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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 4, 2015 at 11:14pm

Chris, I thought you may appreciate this article.

10 Things To Know About Dutch Queen Maxima Before She Hits Chicago

Comment by sk8eycat on June 4, 2015 at 9:45pm

If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both.
I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in "A," "B," "C" and "D." Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?
And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of "conservatism."

Speech in the US Senate (16 September 1981)

Believe it or not, that was Barry Goldwater...the last GOPher with a brain.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 4, 2015 at 9:19pm

This is really bizarre, not to mention really stupid.  Kids having a Roman candle "shootout" on the streets of Chicago.  As the guy quoted in the article states: 

“Roman candle battle on Western Ave. in Chicago ... between friends who all knew each other and grew up together.  I did the same thing with my friends in the suburbs ... No one got hurt and the police came and broke it up.”

I never heard of such a thing.  What a bunch of idiots!  I guess I should be happy that these weren't real guns and bullets?  Watch the video......

Chicago Tribune

The worst thing I did for fun as a youngster was toilet-papering the high school. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 4, 2015 at 7:56pm

Ian, I was a bit surprised by the conservative outcome of the British election.  Could it be that the British public are just as uninformed and dumb at most of the US population? 

On a bright note, I'm pleased to see a anti-austerity party running the show in Greece.  

Hopefully Europe will not see a swell of conservatives elected in the majority.  

As for the US, I tend to be optimistic (at this point in time) about retaining a to-the-left President.  We had eight years of disastrous conservatism under George Bush and we are coming to the close of eight years of a extremely conservative Congress.  In addition, our Supreme Court has made some very questionable judgements that clearly support the conservative goals. 

I get the feeling that people are just fed up and have many problems with the way Conservatives has made a mess out of everything they touch.  I can only hope that this sentiment is retained and then acted upon in the voting booth.      

Comment by Ian Mason on June 4, 2015 at 2:03pm

To be honest, after the British election I fear that politics in the West is going to take another severe jerk to the right. There's an election coming up in Denmark and the Nationalists are predicted to emerge as the second-largest party.

Love the Asimov quote, GC. He was a very astute man. We could do with more like him.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 4, 2015 at 1:02pm

Yes, more political parties are needed to represent more views.  I like the idea of coalitions working together, but here in the US, if you think about it, our Republican party is divided into several combative factions who can't seem to work together at all.

1.  fiscally conservative who are conservative on social morality issues (the majority, in my opinion)

2.  fiscally conservative who are more liberal on social morality issues (a small group)

3.  Tea Party (a strange mix of Libertarian and Religious Right)

4.  Libertarian (very anti-government and mostly liberal on social morality issues but extremely against government-regulated equality issues)

5.  Religious Right (a small and continually declining group who were once extremely powerful and influential.  Most have drifted over to the Tea Party) 

The lack of support from the Republican party for President Obama is one thing they can all agree upon.  There is no hiding the fact that this definitely has a root cause in racism. People who can't recognize that fact are indeed part of the problem.   I do wonder, if there was a white male Democratic president at this time, if the Republicans would be more willing to work together amongst themselves and with the Democrats.  I would further surmise that if a white male was elected as President in 2008, the Tea Party never would have formed.  Although they are a small fringe group of the Republican Party, they have been successful in grinding our legislative process to a halt.       

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 4, 2015 at 11:58am

Loren, I enjoy The King's Singers a cappella harmony as well. 

Comment by Plinius on June 4, 2015 at 9:39am

Try it by all means! More parties is at least more interesting - coalitions can work very well. Of course no one is really content, but that is nothing new. Allowing very small parties in the senate is not always pleasant, but it works. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 4, 2015 at 9:23am

We need to change our voting system in the US! The current system of one vote, plurality winner takes all (no way to express preference or support for more than one candidate) creates plenty of wasted votes, and thus plenty of avoidable opportunity for rigging and gerrymandering. (And spoiler effects -- Nader anyone?) I've read that researchers believe that such "first past the post" systems in fact tend to lead to an entrenched duopoly.

Each voter would still cast one ballot, but on that ballot you could -- depending on the particular system -- rank them by 1st/2nd/3rd/etc. choice, or vote yes or no on each candidate separately, or give each one an independent score (like Olympic judges' voting).

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 4, 2015 at 8:11am

Randall - I'm with you in spirit. Sanders is far and away the best candidate out there and I have no doubt he would be a far superior president to anyone in the field. That said, however, because of our pathetic so-called two-party system that's really a one-party system of unscrupulous opportunists, there's no way in hell he'll ever get elected.

 

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