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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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concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

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

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

Liberal Redneck - Climate Change the Game (Trae Crowder)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

Trae Crowder isn't just about atheism.  He has a deep and abiding concern about what's going on with this planet's climate and the all-too-probable catastrophe we face from a fundamental change in weather patterns.  That said, Trae is thinking about…Continue

Tags: climate change, Al Gore, Trae Crowder

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27. 20 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

CBS News Treats Uri Geller as Actual ESP Talent?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25. 1 Reply

CBS Sunday Morning is beginning to piss me off.  This morning they presented a story on the US governments foray into…Continue

Tags: espionage, fraud, ESP, Uri Geller, Sunday Morning

Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Aug 10. 7 Replies

Okay, gang ... when is the last time you saw Seth Andrews do an animated video on his YouTube channel?  Seems like donkey's years ago, don't it?  Well, apparently Jeff Sessions and his "religious liberty task force" got Seth's nelly up enough that…Continue

Tags: religious liberty task force, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 2 Replies

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Plinius on August 25, 2018 at 4:14am

As if Trump cares about anyone but himself..

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2018 at 3:18am

The jet streams seem to be carrying the smoke as far as northern Europe, a good indication of how the climate is global. No-one can build a wall to keep unwanted pollution out. That's something Trump and his ilk should remember when they ignore CO2 emissions from the US.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2018 at 2:49am

Ian, that is an amazing image, enlarging it makes the fires real as if the smoke isn't convincing enough.

Comment by Plinius on August 25, 2018 at 2:47am

And you're packed and ready to evacuate.. on your own or is Rick home again?

Comment by Patricia on August 25, 2018 at 12:52am

Never seen such wide-spread violently bad wildfires as we've now had for 2 years.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 25, 2018 at 12:14am

Thanks, Ian; the visualization viewed larger (right-click, "view image" or some such; or direct link) is spectacular... and disturbing to see so much emitted from the wildfires in western North America.

I did a double-take at the satellite name Suomi NPP--thought it was a Finnish satellite; turns out it's a US NOAA weather satellite named for Finnish-American pioneering satellite meteorologist Verner Suomi.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2018 at 11:07pm
The visualization above highlights NASA Earth satellite data showing aerosols on August 23, 2018. On that day, huge plumes of smoke drifted over North America and Africa, three different tropical cyclones churned in the Pacific Ocean, and large clouds of dust blew over deserts in Africa and Asia. The storms are visible within giant swirls of sea salt aerosol (blue), which winds loft into the air as part of sea spray. Black carbon particles (red) are among the particles emitted by fires; vehicle and factory emissions are another common source. Particles the model classified as dust are shown in purple. The visualization includes a layer of night light data collected by the day-night band of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on Suomi NPP that shows the locations of towns and cities.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2018 at 11:07pm

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2018 at 7:34pm

Randy, I love "Summers End Festivals." I'm sure you will be building memories for your grandchildren that they will remember when they are 75 years old. 

For me, it means foods of all kinds, fresh from the autumn harvest and lines of pickles, fruits, vegetables, arranged in a precise order in pretty jars of all sizes and shapes. There were friendly contests between neighbors showing off their artistry of food preservation as well as the obligatory parade down the main street and high school marching bands. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2018 at 6:23pm

Naomi Klein again makes sense of an insane world; she helps keep s focused pm the tasks at hand. 

 

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