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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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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat 5 hours ago. 17 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

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 83 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Friday. 8 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 18. 2 Replies

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

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Comment by Steph S. on April 19, 2013 at 10:03am

Booklover that lizard is so cute! I love it,

I love the severe brain fog Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 19, 2013 at 9:40am

Nosing about the BBC News website, I discovered the following this morning:


The above is part of a collection of flashcards, meant to be used by people with disabilities, particularly when their communication skills are not what they'd wish them to be.

Frankly, I could use the above-shown card more days than I care to speculate ... and I don't THINK I'm disabled!!!

Comment by Plinius on April 19, 2013 at 7:29am

The Netherlands are not really cooler than e.g. Jackson, MI, USA, Debra, as far as I can tell, but I like it here. My parents were of the christian reformed church; the sort of church you get after about twenty schisms, every schism adding dozens of don'ts.

Yes, very good to see Joan back! :-)!  

 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 19, 2013 at 4:22am

Sounds like you're back on form, Joan. I hope the discomfort is minimal and the prospects good.

I get new JWs at regular intervals. The majority of people (about 98%) of people in this block of flats are pensioners and the God Squad must think that they're easy converts, what with The Reaper sharpening his scythe close behind them. They've got me out of bed in the morning after a night-shift too and I've slammed the door on them.

I read somewhere recently the comment that the news isn't getting worse. It's just the coverage of it that's more comprehensive. As far as climate change is concerned, I don't think that's the case. New records seem to be set every year: hot, cold, drought, rain, snow. There's a lot of evidence for those who care to take notice.

I hope the flood recede soon for those affected and that the insurance companies pay out without pulling the "act of God" number.

Have a great weekend all.

Comment by Plinius on April 19, 2013 at 4:14am

I grew up in a fundie church myself, so I know that nothing anyone says will make an impression on a xtian. If I used agressive language they'd only hope to get a cushion on their chair in heaven because of that. But I just want to be left alone.

Comment by Plinius on April 19, 2013 at 3:57am

I never stopped to find out which church they belong to, it's not important. And I won't argue - only reminded them that this apartment block is full of people who work night shifts and they've just woken them. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 3:12am

Excellent response Chris! Good for you!

Comment by Plinius on April 19, 2013 at 3:08am

They're early today; the people who knock on the door. I told them: Of course I won't listen to you. You never caught me on your doorstep telling you what to think!

Now I'll hug my cats so they can help me to lower my bloodpressure...

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 2:08am
The photos are dreadful! I don't want to even think of the repairs needed after this. Thanks Carl.
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 1:24am

Flying Atheist and Melinda, I am so very sorry to learn of your flooding. 

OK! It has started, all the chaos coming from every direction, flooding, the bombers, an explosion and as Ruth said, this is the new normal. People feeling out of control unable to make things right, feel frustration, depression, anxiety, fear, blaming, and get conflicting, unverified accusations. The job now is to stay calm and stay focused. 

The thermohaline circulation decline will make the weather unpredictable. Heavy rains on the Great Lakes area will make terrible hazards. You probably don't want to know what is happening there, but if you have information, you may be able to take measures to reduce damage to your property. If the main rain is north of the Great Lakes, the flow will be north. If south, it will flow into the Mississippi drainage system. 

During the last ice age, Ice scoured off the soils all across Canada and scoured out the Great Lakes, dumping the sand and gravels south of the USA/Canadian border, leaving huge sand and gravel mounds all across the moraine's southern edge. Sands and gravels become saturated and water rises to flood stage. If you are in a low spot of the moraine the probability of getting flooded is high. If you are on a high spot, you have better probability of escaping the floods. Make an analysis to decide where you are located in elevation on those moraine piles. 

The good news is, sands and gravels drain fast if there is a place for the water to go. If the Mississippi floods, it will take some time to drain. 

Ruth, your thermohaline circulation decline illustration is very helpful. At least we know what causes the outrageous weather, even if we can do little to stop it at this point. Let's hope everybody gets the message. 

I am so sick of delusional people telling us who is to blame when the fact is, they have a very faulty Ouija board.

 

 

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