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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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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

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Comment by Idaho Spud on November 10, 2017 at 9:45am

Interesting traffic in China.  It looks like they have no traffic laws, or don't enforce them.

Comment by Plinius on November 10, 2017 at 5:22am

Thanks Ian, that's another one to prove my point. I heard utilitarianism makes an atmosphere in which children are pushed.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 9, 2017 at 10:22pm

Winter holiday sorted out: Morocco in January.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 9, 2017 at 10:14pm

Chris (NL): I've read the autobiography of J.S. Mill. His father made him study Greek, Latin and other advanced subjects almost as soon as he was out of nappies. The result was a breakdown and severe depression at the age of 20. He went on to become an interesting philosopher but bore the scars on his mind for life.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Stuart_Mill

Comment by Ian Mason on November 9, 2017 at 10:05pm

Welcome back, Randall. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the trip (and got out before Trump arrived).A bit of a pain in the bum catching a cold but that will pass. Looking forward to hearing more when you're up and about again.

Comment by Chris on November 9, 2017 at 6:42pm

The pilot of the airplane should  have used  the thermal devices available to destroy the criptrographic and communication equipment in his plane before landing.  I wonder what happened to him. As a minimum he should have been court marshalled.

If navy vessles ware around he should have dumped the plane.

Some things you never hear about.

Comment by Chris on November 9, 2017 at 6:25pm

When I went to China I was called Horse face, because of my nose and mustache. Maraqua(t) is what they called Americans.

I thought the Chinese were friendly. I arrived shortly after the  airplane was captured.  I told the locals I was Australian.

http://rense.com/general11/capture.htm

My tour was to explre art, Bonsai, history and pyylosophy.  I have a rubbing framed on my wall of Confuscious.

I went to some small towns. It would be neat to explore Western China. I was only in Eastern China.  It's a huge country.

I was thinking about going to a zoo, but was warned it my be too tragic to see.  Another place I wanted to see was the Chinese space museum.  The National newspaper reported that the space museum was open.  I found that wasn't available.

I imagine the traffic is way worse than when I visited. I saw a byclist get run over.  Two cycle trikes were abundantly pouring out smoke.   It was amazing how much a bicyclist was able to transport.

What did you find the most interesting Randy?

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2017 at 4:54pm

Randy, I missed you! Can't wait to read your journal! The thing that impressed me the most was the clay army, to think that a person or persons would have the power to get all the people involved to create such a force and then bury it! The Great Wall impressed me because of realizing the tremendous number of people it took to build it, and the incredibly hard work, even if they secured their safety from intruders.

I am glad to learn they were friendly with you; I found them incredibly friendly, generous and curious about a white-skinned, round-eyed person. I was there shortly after China opened its doors to the west in 1972. I had a "handler," did you?

I wish you could have visited the farming areas; can you imagine feeding all those people? I don't remember the number of people when I was there, but the crowds were beyond anything I had ever experienced, all kind, intrigued, and gracious.

I understand modern/western clothes, foods, architecture, and business practices have taken hold in the cities. Too bad! I liked the ways the people appeared to build strong residential communities; I hope that is still true.

Please take your time and write as much as you can. I want to read every word you offer us.

Comment by Chris on November 9, 2017 at 3:17pm

Randall Smith,

I visited China a couple of decades ago. It's an interesting place. I imagine it's more polluted now than when I went. There was a huge sandstorm from Mongolia when I went that scarred  the tip of my nose.

Comment by Patricia on November 9, 2017 at 1:51pm

Glad you're home safely Randy.

I had hip replacement 13 days ago, if that counts for anything important.

 

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