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Hang With Friends

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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.

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Discussion Forum

Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

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Comment by Pat on June 30, 2015 at 2:15pm

Ruth, I appreciate your concern about keeping A|N going, and I share it. I also agree with Joan about tiered access to information, and I share that, too. And, I appreciate Richard's willingness to allow the donor to make the individual decision. If removing my little icon means I go back to being one of the Bleacher Bums (Carl will get the reference), pass the beer and hot dog down.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 30, 2015 at 1:59pm

Hmmm....after thinking it over a while, badges, private discussion rooms, and other exclusive "goodies" are a major turn-off for me.  If that is the way AN is headed, I will definitely take my cat and go elsewhere.  Hemant Mehta's "Friendly Atheist" seems like a good choice.

Gotta think about it some more.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 30, 2015 at 1:21pm

Redesign the "badge" to get rid of the circle and orange BG filler.  The star (or other image) is enough, and takes up about 1/3 the space that the "Whoopie Circle" does.

I still don't have enough spare cash to cover up my cat. I RESENT that, and I don't want him hidden anyway.

If a badge is so effing important, Why not put it by the member's name where it says "Comment by...."???

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 30, 2015 at 10:39am

Ruth, I did not have a fever, the outside temperature was 85 degrees F, a first as far as I know. August used to be our hot month and this year's temps for June exceed that of usual Augusts. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 30, 2015 at 10:23am

Joan, thanks for sharing how the nearby wildfires are impacting your family. I hope your fever is gone and you feel better. I didn't realize Washington was such a part of the problem. Wildfires are about twice normal now in Alaska and NW Canada.

Richard, the badges for mont hly donations are fantastic. My only suggestion is that they be maybe 25% smaller in the small profile pic associated with member activity. Notice how the badge eats a fourth of my face. I don't care about special rooms or privileges. I donate because AN is important to me, and I use it heavily just as it is.

For those of you who do not appreciate having a badge stuck to your icon, I remind you that this is science based. Research shows that for people to donate to worthy cause, most need to be seen as donors in that community. Plus visual identifiers remind people that others aren't freeloaders. This little "nudge" is perfectly justified, in my view. This sort of activity is how collective moral behavior emerges in a group. It makes us more of a community, not less. It's not dehumanizing. I want AN to survive.

Comment by Richard Haynes on June 30, 2015 at 9:40am

FYI: If you do not wish to have the member badge on your profile, just contact me. It is easy to remove. However, you will not have access to any exclusives that will come along with it.

The badges are a way for us to say thank you, and a proud way to display your support. Also, I understand that not all can contribute. I respect and understand that. However, to be frank, the only other option is to shut the site down. As I stated in the email, I cannot afford to personally pay for so much of it. 

I remain open to any creative ideas.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 30, 2015 at 1:12am

Cary woke me at 5:00 AM this morning and the temperature was 85 degrees F. I have never felt a morning like that in Spokane before. I used to feel them when we lived in Texas. I worked about four hours and came in exhausted. 

Laura, Larry, Michelle and Jared are all geared up to move as soon as a call comes into about any fire. They volunteer and go out on called all hours of the night and day, 365 days a year. Jacob, the 16-year-old is now able to go on fire calls but is restricted about what he is able to do. They all have full time jobs to tend to, but leave for their various duties. 

Wenatchee is in the midst of a terrible fire now. 

Photographer captures heart-breaking scenes of wildfire's rage

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 30, 2015 at 12:55am

Carl, I like your new avatar! Very handsome indeed! I am relieved to learn that your federal assistance comes in for you. 

I like the idea of no badges and no tiered access to information. You offer a good idea about contacting Richard and appreciate that you are willing to do it. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 29, 2015 at 8:46pm

Pat, that's such a great movie!  One of Humphrey Bogart's many classics.  The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)......in case anyone was interested.

I like your suggestion of having the badges display optional.  Perhaps I could get a note off to Richard about this conversation.  It's only been discussed here in Hang With Friends, as far as I know.  I'm curious what the rest of the users on this website have to say. 

Comment by Pat on June 29, 2015 at 6:54pm

Sign me up to get rid of the badges. "Badges? BADGES? I don't need no stinking badges!

Seriously, at least make the display optional. For those who want to advertise their donations (not me), great. They should have the option. And for those that don't, they should have the option of removing it from their avatar.

 

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