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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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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

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

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 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

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

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

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Comment by Randall Smith on June 12, 2015 at 7:04am
Not much to report around these parts. It's been hot, but I like it. Evidently, there's not much else happening to others here on A/N--few comments.
Glad to hear from Carl. And good luck to Felaine with your new walker.
Comment by Plinius on June 12, 2015 at 3:28am

I never said to keep the bad news to yourself! And I begin to understand moving with difficulty a bit better now. I went to market just now - high winter shoes to ease the pain in my feet, careful not to lose my balance with that bad knee - and you can wait for someone behind your back talking about ´slow old hags´. Ha!

I'm glad your cats accompany you! Mine do that too, they seem to invite me to run with them.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 12, 2015 at 12:40am

You really want to know?  I'm trying to learn how to get around with a lightweight walker in a 75 year-old house with narrow doorways.... Without falling down.

And an elderly kitteh who likes to do figure-eights in front of me while I'm "practicing." 

.

Comment by Plinius on June 12, 2015 at 12:06am

I like that!

How is everybody?

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 11, 2015 at 3:28pm

Good one, Carl!

Plinius, I love the bumper sticker that sexologist Jill McDevitt offers for sale:

HOW TO HAVE A BIKINI BODY: 1. Put a bikini on a body

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 11, 2015 at 3:15pm

Comment by Plinius on June 11, 2015 at 11:08am

I like that, Bertold! I've dieted for some forty years and I'm NOT yet ready for the catwalk!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 11, 2015 at 10:36am

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 10, 2015 at 5:11pm

Gerald, the Medieval Warm Period was a regional phenomenon. Earth as a whole was cooler than today. Source

Regions can have dramatic departures from their usual climate for years, without the planetary average shifting.

Cosmic ray flux has lagged behind the global temperature change since approximately 1970.

Figure 3: Reconstructed cosmic radiation (solid line before 1952) and directly observed cosmic radiation (solid line after 1952) compared to global temperature (dotted line). All curves have been smoothed by an 11 year running mean (Krivova 2003).

 "It seems to me to be an ideological worldview rather than empirical evidence that support's the man-made model."  LOL, what irony! I recently read that the 3% of scientists who don't support climate change consensus have strong commitments to a free market economy. If you want to start with the evidence, here's a NASA link.

Looking at the evidence is the foundation of my "emotive passion". Judicious reasoning is required to evaluate competing research and integrate the new knowledge into my understanding of reality. It's a constant challenge for me to come to grips, emotionally, with the implications of new data from the climate science. West Antarctic glaciers don't shrink because of my ideology, warm ocean water melts them. Then I learn about it and react with concern.

Not everyone has time to keep abreast. I often summarize in Ecological or Climate Concerns. A better daily source for Climate Change news is the Climate subreddit.

Thanks, Randall. Speaking of solar variations,

This diagram shows how the modeled effects of natural phenomena such as variations in solar intensity or volcanic emissions (shown by the blue band - a mean of multiple model simulations) are unable to explain the steady rise in temperature over the last forty years (shown by the black curve). Adding in the effects of anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gasses and aerosols to the models (red band) provides a very good reproduction of the observed temperature changes over the 20th century.

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Basically the sun was in a minimum phase while temperatures were going up.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 10, 2015 at 11:28am

Ruth, thanks for that quick recap of recent evidence!

And Joan, I'll definitely check out The Better Angels of our Nature.

 

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