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

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by kathy: ky Aug 9. 4 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

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Jonathan Simeone Aug 5. 29 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 3. 3 Replies

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

Tags: mystery, Bourne, Brian Dalton, Mr. Deity

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory Institute

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Jul 31. 3 Replies

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory InstituteI have followed the Justin Rhodes family for many months and each videa is unique. this one is about their adventures in Colorado, and…Continue

Tags: restore, water, soils, bison, Rhodes

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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 2, 2017 at 10:00am

Ian and Randy, thanks for posting your photos.  I like them very much.  I'm glad when people travel and experience new surroundings, etc.  It's so rewarding.  

Regarding cheese, I had the pleasure of twice working at a Swedish deli as holiday help when I was furloughed from my airline job years ago.  The cheeses!  Oh, the cheeses!  Dare I say they were heavenly? Jesus, the cheeses were wonderful.  And all the other delicacies made it a great place to work.  

Chris, I would love to get my DNA tested.  From what I've heard and seen, most people have an unexpected surprise in their results, whether small or large.  I know I have majority Northern European ancestry, but it would be interesting to find out the percentages and/or some kind of background that never made it into my ancestor's oral family history.

Coincidentally, the host and his producer of one of the political broadcasts I watch recently aired the results of their DNA tests.  They brought on an expert to explain the results.  It was very interesting segment.  Here it is, if you're interested...


Plinius, I really can't express in words or emotions the degree of anger, frustration, and total embarrassment Trump is causing here and around the globe.  He is the opposite of everything right, moral, and ethical.

I can say only one positive thing about Trump.  He cannot be faulted for having an obviously apparent mental illness/deficiency.  Other than that, he is a totally incompetent, narcissistic, unethical, lying, predatory asshole.  It's even more alarming to see how long his handlers will allow him to continue his dangerous behavior.  

Comment by Plinius on June 2, 2017 at 4:50am

I almost enjoyed tRump's talk in which he backed out of the climate accord - a new enemy every day! Someone.. the Belgians, the Moldavians, whoever, was SO MEAN to poor little U.S.A.! I can hardly believe that man exists!

Comment by Plinius on June 2, 2017 at 4:44am

Here we have an idiot cut from the same cloth, and he isn't the president because we have a more party system. He won the elections but the other parties refuse to cooperate with him, so he is helpless. Even so, forming a new coalition government is a very difficult job that has been going on for months...

Comment by Chris on June 2, 2017 at 4:26am


I can only cringe in embarrisment thinking about how most of the world sees the current president of the U.S.  If he doesn't last the Vice President will likely prove to be worse.

Comment by Chris on June 2, 2017 at 4:20am

The last vacation I took ended up costing ~$300 to print the photographs.  Ink Jet printers with photograph paper isn't the same as real photographs. I understand die sublimation printers are better, but still don't last as long as real photographs.  I heard someplace that police don't use poloroid cameras because the prints fade out quickly.

European cheese and meats count.  Here in the U.S. only good deli's and certian grocery stores have aged cheese - most are likely from Europe.  Like good wine good cheese needs to be aged. Is something similar to Procsiutto made in the States?

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 2, 2017 at 4:18am

Plinius, "astonishing" is not the word many of us U.S. would use for tRump! 

“This is the kind of thing that goes on in non-democracies,” JeffreyToobin

“Who can sincerely believe that President Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey for any reason other than to thwart an investigation of serious crimes?” David Frum, the Atlantic editor, and former George W. Bush speechwriter;

“a horrifying breach of every expectation we have of the relationship between the White House and federal law enforcement,” Ben Wittes and Susan Hennessey; 

nightmare scenario,” The national security blog Lawfare;

“acted like a despot,” John Cassidy, the New Yorker; 

“It’s a grotesque abuse of power by the president of the United States,” JeffreyToobin told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer;

"complete disaster,"  Former House Speaker John Boehner; 

and I would add, "outrageous," "crass," ".......

I wonder where he will take us? 

Comment by Plinius on June 2, 2017 at 2:12am

How well protected some Americans must feel, the president defending them from the European baddies that want to take advantage of the U.S. His speeches are astonishing.

Comment by Daniel W on June 1, 2017 at 9:54am

Ian and Randy, great photos!

My travels are on hold, but once of these days Ning wants me to go a number of places with him - China, Germany - because of my ancestry there, although there is also Irish and English in my blood - and Africa.  I like Italy very much, and some things about China, although China is too crowded and there's a lot of in-your-face there that doesn't work for an introvert like me.

My last trip photos are on an old laptop with a broken screen.  I should hook up a monitor and transfer them to a removable memory stick.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 1, 2017 at 7:29am

Chris asked about my favorite Tuscany food. That's hard to answer. Does wine and cheese count?! I liked their meat dishes, and pizza. So many dishes had fancy names I can't remember.

And to answer the DNA profile query: I'm curious, but doubtful I'll ever do it. My genealogy is fairly complete--all European ancestry.

All my photos have been printed and are in albums. In fact, I just recently deleted most of my old computer images, saving the most recent. My kids (and eventually their's) will more easily peruse albums than go to my computer CDs (I'm guessing). Old school, I realize.

Comment by Chris on June 1, 2017 at 5:30am

I have a photo album containing tin-type photographs.  I'm gusssing they are from the mid- to early 1800's.

I don't know if they are photographs of my relatives, or not. There isn't isn't markings on them disguishingwho they are.

I understand that some people are submitting their DNA to 23 and me. I don't find a purpose in that.

Currious what others think about searching their DNA profile.

My thoughts are that culture is more important than DNA profiles.


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