Hi Alexa, I gave myself the name earther because I relate myself to being of the earth and not a deity. I also think it is very important to care for the earth, protect the environment for all living beings. I am not part of any group beyond life itself.
Hi, Alexa: I'm a 40 minute train ride away from NYC. Yeah, I imagine BAI has been through many phases in its 60 years. Steve Post is now on WNYC, which I used to listen to religious. I dropped them flat after the US invasion of Iraq because I suddenly saw NPR (National Public Radio) for what it was, essentially ruling-class-serving news and culture packaged to look oh so "liberal". I guess that was a line-in-the-sand moment for me, which separated me from many well-to-do liberals who went on to support Kerry... From that moment on, my support went into bedraggled BAI. I still tune into NYC from time to time, but it usually takes about 5 minutes for me to have some jaw-dropping moment (I time it) that makes me appalled at their messed-up politics. So, it's WBAI for me, warts and all... there are a few wonderful shows... there's Talk BAck with Hugh Hamilton, Law and Disorder sponsored by the Center for Constitutional Rights, Counterspin, media analysis by FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting)... to name a few.. Where are you in the NYC area?
Hi Alexa, and welcome to the rational world of Internet atheism---a haven of truth and peace.
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Thanks for the detailed comment and photo, alexa. The beginning of a thread, called "discussion" here is the top. New replies come later, with the exception that you can reply to a reply. That goes after the original reply indented, with a little arrow pointing down and right. This way, ning's way, the most recent comment in a discussion isn't always the last one. Yes, it gets confusing. But after I got used to it, it seemed much easier to understand then MySpace's way of always adding the most recent comment at the end, regardless of whether it's about the original topic or a reply to a reply to a reply.
My photos are a mix of real pictures and Photoshops. Photoshop is a hobby.
Some groups are fairly inactive, even if they have a lot of nominal members. People often sign up because they identify with or have an interest in a topic, but seldom post. You can tell which groups are most active in "groups," the default groups page opens to "listed by most active" or some such, with the top groups the best. One reason I started Hang With Friends was that it seemed few people were posting in the highly specialized groups, because of the rule that you're not allowed to post "off topic." Hang With Friends is the only one where any topic is OK.
Oh, I didn't mean "you are not trying" as anything negative. My apologies. I meant it in the figure of speech way. There are an awful lot of groups to wade through, which is a good thing.
When I first started I just scanned through all of the Groups on the Nexus and joined those that seemed interesting. I have gradually jumped into a few more along the way. Another clue is to search through the Groups that are most active. This will give you an idea of where everyone is at and what is going on. I do belong to a few groups that will have a message 5-6 times a year, which is pretty inactive. However, when they do send out a message or question I know that it is something relevant. Basically, join as many groups as you think you might be interested in and you can later drop from them if it is not to your liking.
As to the response time for some groups you may not get an immediate response. It basically depends on the activity of the others or the group and the nature of your comment. I have had comments float out there that have never been responded to, but that's okay. I have also had someone respond recently to a comment I made almost two years ago. Go figure.
I like your rock art photo. Is that from Utah or the Four Corners area?
Yeah, with close to 30 k members on the Nexus there is a diversity of opinions and interest. If you can't find someone with a similar interest to agree or argue with then you are not trying.
One of the reasons I truly appreciate Texas is the geographic variety. There are coastlines, swamps, mountains, deserts, prairies, pine forests, and a combination of all of the above. Of course, the state is so big it takes a while to get from point A to point B and we have more than our fair share of knuckleheads living here. I don't know if the expression, "Feeling blue in a red state" originated here, but it certainly is appropriate.
We do have a pretty strong Atheist-Agnostic flavor in Central Texas and we certainly cherish the "Atheist Experience" program based here in Austin. If you have not had a chance to watch or listen to a podcast you will be greatly rewarded for the effort. Every Sunday 4:30-5:30pm CST.