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.

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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Grinning Cat on November 4, 2014 at 4:06pm

I've also participated in door-to-door campaigning, a few years ago, and more recently (including yesterday and today) with various progressive organizations that let you call voters from home.

The system makes one (long) call to your phone number, and connects you to different people. (To them, it shows an in-state number for caller ID, not your actual number.) You see the script and enter information in your web browser.

People react more positively to a live human being volunteering for MoveOn, or Democracy for America, or whatever, as opposed to those annoying robocalls. Some still don't want any political cold calls, but some will talk with you. Helping progressive voters have a plan in mind (such as driving to the school where the polling place is, in the evening after work) makes them more likely to actually vote.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 4, 2014 at 3:34pm

Before the primaries, I had a personal call from a candidate who was running as a "no-party"....we talked for about 15 minutes about a lot of things, and he fascinated me.  So I voted for him, and he beat the rethuglican challenger, but not the incumbent (who has been in DC too long).  Anyroad, he was on the final ballot, so I voted for him again.  The results will be interesting.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 4, 2014 at 3:19pm

Oh! I used to be the person who made personal calls on behalf of candidates I supported. I must say, there were other jobs I liked better. Some people liked the calls, some had questions, some needed rides to vote some had questions for the candidate for whom I would find the correct answers. 

I really like writing position papers for candidates. That was a challenge, because there were so many interests that had to be addressed.

I really liked doorbelling in neighborhoods. I got an ear-full and would get the information back to the candidates. 

The planning sessions with candidates were exciting, with a lot of debating and having to find options that were compatible with the candidate. Facing people who held opposing views was a challenge and good training. 

So, the next time you have a live call, or a person knocking on the door, think of me and my tiny little bits of effort to get a candidate elected. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 4, 2014 at 1:32pm

@sk8eycat - no, you're not overreacting. I used to absolutely hate those robo-calls too, for exactly the same reason. If the scumbags can't even be bothered to have a real human talk to you, they are cordially invited to go f*ck themselves.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 4, 2014 at 12:54pm

I am seriously considering sending a letter to the Los Angeles Times to let every politician and initiative supporter/opponent know that if I get a robo-call from ANY of them, I will vote against them, or not vote at all.  I don't know if the Times will publish it, but I'm worn out from running to catch the phone (and sometimes tripping over a cat running in front of me) only to hear an impersonal recorded voice.  If they can't be bothered to talk to ME, as a live person, I can't be bothered to vote for them, or their cause(s).  I may also include the tons of begging emails I've received from candidates in other states and congressional districts...I delete them immediately, but that takes up more of my personal time.

Am I over-reacting?

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 4, 2014 at 12:28pm

Almost funny Ian, but too close to the truth to get a smile out of me.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 4, 2014 at 12:25pm

Nice cat, Mindy. Hope she settles in.


Comment by sk8eycat on November 4, 2014 at 11:20am

Oh, Mindy, kiss her little nose for me!  I love torties!  (And orange tabbies, black cats, and every other color of cat....)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 4, 2014 at 11:03am

Nice, GC. That is pure, unadulterated truth.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 4, 2014 at 10:57am

The Republicans are indeed masters of convincing people to vote against their own best interests! VOTING REPUBLICAN - Working man: "I vote Republican to keep Foreigners, Minorities, Women, Socialist, Gays, and Liberals from ruining my life." Fat cat, pointing and laughing at him: "I vote Republican to keep this moron from realizing I'm the only one ruining his life."


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