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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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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia on Tuesday. 1 Reply

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

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

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 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

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

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 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

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Ian Mason on July 3, 2017 at 2:26pm

Comment by Thomas Murray on June 30, 2017 at 3:14pm

    Today I went to MVA (Motor Vehicle Administration) to take care of my vehicle registration. Lo and behold, A Trump supporter set up a booth with large signs supporting Trump and asking for peoples  signatures to get Congress to stop investigating Trump in his mishandling of Russia, voter frauds, and among other things.

  Because the booth is on state government property, this would imply to the ignorant crowd that the U.S. government favors Trump. I am assuming these guys already asked for permission to set up their booth there, otherwise they would have been told to do this elsewhere. Isn't this illegal?

 Anyways, when I go back to MVA on Monday, I'll hope deposit a note in the suggestion box pointing out the issue I have with this booth being on government property. The thing is , I am not a an effective writer nor have any idea about oratory skills. Or, perhaps set up my own booth (across from these guys)  listing all the lies, abuses, derogatory remarks Trump spewed forth from his ass.

Just a thought ruminating thru my head......

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 29, 2017 at 6:34am

May your hurt paw get better soon Joan.

Comment by Plinius on June 28, 2017 at 10:41pm

Get well soon, Joan!

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 28, 2017 at 8:41pm

But NO Elizabethan collars, Joan!! (growrr! hisssss!)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 28, 2017 at 7:47pm

Here's to a quick recovery, Joan!

Comment by Loren Miller on June 28, 2017 at 5:25pm

GET WELL SOON, JOAN!!!

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 28, 2017 at 4:54pm

Joan, I hope you'll be back and on the mend soon!!!!

And hear, hear! about growing real food in place of endless wasteful manicured lawns!

Ruth, I often look at news at Alternet, Daily Kos, NPR, and Joe.My.God. (plenty of lively comments at some of those sites). (And I listen in the car to NPR and, late at night, to BBC News and the BBC World Service.)

Comment by Ian Mason on June 28, 2017 at 12:19pm

I've heard from Joan that she's hors de combat with a broken foot. No doubt we'll hear from her again soon.

I too was a bit puzzled by that last cycle crisis. Health as a cause?

Local supermarkets in Denmark are now selling local produce at double and tripple prices. I think they're milking a trend for all it's worth and a bit more.

Dig for victory! During WW2 every bit of land in Britain was supposed to be used for food production, including many of the parks.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 28, 2017 at 9:36am

Google just redesigned their website, and to me it's unusable. Despite their claim to add fact checking, I can't deal with predigested news through a straw. Can anybody recommend a different all purpose news site?

Sorry I've been mostly absent in the group. These days reading political news and writing letters to legislators is a full time job. I start reading news after morning tea, and other than eating breakfast work at it till I barely manage to get the letters in the 5PM post. By then my head is spinning, I'm hungry for lunch, and haven't even had a shower yet. So Hang With Friends tends to fall off the bottom of my list before end of day.

Joan, I will follow your Kondratieff Cycle link when I have time and brain cells. Off the top of my head that health care improvement of the 6th cycle doesn't sound like a plausible parallel.

 

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