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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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Liberal Redneck - Climate Change the Game (Trae Crowder)

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

Trae Crowder isn't just about atheism.  He has a deep and abiding concern about what's going on with this planet's climate and the all-too-probable catastrophe we face from a fundamental change in weather patterns.  That said, Trae is thinking about…Continue

Tags: climate change, Al Gore, Trae Crowder

concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 3. 2 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27. 20 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

CBS News Treats Uri Geller as Actual ESP Talent?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25. 1 Reply

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

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Comment by Grinning Cat on December 27, 2016 at 2:54pm

Daniel, Qiana, thanks for the heads-up.

Randy, I just tried some numbers for the probability of two people in a group sharing a birthday.

For a rough calculation, we can ignore leap days, and pretend that people were equally likely to be born (and prospective parents equally likely to have gotten busy) on any day of the year. You can calculate the probability of everyone having different birthdays: 364/365 (for the second person) times 363/365 (for the third not matching either of those) times 362/365 (fourth different from first three) * 361/365 * 360/365 * ...  Subtract that from 1 to get the probability that at least two people have the same birthday. Multiply fractions by 100% to get percent.

Turns out that in a group of 14, there's a 25% chance two will share a birthday; 50% in a group of 22; 75% in a group of 31, and 90% in a group of 40, practically 100% in a group of 60.

(And absolutely 100% only in a group of 366 or more. :-)

Comment by kathy: ky on December 26, 2016 at 11:55pm
I was in elementary school with five others named Kathy.We were called our first name and last initial.
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.
 

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