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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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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

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 25. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

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Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

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The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

Tags: maintenance, community, availability, Atheist Nexus

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

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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Comment by Grinning Cat on April 17, 2013 at 9:44pm

I hope that cat likes Cheez-Its (only distantly related to cheezburgers)!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 17, 2013 at 6:09pm
Ian! That's the spirit!
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 17, 2013 at 12:18am

Thanks, Ian for participating in the I Love the Arctic Rally.

Restraining order cat is cute, Steph.

Happy Wednesday, everyone. (It's 1:16AM here)

Comment by Ian Mason on April 16, 2013 at 3:56pm

As an enthusiastic jogger/runner, I'm saddened deeply by what's happened in Boston. For me such events are a celebration of life and it is a tragedy to have one marred by sadistic violence. I wish there was something I could do.

Something I can do (Joan, take note) is to attend the "I love the Arctic" rally in Copenhagen on Sunday, the "Human Banner". It's an attempt to keep the oil companies away from the Arctic. I've been to Greenland once and would hate to see that beautiful, rugged nature murdered.

Comment by Steph S. on April 16, 2013 at 5:45am

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 16, 2013 at 1:54am
I hope you won't mind, Ruth, that I post this on "Hang with Friends" as well as "Thermohlaine Circulation". I just want to say to my friends: No! I don't "like" this that is taking place in Boston. However, there have been those warning us for years. I first learned of the potential problem in 1959 on a flight to Alaska with a glaciologist seat mate who told an incredible story of ice changes taking place. Who would listen to him then? I just thought it was an interesting job.

Hubris! Human beings think Earth is here to serve humans, and to use water, soils and air as sewers. Well, the chickens have come home and it isn't a pretty sight. We clearly are not going to be able to stop this process taking place now. Because we can't stop it, scapegoating has already begun in earnest. Not being in control of our lives, not being able to predict what will happen ... the formula for depression and anxiety as well as inducing crazy thinking.

So, we can be afraid, angry, helpless, hopeless and worry. What good will that do anyone?

It seems to me the first thing to do is be flexible, go with the flow type of thinking, marshall resources and prepare for a ride of an eon.

In the meantime, I'm off to see the wizard tomorrow. You schedule a mammogram, please.
https://www.google.com/search?q=Breast+Cancer+ribbon&source=lnm...
Comment by tom sarbeck on April 16, 2013 at 1:40am

Are we expecting better from ourselves, not specially created but descended from pond scum, also known as blue-green algae or cyanobacteria?

That's easy for me acknowledge; I have no children whose future concerns me.

I am saddened a bit; we homo semi sapiens are just beginning to get a handle on crimes against humanity. I'm annoyed that our own recent offenders might get away. Do you think any of them are staying in the US of A because they fear prosecution if they go to Europe?

Some of us will survive, but dammit I won't be able, decades from now, to look in on those who survived our feckless ways.

Hm-mm, during all those hours I was hearing nuns talking about heaven; I was imagining myself rocking away and looking to earth to see what folks are doing. Like Mark Twain, I thought their idea of heaven was no place I wanted to spend any time.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 16, 2013 at 1:22am
Actually, she is pretty well behaved. We will trap her as soon as we know she doesn't have tiny babies under there.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 16, 2013 at 12:47am

What a day! The southern branch of the thermohaline circulation is faltering. We're suddenly at a major Climate Destabilization tipping point. Is it in the news? Of course not.  A couple of small bombs killed and injured people in the Boston Marathon. Some numbnuts needed to make headlines, and every media outlet obliged them.

*sigh*

As sk8eycat says, "It's crazy."

So you have a regular skunk yard resident, Joan. I don't envy you.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 15, 2013 at 11:06pm

One othmer thing that bothers me is that readers are already commenting on the Yahoo "news" pages that it's the President's fault, or that Muslims did it, or that the uncostitutional Patriot Act is/was Obama's doing (when that piece of obscenity was passed during Cheney's administration), and on and on and on.

Yet they want to keep their semi-automatic assault weapons...to "protect" themselves.  From WHAT?  You can't stop a bomb with a gun.  You can't even stop a bullet with another bullet.

As for who has died (so far) in Boston, I don't think whoever did this was targeting any particular persons...he/she/they just wanted to cause as much damage and panic as possible. The weirdest thing is that airports all over the country (even LAX) are laying on more "security." What good does THAT do?

Reminds me of the old saying about "running around like a chicken with its head cut off."  We've been doing that since 9-11-01, and what have we accomplished?  Two futile wars, and how many thousands of dead civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq...not to mention our own dead and maimed military personnel.

It's crazy.

Sorry.  I'm ranting, and it's time for Hairy Jerry to get his meds.  I love this trans-dermal stuff!  It's so much easier than trying to stuff a pill down his poor throat.

 

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