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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Discussion Forum

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 19 hours ago. 2 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

the value of offence | qualiasoup & theramintrees

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Mar 3. 3 Replies

To me, this is a big deal (though it may not be to them): two great YouTube video producers have joined forces to deliver one very powerful message on an important subject.  TheraminTrees and QualiaSoup (brothers, I believe) have recently released a…Continue

Tags: offence, offense, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

The myth of religions

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 16. 3 Replies

The creation myth of civilizations instructs men to dominate, to conquer, to go forth and multiply. No reasonable person would pay attention to such a god. No hunter-gatherer receives such a senseless message from wise elders.However, that idea…Continue

Tags: masculine, violation, imperative, go forth and multiply,, conquest

Winter Driving, Preparing for the worst

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 1. 2 Replies

Now that we enter the time the Celtics called Imbolc, a pagan celebration of the beginning of spring and season of new life, I ran across this video on preparing for winter driving. It offers reasons for each thing he puts in his vehicles to be safe…Continue

Tags: prepare, driving, winter

A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Dec 26, 2017. 10 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

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Comment by Patricia on October 26, 2017 at 2:19pm


Comment by Ian Mason on October 26, 2017 at 1:37pm

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Comment by Loren Miller on October 26, 2017 at 11:47am

Thomas, their consternation could be very little more than a reaction to science's more confident approach to knowledge.  The thing to keep in mind is that religion at its core is VERY insecure.  That's why the constant tattoo of "I believe, I BELIEVE!"  Meanwhile, science says, "We know ..." thus-and-so, at least to within certain boundaries and can demonstrate that they know it, while no religion on the face of this earth can even demonstrate the existence of their god.

Science is, has been, and continues to be a threat to religion.  Thus the upset.

Comment by Thomas Murray on October 26, 2017 at 11:37am

   A nagging question I've been meaning to ask.

  What, who, or how caused religious people to renew their attacks against science? Why did this seemingly sudden burst of arguments, discussions and panel debates between science and creation occurred?

 I was thinking that maybe this all started after Richard Dawkins famous publication of "The Selfish Gene". It is akin to when Charles Darwin published his "On the Origin of Species" and the religious temper tantrums that followed.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 26, 2017 at 11:01am

Carl, that's funny!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 25, 2017 at 7:54pm

Ruth - excruciatingly interesting stuff. In school I was captivated by Heidegger's claim that the essence of technology is nothing technological. I suspect we're beginning to see what he meant. What you're describing is at its core the commodification of human desire. As there's a pretty much infinite supply of humans (for the time being anyway), any specific individual human doesn't mean shit in the overall scheme. And in terms of "surveillance capitalism," who needs big brother when we're doing it to ourselves? Welcome to feudalism 2.0.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 25, 2017 at 7:20pm

You can't discuss the Post Office without paying tribute to these classic Seinfeld clips:

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 25, 2017 at 6:03pm

Patricia, we're long past Big Brother is watching. Shoshana Zuboff describes a wholly new economic model, which she calls surveillance capitalism, which is hard to grasp, designed to be invisible and undetectable. My paraphrase:

In surveillance capitalism, the stuff of our lives doesn't matter, it's data exhaust. We are simply the source, to be harvested for behavioral data. In this new wholly new economic model people don't count, as it doesn't require population as either customers or employees. What began as something to empower us became a coup, a revolution from above that's invisible. It's remaking us through operant conditioning to which people must submit if they want to participate.

Basically we are "harvested" for data both online and in the real world, and "turned into revenue streams for Google, for its advertisers, and for others who are bidding on opportunities to modify our behavior to serve their financial interest."  "The surveillance capitalists ... have all the privacy and we are left with no privacy. They use that privacy to carry on this business without our being able to inspect it or control it."

Comment by Thomas Murray on October 25, 2017 at 2:38pm


 That is interesting info. I wonder if the post office also used this info to sell to marketing companies.

 I just found this out that Amazon now delivers into your home when nobody is home. They call it Amazon Key which allows anyone, with your permission, to have access into your house.

 The last time we gave access to a person ended up with my woodworking tools stolen. Over $2,300.00 worth gone. We got back some of the items. I don't think we're going to do that again.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 25, 2017 at 1:37pm

The service from the Post Office is called Informed Delivery.  

The Post Office states:  Digitally preview your mail and manage your packages scheduled to arrive soon! Informed Delivery allows you to view greyscale images of the exterior, address side of letter-sized mailpieces and track packages in one convenient location.

This article states the following:

Informed Delivery is a service from the United States Postal Service that scans the outside of your mail and shows you the images each morning before the mail is actually delivered.

While you still won’t be able to see the inside of your mail until it arrives, it should be helpful to know if an important letter is being delivered today or not.

Interestingly, the USPS has already been scanning the outside of your mail for a while — it’s how their automated equipment sorts it for delivery by ZIP Code and street address. They also occasionally provide these images to law enforcement agencies that request them as part of a criminal investigation.

So providing these images directly to users didn’t require any additional hardware — just the software backend to direct the scanned images to the right accounts.

Processing mail by scanning is not a new procedure.  What's new is that the Post Office is providing mail recipients with the same information they have been scanning for decades.  


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