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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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CBS News Treats Uri Geller as Actual ESP Talent?

Started by Loren Miller on Sunday. 0 Replies

CBS Sunday Morning is beginning to piss me off.  This morning they presented a story on the US governments foray into…Continue

Tags: espionage, fraud, ESP, Uri Geller, Sunday Morning

Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Aug 10. 7 Replies

Okay, gang ... when is the last time you saw Seth Andrews do an animated video on his YouTube channel?  Seems like donkey's years ago, don't it?  Well, apparently Jeff Sessions and his "religious liberty task force" got Seth's nelly up enough that…Continue

Tags: religious liberty task force, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 2 Replies

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

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

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Comment by Chris on December 31, 2016 at 3:01am
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 31, 2016 at 1:26am

Ian, Q? What are conshies?

Oh! A conscientious objector, right? 

My grandfather Denoo, a young Belgian man who was just perfect for sending off to the European battlefield to be mangled and killed in the endless wars, came to the U.S. because of a generous gift from his aunt. I have no idea who she was, but everyone knew that women had babies, preferably boys, to send off to war and the glory. Of the Fatherland!

Granddad Denoo was too old for WW II, but his three sons were the right age. One, Uncle John, had a job on the railroad that protected him from the draft; so was Uncle Louie who worked for the electric power company, an essential job. Dad went to work for Morrison Knudson (MK), building railroad bridges across the southern tier of the US so that men and material could be shipped quickly across the U.S. 

Mom and I lived in a 12-foot trailer that moved across the southern tier with the construction advancement. We were in Los Vegas when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. 

He then was sent to Alaska to build airfields. Mom and I moved to Spokane, WA; They paid cash for a tiny two-bedroom house, and we settled in until the end of the war. I lived with my maternal grandparent's summers and vacation, while Mom worked for Kaiser Aluminum, Trentwood. 

Mom and the other women who worked at Kaiser in formerly male-held positions suffered both opportunity and challenge. The men didn't like women taking "men's" jobs, and administration knew valuable workers when they had them. Women moved up the ranks quickly and suffered the insults of men who felt overlooked.

Comment by Plinius on December 31, 2016 at 12:21am

A great job, Daniel! And to think that you did everything twice!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 30, 2016 at 4:36pm

Dave Barry's year in review--

  • "Yes, we’ve seen some weird years. But we’ve never seen one as weird as 2016. This was the Al Yankovic of years. If years were movies, 2016 would be “Plan 9 from Outer Space.” If years were relatives, 2016 would be the uncle who shows up at your Thanksgiving dinner wearing his underpants on the outside."

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 30, 2016 at 1:28pm

Well, I guess the net is real life also, so here I call myself Spud.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 30, 2016 at 1:25pm

In real life I call myself Francis.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 30, 2016 at 1:24pm

I graduated from hs with a guy named Lynn. (Not to mention, a girl named Candi Kane and one named Holly Wood.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 30, 2016 at 12:51pm

Yes, Lynn does seem to be a female name around here as well.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 30, 2016 at 12:41pm

I usually associate "Lynn" with women; though I've heard of one man named Lyn (Larsen, the theatre organist).

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 30, 2016 at 12:24pm

My first name is Francis.  My dad's middle name was Francis.  His dad's first name was Francis, and it went like that for a number of generations.  I don't know how many because, at present, I can't find the genealogical tree my mother made.

Francis is the 70th most popular male name in Idaho.  Frances is the 35th most popular female name.

I can remember some references to "Francis the Talking Mule" in grade school, because it was a show on TV or radio at the time.

I don't remember that reference bothering me much, but if I would have had children, I would not have given any that name because a lot of people don't seem to like calling me Francis.  Some have tried calling me Frank, but I tell them I don't like that name.  People also get it confused with the female name.

For a few months when I went to northern Idaho for some schooling, I decided to see how it would go if I went by my middle name, Lynn.  When I came back, I went back to Francis because I just found that Lynn didn't do anything for me.

When we were young, my siblings called me Francie.  We all called each other their name with ie added on the end.

 

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