries, roads, bridges, are all paid by taxes. 

"Socialism was a political, social, and economic system meant to empower the working class. In the U.S. today, though, it's often used as shorthand for 'the services that government provides and which are paid for by taxes.' Depending on who's talking, that idea is either a goal or a target."

~ Socialism, https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/socialism

Comment by Chris on January 14, 2017 at 7:09pm

Having enough wealth that playing roulete in the political system as a hobby should be an indicator that there is a problem with the tax code.

Uber rich don't need public services except maybe the court system, and militray to protect  business interests.

Odd how enough people pontificated over a wealthy reality TV personality and elected him president.

Cantelope is more dangerous than terrorism.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 14, 2017 at 2:45pm

And I bet you went out on that socialist road to buy milk, bread, eggs, and other groceries that were socialistically inspected for food safety!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 14, 2017 at 2:11pm

Hey, Bertold!  That snowplow wasn't followed by a socialist police car, was it?  Or maybe a fire engine???

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 14, 2017 at 1:51pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2017 at 2:49pm

Just a passing thought......my mind has been overwhelmingly preoccupied with the fact that we have a sociopathic liar and sexual assault perpetrator about to become our president, who is so obviously inept, unqualified, and dangerous, who is appointing people to cabinet positions who feel it is their sole duty to dismantle our government piece by piece, and who has not been seriously challenged and prevented from assuming this role before serious damage begins.

How did we get here?  So many people have failed us.  Our fellow voters failed us.  The media failed us.  The Electoral College failed us.  Our politicians failed us.  All common sense, ethics, and decency has been cast aside.

Just musing.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 12, 2017 at 8:06am

Oh, a documentary about the new cabinet?

Comment by Loren Miller on January 12, 2017 at 6:29am

Not sure whether it's me or not, but I feel like a whole lot of "timely" content is showing up in the media these days.  Apparently Hulu wants in on the scene, too:



Because they are tackling a series based on Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 11, 2017 at 10:22pm

That should be a great experience, Carl as long as nobody starts looking for another child born in Bethlehem.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 11, 2017 at 10:10pm

On the topic of celestial events, I saw this today.  Awesome opportunity.

A new bright 'star' could appear in the night sky in 2022

A huge collision between two stars some 1,800 light-years away could add a bright new object to our night sky, say scientists – though this temporary star will only be visible for two or three years.

Remember though that technically this collision – should we be able to witness it – actually happened a long, long time ago, as the light we'll be seeing will be 1,800 years old.

 

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