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

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by kathy: ky Aug 9. 4 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

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

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Jonathan Simeone Aug 5. 29 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

The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 3. 3 Replies

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

Tags: mystery, Bourne, Brian Dalton, Mr. Deity

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory Institute

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Jul 31. 3 Replies

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory InstituteI have followed the Justin Rhodes family for many months and each videa is unique. this one is about their adventures in Colorado, and…Continue

Tags: restore, water, soils, bison, Rhodes

Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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Comment by Tony Carroll on September 18, 2013 at 2:17pm

     Nerdtastic! If you enjoy Queen and particle physics, this is right up your alley.

 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 17, 2013 at 11:43pm

"In all ages, whatever the name and form of government, be it monarchy, republic or democracy, an oligarchy lurks behind the facade." Ronald Syme

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 17, 2013 at 10:27pm

I enjoyed the Japanese art video, Tony, Thanks!

I agree, Ian. I don’t like “vertical” society, because women are always under men. Although the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership deal will change the basic structure. Corporate profit will soon be at the very top of our global vertical society, trumping all human concerns such as labor laws, environmental protection, consumer protection or safety. Our politicians are going to put corporations in charge. If a foreign company might lose profit due to a consumer protection, they'll be able to sue and get the consumer law vacated as unfair trade. Considering that corporations are a type of self-replicating nonhuman entity, I see this "trade" pact as a Terminator-style suicide act. With the planet hurtling toward Climate Destabilization, handing corporations from other countries power to trump laws, to protect health and  environment, passed by citizens in all other countries  is incomprehensible to me. There are already some trade pacts doing this on a smaller scale. Remember dolphin safe labels on tuna? They had to be removed because it was deemed unfair to the tuna trade.

Sorry for the rant.

Cutest Darth Vader ever, Steph.

Comment by Lillie on September 17, 2013 at 9:49pm

Melinda, I would like to meet your mom.  Sounds like my kind of woman.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 17, 2013 at 9:04pm

A great, groanworthy pun, Mindy.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 17, 2013 at 3:28pm

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Comment by Ian Mason on September 16, 2013 at 2:29am

Saw an old (1971) TV appearance of Santana a couple of years ago and Carlos played with his back to the camera. I heard that he did that to stop people stealing his licks.

I love music too, all kinds except banal pop, and have a considerable collection.

Have returned from holiday with a few additional pounds around the middle. The first step to removing them was running a local ½-marathon yesterday. My times nowadays are about 15 - 20 minutes slower than 15 years ago, something I've had to learn to accept. While on Crete I was asked, for the second time this year, if I wanted a pensioner's ticket. Will have to learn to accept that too, it seems and train myself to say "yes" when it happens. I'm 56 by the way.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 16, 2013 at 1:53am

Hi, Tony.  Haven't seen you in a while.  I hope you're well.  I really like the Japanese art video. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 16, 2013 at 1:51am

Patricia, Santana?  You sound like one cool lady!  :)

They were wildly popular and had a very unique sound.  I didn't know that were still performing as a group.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 16, 2013 at 1:49am

Chris, I'll have to scan and post a photo I took in Zaandam, outside of Amsterdam when I was there in 1998.  It contains windmills, a cat and a grey, blustery sky.  Beautiful   

 

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