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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 December 29, 2016 at 6:52pm

OOPPSS, I should have put my comment in Politics ....

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 29, 2016 at 6:46pm

In the 1970s I began to observe a trend in income distribution in the U.S. that revealed a stagnation of income from wage-work and an increase in unearned wealth, creating a wealth gap. I watch the spread grow wider, to the point that others now recognize this growing disparity. Why is it happening and why have we not heard about it in the commercial press? 

As wages stagnate, productivity rises. That increase in productivity raises profits to the owners of wealth and does not trickle down to the owners of labor. 

The answers to stagnating wages are easy, there was a major change in philosophy of income distribution that began with the crushing of labor unions, changing in taxation policies, increasing health care costs, and lowering of education funds. It was a plan that came with slogans that wage-workers also adopted, even as it was against their self-interest. "No new taxes!", the poor "Eat at the Government Trough!", "We can't afford grants and loans to pay for education!", "Take advantage of every crisis!". When Rahm Emanuel made that statement at the beginning of Obama's presidency, I knew working people were in economic trouble. That attitude, coupled with "No new taxes" meant money for war took precedence over money for people. 

Thus, through taxation policies, weakening labor unions, withholding funds from health care and education, gave advantages to those who earned their income from stocks, bonds, investments, and savings. 

Not only the U.S., but other countries suffered a growth of wealth for the top percentile and a stagnation of wages. This came about as poor countries took out loans from WMF and had problems or failed to repay the loans. This economic philosophy in favor throughout those worsening years is called the "Neo-Liberal" strategy. Neo-Liberalism failed! 

Why did this happen?

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Who have the answers to economic policies? 

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Comment by Grinning Cat on December 29, 2016 at 2:06pm

The Social Security Administration publishes statistics about popular baby names in the U.S. in different years and decades.

They also have "Top 5 names in each of the last 100 years", all on a single page.

Parents would do well, I think, to give their kids names that are not unheard-of, and with a normal spelling, so the kids don't have to go through life (or at least a decade or two) explaining it to everyone -- but also considering carefully before giving their kids an extremely common name like (for babies born this year) Emma or Olivia, or Noah or Liam, with a high chance of namesakes in every class or group.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 29, 2016 at 9:46am

Except mine would have to say 75 year old ....

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 29, 2016 at 9:45am

That curmudgeon T-shirt fits me also.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 29, 2016 at 12:15am

I got my name because my mum wanted one that couldn't be shortened. My father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all 'Fred', diminutive of Frederick (peaceful ruler). At school, most boys seemed to be called Steven/Stephen or Keith. They were the 'in' names of the decade.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 29, 2016 at 12:02am

I like it too. We tease each other a lot in my family, which is a lot of fun.

I hope everyone here has been enjoying the holiday season. I will try to catch up.

Comment by Plinius on December 28, 2016 at 11:55pm

I love the shirt, Ian!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 28, 2016 at 5:06pm

Ian - I'd be proud of that description. My doctor recently asked me, among a bunch of other questions, whether I'm irritable. I answered truthfully - it depends on who you talk to.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 28, 2016 at 12:34pm

Hello all. I've just returned from a few days in England. A good time was had by all. Here's what my family think of me:

 

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